The Joys Of A Full Wardrobe

Pairing a yellow coat with black turtleneck and burgundy cross body bag
Full outfit styling a yellow coat with dark hued patchwork skirt, black ankle boots and burgundy Coach bag

Hello and I hope you all had a great weekend! Some of my best uni girls treated me to a surprise weekend by the seaside in Whitstable in Kent, for my birthday, which was so bloody lush and definitely needed! As I touched upon in last week's post, I am finally feeling a bit lighter and more motivated so I hope that continues because I am loving being back in the blogging game!

Today's outfit is one that incorporates some very old, quite old and relatively new pieces. Ever since moving back to the UK and finally having all my clothes together after four years abroad, I’ve been relishing the joys of a full wardrobe. I had a great time organising my clothes by colour and category like a former vintage shop worker has learnt to do and having a wealth of clothes to pick from. I’m so enjoying experimenting with different looks and I have been wearing this combination a lot recently, both during the day, to work and out in the evening for dinner and drinks.

Full outfit matching the dark green in the patchwork skirt to the awning in the background

COAT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | SKIRT: VINTAGE | TURTLENECK: MONKI | BAG: c/o COACH | BOOTS: VINTAGE | HAT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR)


 Pairing a yellow coat with a burgundy cross body saddle bag.
Making the most of a full wardrobe styling my new-ish yellow coat with older pieces.

Let's start by chatting about the newest item in this look and quite frankly the love of my life - this seventies yellow wool coat. I am utterly obsessed and have been ever since I picked it up in Montreal towards the end of last winter. It's the most un-winter-like coat possible, which I absolutely love and I always feel so fabulous when I wear it, especially when I look around at fellow commuters clad in black and neutral outerwear. I often build outfits around the desire to wear this coat - today’s look is no exception and this certainly won't be the last time you see this coat, that's for sure. 

The beauty of the yellow coat is that it goes well with other bright colours, as well as all black or dark hued outfits, such as this A-line skirt and black turtleneck combination. I love how the forest green and navy of the patchwork skirt look against the bright coat, with the yellow of the tartan pulling the colour palette together perfectly. I’ve had this vintage skirt is a couple of years old now and it is one of those pieces that I know I will keep forever. It is such a unique piece, which has admittedly features on the blog a few times already, but it is timeless and oh-so flattering.

Close up of burgundy Coach saddle bag, vintage patchwork suede skirt and yellow coat.
Contrasting a bright yellow coat with a black turtleneck and burgundy bag.

Lastly, let's talk about the finishing touches. Due to a significant gap in my black boot collection, I thought I'd try out these vintage lace-up pointed ankle boots that I've had for years and years. Although they go well with the look, I am still not sure about them. They remind me so much of those "indie days" back in my late teens/early twenties and I can't quite work out if they still fit in my wardrobe - what do you think?! 

I finished off the look with my Coach saddle bag, which sadly seems to be the only bag that ever makes an appearance on this blog but that's not why I chose it here! I love the way the burgundy colour looks and contrasts with the yellow coat - dream colour combo right there!

So there we have it - a look celebrating the joys of a full wardrobe, mixing some old and new(ish) pieces and just generally being able to chat about my favourite yellow coat until the cows come home - YAY! X

Styling a retro yellow coat with a vintage baker boy cap and Coach saddle bag.

Styling Coloured Tights

Styling coloured tights with sixties dress
A retro outfit styling coloured tights
Mixing shades of red to style coloured tights

Hello and (a belated) Happy New Year to you all! If I am honest with you, it wasn’t until this weekend just gone that I finally had a glimmer of those feelings that we're "meant" to have on the 1st - hope and excitement for the future. 2017 was a strange old year - the first half was the best of my life but from June I experienced the worst six months ever (which you can read a bit more about in my last life update post), so initially, I felt a bit scared and worried about what this year might bring. However, after a few days to get used to the idea, Saturday 6th January felt like my new year – it was also my birthday.

After being spoilt with cards, presents and love I popped on this outfit and headed out to take some snaps. I have been pushing myself more and more to create interesting looks and this one is a recent favourite. A problem I have with winter (a season I otherwise love for layered looks and coats) is that things can sometimes get a bit samey on the bottom half, which is why I have started experimenting with coloured tights! I think coloured tights can be quite difficult to wear but get it right and you're nailing the retro vibes.

Sixties pinafore and mandarin collar blouse

DRESS: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | BLOUSE: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | COLOURED TIGHTS: PRIMARK (IN STORE) | COAT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR) | BOOTS: OFFICE | BAG: c/o COACH | HAT: BRIXTON


Red sixties pinafore dress styled with mandarin collar blouse and black faux fur coat
Styling burgundy coloured tights with silver boots
How to style coloured tights with a sixties pinafore

My main piece of advice for styling coloured tights would be to first choose your coloured tights and then create an outfit around their colour. I picked up these light burgundy/dark pink tights in Primark on a whim, tried them with my favourite red sixties dress and never looked back. I think they work so well together because they are – obviously – different shades of the same colour, which adds interest to the look and softens the brightness of the red dress. Also, the burgundy coloured tights work so much better than the usual black ones, which would have been a rather harsh contrast against the red of the dress.

Sixties style outfit with pinafore dress, mandarin collar blouse and cap
A sixties outfit layering a white blouse under a red mini dress

I kept the rest of the outfit quite light, layering a white cotton blouse with a sixties style mandarin collar underneath the pinafore dress and finishing off with silver boots on my feet (again, black boots might have been a bit of a harsh colour contrast). Accessories-wise, I simply could not resist using my burgundy Coach saddlebag, which goes perfectly with the other red tones, and my beloved Brixton cream baker boy cap adds even more retro points.

Styling coloured tights over black tights with a sixties vibes
How to style coloured tights for a retro sixties look

Except for a couple of hours in the afternoon when I needed a nap, I wore this look for my whole birthday and out for dinner in the evening to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Notting Hill called Farmacy, which I would highly recommend.

I hope you’re all having a good start to the week! I’ve got another look styling coloured tights coming soon that was shot in no other than Paris! So I hope you’re digging the fancy leg vibes 😉

 

Styling pink coloured tights with a red dress and silver boots

That In Between Time Of Year

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

I have a feeling that today’s post might involve a bit of rambling, so I apologise for that in advance. It’s that in between time of year where the season is changing yet I’m still shopping around for my key pieces for autumn/winter and wondering what the rest of the year will bring. On top of the fashion uncertainty (biggest world problem, I know), I am currently going through some big personal life changes, which always tend to happen at this time of year too. For some reason, that “back to school” mindset in September never really leaves you – even five(!) years after graduating – and it always seems like a good time to start a fresh. Except this year it seems even harder – having relocated from Montreal two weeks ago, I am currently hunting for jobs in London whilst living at home in Bristol. However, it’s a bit difficult to know when to take the plunge to actually move there, especially when there are three of you to consider (nope, I’m not pregnant, I’m talking about our cat ha!). I’m sure everything will work itself out but I always find my productivity levels dip during uncertain times because I find it so much easier to work when I’m settled. So once again, I’m asking you to please bear with me.

That In Between Time Of Year

DRESS: VINTAGE (similar via BOOHOO) | TOP: VINTAGE | SHOES: DR MARTENS | BAG: c/o COACH | HAT: VINTAGE (similar via ASOS)


That In Between Time Of Year

Ok let’s talk about this outfit shall we?! It is quite reflective of that in between time of year I was talking about – I’m starting to think about AW17 trends yet the legs are still out, which was possible when we shot these back in Montreal at the beginning of September. Red continues to be a big colour for the coming season and if you follow me on Instagram you will see that I am a big fan. I picked up this adorable red sixties pinafore dress in an excessively massive spree I made when I left the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal. It is just the perfect length and shape, hugging in at my waist and skimming out over my hips. I paired it with this burnt orange turtleneck, which is such a beautiful colour and just what you need for nailing the seventies trend that’s come back around this season (yay!).

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

I finished off the look with some rather “school girl” accessories. After taking a little break from each other during summer, I am reunited with my Coach Saddle Bag and absolutely loving it. It goes really well with the burnt orange turtleneck yet clashes against the bright red pinafore and I think it works really well. I am also thrilled to be wearing my trusty Dr Martens shoes again, which are an absolute winter wardrobe staple that adds that toughness to any outfit. Finally, no look would be complete without a vintage fisherman cap. This one is from my recent vintage haul and yes it’s almost identical to my other one except it’s black! Oh I do love this time of year when leather shoes, turtlenecks and hats can come back out from the depths of our wardrobes!

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

Finally, can we just talk about this yellow school bus backdrop?! Yes, we had to sneak onto to some school property to take these photos but I just simply could not leave Montreal without shooting by such an iconic symbol of North American life. I absolutely love the injection of colour and how it clashes oh so well with the reds and oranges of the outfit. I hope you have enjoyed this little rambling post. I felt so stuck on what to write, which is the effect that in between time of year can have but it feels good to have just let my fingers type. Right I must get back to job hunting now – wish me luck! X

That In Between Time Of Year

What I Wore In Seattle | Last Summer Outfit Inspiration

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

Hello to the most weather inappropriate outfit! I know that autumn is well and truly here in the UK but I still wanted to share what I wore in Seattle back at the end of August because I love just these photos. Plus I thought it might give those of you who are off on a late summer holiday (super jel!) some last summer outfit inspiration! From last week’s outfit post where I shared the reasons why I love vintage clothing to a look that actually doesn’t feature any vintage at all, which is quite a rarity here on Fashion Et Moi! However, sometimes when I travel, I don’t like to bring my best and rarest vintage pieces in case they are spoiled by sweat, food stains or sitting around on the grass.

What I Wore In Seattle

SKIRT: MOTEL ROCKS (old) | T-SHIRT: H&M MEN'S | SHOES: CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

I have had this adorable red heart print wrap skirt by Motel Rocks for over a year now but due to its loose nature, I’ve often struggled with how to style it, until now. A little trend I noticed emerging over the summer was wearing oversized tees tied up around the waist, allowing both the top and bottom of an outfit to be loose without compromising on shape. The tying of the t-shirt emphasizes the waist – which I always benefit from – so it was the perfect way of finally being able to wear this skirt. My white t-shirt here is just a cheap and cheerful one from the H&M men’s section. I went for a size medium so it wasn’t too fitted and I love how it looks.

I finished off the look with my favourite Ray Ban round metal sunglasses and a brand new pair of Converse. Is it just me or does anyone else find immense joy in a new pair of Converse? Of course, I absolutely love the look of knackered Converse but having bright white soles and deep black canvas is such a novelty (and one that doesn’t last long at that) after two years of running my last pair into the ground.

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

This outfit was just perfect for city exploration in hot temperatures as it was super comfy and light. This is what I wore in Seattle on our first day when we headed to the famous Pike Place Market for a wander and some food. I just had to shoot in front of the iconic ‘Public Market’ sign as its red colour matched my skirt and lips perfectly. So that’s it – the last summer outfit of the year and I’m so excited to start sharing autumnal looks from next week. Stay tuned for my mammoth Seattle City Guide coming later this week – it’s going to be a good’un! X

What I Wore In Seattle

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

We live in a world of fast fashion. There is almost too much choice out there, both online and on the high street but in the past year I have bought barely any brand new clothes, relying almost solely on vintage shops to update my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong – I love browsing the ASOS new in page as much as the next girl and it will be much easier to shop my favourite European brands again now I’m back in the UK, which I’m pretty happy about. However, vintage will always be my true love so accompanied by these awesome photos of me wearing this insane seventies two piece, I want to share why I love vintage clothing.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

TWO PIECE: VINTAGE | BOOTS: OFFICE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


Why I Love Vintage Clothing

YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING UNIQUE


Now, this is something that has both pros and cons. I find nothing quite as thrilling as finding that perfect vintage gem, whether it is an item that I have been long searching for or something similar to current high street piece. I recently found a seventies blue vinyl coat for a mere $20, which actually made my heart race. I know the PVC/vinyl jacket trend isn’t going anywhere yet but mine will be utterly unique.
As a blogger, I am always striving to share interesting and different looks that have not just walked off the high street, to give you inspiration and a fresh approach towards styling. However, I know that some readers – and bloggers a like – distance themselves from vintage clothing because the exact look cannot be achieved in a simple click on a link. I think this is such a shame and it’s actually one of the main reasons that I am writing this post. I really do want to encourage you to not discount vintage just because you cannot instantly recreate it. Alternatively, take inspiration from a look – any look - whether that be the type of print, the cut or colour palette and use that to create your own unique outfit. That’s personal style and it’s so much more fun.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

EVERY PIECE TELLS A STORY


Even though it may freak some people out, I absolutely love the fact that someone, sometimes decades ago, has already worn what I am wearing now. I imagine what they were doing when they wore it, how they styled it and who they were - there is something quite special about that! I envisage this red spotty two piece was worn with some incredible knee high white boots, a matching clutch and a big hair-do. We all know that trends come round and round again so why wear something that's made to look like it’s from the seventies when you could have the real deal?!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

IT'S GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


I care about our world and if I can do my bit to help it last a little longer, then I’m going to do it. This is just one reason why I am opting for vintage clothing more and more – it’s great for the planet. One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure right? So let’s not allow these gorgeous old pieces to end up in the actual trash and support our local vintage shops now. Although I like the idea of only buying second hand and vintage clothes, I never like to restrict myself when it comes to fashion, whether that be a particular style or shopping destination. However, I am being more conscious and it bloody well helps that I love vintage clothing anyway!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

VINTAGE SHOPPING IS FUN & INSPIRATIONAL


I almost never vintage shop online because for me, the joy of vintage shopping is being in store. You can smell the old clothes (yes, I love that), feel the different fabrics and see all the colour and print clashes as items sit side by side on the rails. Even if you don’t buy anything, I think just being in a vintage shop can be inspirational. You might see a colour combination you gives you all the feels or find a style of clothing that you had never previously thought of, which in turn can help you approach your wardrobe differently. Also, the best vintage shop also have great décor, whether that be cosy corners with sofa on which to take a break from searching or random stuff hanging from the ceiling, you may even take inspiration from this – for your style or for your home! So give vintage shopping a try, you won’t regret it.

Finally let's chat about this outfit and what is the final summer look I'll be sharing on here this year, sob! This incredible vintage two piece ticks all the boxes - it's red, it's polka dot and it's oh-so seventies. It is also really flattering, being composed of a shirt that is just not long enough to wear on its own and a pair of hot pants, which you can just see thanks to the opening on the top. I finished off the look with those iconic silver Office boots from last year and my trusty Ray Ban round metals for all the retro vibes. I picked it up in the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal - I also bought two other sixties/seventies co-ords while working there, one of which you have already seen in my Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit post. I am a bit obsessed with sets right now - they are so easy and effortless to wear - and I guess the moral of this post is: if I had discounted vintage, I would be without this amazing two piece set in my life, which would be such a shame indeed. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the reasons why I love vintage clothing. I am sure there are many more too and I would love to hear your thoughts - are you a retro queen or do you shy away from vintage? Let's chat! X

Why I Love Vintage Clothing