Every year when February rolls round and the days begin to get that little bit lighter and longer, snowdrops emerge and mornings start with the birds singing again, my mind inevitably begins to turn to Spring dressing. Give me pastels, florals and light layers please – but sadly, the Caledonian chill continues to have other ideas. I’m sure it won’t be long before I start wearing my Spring things regardless (just don’t mention the thermals underneath) but at this moment in time only the brightest, cheeriest coat will do to get through the last of the Winter wardrobe blues: in this case my hot pink’60s swing coat.
As someone who has found joy in the simple pleasure of colour coordination since I was a toddler, it goes without saying that in an ideal world, my dream wardrobe would have a coat in every colour. In Scotland you’ve barely put your Winter coat away for the year before you’re getting it back out, so while I joke, as they’re the most prominent layer in your wardrobe a healthy selection of colourful cover-ups is a must in my book. That’s how I justify my expanding coat collection anyway!
Until recently, my coat-drobe had a fuchsia-shaped gap that I didn’t know needed filled, but since picking this one up at Judy’s Vintage Fair in December it’s been my go-to, cheer-bringing Winter warmer. The colour brightens even the greyest of dull Edinburgh days, and it’s surprisingly versatile for such an eye-catching colour. Together the hot hue and swing shape add an effortless elegance to any outfit, regardless what you’re wearing underneath! It was a bargain at £35 too – especially considering the average cost of your coat on the high street these days, and much better quality than your regular cover-up.
The navy plaid shirt dress is also vintage and was another bargain from Judy’s. I fell for its feminine cut, sophisticated midi length and classic plaid print. I adore the accordion pleats of the skirt and the way the pattern is placed on the diagonal adds to the lovely movement. Again it’s such a versatile piece that I know I’ll be wearing for years to come, and wee details like the square buttons and stand-up collar make it effortlessly elegant. For this outing I kept the styling simple with my Clarks boots from Santa and vintage bag and belt.
What are you wearing to beat the Winter wardrobe blues?