One Sunday afternoon...
.. one sofa, one laptop, one glass of red wine. You can keep your London Fashion Week - keeping it real here with rugby in the rain followed by a dog walk. All the glamour.... (and with three hours in the drizzle, wine well deserved).
The lovely husband has been to the supermarket and is cooking dinner for us (apparently he's much better at doing a roast than I am. Which is handy as it's one of those meals, along with a fry, that I absolutely absolutely loathe cooking).
I have taken advantage of my spare hour, as getting dressed this morning I realised I am So Over getting trussed up like a turkey to leave the house. Novelty of Winter has well and truly left the building - constant rain for two hours on the rugby touchline did not an awful lot to dispel this notion.
Craving new season clothes. Had a glimpse of a couple of absolute beauties when I was looking for cardigans on the Mango website yesterday and also managed a sneak peak instore when I was in London on Thursday. Our local one at Bluewater has shut down as has the concession in Hoopers in Tunbridge Wells so our nearest one is on Regent St now. Complete shame (although to be fair, they always had a big bunch of tat at the BW one but at least you could return from the website).
That now means that online is really the best option and one thing I will say about Mango is that I love love love their online styling. I admit that I find the quality hit and miss as it is with Zara (and a lot of the high street), ditto the sizing. All over the shop, but as a tall person, I have found that their trousers and maxis are generally long long.
So what better way to spend an hour that having a peruse online, putting together a wishlist - which I'm doing generally for S/S and will hopefully have a Plan coming shortly.. (basically a list that I'll write and ignore. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this...?)
Starting one new season collection at a time and today I'm all about the Mango (as they seem to have absolutely loads that I like. Zero other reason).
Now I know I said I was all in favour of eschewing the coats but this is more of a jacket no? Monochrome tastic, slightly Marant with its hint of boho but still streamlined enough to work its way nicely into a minimalistic look.
Jacquard Cotton Jacket £69.99 (and it goes in the machine! Like I always say - rock and roll all the way here...)
Cream again - really getting into the Spring mode... This with black leather culottes, or (and I'll give you this..) a pair of beat up jeans would be perfection for Spring.
Textured Cotton Blouse £35.99
Cream again in a longline gilet (there is mileage in these, I'm warning you now). I say cream, they say nude (it really really is cream/off white).
Wool Long Gilet £39.99
This is me trying it on a couple of weeks ago when I went to London. Same day as when I grabbed the rather disastrous black knitted dress. They have far more new season in now.
They call this is a coat but I would say it definitely fills the criteria of coatigan.
Boiled Wool Coat £139.99
Cargo Palazzo Trousers £29.99 in khaki Personally I wouldn't go all out boho with these and a belted jumper (dear god on me this would look so vile I can't tell you). But with a white or black tee and black blazer, white sneakers - I'd prefer to give it a less boho vibe. I LOVE these trousers (although I am already itching at the thought of ironing them. Ugh).
Or in the black £29.99
Another pair of trousers which I saw in store and *looked* really long.... A funny (but good) fabric combo which isn't a cargo fabric or a denim but a cross between the two. Clear as mud? (AND LOOK AT MY CARDIGAN to the right, which I didn't even notice instore.... now of course I need it even more).
Flared Trousers in navy £39.99 So from the more boho look above to the cleaner cut look below.
Love this style of jumper - I find it so useful in the Spring (all year round to be honest). They're great with looser trousers (and you may have noticed I have developed a thang for joggers...) - they make the perfect silhouette. Also ideal for layering under blazers as they're so fine. Ditto under dungarees. Great with skirts and culottes. Available in a myriad of colours too but it's the nude which steals the show for me. Or maybe the black.. or the china blue...
Ribbed edges Sweater £19.99
The china blue..
Onto dresses now and the one criticism I have of Mango is that their short dresses are short. Enchanted forest flashing. Which I've always found odd, seeing as their maxis are too tall normally for me at 5ft10. However if you're more petite, then knock yourself out with the perfect length short dresses. This colours in this dress are simply gorgeous.
Pleated Dress £79.99
A perhaps dressier option although I fear it may be a frumpy "on the knee" length on me which is such a shame (for me - not those of you who are slightly shorter as it will be perfect at just below the knee). There is a (not really but vaguely) similar green lace Gucci dress this season with a wide belt which is so far out of my budget (think the price of a small car) but this would be a fantastic alternative. It's the belt for me that elevates it to a different dress level.
Guipure Dress £69.99