Whilst the weather has been unseasonably warm, here, the last few days, usually at this time of year, there are two things which instantly up my outfit game. Those two things are versatile boots and an adaptable coat. Let’s face it, it’s all that people will really see of your outfit, when you’re out and about, and if you’re popping out to the shops, on your way to a friend’s house or just for a lovely autumnal stroll, all you need is a smashing coat and a good pair of boots. I’ve recently acquired a new winter coat. I say ‘winter’ but in all honesty, it probably won’t quite be warm enough for sub-zero temperatures, come January. It will suffice quite nicely though, for those chilly Autumn evenings and catching the bus, to and from work.
I think it’s a real shame that coats often get overlooked, as just a practical necessity for keeping the rain off or a chill at bay. We all have that big casual coat that you can throw on over anything, for an emergency trip to the corner shop. You probably also have a lovely, over- expensive coat, that you save ‘for best’ and that never sees the light of day. I, personally, have two rules when it comes to shopping for a new coat. It must be a neutral colour and it mustn’t be too ‘fashiony’. In other words, nothing that will clash with items that I already own (I’m thinking favourite hats & scarves) or look too dated, next year. After all, who can afford to buy a new coat, every year?
My new coat straddles both of these categories and is a really simple, camel coloured three quarter length affair. With squared shoulders and a definite masculine tailored feel, it has no buttons. It fastens with three concealed poppers and looks lovely and sleek. It will smarten up anything I wear under it with but will also add a nice dressed-down feel to a posh frock and heels.
I have a great pair of boots, which I bought from Clark’s, last year. They are a lovely rich shade of dark brown and are oiled leather, giving an instant worn-in effect. They are smart enough to wear on most occasions but because they’re flat, they’re very walkable-in, and can be dressed down, accordingly. Unusually, for me, they fit my tiny feet and massive calves really well ( I blame ballet training ) and are lined with a fleecy fabric, for warmth and comfort.
These two items will bring together any outfit, smart or casual, over the next few months. What coat and boots combo will you be sporting, this year?