Posts Tagged ‘layers’

Layering the Trends for Autumn

It’s 4.30 and it’s getting dark – we wake up in the dark, we come home from work in the dark, the daylight hours have slipped slowly away as the Autumn chill has crept slowly in.  But in the hours that are daylight I love this season – and this year we have been spoiled with the dry weather, and opportunity to celebrate the crispness and ease in gently towards winter.

But fear not, as once I have accepted that summer is over, and it will be back, I go hunting for my much loved layers!  Leather and faux fur are firm favourites, blanket scarves and two pairs of socks are essential.

On a recent trip out to Castle Ward (purely going to kick the leaves, make leafpile angels and get buried in leaves), I managed to swap a little bit of fun for a photoshoot (10p pocket money if he takes one photo, 50p if he takes a range!!) and these are the results…

The perfect mix of metallics – a little touch on my shirt, another on the shoes…

zara metallics

I love the idea of this shirt, but oh, the wrinkles 🙁

And the leaves are blending in!

I did however need some layers for my knees – they were freezing!

But I do love these Topshop jeans, just the perfect amount of tear for me.

Wearing my current favourite scarf from Little Boutique at Alana Interiors – the colours work perfectly with any outfit, but more importantly, it is so cosy!

Accessorizing with very old gloves (but perfectly on trend for this season), and a new bag from Aldo – again, the colour works with most of my wardrobe.

Any tips on layering?  How do you beat the autumn/winter chill?


The Perfect Sunday Outfit

Often the weekend for me includes building dens, becoming a Lego man in a battle with Ninjago or playing football for as many hours as my little boy can push in the local football pitch. So as payback, he has to be my photographer when we head out for some essential coffee breaks;)

As spring approaches (it may be officially here, but today’s weather does not show spring at all!), we headed to Hillmount Garden Centre to pick up some new additions for the garden (and sneak in that coffee!).  This lovely little dress from H&M is the perfect wardrobe staple for this time of year.  The fabric is still heavy, but the sleeves are just above the elbow.  The perfect balance for spring weather (and I still have two vests underneath!) – with of course the addition of tights rather than bare legs!

Mixing up my outfit with my trusty leather jacket.  And (for anyone who follows on Instagram, you may have seen these once or twice before?!) wearing my well worn, very comfortable and sparkling silver Adidas originals.  Matching up the metallics with accessories from local designers Gráinne Maher and Lines and Current.


Feeling rejuvenated, and spring garden ready, we layered up headed to Topshop to try on some new trainers..

I love the versatility of this dress.  Bought for a mere £20 I have worn it casually as above, added brogues for work, added a shirt underneath to brighten, worn with heels at dinner, worn with a print cardigan for an afternoon with friends, and can see it being worn on many more occasions.  Currently thinking of how to make it summer ready with a pair of sandals, maybe add a brooch or two…

What is your go to comfort outfit and how many ways can you wear it?


Winter Essentials – The Coat

It’s been a while since I have written a shopping post but as we head closer to the colder season, I thought I’d write your list for you;)

At this time of the year, I want a coat that I can layer up under, that’s easy to carry when the shop air-con melts me but keeps me warm as the temperature outside drops.

However, most importantly for me, when buying outerwear a little more money tends to be spent, so you need to invest well.  For that reason it is important to buy a style and a colour that lasts through the seasons.  Then mix it up with your accessories – add colour, meet the current trends or just get a little bit warmer!

And here are my picks…

First up, from Oasis.  I love this mostly because it can be dressed up or down.  Okay, well actually, I also love that it is so snug, and it is grey and you can wear it open with accessories or closed and you are done!

So you saw this one in my Dr Martens post, and it’s still top of my list.  The quirky bomber sleeves, the structure, the length.  Santa?!

The collar on this one has sold me.  I have tried on so many pink coats as they have been on trend the previous seasons but have never been satisfied.  The main reason – the collar and the fabric.  This one however would be perfect, if it wasn’t for the price…


Cocoon Coat By Sun £446

This next one is great for the over heating issue – a cape coat – heavy enough for the winter, but roomy enough to deal with the heat.  Of course the grey is perfect for any colour combination, and the buckles are right on trend for the season, but it will also carry you easily into any future season.


Cape Coat £129

I adore my Oasis Parka.  It is a versatile colour, a great length and the perfect coat for layering.  The only thing with my parka – I bought it a year early.  Last year it came with removable fur.  Again, I love this element of practicality.

If you follow silverbrogues on Instagram, you may have spotted how often I wear my Biba fur gilet.  I have had my eye on a few in stores this colour, but this has got to be my favourite for shape and length.

And now the accessories – add a hat for style, a scarf for comfort or some gloves for heat!


Wool Fedora Hat £29.99

And if the rain comes, hide under this…

Fortunately, with my mind on outerwear, I managed to pick up a little bargain from my favourite second hand fair, Studio Souk.  Check it out here and feel free to follow!


My Favourite Winter Word

Layers of course!  Normally they come in the form of a vest, or a long sleeved tee, a cardigan or a scarf.  But more recently layers have been seen on fashionistas around in world in many different ways.

Have a wee look here to get some tips…

And a quick catch-up on the Outfit of the Day – my take on layers/summer (yes I’m there in mind!)/mustard colour trend (although it sometimes looks green?!).


Fur – Topshop
Denim Shirt – H&M
Statement Necklace – Zara
Cords – Next
Boots – xTi

And one final thing – tip of the day (and I’ve said it before!)!  It was only when I put the gilet on this morning I realised that not only is it Topshop Petite, but it is also UK Size 4.  I am neither Petite, nor a Size 4 but it is the perfect fit for me – maybe not how the designer originally intended it to be worn but worn as I wish.  Keep your options open!


Summer Wardrobe?? Winter Wardrobe??

I don’t know about you, but at the moment I have no idea what to wear.  I know people who box away clothes by season, that never happens with my wardrobe.  Of course I love layers, within reason of course, the pretty vests are not seen from October to March!  But at the moment I’m going hot to cold, tights to shaved legs and I’m rarely succeeding!

So here’s a quick update on what I’ve been trying out the past few days to overcome the weather dilemma.

Jeans for Genes charity day in work – trouser leg undecided, up or down?!


Peacock Necklace – stella & dot
Woolen jumper – & Other Stories
Skinny Jeans – Replay
Ballerinas – River Island

A windy day at the seaside, coat in the car not needed!


Cardigan – Soaked in Luxury
Cami – H&M
Silver Brogues – Vagabond
Sunglasses – Prada

A day at the flower shop


Neon Jacket – Fashion Souk
Floral Top – Primark
Silver belt – Mango
Ballerinas – Next
Grandad Watch – dirty Ruby
Bracelet – stella & dot

Back to work Monday


Necklace – Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan – Mango
T-shirt – Warehouse
Skirt – Matalan
Wedges – Barratts


Vest and Shrug – Internationale
Trousers – Falmer

What have you been wearing this weather – boots out yet??


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