Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Until recently, I couldn’t have worn a bright green coat with red accessories. This colour combination just seemed too Christmassy, which in my mind was bad enough at Christmas. But wearing it just after Christmas was unthinkable. You might be wondering then what brought about this change of heart…it had to be another blogger of course! When I saw Sharon of Best Before End Date rocking a green coat with red boots and tassel earrings it was a game changer.

It’s exactly the shade of green I wanted, and as it’s not too heavy I can wear it in Spring when I’ll team it with pastel shades.

I love bright green – not only is it a great colour for redheads, but it seems to have a calming, balancing effect on my mood. At this time of year I think it’s important to wear colour because the days are so dull and dreary. Setting my sights on adding a green coat to my collection I started browsing eBay, and found this one from M&S for about £20. It’s exactly the shade of green I wanted, and as it’s not too heavy I can wear it in Spring when I’ll team it with pastel shades.

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

As red is my favourite colour I had plenty of accessories to style the coat with. The Zara multiway bag has proved to be so useful – as a crossbody, belt bag and as a clutch. The coat is collarless so I picked out a fun scarf that my stepmother gave to me several years ago. I added the red hat out of necessity as much as for style because it was raining. A couple of beaded bracelets, a red stone ring and my red heart tassel earrings (from the-Bias-Cut.com) finished off the look.

Do you like this colour combination? Would you wear green and red together?

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

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Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Per Una coat (from eBay, similar) | Frontrow coated jeans | Zara multiway bag (similar) | Hat from eBay (similar) | Warehouse black sweater | M&S ankle boots (similar) | scarf – gift from stepmother (similar)

 

I’m through to the UK Blog Awards Finals!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me in the UK Blog Awards! I really didn’t think I’d make it through to the finals, so it was a huge surprise to get the email telling me the good news! It was just what I needed to shake me out of the January blues, so thank you very much for your votes and all the kind messages on Facebook 🙂

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Lindsay of Small City StyleCheryl Shops and Johanna Grange!

 

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Black velvet jacket and culottes

There are some trends that come around every Winter, velvet being one of them. It’s easy to see why this luxurious fabric is so popular: it’s soft to the touch, comfortable and easy to dress up. And yet, it took me a while to warm to velvet. It’s not always the most flattering fabric – body con dresses in thin, cheap versions should be avoided.

A couple of Winters ago I had my heart set on a black velvet jacket, but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find one that I liked. Most of the high street offerings were baggy and unflattering. I didn’t have a massive budget so I decided to bide my time. I’m so glad I waited because I found this jacket in a charity shop for just a few pounds! And then not long afterwards I picked up one in burgundy for a bargain price too 🙂

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

…I had reservations about ordering these velvet culottes but as soon as I put them on I knew they were keepers.

A velvet jacket adds a touch of luxe to any oufit and works particuarly well with lace, frills and ruffles. (I wore this jacket over a red lace dress for a wedding in March.) In the run up to Christmas those after work parties can mean dashing from office to bar…yep, that’ll be me next Friday! Although I still haven’t decided on my outfit, this jacket is a strong contender. I will probably wear a dress or jumpsuit, but for more informal after works drinks these culottes would be perfect. I’ve got to be honest, I had reservations about ordering these velvet culottes but as soon as I put them on I knew they were keepers. They’re as comfortable as pyjamas…and they have pockets 🙂

Worn together, the black velvet jacket and culottes look like a suit, making it an office appropriate look.

I love co-ords because you wear them as a set or break them up. Well I’ve taken the reverse approach with this outfit. Worn together, the black velvet jacket and culottes look like a suit, making it an office appropriate look. There’s a slight difference in the fabric making the culottes appear a little lighter and shinier. This showed up more on the photos as we had to use the flash, even though it was only 2.30pm…I really miss the sun! It also started to rain just as we stepped outside – you can see rain drops on my jacket in some of the photos.

As it was such a dull day I wanted to add some colour to the outfit, and what better shade than bright red? I’ve worn this red frill bouse more than I thought I would. You may remember it from the Style Not Age October challenge when I teamed it with coated skinny jeans and trainers.

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

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Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

I’ve switched the tote bag for a clutch, which is all you really need for a quick day to night change. Of course, you could also substitute the blouse for a camisole if you feel too trussed up, but I’m loving high neck tops right now. I’m looking forward to trying this velvet duo with a black lace Victorian-style top. The clutch is actually the multiway bag from Zara, which can also be worn as a belt bag or shoulder bag. I love this three-for-the-price-of-one approach so much I bought it in black too!

Black velvet jacket and culottes, Zara multiway bag

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

My new favourite earrings

The red and black combination gave me the perfect opportunity to wear my new earrings that I bought at the-Bias-Cut pop up in London a couple of weeks ago. I’ve got so many pairs of tassel earrings but these are by far by favourites. They’re so light and comfortable that I forget I’m wearing them. If only all earrings were like that!

Are you a fan of velvet? Would you wear it top to toe?

Black velvet jacket and culottes, & Other Stories red frill blouse

Next velvet jacket (from charity shop, similar) | RJR.John Rocha velvet culottes from Debenhams (similar) | & Other Stories blouse (similar) | Mila Blu tote bag (similar) | red shoes (similar) | Dark Horse earrings (from the-Bias-Cut) | Zara multiway bag (worn as a clutch)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Maria of Passion Fruit, Paws and Peonies, Lisa of Coast to Coast and Bettye of Fashion Schlub!

 

This is where I link up!

 

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