I don’t know about you, lovely readers, but by this point in February I have reached peak hibernation mode. Any inclination to leave the house after dark is rapidly diminishing, while the attraction of the sofa and a good Sky box set (any suggestions?) is up in the stratosphere. The possibility of another spring ever materialising (let alone summer) feels too much to hope for at this point – which entirely explains the euphoria which engulfs our weather-obsessed country with the first spike in temperature. But lets not get carried away with talk of sunshine yet. Instead I want to bring you a lovely little spring-like lift in the shape of a beautiful, mood-enhancing blouse. Not as effective as a week in the Caribbean, I admit, but needs must, and regrettably my winter pick-me-up budget won’t stretch as far as St Barths.
Blouses and I haven’t always been happy bedfellows, but the shape and detail on this beauty from Whistles really float my boat. The high collared neckline is delicate and unfussy, and the softly pleated cuffs create a lovely billowing effect on the sleeves – a far more flattering silhouette on long arms than anything tight-fitted. The versatility of the shape makes it good for pairing with almost anything, and the feminine cut-out detail shows a hint of skin which would marry just as well with a pair of faded boyfriend jeans.
For this occasion, though, I chose stunning suede culottes from L.K.Bennett for a more dressed-up vibe. Culottes work so well on long legs, and I love the combination of voluminous clothing and bare skin that makes this outfit work. The glitter flats, meanwhile, are from one of my favourite luxury brands. If you take up to a size 9 and are in the market for a really special pair of shoes, then you must look up Lucy Choi. Her boutique is on Connaught Street and is definitely worth a visit. Just be prepared to fall in love, it’s a veritable treasure-trove!
With this chic, minimalist look, it’s best to finish with a delicate bag – you don’t need to spend a fortune, this simple Dickins & Jones cross body bag is just £39 from House of Fraser.
So, I hope to have put a spring in your step for the week ahead, or at the very least given you a little workwear inspiration to carry you onwards through February. The first blossom has already started to peak through the bare branches on my street and by March we will all be ready to come out of hibernation and emerge blinking into the sunlight.
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