One of my ‘unspoken resolutions’ for this year was to make my style a little more me again. A style dictated less by what’s expected, what’s comfortable and what’s affordable, but more by what I’m personally inspired by and what makes me feel like I’m moving forwards with my wardrobe.
I’ve often felt that what you wear becomes a physical extension of one’s self, offering up a sartorial sliver of your personality before you’ve even made eye contact with somebody or opened your both to utter ‘hello!’. The comfort zone of jeans and a great-fitting tee is pretty cool and all, but I’d begun to feel lacklustre, like I probably could do better but also could just settle. It seeped through to all parts of my life by the end of 2017 and, c’mon, the jeans-and-a-tee mantra for every aspect of my life just wasn’t cutting it.
There’s something about layering long length upon long length that feels incandescently chic. We’re ‘taught’ that something that hits at top thigh is flattering, that something to cinch your waist is slimming (don’t start me on that) and even that petite girls must wear ankle-grazing lengths. Well, this 5”3 girl is kinda over that. I’m totally into these plissé pleat trousers still and they’re so comfy and effortlessly chic in an unexpected way. Y’know, not a classic culotte and Certainly Not A Jean.
I’m currently in the throes of a sartorial love affair with this Sézane Orson jumper that did the blogger rounds. It’s irrefutably deserved of its hype though. Soft wool in alternating Fisherman’s Rib knit with the faintest hint of a high neck and those adorable balloon sleeves.
I tucked the front in to these trousers, added a loafer – my faithful ASOS Movement pair and not the Gucci because girl’s got a tax bill to pay – and a long camel coat, along with an Amsterdam chill-combating bobble hat. The layer play in this look has my heart and it’s a head-turner: whether for good reasons, I’ll never know 😉 but at least I feel like me again, eh?
PS. If you got this far, it’s Milo’s 2nd birthday – wish him a happy birthday in the comments?
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