Finding a genuine gap in your wardrobe

I'll fess up - I can't genuinely say this often.  But there is an item of clothing that I love and that I don't have in my wardrobe.  I used to - I did have a cream long Joseph number that unfortunately over the years, the moths and just old age got to and it fell apart (well - it had lots of holes in it - you know those random holes that knitwear sometimes get?  And it became less "cream" and more just "looks filthy all the time regardless of how much you wash it and don't mention the bobbles" naff)  

I used to wear it loads.  In fact this week, I've realised just how much I miss a sleeveless coat/cardigan.  Call it what you like but for this time of year, these are perfect.  

Ok so admittedly not today.  Today there was nothing for it but a full on raincoat.  Biblical rain and wind that not even a brolly could cope with.  It was purely a case of button up and try and stay as dry as you can.  

However on the majority of Autumnal days, I am going to be boldly optimistic and say it's not that bad.... 

And a sleeveless coaty thing (call it what you will - in my research I have found it referred to as a waistcoat, sleeveless jacket/coat, gilet and vest.  It has not been easy my friends) can really come into its own.  Tis not full on coat weather just yet but you want something a bit different to your run of usual jackets and cardigans. 

This can ring the changes perfectly in your wardrobe.  For me, the ideal is a wool one but there are also proper sleeveless coat versions.  They look amazing over shirts - can easily be worn to work, ideal with all sorts of trousers, culottes and skirts.  Throw on over a fine jumper or a chunkier jumper when the weather turns a bit colder. 

Layer over a jacket for a different look - I love the idea of one of these over a leather jacket... 

All sorts of collars are on offer, from collarless to round collar, some have a lapel and some are more unstructured with a drapey edge.  The choice is endless, as is the colour selection. 

For me, I would be in the market for a black one as I love my boiled wool Ronit Zilkah drape front coat so much (it must be 7 yrs old now and yes has one or two holes that I am definitely getting fixed as I've never found anything that comes close to replacing it), a sleeveless version would be simply ideal until it's cool enough to drag it out (and to be honest, those cooler days can just stay away for a while, pretty please) 

Starting though with another colour that I am so drawn to this season - a paler shade of grey.  Love the simplicity of this one.  For me, these do work best pared back with little adornment and detailing.  Having said that, a pocket is a must.  Love this one. 

ASOS WHITE Sleeveless Waistcoat in wool £75




This one is a close second from M&S - Open Front Sleeveless Cardigan with Cashmere from Autograph £49.50  In fact, it's not even second - I love the collar more so this one goes straight to the top of the pile. 



A similar version but slightly cheaper, also at M&S.
Grey sleeveless open front ribbed cardigan from M&S £35



More of a coat look to it but a great price at New Look.


New Look Premium Sleeveless Coat £39.99



Similar in a coat style at River Island. 

Light grey sleeveless coat £85




But for me - I think a black one just edges ahead of the grey.  Desperately trying to find the 20% off card that came in the post the other day from TWC.  Can I find it?  Can I heck as like. 


Sleeveless Wool Jacket from The White Company £149



Black again in a lighter weight blazer fabric at French Connection. 

Deco Dream Sleeveless Coat was £150 now £60


More black at Dorothy Perkins - woven sleeveless jacket £28


Helene Berman with one button closure was £189 now £95



They also have the above in a camel £95...



More camel options - well, they call it sand, at Zalando from the brand Opus - £60



Which they also do in a raven grey.



More structured at  Navy at Me+Em and in the sale - Sleeveless Waistcoat was £168 now £75




And navy again at Laura Ashley with a grey lining £60



I did definitely try a boiled wool navy one on somewhere last Thursday at Bluewater.  I cannot for the life of me remember where... I'll come back to you on that one. 

And something a little different - a wine version of the Dorothy Perkins one. 

Wine Woven Sleeveless Jacket £28


However my favourite would be the black boiled wool gilet from Eileen Fisher.  Absolutely love this and it's something you'd have in your wardrobe for years. 

Black Boiled Wool Gilet £320




Have I sold you on the sleeveless coaty thing option?  Huge scarf, ankle boots, I so so so need one of these in my life......


Ok so the weather was hideous today.  Every time I left the house it honestly bucketed it down.  No option other than the Ilse Jacobsen raincoat.  But underneath that I wore.....(with an AWFUL photo from the 7yr old who can't for the life of himself stand still whilst papping)



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Grey Clem Jumper - Needle 
Charcoal Baxter jeans - Topshop
Graphite Virgin hi tops - Ash

Tomorrow I'm off to London to see the new hush pop up shop In Fulham which I am very much looking forward to reporting back on. (and boy am I praying it stops raining.....)

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  1. Funnily enough I tried to buy the Autograph cardigan online earlier today and it's out of stock. Off to Marble Arch to see if I can grab one!

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    1. Good luck - sold out in Bluewater...

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  2. The White Company 20% discount code is AG599 xx

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    1. Thank you so much - I shall be using this (I need new pillowcases and a new diffuser!)

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  3. I bought one last year from Oasis in grey and I love it, especially with a belt over it - great extra warmth. My only oproblem with it is I cant wear a jacket over it so it has to go on its own or under a coat - bit limiting

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    1. How about wearing it over a jacket? I love these over another thin coat or jacket....

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  4. I love the grey Autograph one... that's really cute!
    By the way, if it makes you feel any better, it's been bucketing down all day here in the Algarve too!!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. I'm not going to lie -that does make me feel a teensy bit better...!!

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  5. I think these are more useful in a wool jersey fabric ie as a sleeveless long cardi - rather than a coat. Which is why the Autograph one gets my vote. Although it would be very useful in black too. And the wine colour really appeals. Pissed down all day here in Farnham too.

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    1. Sold out everywhere and TWC one was too short. It's the EIleen Fisher one or nothing... (so that'll be nothing then..!!) But I'm going to keep my eye on it in the sale!

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  6. Please pass on my thanks to the team at Hush as they delivered next day to the Channel Islands for free when lots of other brands, including M&S and Gap refuse to deliver at all. I love my plaid shirt so much it'll be a permanent fixture in the wardrobe. Thanks!

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    1. They are pretty darn fabulous. My favourite company it has to be said!

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  7. Love the look on others and the White Company one is gorgeous! Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work on me. Not sure why as I love long-line blazers (both structured and soft) but the moment the sleeves are gone, it feels so contrived on me. I'll sit this one out but I hope you get the White Company one, I'm sure it will look amazing on you!

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    1. Nope, I'm sitting it out with you and have just moved straight onto the ones with sleeves!

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  8. Yes, these are so useful, extra layers are needed this time of year, I have 2 that probably need replacing very soon; a shorter light, grey one and a long, cable charcoal one. Some gorgeous choices, the m&s and zalando ones look lovely (trying to ignore the very lovely and expensive Eileen Fisher one!).

    I completely agree about the weather, I have lived in my Ilse Jacobsen raincoat so far this autumn, it seems to have rained on most of the school runs this term. Today is supposed to be better. Have a lovely day at hush.

    Tanya

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    1. Thank heavens for Ilse Jacobsen.. especially in this warmer weather when you don't want a massive parka! And WHY do so few waterproofs have hoods??

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  9. oooo loving these, think the Autograph and white co are favs (only cos I don't have budget for Eileen Fisher one - lush!).

    Definitely in need of a new Mack though, any suggestions on these this year please?

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    1. I got mine from Banana Republic and I love it but if the M&S one fitted me, I'd just go for that one.

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  10. Sandra I find Pantheon M&S often has things sold out elsewhere. I really want a navy or grey fine knit roll neck oversized jumper with slim sleeves, the Hush one is nice but v neck. I had the Boden one for two wears last year but it came unravelled so returned.

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    1. Have you looked at All Saints..?! Gorgeous ones there (am sure they have a dark grey...)

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  11. White Company sold out on line too now :-(

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    1. They did have a couple left instore so it might be worth checking if you're desperate for it. x

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  12. These are fab but can be so hard to wear! I got one altered recently as the sleeve(less part!) went out over the shoulder, so can be really unflattering if you are anyway broad.. the ones that are more tailored to the shoulder are much more flattering on.. if that makes sense?! e.g. Eileen Fisher & River Island one really flattering... ASOS White & M&S not so much! Audrey :-)

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    1. I see what you mean.... I definitely love the Eileen Fisher one most!

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  13. Hi Kat, love, love, love these. I've got the Autograph one and a couple of others too. Enjoy the Hush pop in store. Really wanted to make it too but am working. Look forward to receiving the update :) x

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    1. Such a shame you couldn't make it - so lovely to be able to try before you buy!

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