SPRING STYLE – THE BLAZER

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In my opinion a blazer is a staple item for most women’s wardrobes. They’re timeless, chic and so very versatile.

I have to admit, I don’t get to wear this little off-white number very often, which is probably why I chose to shoot it for this post. The lighter shade is perfect for warmer months but sadly not practical with two young children running around so I wear this for work or when I’m out for a ‘grown-up’ lunch/dinner (no sticky fingers in sight!)

Whichever colour palette you fall into, there is a shade of White to suit everyone. It may be a Soft White, Cream or Ivory. For my colouring, lighter shades need to be worn with something contrasting, hence the deep navy cami I’ve styled it with here.

As a Spring staple I style my blazers in all sorts of ways. The more structured silhouette looks great in contrast to the relaxed fit of boyfriend/girlfriend jeans and heels for a smart/casual look. I also love mine with skinnies (what a shocker!), skirts and over jumpsuits/dresses. Opting for one that has darting at the back (as this one does) will give your silhouette a lovely shape (and emphasise your waist).

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A blazer in a darker, neutral tone (charcoal, navy etc.) will give it more of an outerwear feel, making it great as a substitute for a heavy coat on those days that have a chill in the air. Just add some accessories (scarf, statement necklace) or put lighter layers underneath (a tee and a soft denim shirt for example).

Also, with blazers in colours that are a more practical shade than white (!) I love to dress them down with jeans and trainers to give an everyday look at slightly more polished edge.

I’ve created a plethora of style inspo over on Pinterest to give you some ideas on how to style your blazer this Spring. Take a look here.

Photography by Emily Bailey.

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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 😉
  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 – the 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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