I’m jumping around the seasons a bit at the moment, but I thought it seems a good time to wave goodbye to winter now as the weather seems to, fingers crossed, be moving into spring (yeah, I’ve just cursed us all back to cold hell, sorry in advance). These photos were captured several weeks ago now, when it was cold and windy and pretty typical of the English winter.
I do a lot of outfit posts where I’m showing you what’s underneath my coats and jackets, so you’d be forgiven for thinking I don’t own very many (or that I spend my life freezing my behind off). That’s pretty far from the truth though, as the coat rack that fell off the wall (tearing a nice set of holes into the plaster) at Christmas would suggest. And it didn’t even have most of my coats on – over half were in a separate wardrobe just for coats that lives in our garage. You’re probably getting the truer picture now… I’m an outerwear hoarder. The truth is I just don’t feel like much of it is all that exciting. But that’s not the case for this jacket, which I really should have shown you before now! (Like, when it was still in stock, d’oh!)
This furry friend (faux, of course) is my go-to as a throw on when the rest of my outfit is simple and it’s particularly brutal out because it adds some immediate glamour and warmth. It’s also become a bit of an unintended signature – friends have said they knew it was me from a distance because it’s so typical of my look. I think by that they probably meant it stands out and has that rockabilly edge, not that I dress like Bet Lynch from Corrie days (that’s a very British reference – Google ‘Bet Lynch Coronation Street’ if you want to see what I mean) – at least, I hope not.
We all know the best thing about leopard print, though, is how it has the ability to be both a pattern and a neutral, which makes it quite easy to dress. I thought I’d show you a typical casual yet put together look you might see me wandering about in when it’s cold where this jacket is the feature!
Beret: Primark (old)
Top: New Look (old)
Jacket: Missguided (but last year’s 🙁 )
Belt: New Look (old)
Bag: eBay (available here)
Skirt: Peacocks (similar)
Boots: B.A.I.T. Footwear (available colours)
This location is quite special to us – it’s in the grounds of the hotel we’ll be staying in after the wedding. We were in fact staying there to have some meetings earlier in the year and to test it out – we even had a sneak peak at the room we’ve booked for the wedding night while we were there. It had the most amazing freestanding bath that I’m sure we won’t have a spare minute to use or appreciate!