Something for The Weekend

October 28, 2016

Opulent autumn outfit mixing leather, wool and faux furTwo outfit posts in one week, what’s going on Jen? Well, I did say I wanted to share my outfits with you this autumn. I want to show you that having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to mean boring outfits and that it’s OK to repeat pieces and outfits. Because let’s face it we all wear our clothes more than once. But before we get into the outfit I have something to share with you. I recently signed up with an advertising agency who will manage adverts on this site and sponsored post opportunities. I know ads can get annoying sometimes, but please don’t let the new ads put you off (and don’t feel any pressure to click on them). I put a lot of time and effort into this blog and it needed to start paying its way. I’ll be monitoring the ads over the next few weeks to see if they are having any impact, please let me know if you think any of them are unsuitable. It wasn’t an easy decision to start monetising this site but in order to keep creating content, I needed to make that choice. Any sponsored posts will always be in keeping with the theme of this blog and as usual, any thoughts and opinions shared will be my own (see disclaimer for details). Now that’s out the way let’s get on with the post.

Style shades of burgundy, maroon, deep red for an autumn, fall outfit of the daySomething for the Weekend

Before I talk about my outfit, I wanted to share what I’ve been reading, watching and writing this month. If you have any spare time this weekend, make sure you check out these great posts. And if you only have half an hour make sure you watch this Monday’s Panorama investigation into child refugees working in garment factories in Turkey. Not the easiest watch but so eye-opening looking at what’s happening so close to home.




Styling faux fur and leather. Mixing textures for autumn winterThe Outfit – Style + Fit Notes

Mixing Texture: I love playing about with textures this time of year. Luxurious, opulent textures are always a big part of autumn/winter fashion. Here I’ve mixed the buttery soft leather of the skirt with the knit of the sweater. This in itself creates a contrast of texture but I decided to throw on my faux fur gilet to add even more texture to the look. I quite like the way it turned out, it’s a glamorous look but not so glamorous you couldn’t wear it to the supermarket.

Colour: It’s a no black outfit, well OK the tights and boots are black but its pretty much no black. I love the colour of this skirt, it’s the perfect autumn colour to me. I wasn’t too sure about teaming it with this top as I thought it could be a little too much, but I think because of the contrasting stripes it manages to work. You may remember this sweater from a few weeks ago when I said it contained my autumn colour scheme. Well, this whole outfit is my autumn colour scheme.

A-line Skirt: I used to think A-line skirts didn’t suit me, I always thought I was too hippy for them. Turns out I was wrong because the skim the hips as they flair out, they are actually really flattering on the hip area. This one is so comfortable to wear and just as warm as jeans, especially when teamed with tights. Finally found an alternative to my daily uniform of jeans.

70’s Throwback: I can’t not mention what a 70’s throwback this outfit is. It’s not my normal style, I tend to go for more classic modern shapes but I really love the 70’s look of this outfit.

How to wear a maroon leather skirtStand Out Piece

The stand out piece has to be this Whistles leather skirt. The photos really don’t do it justice, the leather is buttery soft and the colour is such a beautiful deep burgundy red shade. I can see this being worn so much this autumn/winter (and for years to come) the colour goes with pretty much everything in my wardrobe and adds colour to any outfit without being too in your face. I also think this will be amazing over Christmas as part of my Christmas events wardrobe (more on that to come). I only wish it had real pockets, but I suppose no pockets is a good thing as I won’t be standing with my hands in my pockets all the time.

Burgundy, navy and pink striped sweater from WhistlesShop The Outfit

Sweater – Whistles (exact)

Skirt – Whistles (exact, cheaper alternative, ethical alternative)

Gilet – M&Co* (similar)

Beautiful burgundy leather skirt styled with a stripe knit

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