Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Classic Coat: Part 3/3

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High-Impact Accessories

"Minimalist does maximalism", that's how I could describe this outfit, I suppose. In a way this is the opposite of my last post (where the coat was the focus of the outfit) in the sense that now it's the coat that becomes the backdrop to some high-impact red accessories.

And there's a lot going on here: some pattern mixing with stripes and florals, glam leopard print sunnies, studded gloves, colour blocking and a scene-stealing diva colour (red / burgundy).

Red is, always has been and always will be, my colour. Not only because it's probably the colour that best suits my natural colouring, but also because it's my power colour.

Yes, when in doubt, wear red... Works for me. If I want to make sure to look my best, I wear something red (or hot pink or fuchsia ). It’s amazing how it instantly makes my pallid, paler-than-pale skin look glowing and radiant. Talk about an instant confidence boost...

By the way (in case you're wondering), I really do look this pale year round, and no amount of sunshine is going to fix that (mainly because I tend to avoid exposure to sun as I burn quite easily). And no, I don't really wear much makeup, just some powder and lipstick. For starters, I'm totally clueless when it comes to make-up, and second, I'm way too lazy. So, my solution is to wear bright colours next to my face...

And blue, then... Well, that's what I wear instead of neutrals (it's so much kinder to my pallid, paler-than-pale skin than beige or black). Of course, this coat is a rather vivid shade of cobalt, giving the red some fierce competition. And that's why this is certainly not a minimalist look, even though I've kept the outfit simple and casual.

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two-tone shoes

Outfit details:
coat: Jaeger (old) / cashmere top: Max & Co / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /
shoes: Clarks (old) / bag: Furla / scarf: Carolina Herrera (old) / Gloves: Global / 
sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

So, this is the last post in my 3-part 'Classic Coat' series. Isn't it great that one coat can be so versatile? Which one of these looks is your favourite?

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PS: have you seen the latest Dilettante Artist post?



  1. That blue coat is absolutely gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for linking up to the Thursday Moda this week! I'm thrilled to be Ada's co-host today <3
    Suzy xx

  2. The red and blue totally pop! I love that blue coat!

  3. The blue coat is such a pretty coat, I like how you paired it with red accents, they look great together!

    ~xo Sheree

  4. Replies
    1. Thank you. It's certainly very versatile.

  5. I agree with all the other comments---loving the blue coat and the red accessories! I am inspired to start adding more color into my wardrobe. I think the evolution of ridding myself of color came from the practicality of having a few neutrals that could travel well and keep things simple. However, I let it spill over into the rest of my life and, personally, I AM NOT travelling most of my time (unfortunately!) Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you. I always admire people who can wear neutrals, they always look so classy. And neutrals do make the perfect backdrop for colourful accessories, don't forget that. Nothing makes a red bag pop like a trench in a neutral colour. I'm actually trying to tone down much of my wardrobe these days. I won't go as far as wearing neutrals (they don't flatter my natural colouring), so my solution is to mix and match slightly muted colours to create a harmonious combination. Sort of fake neutrals...

  6. This has been a fun series to follow! The blue stripes and red floral scarf are such a lovely combination. Pops of red are always a favorite of mine. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

  7. So lovely coat and so fabulous red accents!, I like your 'maximalist' vision, elegant and subtle!


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