Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest + Link Up

Another busy week has just flown by and already it’s the last day of October! Last week was half term and my husband’s 50th birthday. For the last few years we’ve been abroad for October half term but my husband couldn’t get the time off work this year so we celebrated his half century with a meal out at our favourite pub.

It’s easy to feel a bit hemmed in when the nights start drawing in so we made the most of the Autumn sunshine by going for a walk. Isobel wanted to go for a bike ride so we drove up to Delamere Forest for some fresh air and exercise.

Although it was sunny there was a chill in the air, but wearing this checked coat and wide brim hat for a walk in the forest turned out to be the perfect combination.

In my previous post I mentioned how I’d been packing away the Summer clothes and rediscovering my Winter wardrobe. As well as those leopard print boots I also unearthed this checked coat which I bought on eBay a couple of years ago. Check, plaid and houndstooth is very on trend this season so I was very happy when I remembered I’d got this coat. Sometimes you just need to shop your closet!  Although it was sunny there was a chill in the air, but wearing this checked coat and wide brim hat for a walk in the forest turned out to be the perfect combination.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

 

I’m a big believer in using hats to balance the proportions of an outfit.

Over the last couple of years I’ve become a big fan of hats. For me they serve several purposes: they stop my hair blowing in my eyes, they keep my head warm and the sun off my eyes, and of course they look incredibly stylish. I’m a big believer in using hats to balance the proportions of an outfit. I have fedoras and wide brim floppy hats in a variety of colours so I’ve usually got one to match whatever outfit I’m wearing. In this instance I matched my hat to the burgundy trim and buttons on the coat. The underside of the coat collar is burgundy velvet – I love details like that. My Paul Costelloe bag completed the look.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

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Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

My feet are giving me more and more problems lately so wearing shoes like FitFlops that have adequate arch support is essential.

A walk in the forest requires sturdy footwear and there’s nothing more comfortable than FitFlops. I live in the sandals over the Summer so I was overjoyed to find these boots on sale for just £15 a couple of years ago. They have a fleece lining which keeps my feet warm even in the coldest weather, and they are comfortable enough to run in. My feet are giving me more and more problems lately so wearing shoes like fitFlops that have adequate arch support is essential.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

The back of the coat has a lovely ruffle design. It does add volume to my lower half but I’m willing to make that sacrifice for an unusual feature.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

Finally, I had to show you my fantastic fox jumper! I’ve been desperately trying to get my hands on a fox sweater for ages and a few weeks ago I found this one on eBay. This outfit features four eBay bargains: coat, hat, jumper and bag. I also bought a badger motif jumper from Asos that I’ll be showing you soon!

Have you scored any eBay or charity shop bargains lately? It’s link up day so please do share what you’ve been wearing!

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest Joules fox jumper

Ronit Zilkha coat (from eBay, similar) | Joules fox jumper (from eBay, similar) | Gap jeans | FitFlop boots (similar style) | Paul Costelloe bag (from eBay, similar) | hat from eBay (similar) | ring from Pia | earrings c/o LOTD (first seen here) | Pucci sunglasses (similar)

Last week’s favourites were…

Nina of Sharing a Journey in a super stylish outfit for sightseeing, Ruth of My Little Nest wearing a gorgeous orange lace dress, and Suzy Turner rocking camo print and sequins!


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Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Well it certainly feels like the new season is here now with the kids back to school and grey, wet weather. I really haven’t missed the morning school run or the cooler weather. I’m hoping we still get some sunshine and decent temperatures before Autumn really starts to bite. I’m seeing lots of rich, Autumnal colours in the shops now – and even Halloween decorations!

I bought this Finery graffiti floral print shift dress, along with a few other pieces from the same brand, from Secret Sales earlier this year.

Dressing for this time of year can be awkward, that in between phase when the weather can vary a lot from day to day. One way of subtlely shifting your wardrobe towards the new season is to work in autumnal colours in lightweight fabrics that can be layered. I bought this Finery graffiti floral print shift dress, along with a few other pieces from the same brand, from Secret Sales earlier this year. They were all hugely discounted, with this dress costing just £15. I also bought the skirt in the same print for £11. The micro dot trousers and the shirt dress I wore back in April were other bargains in the same order. The prices were too good to resist!

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Although the weather isn’t great here in the UK, it’s not cold, so I don’t need to dust off my coats and boots yet. When I do, this dress will work perfectly with either burgundy or navy tights and boots. For now I’m letting my legs see the light of day with these navy ankle strap shoes that I picked up in the M&S sale for a mere £11!

Navy M&S ankle strap shoes

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress Paul Costelloe crossbody bag

Apart from the white base, there are four colours in the print of the dress, providing plenty of options for accessories. I opted to pick out the burgundy with my hat, bag and ring. The navy shoes, blue earrings and black sunglasses break it up nicely. In future I may go with a navy hat and bag if I swap the shoes for burgundy boots.

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress Paul Costelloe burgundy crossbody bag frog ring

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Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

My little blog assistant wanted to get in on the action again!

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Are you embracing the new season’s styles or is it still warm where you are? It’s link up day so please share what you’ve been wearing!

Last weeks favourites were Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style, Laurie of Vanity and Me, and Johanna of 101 Things I Love!


 

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