I’ve had this coat on my wish list since the summer and now that the weather has turned, it’s finally come into its own. Warm enough for early morning chills yet light enough for crisp Autumn sunshine – it does the layering trick pretty well too!
So, admittedly these photos were snapped on my phone (by my co-erced instagram husband, as per) the day after we flew back from Greece. While it was a gloriously sunny autumn day in Harrogate, the temperatures were a little different to Rhodes the day before (we were blessed – hitting 40 some days!). The kids were packed off straight back to school, but Greig had booked one last day’s holiday so we could acclimatise and squeeze in a daytime date.
But what to wear? My suitcase was still eyeing me remorselessly on the bedroom floor; a stew of bikinis, sandy espadrilles and floaty tops. That’s the trouble with a week in the sun at the end of September. My skin has finally changed a couple of pantone references from white yet there’s not much opportunity to show it off. In the end I plumped for this cropped knit (a spontaneous buy from Primark when I went in there on the hunt for end of season swimwear). I love its scalloped edge that looks sweet with midi skirts and jeans alike.
Of course I still needed a top layer and here’s where the Sally coat (lightweight, unlined, half wool/half viscose) from Boden came in. It’s a really good halfway house before Winter really kicks in and allows you to layer up underneath without feeling sweltered. So it seemed like the perfect time to bring it out.
Okay it is technically October and I should probably be covering up but at the moment I’m going by the rule that, with certain layers you can still bare a little flesh and not look like you’re in denial. Over the weekend I also wore a midi skirt with a big chunky roll neck and bare legs. Yes I am desperate to get them out while there’s still a semblance of tan remaining and no I didn’t feel cold (honestly mum).
Cropped knit: Primark
Jeans: M&S (old)
Trainers: New Look (sold out in hi-top but low version here)
Bracelet: And Other Stories
Bag: Cath Kidston (old, similar here)
Is this the equivalent to high/low dressing? Perhaps. Don’t worry, it won’t last long, I live in the north after all. But for now I’m hanging on to the last vestiges of my tan and a summer that seemed to zoom past all too quickly.