Faux fur coats have been all over the place the past couple of winters and no more so than this season with what seems like every colour of the rainbow available. With so many colours and different style of jackets, it’s a wonder it took me this long before I got my grubby mitts on one. Especially considering how blooming warm they are.
I was actually looking for a teddy coat that I have yet to find in a perfect burnt caramel shade, specific I know. I was in H&M on the hunt for said teddy coat and this bold little gem was tucked away in the back alongside one other faux fur in a different colour immediately drew me in and had me dropping my bag and try it on. This is actually hugely oversized for me, I think it’s a Uk 14. I did have a proper root around the store to try and find a smaller size but couldn’t so took this one to the till anyway where the girl at the check out said this could only be a return item because these sold out instantly once they hit the shop floor originally.
There’s no sign of this coat in this beautiful burnt orange colour on the H&M website, although there is a black version! I’ve managed to find a few other versions that are similar, but it’s definitely worth a quick whip around your nearest H&M to see if you can spy one hiding.
Despite it being oversized, it doesn’t feel bulky, just slightly slouchy in shape. It’s near on perfect for me, I love that I can snuggle into it, as is the dog who uses me as a huge human blanket whenever I wear this. It’s also large enough to fit all my heaviest layers underneath, not that I particularly need it with how warm it is. And that’s the appeal of the faux fur jackets, they are so all-encompassing in their ability to keep you warm that any spring-like outfit is available because this outer layer will keep me toasty.
I absolutely love the colour, it’s this crazy burnt orange, almost copper shade that looks incredible in life and insanely vibrant in photos. It’s such a fun piece to style, I tend to wear more muted colours and simple items with it because really no one is looking at anything other than the coat. And I’m ok with that! I’ve got on my straight leg jeans with my pointed Chelsea boots, a caramel cashmere jumper and of course, a baker boy hat. A simple look underneath and a loud shout of colour on top!
We went on a grand walk around Manchester with this outfit, we had the Manchester library in mind for photos but we also wanted to see where else we could find some good city backdrops for future posts and because it’s nice to get to know your city a little better. Foolishly we went out around lunchtime so everywhere was packed and so we ended up doing a big loop round Manchester through all the side streets and finding so many areas of Manchester many little streets we didn’t know and so so many beautiful building.
To begin with, though we started in the Northern Quarter and did a big loop around Affleck’s Palace looking for a haberdashery that may have been there at one point in Afflecks Palace’s life but isn’t anymore. Affleck’s Palace is a huge building full of loads of independent shops and has been in Manchester for the longest time. We were trying to find buttons for this coat, they 100% need replacing but it’s finding the right ones or at this point, a store that even sells buttons would be a good start. The quest continues and it may end up continuing online. It honestly feels like an endless quest. The coat is vintage and I want to find buttons that work well with the cream wool while being in keeping with its seventies style.
Underneath the coat with only half its buttons was my chunky cable knit jumper from Aubin and Wills, not sure if this brand is even around anymore but this was a marvellous purchase. Its the warmest, chunkiest knit I own and the quality is incredible, I just have to be careful when I wear it because it keeps the heat in like no other and I generally end up overheating in it. I’ll try and find something similar below. I’ve got my red crossbody Zara bag, super old that you cant really see but there’s a gold chain poking through on some of the pictures.
On my bottom half, I’ve got the best straight leg jeans I’ve managed to find ever, the Axyl style jeans from Urban Outfitters. These suit my shape so well and I love the washed out black wash. They are a 32 leg which fits my height wonderfully, the hem of the jean finishing at my ankles. Worn with some old metallic pointed boots from ASOS, in hindsight not the greatest footwear to do a three-hour walk around town in but pretty to look at.
Oh hey 2018, I’ve been waiting for you! A happy new year and welcome back to my little corner of the internet and hello first outfit post of 2018. When we go out to do photos we usually incorporate one into a long walk with my dog early morning. Because the morning light is always the best and I need to walk the dog so there you go. We always walk around the canals and find so many beautiful places to shoot. This spot in particular I love, next to the main road but almost as if a bit of countryside was left over with the old bridge and a canal-side cottage and a ton of geese and ducks hanging out.
As we were out walking the dog comfort on some level is a smart idea, we are usually out for over an hour.
On top, I’ve got what has to be my favourite jumper of all time. Its a hugely oversized caramel roll neck from H&M, they seem to do this style every year but in different shades. This is an extra large? It’s ridiculous how oversized it is, it practically drowns me but that’s why I adore it. I found it in the sale and literally bought it for the colour which I personally think is a perfect caramel shade. I wear this jumper far too much and as you can see from the photos I faff with it constantly because of its oversized nature. I’m constantly shoving the sleeves up my arm, tucking the jumper into my jeans, pulling it out again. So much faff but so much love for this jumper. Maybe I could have done with a size or two down but maybe I won’t have liked it so much?
I’m wearing a hat that has been on my head so much over the holidays. Its a wool baker boy hat with a leather brim which has been saving me from looking a loon on lazy hair days and just the general drizzle of Manchester.
Also wearing some snazzy new corduroy trousers with a cropped flare cut that I’m always on board with and have so many pairs of jeans in this cut. But now I’ve also got it in corduroy, so my winter wardrobe is complete. A little loose around my waist because it’s so high waisted but the size below I had problems bending so this works on a breathing and comfort level. Also on my feet, I’ve got on my pointed Chelsea boots.
Happy holidays and welcome to the in-between week, where overeating seems to take precedence and comfort in all forms is key. That includes the daily dog walks, where wrapping up to feel cosy and yet still look semi-put together is an art form all of its own especially while in a self-induced chocolate coma.
You can see my curls drop throughout the photos in today’s post. The damp cold air attacked my hair giving me a lovely fluffy mop. It was the kind of day where the cold seems to seep into your bones and the best way to beat it was to pretend my jumper dress is just a jumper, gotta keep the midsection warm after all that Christmas food! The dusty rose coloured sweater dress is form fitting so it doesn’t look out of place utilised as a jumper. And did I mention how toasty warm I was?
My cropped flare black jeans work in adding a little shape and interest to the outfit and work well at showing off my new pride and joys, my big old worker boots with pearl detailing all along the lacing. These boots are insanely comfortable and actually have a rather large tread on them so I’m about two inches taller than usual which is always a bonus! Also wearing but not shown are a pair of tights under the jeans and some big fluffy socks to keep the toes toasty. Finally, my black wool coat over the top and I’m ready to walk off all my quality streets and turkey.
I’m going to be properly British and talk about the weather. Er sorry, but I can’t help it, especially when I get all weird and excited about fog. I bloomin love wandering around in the fog. When we took these photos earlier in the week the fog was getting heavier and heavier and it gives the photos an almost washed out quality that I kind of really like. You could barely see to the end of the street it was so foggy, which I love and it’s not something you see so much in the city centre. I was a happy little chappy taking photos and getting all excited you can barely see a building in the distance. Simple pleasures.
I’m wearing the first corduroy purchase of the year. Corduroy is a big winter trend this year and I’m fully behind it and buying up as much as I can before it falls out of fashion again. Why it would fall out of fashion is beyond me, its such a brilliant fabric. It adds texture and colours that are usually quite muted like this pale pink skirt. This asymmetric skirt is so pretty with big buttons running slightly off centre to look like a wrap-around skirt. They don’t actually do anything they are just there to give off the 60s feel that I’m always leaning towards.
Other than the skirt its an all black ensemble, a cashmere crew neck jumper tucked into the skirt, my big old wool coat from McQ Alexander McQueen that I got via TheOutnet, there are similar coats on there a href=”http://rstyle.me/n/cu77mscb8u7″ target=”_blank”>like this one. And an oversized cashmere beanie from AllSaints, an oldie that been in the wardrobe for years but similar here. And some tights because it’s not about bare legs anymore and lastly my pointed Chelsea boots that need a good shoe shine but lets ignore that.