It was a glorious 1st of May here in the UK! And that meant Bank Holiday weekend; an extra day off work!
Bank Holidays in the UK = rain. It’s traditional. Soon as you get the bbq out and the suncream on standby, you can bet the skies will open and your sausages will be soaked!
BUT joy of joys, for once tradition was bucked. Sunday of May Bank Holiday weekend was blue skies and sun! Heavens, I’ve even got my sunnies on! Tall Brown Fox and I decided to escape from the City to the Coast for the day, for a blast of sea air. The last couple of weeks have been pretty horrible and upsetting for my whole family, as we deal with some devastating news. The reason and why I haven’t blogged for two weeks will be explained in another post but for now, lets enjoy a moment of precious light relief in the sunshine.
Ok, you’re wondering (or maybe not, I’m hazarding a guess here) if the day was THAT glorious why I’m wearing a beret? Well, tis purely for practical reasons. We went on a harbour boat tour and there’s nothing worse than the wind whipping your hair around your eyes!
Where did we escape too? Portsmouth – the historic naval City on the South Coast.
What to wear for a waterfront day trip involving
leisurely sight seeing,
fish ‘n’ chips scoffing,
ice cream licking,
and lots of walking?
When there are ancient cobblestones and ship gang planks to navigate, you start with the feet. Out came the trusty Doc Martens (seen here and here). Practical but with the leopard print bringing in some fun. To show them off more, I did a double cuff roll of my jeans. Dark wash, straight leg jeans are such a great pairing with the DMs.
With the lower half unexpectedly emerging with a flavour of a ‘mod’ or ‘bovver boy’ look from the UK in 1960s, I followed that trail of yesteryear with the top half, especially as I’ve been wanting to wear my bomber style, zip jacket for a while.
Now I know what you’re thinking; that’s a bomber jacket?
I know, it’s not your typical bomber jacket. Mine is a laid-back-almost-horizontal nod in the direction of the bomber style, which was precisely what attracted me to it in the first place. You see, the thing about a popular piece of clothing, which the bomber jacket undoubtedly is, it’s stood the test of time after all, is that it becomes a uniform and I’m not into uniforms. You see the same styling everywhere.
Ubiquitous, obvious, done to death.
I’ve tried the classic bomber jacket. Military style, padded, black (because khaki next to my face makes me looks like I’m suffering a severe bout of food poisoning). All very utilitarian.
Without batting an eyelid, Tall Brown Fox, said:
‘Are you trying to look like a bouncer at a nightclub?’
I knew exactly what he meant. It went back on the rail.
Then at Christmas time, during our French stay, I found this brick red, quilted jacket from Camaieu, which has all the details I like about a bomber …
round neck, zip front and pockets, ribbed cuffs and hem,
… but without the ones I don’t.
the sheen, the khaki colour, the bouncer look!
White looks great with bright red shades but brick or rust tone reds work better with ivory, cream or stone.
Could the wall behind me more perfectly illustrate this if it tried?
A happy coincidence my friends, a happy coincidence!
Plus my patterned jumper with its stone background is much more fun than a plain tee. For more of a feminine twist, I chose my metallic cross body bag and rather than jewellery, I wore a scarf.
Look closely, apart from the silver streaks in my hair (!), yes, look lower than that, you’ll just be able to make out what the print on the scarf is.
If the feet are all about the big cat family …
… the scarf is all about man’s best friend!
Scottie dogs, greyhounds, dachshunds, corgis, dalmatians, pugs and westies! It’s like Best in Show!
It’s a little cheeky pattern mixing for you too. The dogs are enjoying their walk around the flowers of my jumper.
Wallis Straight Leg Jeans bought in the sale for £15. These are similar & currently in the sale Wallis Petite Straight Leg Jeans.
Camaieu Bomber Style Zip Jacket AW15 Wine Coloured Velvet Bomber Jacket or Lightweight Black Bomber Jacket
Peacocks Patterned Jumper (old)
Dog Print Scarf (old) Same scarf, different colourway and currently in the sale: Spruce Coloured Dog Print Scarf. Similar but in stone National Trust Stone Dog Print Scarf
Kylie Double Zip Across Body Bag currently in the sale
Bomber Jacket Footnote
If a garment doesn’t quite work on but you like the idea of it, just find something similar that does. Be unique; put your own spin on it and you’ll stand out from the crowd, because who wants to be a clone?
If your look is masculine influenced, you can avoid it becoming too mannish by softening it with textures and subtle patterns as I’ve done here, with the quilted bomber, the leopard docs and the jumper and scarf prints.
Do you like to take a flavour of a look, whilst very much making it your own?