It’s greased lightning

Posted in Daily Outfits.

Steve Madden jacket, Topshop top, Primark polo neck, Gap jeans, thrifted shoe boots, Primark bangles, Primark ring, thrifted bag
It’s officially warm enough for me to ditch my massive (but cosy) parka and slip into something altogether more chic. This leather jacket was a much-seen staple of mine before the cold weather came, and I’m so pleased to be wearing it once more!
We’re now entering that in betweeny bit of the year that makes getting dressed on a morning innately difficult. Is it warm enough for pumps without socks? Can I get away with short sleeves in the office? Should I banish my thermal vest (yes, it really WAS that cold!) to the back of the drawer or will I need it again next week? These are the questions I’m faced with everyday. And I think I’ve found the solution – layering.
Yes, yes, I know it’s hardly Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, but it is useful to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to putting clothes over clothes. So here are my top tips…
Back to basics
The long sleeved tees has been my saviour season after season. I buy mine from Primark (£3, 100% cotton) and have about a million. At first I bought basic colours like black, grey, brown, red and navy, then branched out with greens, purples and creams to match specific outfits like this one, this one and this one.
Dress without stress
Dresses are so easy to wear throughout winter – we all know that cute dress + thick tights + cosy cardi = outfit win. But for something a little different, why not wear a jumper over yours? Choose a complementary tone or a clashing print if you’re feeling brave. If your jumper’s a little loose around the bottom or you just want to add more shape, roll it up so it sits on your waist and add a belt just like this.
The Longstocking look
She might not be a classic style icon, but Pippi knew how to rock the knee length sock. Follow her example with stylish socks worn over jeans or tights – especially good peeping out of leather boots like I did here. I love Primark’s range with cute bow and ribbon detailing at only £1.50 a pair.
If all else fails…
I pull out my favourite scarf. A cotton number with pretty vintage pattern will work wonders with any outfit and keep the chills at bay. Look for oversized, soft fabrics in colours that work with the rest of your outfit. I buy these scarves for £5 a time from a local vintage shop and have them in a range of colours seen here, here and here.


Cafe Fashionista

Ohmigosh could you be cuter Jen? I’m so loving you in that first photograph! I must agree with you – there is no better piece of clothing than a basic tee. Layered, worn alone – they always look amazing!! 🙂


This is really adorable. I love to have black under my T-shirts. wow, great buy on the boots too. Hope you have a wonderful warm weekend.


That’s such a cute outfit 🙂 Thanks for the tip about the long sleeved tops – I’ve been looking everywhere for ones to layer with my dresses! x


Very cute. I know what you mean about the weather. I thought I was going to freeze today but once I was out, I realized I could have done with an even lighter jacket. oops!

The Fashion Teller

Hey! Thanks for following my blog hun-love your’s too! Just been reading some older posts. I saw at the top you mentioned the Ozziw Clark piece Billie P just wore on JR-I just twitted about it! LOVE IT! And that McQueen ring she was wearing has been on my mental wish list for a while now! xx

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion

That bag is basically the exact same one I want to get. ENVIOUS.

Alsooo envious of the fact that you can go out without a parka. SO COLD HERE!

Basically, I’m very envious of you 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by!


lovely scarves! I think the long-sleeves t-shirts are essential too, I don’t know what I would do without them!


I think you’re such a master at layering! Of course you can get away with wearing short sleeves in winter:P


You layer things so well. I’ve only really started that this season and the basic long sleeve t is a wardrobe basic. I’m still with the neutral colours but will move on soon. You’ve inspired me!



Shoes without socks? Short sleeves? I love your optimism. Keep the leather jacket handy, I hear snow might be coming (again)! Great tips for getting through the in-between-time. Sabine x


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