Do you remember that saying that “blue and green should never be seen”? In other words, combining these two colours is a fashion faux pas. Well thankfully, we’re all beginning to realise that rules are for fools…at least when it comes to getting dressed. Not content with ignoring that outdated rule, I’ve gone one better by combining navy, green AND aubergine, thanks to my Model KT bag.
Putting this outfit together I had two things in mind: I want to be warm but I don’t want to wear boots. Or a big jumper. Ok, that’s actually three things. Now don’t get me wrong, I love boots and jumpers. They are probably the most practical thing to wear at this time of year, but you can have too much of a good thing. Besides, I’m impatient for Spring.
This navy jumper is a fine knit but very warm, so I was going to layer a lightweight coat over it. The one I had intended to wear is an M&S coat in chartreuse (a very similar style to this one) but it was too voluminous. Not at all how imagined it would look, which was disappointing because I really liked the two colours together. Feeling frustrated I went through my coats and jackets trying on different ones…when I remembered this Matthew Williamson blazer in the overspill wardrobe. I bought it on a whim from Cocosa about five years ago with a whopping 90% discount, but had never found a way to wear it, hence I forgot about it. The blazer is very similar in colour to the coat but a much better fit. All good, but it needed a third colour.
I found the perfect companion in my aubergine Model KT bag. Because the jacket is such a vibrant colour, adding another bright hue could look garish, but the combination of navy, green and aubergine works like a dream. The overall look is smart casual. It looks professional but not too formal. I’m not keen on wearing ankle boots with these trousers because they leave a gap which makes my legs look shorter. Court shoes on soggy wet grass? No chance. It’s times like these that a practical Oxford style shoe justifies its place in my footwear collection. The masculine shape is offset by the higher than usual heel and funky snake print. They are incredibly comfortable too. Instead of my usual bold jewellery, I chose some delicate gold rings that mirror the colours of my outfit.
Jacket: Matthew Williamson (old) | trousers: Asos (similar) | roll neck sweater: TK Maxx (similar) | shoes: Topshop (old) | bag: Jennifer Hamley | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli | stacked rings on middle finger: Pia
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