As I’m sure you’re all bored with me saying by now, I am quite partial to a stripe.
There are more stripes in my wardrobe than any other print, although until now they’ve solely remained on tops.
But in my quest for the Ultimate Breton Wardrobe (U.B.W), I recently spotted THIS.
Now admittedly I haven’t visited a Karen Millen store for years. Too many WAG connotations, dresses too short, too lime or just too much. I like my dresses prim with high necks and a calf-hitting hemline after all.
But – and this is a big but – I’ve been really impressed recently by how the collection is looking and fancy quite a few things that I spotted in the store, including this gorgeous black midi dress and this cool rope belt.
And then there was this trench – striped in a body flattering way so that the wider bands go around the waist, big gold buttons, a great bum-covering length and a brilliant, heavyweight fabric that feels completely luxe. It isn’t cheap, but it is the perfect mid-season coat that you’ll reach for in years to come.
I’ve worn it with a really neutral outfit including this Jaeger jumper, which is my new favourite piece. It’s slouchy, but chic and works as a cowl-neck or slightly off the shoulder. I’ve already worn it with a leather skirt and smart black trousers.
Mixing up the prints, this Hill & Friends ‘Crazy Leopard’ bag adds a colour pop punch to an otherwise neutral look, although I have to admit this is a press sample that I am returning (sadly), not my own!
And along with the monoswitch rings by SVP jewellery, I’ve also accessorised with the coolest badges ever: my Astley Clarke Biography pins. These would make the best present – and rumour has it they’ll be launching an earring version very soon (although lots of people are apparently wearing them as earrings already!)
All photos: Hannah Gale