I've come over all Plain Jane

Now I'm not sure if anyone has noticed or not (to be honest, there is absolutely no reason at all why you should do as it's something that I've realised purely by chance) but I've come over all plain. 

Ok not when I say plain I don't mean proper "normcore" (which I think is THE most ridiculous saying ever.  Coined by Vogue as "anti style" and according to Wiki:-  "Normcore is a unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, average-looking clothing. The term is a portmanteau of the words "normal" and "hardcore", and was coined by K-Hole, a trend forecasting group."  Total pile of pretentious claptrap if you ask me.  I can think of a letter that could replace the K in their company name.....)

But anyway, I don't mean plain plain - I love a bit of bling and couldn't live without print every now and again so certainly there will be no "normcore" happening here.

No, what I mean when I say plain is basically a new version of a basic.  My Winter staple this year is going to be the plain jumper.  It really is the perfect essential for throwing on on a daily basis. 

So I currently have two that I bought at the beginning of the season and honestly, I think I could wear them every single day.  They can be worn with every shape of jean, they will work perfectly with my pleather trousers (when, not if, I manage to find a perfect pair...), ideal for over a leather skirt of any shape or length, like I say, I could wear them every day.  

With or without a shirt or collar, with or without a scarf. 

The two I have that I can't rave highly enough about, are the men's versions from Uniqlo.

Extra fine Merino Crew neck jumpers in black £24.90


I also have the navy version but next on my list of must haves is definitely the pale grey version.  





Now I wear the men's version in a Small as I am 5ft 10 and the dimensions work better on me. 

But if you're of a more typical female size then definitely look at the women's ones which are £5 less! 

Women Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck. £19.90   Absolutely love it in the pale blue shade.  My staple wardrobe colours for A/W are definitely black, navy and grey and this would be simply gorgeous with any of them.  (DAMN them not having the blue in the men's section.  I may be on a mission.....) 



They also do them in a V Neck version.  Have to say I'm quite taken with this charcoal version. 

Women Extra Fine Merino V Neck jumper £19.90


However my favourite V Neck jumper has to be the one I wear a lot from Hush.  I team this with a white longsleeved top, dark indigo jeans and a camel coat and it is honestly one of my favourite looks this Season.  

Fine Knit V Jumper in Damson £49.50  The beauty of this is in the tiny detail.  The exposed seams on the shoulders, the cut (it's not too loose and not too tight) and the colour - the ideal shade of berry.  Definitely one for layering, you can't wear this on its own.






The other jumper that's on my radar that I think would be fantastic with my grey/navy/black combo, would be this yellow one from Hush.  I adore this shade, absolutely love it.  Haven't found a similar one in the same shade anywhere. 

Classic V Jumper from Hush in canary £65






To prove that I'm not doing totally plain I have snuck in a total impulse purchase from Autograph at M&S the other day.  I had seen this before and thought hmm that's quite nice and would be super useful but at £40, it wasn't a great impulse snag. 

But at £25, oh hello.  And you know when something's a good buy when you want to wear it immediately and I wore it today - absolutely perfect with my camel coats.  Whilst we're here on the camel coat topic, I am thinking about sending the teddy bear coat that I bought from Warehouse back.  I like it, I really like it, but I honestly don't know how often I'm going to wear it.  (who is this sensible person talking?)  For example, I *could* have worn it today but actually it was my fourth choice after my Zara longline blazer, the Zara dressing gown coat and my trench coat.  Hence I need to send it back.  CHECK ME OUT!

Striped Jumper with Wool from Autograph at M&S now £25 (oh and I bought the size 18....it says on the reviews that it's oversized and people have found it large.  Hmmm I'd disagree!  It's the perfect Jaeger style slouch in a bigger size.  I honestly think it looks a TON better on the large side than it does in the pics on the M&S site) 




Whilst we're on a camel roll, this is my Must Have camel jumper which I am about to order.  I order the roll neck ribbed chunky one from Mango as well as the pale grey hooded jumper from there.  Both have been sitting in my wardrobe in their bag untouched for a fortnight now.  If I haven't worn them yet, I'm not going to wear them.  They're going back and I'm sticking with my plain theme and getting this one in the camel vigore. 

These for me are the ultimate every day wear jumper shape (exceptionally similar to the first crew neck ones above but slightly more on the fitted side).  They're my Winter equivalent of a white linen tee.  An every day essential and the perfect plain foil for adding a necklace, scarf or more interesting something on your legs.  Ditto a coat (still not keeping the teddy bear coat though - I am on a roll with the returns) 

Openwork Detail Sweater £24.99 from Mango - this is pre the 30% off if you order one thing and 40% off if you order two - 6DISCOUNT is the code)  I think I may get the black as well as my obsession with recreating the Milk Tray Man look on a daily basis is alive and kicking.  By the way, these do come up on the small side - I ordered a Large (Euro M)


And in the black 



So here is the outfit I finally went with yesterday.  The whole day is a rather fabulous blur - lunch at Hush, left at 8pm to go to Mahiki (how early?) and on the lightweight express home at 11.15 armed with a Burger King.  All the class eh?

I was going to go for the black dress and camel combo but I wasn't in a dress mood yesterday - I had my Autism course in the morning and well, this is what I wore in the end and I felt super relaxed in it.


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Black silk shirt - Zara
Black tuxedo blazer - Hush
Indigo Baxter jeans - Topshop
Dynamite necklace - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Leopard print wedge boots - M&S 

And today - dear lord I felt rough.  Managed to finally get my hair done - good bye greys.  Tried to keep it long so only had a smidge off the ends but that's me done with the cut for months now.  Why oh why oh why do I always get my hair cut on the rainiest, dampest days? 

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Navy and camel striped jumper - M&S
Indigo Saxby jeans - ASOS
Camel coat - Zara
Navy Newbury boots - Rag & Bone
Whiskey medium Marcie satchel - Chloe

I need to now go and get changed as we're off out to a dinner party.  Nothing that hair of the dog can't fix...... Now what the hell am I going to wear....?!

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  1. Kat, you look great, sometimes the more simple (plain) look, looks great, I love the "really haven't tried very hard" but we all really know that we have.... look xx

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    1. Oh you darling, that's the EXACT look I was going for. PHEW!

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  2. I bought a black jumper in the last Mango sale, absolutely gorgeous - a silk/cotton/cashmere mix, straight cut with a criss-cross pattern on the back. Really lifts it out of the ordinary, and you'd never know from the front!

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    1. That sounds gorgeous - they are so so useful, aren't they?

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  3. I love the M&S navy and camel stripe top with the Zara coat. I have the Openwork Detail Sweater in both gunmetal and black from Mango - be aware it is very sheer and does need a layer underneath so you may need to consider size when ordering.

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    1. Aha that's a good point. I did try it on but actually have a top underneath (couldn't be bothered to go to the changing room!) so the Large would be fine.

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  4. Hi Kat, I was wondering if the ME & EM swing dress you wore recently came up in a good length on you. The reason I ask is I am 5ft 8" & I would love one of these swing dresses. Was it the crepe swing dress in black you got?

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    1. I'm 5ft 10 and it's a great length. It's short yes, but not too short. I got the crepe swing dress from lst year which is v similar to the one from this year if that helps x

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  5. Looking stunning, Kat by our hair looks fab and I adore that camel coat. Lynne xx

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  6. I can't believe you're sending that gorgeous coat back but I know what you mean about it not being a first choice. It will just be sat in your wardrobe. It's still lovely though. Really love the stripey jumper, I haven't clocked that one. Must dig out my leopard print boots soon x

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    1. I just know I wouldn't wear it and on the odd occasion I might, I"ve got others I'd rather wear. I MUST get my others out of storage.x

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  7. I for one am glad you are sending the teddy bear coat back! I tried on a camel coat recently at Jaeger - slimline city coat - and it's on the sales wish list - I reckon classic is the way to go with coats! Funnily enough I bought the M&S striped top you have - but it was a rubbish fit on me (size 12) - so I returned it. Maybe I should size up like you have done. I think the Uniqlo jumpers are fab - I recently bought two ladies v neck merino - in black and red - great staples which can be worn as tops on their own or over shirts or tees. I think I might be tempted now by the men's for a slouch ire look. Btw have ordered two merino polo necks (roll necks, turtle necks, whatever they're called!) from Gap in black and grey - good value and their merino is fab quality - so I too am embracing the simple and plain! Oh - am on the hunt for a burgundy jumper - reddish burgundy not plum burgundy. Any ideas?

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    1. I'm sure you've checked out all the Uniqlo sites for burgundy? Mango? M&S? Hmm I should look at the Gap polo necks, I have a jumper fest coming up. My Boden ones arrived so I'm going to try them on in a bit. x

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    2. Gap ones were too itchy for me around the neck. I feel even the slightest itch when it comes to wool! Zara have viscose ones....think this will be a better option for me. Would love cashmere but would rather spend on a cashmere v neck or crew neck than a polo neck!

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  8. LOve the HUsh jumper, ~i have that one in a bright blue and yes, you have to wear something under it but I find myself reaching for it when I'm not at work - fab! You look great and reassured by the sending back of teddy coat as I was on a bit of a mission with those and had to sit on my hands and have a stern talk to wait until sales.....

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    1. It's gorgeous, isn't it? You can see it's worth its money in the cut, can't you? And yes, I think there are other camel coats that are better for me BUT it is the most gorgeous coat. But you CAN have too many.....

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    2. BTW those fab wedge leopardskin boots - seem any similar?

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  9. Love your style and your sense of humor!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  10. Love your outfit for your girls lunch. Really digging the leopard and the tuxedo blazer.

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  11. The relaxed tux is super - love it! I really like Hush clothes, but they're too big for me. I'm an 8 and the S just runs a little big (I have broad, bony shoulders and don't suit oversized clothes). I wish they'd go to XS - Me and Em now do, which is fab! (Hush jammies, though, are amazing.)

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  12. I haven't taken my teddy coat off since I got it!!! I adore it and it's so snugly! I love all things uniqlo too their jumper prices are amazing!

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  13. I'm totally with you on the plain stuff, have bought loads of plain knitwear to see me through winter! Love that Zara coat btw! X

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