As a lover of bright colours I don’t often wear neutrals; I find they can make me look washed out. In general I feel much more comfortable in red, blue or green than beige, tan and cream. I often recall Sue Kreitzman’s warning: “Don’t wear beige, it might kill you”. So it was with a little trepidation that I put this outfit together.
I bought the shirt from Zara on my last trip to Paris along with the hat I wore in this post. The print appealed to me instantly so I bought it without even trying it on. Out of my colourful comfort zone though, I struggled to find a way to wear it that didn’t look bland. Only one thing to do – add colour with accessories. My Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag in salamander lifts the neutrals with a pop of orange. I’ve featured the aubergine and teal versions of this amazing laptop bag on the blog before. I don’t often buy something in three colours, so that says a lot about how much I love this design.
While the shirt waited nine months to make its debut, the leather jacket had to wait a lot longer…six years in fact! I don’t know why, just one of those times when if you don’t find a way of incorporating a piece of clothing into your wardrobe straight away it ends up languishing on the hanger. Such a shame considering how soft and buttery it is…and that Belstaff jackets are very expensive. I wasn’t actually planning on wearing the jacket with this outfit until the last minute, but it’s been waiting long enough for an outing. I wasn’t sure if it’d work but I figured if it didn’t I just wouldn’t use those photos.
I bought the jacket when my daughter was a baby – I’d popped in to TKMaxx for some baby clothes and my attention wandered. Not being able to resist a browse I spotted the jacket on the clearance rail and had to have it. Even heavily reduced it was still expensive. I remember calling my husband from the shop to ask if it was OK to buy it, even though it was being funded by my savings! In my mind it was a treat to myself for going through a very stressful time.
When I bought these trousers from Asos I also ordered the matching jacket, but it was too baggy and a bit too matchy matchy for my liking. It looked great on the model styled casually with Stan Smiths, but it didn’t work for me. The white piping gives the trousers a casual feel so they pair well with tennis shoes or brogues. If I had a mid length camel coat I would wear that with the trousers for a slouchy look. That’s another thing on my “to buy” list, which seems to be never-ending. For now my motto is “keep calm and shop your closet”!
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