Now I adore colour but not everyone wants to own a brightly coloured coat. And even I, the colour lover that I am, sometimes want to wear a neutral colour in my outerwear.
If you own a neutral coat, and by neutral I'm meaning black, brown, grey, you can either wear it as a statement piece in its own right or let it be a blank canvas to decorate with brightly coloured accessories. Then you have versatility.
I deliberately kept my canvas neutral for two reasons.
First, because the decorative colour would then be more striking.
Second, because I wanted to show that even keeping the canvas to one colour - in this case, grey - I could still gain light, texture and depth. I've used not quite 50 Shades of Grey (!) but at least 3 shades of the grey palette from
the silver of my beret,
the pewter and suede of the boots,
to the darker charcoal grey of the coat.
From there, it was dead easy to take two simple accessories in a bold colour, to elevate my neutral Winter coat:
a blanket scarf - a big trend this season
a brightly coloured tote - a classic bag
The cobalt blue of the scarf and the tote I chose, really makes an impact with a little assistance from my polka dot gloves.
I've loved seeing all my fellow bloggers wearing colourful blanket scarves the last few months. It seems this past season, we've all gone 'mad for plaid'; me included! I went especially LARGE with my 'mad for plaid', in that last Autumn I bought a plaid wrap, which I've worn several times now on the blog (including Autumn Pastels, Denim Skirt & DM's and Plaid Accents).
However, if you're feeling plaid is slightly passé, go nordic!
Now you might think wearing an item with reindeer on (or elk, or caribou or moose or any of the other 9-13 subspecies there are apparently of reindeer; I profess to not being an expert on what exactly the quadrupeds are on the scarf), would feel silly in February, but not at all. The blue and the pattern is far from Christmassy in my eyes.
It's only a recent addition to my expanding collection of scarves and I spied it shortly after Christmas and it's from Tu at Sainsbury (sold out online now, sadly). Supermarkets really are doing some great pieces at the moment and when the colour caught my eye, I really did ask myself;
'Do I need yet another scarf?'
'To which, of course, the answer is no', replied small voice of reason. 'But that's never stopped you before!'
And indeed it didn't!
In my defence, it is reversible. Turn it over and the blue becomes black and the black, blue. A striking way to wear it for evening trips out.
To pick out the lighter grey in the scarf, I topped with my silver, wool beret which has delicate clusters of beads over it; a subtle touch of texture and detail.
Rather like the story behind the scarf I wasn't intending to buy another coat when this popped up in my e-bay feed several months ago. I've already got a workhorse coat for everyday, a couple of coloured coats and various jackets so I'm well kitted out coat-wise BUT...
this gem was new with tags on
is wool and cashmere, so uber light yet warm
is Minuet Petite, so fits perfectly on the shoulders, has the perfect arm length and hits just below the knee... yup... so is the perfect length!
Perfect circumstances I think you'll agree in which to purchase?
It would have retailed for £160.00.
I could've bought it for £55 but I offered £30 to the seller and
if that coat wasn't winging its way to my wardrobe.
You're darn right I'm looking so pleased!
It's why I never mind taking a chance on e-bay. You can snap up some extraordinary bargains if you know what you're looking for, or, in this case, at!
But then I found these on Boden.
Full price they were a nudge over 3 figures (£110) but in the sale they dipped below (£83.30), and into my online shopping cart! They have a leather/rubber sole giving them a good grip; useful on potentially slippery surfaces in Winter.
A quick word about the boots, if you're the same size as me and thinking of buying. Mine are a UK size 3 / EUR 36 BUT the fit is more a 3½ . Technically, size 36 is a UK size 3½, which is why I love Marks & Spencer's footwear so much, as their size 3 is a 35½. A proper fit for my narrow, petite feet. However, I slipped a half insole inside and that solved the problem of them being a teensy bit loose.
Minute Wool & Cashmere Coat (ebay)
Precis Petite Wool Coat currently in the sale. Regular Phase Eight Asymmetrical Charcoal Coat also in the sale.
Wallis Coated Jeans. H&M Coated Jeans or Next Black Coated Jacquard Leggings sold out in petite but available in regular. For petites here are Wallis High Waisted Jeggings available in the sale.
Accessorize Beret (old)
Tu at Sainsbury Nordic Style Blanket Scarf. Sold out Etsy Nordic Blanket Scarf
TKMaxx Cobalt Blue Tote (old) Cobalt Blue Crossbody Handbag
Camaieu Polka Dot Gloves. These are cute with a little bow Ladies Polka Dot Gloves
Boden Pewter Boho Boots Currently in the sale and available in size 3. Also available in Black and Navy in a few other sizes.
Moral of the story is two fold.
You're far from fading to grey, if you play with your shades of grey. In fact, grey is a more forgiving colour to wear for many skin tones, especially so for those of us t'other side of 40.
Reindeer are not just for Christmas but for life!
How do you style a neutral coat?
Do you keep it as a statement piece, or do you let your accessories do the talking?
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