Afternoon Daisybutter gang!
I’m back with another highly belated Ways to Wear feature for you today. I think I’m going to have to accept that Wednesdays can’t always be dedicated to a regular feature, and simply publish them whenever I have the time.
Got my new work shifts through which start in 2 weeks, and I won’t be free on Wednesdays at all. So let’s just see how things pan out
This week’s featured item, as requested by Gem, is the trench coat. A must-have for any British girl, throughout all seasons and all weathers. It is such a staple in a wardrobe, but can easily be overlooked for being too plain, classic or expected in an outfit.
As with all of my Ways to Wear posts, you probably already have one hanging in the back of your wardrobe, or perhaps your Mum has one tucked away somewhere than you can restore to its’ former glory. Just look at my white T-shirt post or Converse Chucks post, for instance!
Look One is something I wanted to style for classic English summer weather.
If you’re an international reader, England is experiencing another somewhat turmulteous summer. And on a typical day, you can expect sunshine, blue skies, rain, thunder and extreme wind, all within five minutes of one another!
I absolutely love wearing a little girly dress underneath a trench coat. It seems very proper, and very modern day Audrey Hepburn to me. Annie Greenabelle have the most beautiful collection of dresses, I’m desperately coveting this Ditsy Floral jersey panel dress from their current collection. The panels of floral are perfectly girly, and the button-up detail keeps the short skirted piece very modest and just prim enough.
For this look, leave your trusty cardigan at home, and wear your trench coat unbuttoned, with a skinny belt on top, around the waist to cinch things in and keep the look looking polished. This look is best completed by a very simple pair of flats, loose, undone, improper hair and a delicate bangle.
My next Look goes for the complete opposite in style. I’m 99% sure that you all have a pair of very distressed, faded black/grey jeans hiding in your wardrobes somewhere, perhaps from rebellious teenage years past? I know I do!
The beauty with a trench is that it doesn’t neatly slot into a specific style, it is just at home amongst love-worn denim as it is with a floaty dress. Cut up your old jeans into grungy cut-offs, or wear as jeans, then wear an oversized tee over the top. How cute is this Wonder Woman top?! Knot it at the hip on one side, and wear with white Converse.
Hair-wise, opt for a slightly messy, topknot: the classic, refined style with an edge will complement the trench, but still pull your distressed look underneath together.
So we go from one extreme to the other, to go back to something in the middle: Look Three is a simple, everyday look, suited for running errands, days when you want to laze around but know you might have to pop out of the house at some time… I’m sure you and I both know the sort!
Nothing beats a top and leggings. You can argue as much as you’d like, as polished as I may seem to dress at times, the top and leggings look, paired with brogues, is something I’ll never tire of. I’ve added an extra top to layer the Look up and add interest (obviously make sure the bottom, striped top is longer to cover your bum!), and then a silk scarf, which can either be worn loosely around the neck, or as a belt to cinch the trench coat in, in replacement of those samey-same belts that they often come with.
I couldn’t resist throwing in another Look this week.
Paying homage to the sheer blouse in this Look, this look is something you can adapt for work, for daytime or evening. High-waisted jeans are so flattering and very on-trend at the moment, tuck a double-pocket blouse into your jeans for something a little different and very streamlined. A long chain necklace, satchel bag and ambrose boots are perfect to add that finishing English charm and finesse.
I hope enjoyed this week’s Ways to Wear instalment. I must admit, this has been one of my favourite garments to feature, I was excited to work on the request from the moment Gem requested it! I now have a pretty large backlog of requests to work on for upcoming weeks, including Abby and Fern’s requests, but please keep the requests coming through, I may be able to integrate them with the requests I currently have! Have a lovely Wednesday evening ladies (and gents, if there are any of you?!), I’m Acting Manager at work tonight, and then my Dad is back from his 3-week holiday!