Autumn Styling & Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

For years I have wanted a fur gilet.  Every year when Autumn has rolled around I have lusted after one in the shops but always chickened out of actually buying one.  I’m not even sure why, just a feeling that it wasn’t quite me.  Maybe a bit too showy, a bit too “look at me”.  Stupid right?

Last week I popped into Next and they had the most beautiful one at the front of the shop and on a bit of an impulse I picked it up to try it on.  I’d originally gone in to get a pair of jeans to throw on for the school run in the morning but seeing as I was heading to the changing rooms anyway, I thought I’d give it a go.

As soon as I tried it on it was a must-have.  It is so soft and so cosy I just couldn’t bring myself to put it back, and I was already planning what I would wear it with.  After playing around with it, and trying on half my wardrobe, I think the fur (fake, obvs) works really well to glamour up a smart to casual outfit.




I’ve teamed the gilet up with a pair of Next skinny jeans, a plain cream blouse also from Next, a New Look necklace (an absolute bargain in the sales) and a pair of black ankle boots.  For too long I steered clear of ankle boots and opted for knee highs but after buying a great pair from Marks and Spencers last year I have re-discovered my love for them.


Layering is perfect for Autumn and I love this look.  I had always worried that a fur gilet would be something that would sit in my wardrobe unworn but I feet really comfortable in this, and definitely not frumpy!



I’m actually surprised with how many things this does go with that I already own.  It looks really lovely with my denim pinafore dress and also with a few skirts that I have so I’ll definitely be getting my moneys worth from it this year.


Sometimes being a mum of two little boys meaning having to choose practicality over fashion but this is something that I can throw on easily to add a bit of glamour to any outfit.  And we all need a bit of that in our lives don’t we?

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  1. Jaki
    September 28, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Absolutely!! You’ve made me want to go and grab mine out of the wardrobe. I have a black one I bought a few years ago and I love it, despite not actually having worn it that much. In fact I have a faux fur jacket I’ve worn a lot more. I too love an ankle boot with skinny jeans. I love Autumn for clothes. I love getting my boots and scarves back out. I’ve always got a scarf around me when it gets a bit chillier! It’s almost my trademark!! 🙂 good for you for going with it, I’m sure you’ll get use out of it for years to come 🙂 #BloggerClubUK
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  2. September 28, 2016 / 9:53 am

    It looks so good on you Jo, I feel exactly the same as you but now I’ve seen one on you I may go and try one on. I think the cosy factor may win me over. It looks fab with the outfit you’ve chosen, I am all for ankle boots, they are my favourties 🙂 xx
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  3. September 28, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    That is a fab outfit, I live the gilet, and you look great in it too. #BloggerClubUK

    • September 28, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      I meant love not live (trying to type too fast on a phone really doesn’t work)!!!

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