Winter has been fashionably late this year. So fashionably late, I think everyone thought it would never actually show up and all our wool coats and chunky knits would remain hanging forlornly in our wardrobes.
But it's here with freezing temperatures, catching us a little by surprise. We even had a light smattering of snow fall overnight in London on Saturday, so this week's Seasonal Skinny is adapting to the true nature of the season!
FashionFairyDust did a post last Wednesday that's so in tune with this outfit it might appear I'm copying her style! She showcased her Camel Cowl Neck Jumper but with black jeans and a plaid scarf.
However, with living in a building site this week - we've no kitchen at present - I got behind with my blog reading (my apologies fellow bloggers) and only caught up with her post over the weekend, after I'd prepared this week's Seasonal Skinny. It's funny how independently our style planets aligned within days of each other!
Telepathy across the Atlantic Ocean?
Perhaps, but the similarity made me smile, as I pondered what great taste we both have!
I've been itching to show this jumper on the blog for a while but it wasn't due its debut for a few weeks. I have a list of planned Seasonal Skinny outfits going up to February but with the weather turning, this outfit jumped the queue - its time had come.
I bought the jumper way back in September when I was looking for a couple of new ones and I love the versatility of the camel colour. It works with denim, black jeans (as Debbie superbly showed) and then equally well with an assortment of my coloured jeans from burgundy, forest green, purple to my Winter Seasonal Skinny.
Sometimes you want a cosy, slouchy jumper you can just pull over your head and go. Nothing complicated, simple, easy styling. This one is loose fitting in the torso but close fitting in the arms with drop down shoulder seams, so some of the pattern falls down onto the upper arm. A design touch I like.
With a looser top, I kept the bottom half streamlined; the knee high boots were ideal and the slightly darker colour of the tan ties in neatly with the camel above.
When jumpers have patterns as part of the weave I do like the pattern to be on both sides. I never understand why manufacturers will have the pattern on the front but then not bother to do the same on the back. Scratches head!!!
'You've half finished the job!' is what I feel like shouting!
I didn't shout that at this jumper though, as the job was finished. Thankfully, the pattern is on both sides. PHEW!
My light down jacket is surprisingly wearable, warmth wise, for short trips out and about, even with the mercury hovering around zero, but for an added layer and to bring in some pattern I threw over my plaid cape.
Like Debbie, I'm wearing some leopard print. However, I opted for my dark brown leopard print beret. Well, it wouldn't be an outdoor shoot without my signature beret!
A tassel necklace is the perfect focal point against the block colour of the jumper and then my three tassel bracelets tie in with the necklace. They aren't actually a set even though they look like one. I stumbled upon them in France over Christmas, when buying my Polka Dot Gloves I wore in last week's Seasonal Skinny. The bracelets caught my eye as they were fortuituously in a tray at the till and I immediately thought they would go with my tassel necklace.
Debbie paired her cowl neck jumper with the most uber fierce leopard print boots. So uber fierce, I was tempted to hop on a plane, turn up at her door and ask to borrow them but that might have freaked her out!
I'll definitely wear my leopard print ankle boots that I wore a few weeks ago in my Winter Wine post, with the jumper in the future but for this post, I'd always planned to wear a pair of old faithfuls - my knee high, riding style boots. These boots have been with me for at least 15 years and are still going strong. They are perfect for chilly temperatures.
Tu at Sainsbury Jumper A/W15 - not available anymore. Wallis Camel Block Cowl Jumper
Marks & Spencer Riding Style Boots (old). These Camel Riding Boots from Clarks are in the sale.
Accessorize Tassel Necklace. Similar Tassel Necklace from Topshop
Tassel Bracelets from Camaieu currently in the sale
Light Down Jacket & Plaid Cape from TKMaxx
Dark Brown Leopard Print Beret from e-bay (old)
Wine Coloured Bowling Bag, Debehams (old) Jasper Conran Wine Bowler Bag
Do you think I'd make a good spy? I'm doing a little blending in with the fence, camoflauge style.
It was all going so well, until TallBrownFox blew my cover.
He started to make me giggle and once I start giggling, well, it's game over!
Oh what the heck. Who am I kidding? Blending in, ain't my style.
Have a great week everyone and I'll see you back again on Thursday for a non Seasonal Skinny outfit - my last outfit from my Christmas trip to France.
You can read why I started this Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge here.
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