Red Jasper Conran Debenhams coat

Although I love shopping for new clothes I have been making an effort to get more wear out of items I already own…it’s easy to forget what you have when it gets stuffed in the back of the wardrobe. This red J by Jasper Conran coat is one of my favourites and I do get a lot of wear out it. I bought it a few years ago in the height of Summer, which may seem like madness but I often buy clothes out of season because you can pick up such bargains. As well as the colour, I was drawn to the flattering fit and flare cut and the quality of the fabric, which is quite heavy so it hangs nicely. Under it I’m wearing a leopard print dress from Zara, which is another item I’ve owned for some years. I tend to wear it more in the Winter because it’s too short for me to wear without tights – it looks fine standing up but sitting down reveals a bit too much thigh! As the neckline is quite low I chose a big chunky gold necklace from Wallis. Red and leopard print worn together make quite an impact so to tone it down a little I opted for a black bag and some knee length black boots.

Red J Jasper Conran coat

Zara leopard print dress

Wallis gold chunky necklace

Leopard print Zara dress

Black Mila Blu bag

Coat: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, dress: Zara, boots: Pied a Terre, bag: Mila Blu, necklace: Wallis, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld.

You can see how I styled the dress and the coat a few years ago here and here.

Do you try to get maximum wear from your clothes or do you regularly have a purge and buy new things? I have to admit that I’m terrible at getting rid of clothes. Let me know in the comments!


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Yellow boucle jacket and Zara lace skirt

About a year ago I became mildly obsessed with getting hold of a Zara yellow boucle jacket (exactly like this one) but alas, Zara had sold out. So I did what most disappointed fashionistas do and turned to Ebay. Of course most were wildly overpriced, but I did manage to find a size medium for a reasonable price. Now I’m sure most of you know how Zara’s sizing is not, ahem, exactly on the generous side, and while I have several Zara jackets in a medium that fit me just fine, boucle is a tricky beast….not only was it too small, I could barely get the sleeves on my arm! It pained me to return it after all my hard work and I was about to give up when I found an identical one by CMNC (also on Ebay). Ok it’s not Zara but when it comes to high street labels I don’t see the point in being fussy. Having learned my lesson I ordered a large, and while it fits there’s not much room for expansion!

The crazy thing is after trying so hard to get hold of the jacket I then didn’t wear it until last week! I’m going to let the weather take some of the blame for that and move swiftly on! I must have felt a little Zara-deprived because I paired it with this Zara lace skirt (which I’ve worn before on the blog here), and by that time I was on a roll with digging long-forgotten items out of the wardrobe and from under the bed…I remembered I had a lovely pair of ankle boots by House of Harlow and a very handy black leather bag that I hardly use. To go the whole hog I opened my jewellery armoire, took everything off the hooks and found a pretty yellow stone and diamante necklace with the tag still attached…*hangs head in shame again*…oh well, better late than never!

Yellow boucle jacket and black lace Zara skirt

Lace Zara skirt and boucle yellow jacket

Yellow stone and diamante Matalan necklace

Black leather Ri2K shoulder bag

Zara lace skirt and yellow boucle jacket

Black lace Zara skirt and yellow boucle jacket

Matalan yellow stone ring and necklace

Matalan gold and yellow stone ring

Black leather House of Harlow ankle boots

Jacket: CMNC, skirt: Zara, black vest: M&S, bag: Ri2K, boots: House of Harlow, necklace and ring: Matalan.


Are you guilty of buying clothes only to leave them hanging in the wardrobe with tags still attached? I’m terrible for it…please tell me I’m not the only one! Let me know in the comments!


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