Spring Style – The Coatigan

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A couple of weeks ago a Facebook follower and client of mine messaged me to ask for my advice on how to stay warm in Spring whilst still looking ‘Spring-like’ (and not cover up the gorgeous tops that start to surface at this time of year).

Today’s post is the first in a series looking at my top Spring outerwear picks. As you may have guessed, the coatigan is the first in the spotlight, simply because it is the one I reach for most at this time of year.

A couple of years ago I purchased my first coatigan and I haven’t looked back since, my collection has grown to include different colours and lengths but this Samsoe & Samsoe one is my all time favourites.

 

Its a bit of a departure from my usual style and I think that is why I like it so much. The colours instantly make it feel appropriate for Spring, but it has enough weight to it to keep me really warm on chillier days. I love it with yellow (such a happy colour), as well as red, navy, black and white. Despite the boldness of the print it is actually really versatile. I always par down the rest of my outfit when I wear it though; this coatigan is always the ‘hero’ so I let it do the talking and keep everything else simple.

Here are my top tips if you fancy adding a coatigan to your wardrobe this Spring…

  1. The style of coatigans is generally more relaxed, so if you prefer structured and tailored then it probably isn’t for you. I have gone against the general guidelines I use for dressing my body shape here, its not a style to ‘show off’ my waist or emphasize my curves and that’s fine, as long as we know we’re breaking the rules it’s all good ūüėČ
  2. Go neutral (charcoal, navy, stone etc.) or go bold. A neutral shade is great for versatility as you can add lots of accent colours underneath however I do love a bold coatigan that makes a bit of a statement (as you may have guessed!)
  3. If you’re petite beware of this style; it may overwhelm your frame. Opt for an oversized cardigan instead to emulate the look in a way that works for you.
  4. If you’re grand in scale (I’m 5’11”) then go for a big, bold print if you like. The taller you are the larger the print you can go for so embrace it and have fun!
  5. Play with textures. I love chunky knits with leather trousers and silk camisole tops – soooo gorgeous and add a touch of sass to an otherwise everyday outfit.

This Samsoe & Samsoe coatigan is around a year old now but I’ve linked some others below that you may like to try (just click the pictures to be taken straight to buy):

Lina Cardi, Hush, £95 Рthe Brown Sugar colour is perfect for those of you who fall into the Soft colour category and is a great neutral piece for Spring.

 

Circle Knit Cardigan, Anthropologie ¬£138 – LOVE this! If you’re Warm or Clear & Warm, snap this up and wear with Dark Navy underneath. Gorgeous!

 

Textured Knit Cardigan, Cos ¬£79 – green is the colour of the season and this more structured style will appeal to those of you who fall into the Classic or City Chic style categories. Also available in Navy if the green isn’t your taste/colour.

 

Photography by Emily Bailey.

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Friday Fix – The Coatigan

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Whilst there have been a couple of days this past week where the weather has been mild, there is certainly an Autumnal chill in the air and, as someone who gets woken by a toddler alarm at around 6am every day, I can confirm that the mornings are now getting darker.

I’m sad that the Summer months (and hope of sun!) are coming to an end, but I’ve always loved getting dressed in Autumn/Winter. The opportunity to layering and accessorising always appeals!

As my baby isn’t due for another few weeks I’m holding off on any major new purchases for a while, with the exception of a ‘coatigan’. Last Autumn I lusted after several chunky outerwear options but didn’t take the plunge however, as this year I’ll be able to wear one both with and without the bump I’ve already made the purchase!¬†The coat/cardigan hybrid is the perfect solution to those chilly Autumnal mornings where a Winter coat would be too much but just one layer isn’t enough.

Coatigan styles generally tend to be loose and baggy – they’re supposed to be cover-ups so don’t concern yourself too much with showing off your body shape when it comes to purchasing one. Instead, concentrate on getting one in colours that really work with your palette and will complement you as I guarantee once you snuggle into one of these bad boys you won’t want to take it off!

My Top Pick

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This gorgeous Samsoe & Samsoe Kimy Cardigan arrived this week and I cannot wait to wear it! The colours are so scrumptious yet really versatile and it’s super-snuggly. I’m planning on layering it over leather skinnies and biker boots as well as denim and tan ankle boots throughout Autumn.

Buy Now, Wear Now

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The boho trend that was prevalent throughout Summer in the form of flares and fringing is continuing into Autumn and a furry gillet is the perfect way to nod to it. Opt for something in a neutral shade like this Vila version for maximum wearability. If the weather warms up you can throw this on over a vest or lightweight dress and when temperatures drop layer over your comfy knits and pair with skinnies (or flares to keep the 70s vibes going!)

For The Weekend

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This cosy Fairisle cardigan is the perfect casual cover-up. Wear over your boyfriend jeans or skinnies, with trainers and a lightweight knit with a scarf for maximum snuggle-factor. Tones of navy and dark tan will work beautifully with this neutral cardigan and will really complement those of you who fall into the Soft colour category.

The Smart/Casual Option

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If you need something warm but a little smarter then this Selected Femme Colour Block Cardigan will work beautifully for a slightly ‘neater’ look as it doesn’t have the soft cocoon shape that many of these styles favour. I love the graphic print of this cardigan and having seen it on can testify to the fact that it looks equally good with cigarette pants¬†and¬†heels¬†as it does layered over a more casual ensemble!

For Those With Light Colouring

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This time of year can be very difficult for those of you who fall into the Light colour category as shades tend to be so dark (and if you have fair hair, skin and light eyes you look best in light, delicate shades). It’s inevitable that you’ll need to look at shades that are darker than you’d ideally wear during Autumn/Winter but the good news is that shades of blue, including powder and baby blues, are set to be very popular this season and should therefore be easily available. ¬†This Hush Nessa Cardi is a great combination of lighter shades whilst not feeling too Spring-like. Wear with light blues, soft whites or pale grey underneath to keep everything working together to ensure you look glowing and fresh rather than weighed down by tones that are too dark!

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