Sunday, 19 April 2015

The long waistcoat... My new best friend!

The other day I popped into London to spend the gift cards that I was given for my birthday... (I know, I know - my birthday was a good 2 and a half months ago now).  You must be thinking "if that was me, I would have used them in a heartbeat!"  But you see, I honestly couldn't decide on anything!   I guess I just wanted to wait till all the new season stock had arrived and to tell you the truth, I am so glad that I did!

I had a couple of vouchers for House of Fraser and so I went into the Oxford Street branch, as it has a wider range of stock.  The brands I usually shop at in House of Fraser are:- Oasis, Miss Selfridge, Mango and Yumi.  So it was a real surprise that the piece I ended up choosing was from Warehouse!

I've always admired the clothes from Warehouse, but seemed to think that they were too office based and a little too grown up for me!  However, their new spring summer collection is the complete opposite!  There are lots of amazing prints and casual wear, as well as smart dresses for work.  I really feel that this year, their clothes are more ageless - meaning that they cover a wider audience as there is something for everyone in their collection! 

After trying on 14 items in the fitting room... (Yes, I really did try on that many), I sifted through the basic sweaters/casual tees, until finally choosing from the smart outerwear!

(Well I didn't want to rush my purchase just because I had a voucher to use!  No, no that's not how I work!)  I think of myself as a methodical shopper - even though I'm a stylist in my profession, when I go shopping I'm usually quite efficient and if I see something I like, I usually purchase it right there, rather than go through all the shops and then come back to it later.

Finally, I tried on the last item, which was a long waistcoat in a light charcoal colour that was made of mainly wool and viscose.  I know what you're thinking - "wool in spring?  Not very practical!"  But you see it is a great alternative to a coat!  It has no buttons and deep pockets, which helps to give a casual unconstructed look! 

I really fell in love with this waistcoat, because I've never had one before and also I have found it so useful already!  The most easiest way to wear it is to team it up with a pair of black jeans and a black polo jumper to stick with the monochrome look! 

However, you can also put it with a shirt, tucked into a high waisted mini skirt and teamed with a pair of high heeled boots.  Or for a more summery look, you can simply put it with rolled up jeans/chinos, a stripe tee and trainers/pumps! 

I absolutely love this item and I think that not only is it perfect for spring, it is also ideal for next autumn too, making it certainly a versatile piece for anyone's wardrobe.  And for £65 I think that it is a total bargain as it looks much more expensive and shadows a lot of the jackets in Whistles' collections too.

I hope you like this blog post and if any of you have long waistcoats like this in your wardrobes, then bring them out and get styling! 

M x

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