Is it a bird?
Is it a plane?
No, it’s an oversized shirt.
And in an eye-catching tartan to boot!
Have I got your attention???
If you’re going to go BOLD, you might as well go LARGE as they say!
But before we get onto the main event, we should just rein in the excitement a wee bit. There’s also another part to the outfit. I know, I give and give.
T’was a crisp Autumnal day on Sunday and as Tall Brown Fox and I were going to be out pretty much all afternoon and evening, another layer was required. As the shirt is a long length one a short jacket didn’t feel right. Although it’s fun to play around with proportions, I knew we’d be coming home when the temperature was dropping so my petite duster coat was just the job.
I um’d and ah’d about dusters when they started appearing in the Spring. This time my indecision about them worked in my favour. Couple of weeks ago this one was below half price in the ASOS sale. It’s a looser style than a trench which feels right with the style of the outfit.
And I’ll still be able to get a few more weeks wear out of it by throwing over my Plaid Cape for an extra layer before it hibernates over Winter.
But really the star of the show (sorry duster for only playing a small supporting role this time) is the shirt, so let’s see it sans the duster.
Although this checked skirt follows hard on the heels of week 7’s checked skirt with my Autumn Seasonal Skinny Jeans, I think you’ll agree it’s sufficiently different enough in colour, style and personality for them to run back to back, without looking like I’m just being sartorially lazy and lining up all my checked shirts in a row to wear for the next month!
Plus, I’d been itching to wear it, especially as Tall Brown Fox and I were a couple about town on Sunday.
Most men will tell you that an awesome shirt needs an awesome tie. Yes, ties easily cross gender bounderies. With the shirt being BOLD, it needed a BOLD centre piece accessory. I tried a long line necklace but it was overpowered by the shirt.
Too much of a one sided conversation.
With this scarf tie, the shirt now had a partner worthy of debating with, and the conversation revved up no end. In fact it was yak, yak, yak. At one point I had to shush them to be quiet!
I picked up this scarf tie only a couple of weeks ago for a bargain busting £2 in the sale.
I thought the dark green of the bag would be a good contrast against all three main pieces; duster coat, tartan shirt and jeans. It was a thrift find from a local charity shop. The vertical stitching and the faux buckle were unusual features which caught my eye.
The only downside to the bag is that there are no internal pockets to put keys, travel pass or phone in. I spent most of the day, having to rummage around in the depths of the bag to find anything. Everything I needed seemed to sink to the bottom! Still, at £1.99 I’m not really going to complain!
And my wedges booties are back out, having had their debut on the blog not long ago in my Autumn Pastels & Plaid Cape post.
Petite Asos Duster Coat
T K Maxx Oversized Tartan Shirt,
New Look Leopard Print Tie (sale)
New Look Wedge Boots & Ivory long sleeve top (old)
Green bag (old, thrifted)
Back in the duster coat, here I am standing under the bright, unmissable orange sign of the Barbican Centre, right in the heart of the City of London. The centre is a hothouse of cultural delights from music, dance, concerts and exhibitions.
We were there not just to get a photo of me standing under a floating orange disc, but because I’d booked tickets to a major exhibition that has only just opened this month at the Centre, focusing on the work and lives of Charles and Ray Eames.
Charles and Ray are considered to be among the most influential designers of the last century. If you haven’t heard about this extraordinary couple before, you’ve probably at least sat on one of their famous chair designs – the stacking chair – used the world over.
If you’re in town and you love design, then GO, GO, GO, see this exhibition. We spent a riveting and stimulating 2 hours immersed in their world and it was worth every second there. I’ve already written a post about the exhibition which will be going live on Saturday, so do pop by for that.
You can find out more about The World of Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition,
Here’s the background story to my weekly Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge.
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