What’s your weekend wear?
Do you barely venture out of your pj’s?
Do you cocoon yourself in your favourite jumper and yoga pants that, let’s be honest, have seen better days and by now have more holes in them than Leerdammer cheese?
Do you struggle to find a relaxed look that doesn’t say comatose?
Your relaxed weekend look wants to be easily assembled without you ending up shouting;
‘I’ve been up for 3 hours already, trying to get dressed and the whole of my wardrobe is now residing in a rejected and dejected heap on the bedroom floor.’
Step in to the rescue, the triumvirate of …
the embroidery anglaise tunic top
the tassel necklace.
I’ve always loved chunky knits for Winter weekends, such as my Rollneck Jumper but sometimes you want to mix things up. Coatigans are one of fashion’s hybrids that I find really work. They tick that magical box of relaxed, weekend dressing, whilst retaining an element of style. They are
slouchy without being sloppy,
softer and less structured than a coat,
warmer than a cardigan,
cozy like an all embracing hug.
And who doesn’t love an all embracing hug!?!
When garments are less structured, it’s easy to feel swamped, even more so if you’re a petite, so shape, size and length need a little more attention, when wearing / buying a coatigan.
– If it’s too loose and/or too long, you’ll drown. I went down a size for a better fit across the shoulders.
– For petites especially, find the right length and they’ll give you the illusion of height. This one hits just above the knee so doesn’t cut my legs off.
– A tassel necklace keeps the same length line as the coatigan, both giving a column effect and drawing the eye up. And even better when you’ve nabbed said necklace for a fiver in the sale!
(Or at least they do for about 5 minutes, before you then stand next to your 6’4″ Fox and then only standing on a box gives you the illusion of height.)
Teal is such a gorgeously rich colour that it’s the perfect partner for the depth of my Winter Seasonal Skinny, the merlot jeans, without the overall effect being too dark.
And if you want an alternative colour to black on your feet, grey suede boots (or brown) are a light touch and are less severe than black.
Embroidery Anglaise tops have really come into their own in the last couple of Spring/Summer seasons and I’ve seen them trickling into the shops again for this Spring. But can you wear them on a freezing February day?
With a long sleeve, tunic top style; absolutely. I just layered a cami top underneath for added warmth as yes, cotton isn’t the most heat giving of fabrics.
But what the embroidery anglaise does give you in spades is beautiful, delicate detail and texture and is a step up, sartorially speaking, from a plain or striped tee.
After a pretty horrible February, with Mum being in hospital for most of it and our kitchen still not finished, Tall Brown Fox and I decided that someone else should do the cooking for lunch. A vote was taken and the unanimous winner was traditional Sunday roast down the pub.
The plus about this outfit is that when you’re ready to go out, you just wrap the coatigan around you for added warmth, grab your bag and go! No need for a belt to hold it in place, as the necklace very conveniently does the job.
And if you need another layer, throw a wrap around your shoulders and you stay with the casual vibe of the outfit.
Berets are optional!
Last one now, as we’re going to be late for lunch!
Plus I’m beginning to get cold, that darn wind is icy you know!
And my tummy is rumbling like the sound of a train hurtling down the tracks at great speed, so let’s be ‘aving you.
Right, I’m off, before I get frostbite and all the yorkshire puddings are eaten.
See you in the pub. Literally!
Now that folks, is what I call a Sunday roast!
Welsh lamb, piled high on roast tatties and veg, a yorkie pud balancing on top of it all,
with lashings of gravy.
Dorothy Perkins Skinny Jeans (old)
Bhs Embroidery Anglaise Top (S/S15)
Red Bead Tassel Necklace currently in the sale
Pewter Suede Ankle Boots currently in the sale
Debenhams Bowling Bag (old)