Olive Layers: La Redoute Laura Clement Coat

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LaRedoute_coat_styleonthecouch5I think I went through some kind of fashion ‘phase’ when I was younger of spending a lot of time in baggy, khaki-coloured utility pants, which at that time I viewed as a sort of comfortable alternative to skinny jeans, misguided though I realize that concept was!  It’s certainly a stage of dressing that has led me to avoid khaki like the plague until recent years, quite possibly only as recently as this FW14 when Balmain, Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein and Isabel Marant placed military khaki back on the catwalks.

Many of these FW14 styles took inspiration from a soldier’s uniform and showed stricter silhouettes and structured looks.  In this current outfit post, I’m wearing one of the only double breasted styles I own – a coat from Laura Clement at La Redoute.  Perhaps more of an olive drab or avocado shade than a khaki, there is something quite comforting about wearing green – it appears to denotes safety, nature and harmony because of its presence as the most pervasive colour in the natural world.

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.” Oscar Wilde

Khaki is of course about camouflage, so wearing green is a little like wearing black in the fashion world I feel – you don’t really want to be noticed, which reminds me of this quote by Yohji Yamamoto:

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time.  Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious.  But above all, black says this ‘I don’t bother you, and you don’t bother me‘.”

I think the key to wearing khaki and olive tones is to stick to classic looks.  Since olive is about as earthy and muted as colours come, it’s a great option for timeless classics, like this coat from La Redoute here. To view more styles from Laura Clement, click HERE.

Wearing: La Redoute coat; New Look loafers from ASOS; Black slim cropped pants from GAP; Sweater, Pop Boutique at ASOS. Bag: Maison Martin Margiela. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

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(She Wore) Green Velvet: Edina Ronay Dress

EdinaRonay_dress_styleonthecouch_justinetrickettphotographyLast month I had a little pre-birthday treat when American Husband took me to London for the weekend, to stay at the fabulous London Edition in the heart of the city.  Such opulent hotel surroundings deserve equally indulgent dressing, and what better than velvet, the fabric associated with nobility and luxury, to kickstart the weekend celebrations.

Edina Ronay recently introduced a range of velvet styles within her collection for autumn winter – not only dresses but skirts, pants and suits (think capri pants and smoking jackets) too. The velvet tuxedo has recently been seen on Man Repellerhot on the heels of the splurge of velvet along the FW14 catwalks; Jason Wu, Sophie Theallet, Ellie Saab and Tadashi Shoji all featured the fabric in their collections. Ronay styles her velvet in a very delicate yet sumptuous fashion, it was the perfect style for dining at the Edition’s Berners Tavern and taking drinks at the delightful Punch Room.

(But you know, the real birthday celebrations haven’t yet begun…)

Wearing: Vintage Gathered Green Velvet Dress, Edina Ronay; Heels, Kelya Shoes. Photos: Justine Trickett. MUA: Kate Sullivan.

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Sun, Sea & Silk: Marina London

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MarinaLondon_styleonthecouch_2There once was a time when I didn’t give a second thought to fabrics if the style worked and fit.  These days checking the quality and fabric type of the styles that I buy is often foremost in my mind: Will it feel good against my skin? How will the fabric stand up to the cleaning process? Is the fabric a quality fabric (am I getting the most out of my money here?)

Designer Marina Guergova of Marina London, who I recently posted about HERE, designs almost exclusively in silks.   Silk is both luxuriously soft and relatively robust – it has a beautiful, delicate appearance and can be warm and cosy in the winter as well as comfortable and cool come summer time.  An all-climate fabric in a wear-anywhere style here, in this versatile vest from the brand.

Being near the sea tends to prompt me to wear nautical colours – I lived in a great deal of blue and white on this holiday, colours that served me well – blue is the colour of the sky and the sea, symbolic of trust, wisdom, depth and stability; white is safety, purity, cleanliness.  We all need a break from our hectic lives now and then; this last vacation was a detox from a busy schedule.  I’m trying to slow down a little in the run up to Christmas – it’s my birthday next week, Blog Reader, so I can’t promise anything before then, but after, I’m going to wear blue silk again and take it easy.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend … StyleOnTheCouch xo

Wearing: Vest from Marina London; Panama Hat, Laird Hat Shop, Cambridge. Pants: Bought in the Canary Islands. Sandals: Zara.

 

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