WARDROBE TREASURES! Featuring: Distressed Wool Blazer

Gomme Homme A/W 2006

Don’t you just love it when you rediscover something that you haven’t worn in a long time and fall in love with it all over again?  The thrill of a “new purchase” mixed with the smug satisfaction that comes with a bargain?  If you follow me on Instagram you”ll have seen this distressed wool blazer  – by Japanese label Gomme –  featuring a few times in recent posts. A new purchase perhaps? Well, it was when I bought it 10 years ago! From the men’s range (Gomme Homme), I love it’s timeless slouchy and androgynous cut.  But, as I hadn’t worn it for a few years it nearly didn’t survive my last annual wardrobe cull. I’m glad I hung on to it. In fact, since its resurrection it’s seen so much action that it’s probably now a tad more distressed than originally intended. 🙂   The fact that it’s lasted this long is a real testament to buying well and investing in good quality timeless pieces.  So, two things: first, girls you can’t go wrong with a decent mannish blazer – doesn’t  have to be wool. A definite forever piece. Second, when did you last shop in your own wardrobe? Maybe take a peek before hitting the shops next time – who  knows what surprising rediscoveries lie within!

Addie x

Editor’s note:  Buy Well Wear Forever. This is something that I come back to over and over again. So, to show that I (sometimes) practice what I preach each Wardrobe Treasures post will feature something that I’ve had for a long time (in some cases decades) which is still on active duty! 

 

 

What I’m wearing:

Outfit #1: Blazer (Gomme); T-shirt – plain (Gap);  Leather skirt (Primark); Bag (Niccoli); Boots (Deichmann); Sunglasses (Celine) | Outfit #2: Blazer (as before); T-shirt (Cos); Jeans (Primark); Shoes (Isabel Marant); Sunglasses (as before) | Outfit #3: Blazer (As before); T-shirt – logo (Vivienne Westwood); Jeans (H&M); Trainers (Vans); Sunglasses (As before) |

 

 

 

 

Trench Wear-fare: Little Tweaks To Make The Most Of Your Trenchcoat

 

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It’s getting colder but it’s not quite time to dust off the old winter coat. Perfect weather for a trench coat! Ubiquitous and almost boringly practical, this classic staple can also be effortlessly chic if styled right. Want to add some vava-voom to yours? Here’s how with my ‘trench rules’!

#1. Get a decent one. Trench coats are timeless and if your size doesn’t change much you can literally wear one forever (you’ll certainly get your money’s worth if you live in London). Pay particular attention to the detail: buttons, belts and straps.

#2. Tan is the classic colour but you can’t beat black for versatility because then you can wear it in the evenings too.

#3. Style your trench! Roll or push up the sleeves. Work the collar subtly (leave the collar alone on very long styles).  Cinch the waist, tying the belt instead of buckling it. Tip: Very short styles look best with a cinched waist.

#4. Your trench should be longer than your hem line. Personally, I prefer trench coats with trousers or jeans. But if you are pairing with a dress or skirt, unless you’ve got a very short style, watch that hemline!

Time to dig out that old trench don’t you think?

Love,

Addie x

Cinched waist, pushed-up sleeves and a tweaked collar work brilliantly on short trenches. This one is by Maki Hiroshige (Gomme)

Unbelted and hanging loose is great on loose-fitting styles. Like this round-shouldered A-line knee length version from Commes des Garcons x H&M

All this Burberry mid-knee length version needs is a cinched waist. Don’t forget the hemline rule!

 

 

 

 

 

First outings: Large Kenzo X H&M Shopper. (An instant classic but not for all seasons)

My Kenzo x H&M shopper FINALLY got its first outing last weekend. I’ve had it for seven months (the collection landed last November!) but this just isn’t a Winter bag – the colour and style are not for soggy conditions. Happily, Saturday was gloriously sunny. And with a bulky gift to carry to a 6 year old’s birthday party, it seemed the ideal opportunity to give it a spin.

Verdict? It did well. Obviously, the colour meant I had to be careful where I put it down. But, I’m usually – and possibly irritatingly(!) –  precious about my bags anyway 🙂 so this wasn’t a problem. It’s large enough to take quite a lot – it managed the gift plus the usual baggage that comes along with a 6 year old – without feeling too bulky. Meaning it fits comfortably under the arm as well. My only quibble is with the straps which are a little “shallow” (not sewn deep enough into the body of the bag) for its size. So, if you’ve got one, be careful not to over load it with heavy items as I’m not convinced those straps can take it. And avoid extremely wet days obvs! Otherwise, another H&M collaboration gem. See Hello my name is Addie and I’m a brand collaboration addict for my other very happy H&M collaboration purchases. And if you would like a piece of the action from the next one, stay tuned to yours truly as I will be tracking events very closely……. 🙂

Addie x

 

It was a sunny Sunday in London!

 

My last post Hi-Lo Pick ‘n’ Mix was all about how I love to mix it up! I wore this outfit on Sunday and received so many compliments but no-one would believe that the main ensemble (the sweat shirt and culottes) came from the high street. 🙂  So, as this perfectly illustrates a few of my tips from the last post: luxing-up a high street outfit with high-end accessories and going understated around a statement designer piece (the boots),  I thought it deserved a mini post of its own!  Details: Sweat shirt and culottes – COS; clutch – Victoria Beckham; boots – Isabel Marant.

Addie x

Photos: U.W

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