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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

When in doubt, wear red!

Wearing red from head to toe.

Styling bright red in Autumn/Winter.
On a dull, damp and dreich day the only thing for me to do is to wear some bright colour!
While many people automatically reach for the dark colours in autumn/winter, I instinctively reach for the more vibrant shades.
Dark days are gloomy enough.

BUT... you might be thinking:
"Light and bright colours in winter??"
"Are you crazy?!" 
"You will get dirty and end up looking a mess!!"
But, those dark coats are also getting dirty.
Does dark and dirty look any less of a mess?

Anyway, modern fabrics mean you can buy something machine washable.
If you have a vintage item, invest in a clothes brush! 
Or, the occasional trip to the dry cleaners.
It really is not such a big deal.

On this particular day, I was swithering between a bright orangey-red androgynous style and a full-skirted, super feminine, cream coat. 
When the famous Bill Blass quote sprang to mind,

"When in doubt, wear RED"

Don't mind if I do, Mr Blass!
I will save my cream 'statement' for another day.

Wearing red from Head to Toe in Winter | Fake Fabulous

This coat is a full-on punch of (almost) neon orangey-red and I love it!
It has a masculine cut which looks good with trousers as well as skirts, and I must tell you about the wonderful pockets...so deep and in the perfect position.
There is something very satisfying about a 'proper pocket' and it is so frustrating when a pocket is wrong. Whether it is an awkward angle or the wrong depth, it can be so disappointing.

Am I the only pocket-geek out there?
Please let me know if you agree!

Wearing red from Head to Toe in Winter | Fake Fabulous

It was pretty chilly today (and damp) so this burgundy scarf and fur-lined leather gloves were a must!
I was going to grab my red bag (see it HERE and HERE) but this pop of cheerful blue seemed a more interesting choice.
Adding a little fun!
I have searched and searched for something similar but I am struggling....this one is fun...but pricey. This one is just silly and tongue in cheek!
See my bag HERE and HERE.

Wearing red from Head to Toe in Winter | Fake Fabulous

This dress is very old.
I actually gave it away to a friend years ago.
She has a curvy figure, which gave this dress a bit more vaa vaa voom.
But, when I was at her house recently, I saw it hanging up looking unworn (but still fab) and I asked if I could borrow it back.
A little bit cheeky, but she knows it will be returned...probably with a bag full of other things too!

The dress is a soft knit and incredibly comfortable to wear.
{I should mention that the sleeves need a careful wrapping to get them into the a coat, without bunching}.
I love the mix of colours and I could have picked out many shades.
I was going to contrast the dress, with teal, but more and more red items just kept falling into my hands!
I could not help myself.

Red is the perfect colour to wear if you want to give the impression being confident and self-assured.


Even if you are faking it!

Red is energising, uplifting, warm, positive and stimulating.
The perfect confidence booster.
A brilliant mood booster.
You could conquer the world in a red dress!
{Don't forget that red is also a very sexy colour ;oD}

Sticking to the red palette, I added a red roll neck undertop, dark red tights, burgundy wool knee socks and my very old (favourite) boots...see them here, styled with white.

A subtle touch of leopard, in the form of a skinny belt, stopped me looking too much like an ironing board and gave this dress a little shape.

This cute red beret and a orangey-red lipstick finished things off perfectly!

Are you going to be wearing colour this Winter?
What is your favourite?
Please let me know in the comments...or tweet me a picture of your winter coat @samantha4blair.


Wearing red from Head to Toe in Winter | Fake Fabulous


Lace up boots | Fake Fabulous


Coat: Hearts & Hands @ASOS...I customised mine. (this one is fab!)
Scarf: Jack Wills (similar)
Gloves: Gift from a friend....cosy rabbit fur lining (similar)
Boots: Caterpillar (old)...these are nice.
Beret: Old (similar one)
Dress: Matalan (very old). This one is beautiful....this one is cool too, and you wouldn't need the roll neck underneath these!
Tights: Gipsy (these are beautiful)
Burgundy socks: Tkmaxx (similar)
Roll neck: Redoute
Bag: Tkmaxx
Earrings: Newlook
Lipstick: Maybelline

SHOP the look:




Wearing red from Head to Toe in Winter | Fake Fabulous


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36 comments

  1. You know I am all for colours.
    Looking wonderful in red Samantha
    Besosssssssssssssss
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. I just can't get enough of it these days, Sacramento! I really need to try some new colours. XXX

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  2. In Málaga there is a microclimate. It is never too hot; although it was hot last summer, or too cold. The lowest it might get is about 9 degrees.
    At the moment we are still in short sleeves.
    Ps How do you do the shop the look? I love it

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    1. Email me Sacremento and I will give you the details. XXX

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  3. So how did you customize your jacket? I totally understand about the pocket thing....Nancy's pockets in her long jacket were way too far down to reach, but when we belted the coat---it brought them up nicely!
    I'm a huge fan of color in the darker months too! Really---it only makes sense! Your red is wonderfully bright and fun! I'm much more conservative than you and thus wouldn't have thought to add red tights (probably because I do not own red tights) or a leopard belt. You sure know how to make an outfit sing!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps...is your nose pierced? I always wanted to do that when I was younger!!!

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    1. Hi Jodie, I removed these strange straps from the sides which seemed to be at an odd angle and totally unnecessary. I also moved the buttons as it was a low double breasted fastening, which was too tight around my hips and puffy around my chest.... I don't know who it was designed for !? But i did get it for 75% off, so it was worth some simple changes!.
      As for my nose...yes, I pierced it when I was in my late 20's and love it!
      I will still be wearing it in my 80's (if I get there).
      I think is is a little unexpected, which I like very much. XXX

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  4. I Love your oufit... Those boots are just amazing...your hair color just makes the outfit pop....that bag is just so unique too!

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    1. I am so glad you like my boots, they are my absolute favourites..I will be wearing them a lot this winter.. thank you very much for your lovely comments. XXX

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  5. I love all of this red and the options you picked after are FABULOUS!! I'm a huge fan of wearing red too!

    Stopping by from the Pleated Poppy link-up!

    -Adriele
    http://www.StyleAssisted.com

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    1. Thank you so much Adriele! For your lovely comment and your link...off to check it out now. XXX

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  6. I subscribe this motto: when in doubt, wear Red!!, fabulous!! always love to wear bold&bright colors in winter, it makes everything more interesting!
    Love how you've mixed different shades, orange-red, burgundy, tomato-red, and love how the whole ensemble looks coherent and chic!, and such a fabulous dress, those sleeves are amazing (even if they're impractical!)
    And also love how your blue bag adds a touch of interest!
    Gorgeous!!
    besos

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    1. Thank you so much... More and more red just kept coming!! I did laugh at my sleeve swirling, which I had to share. When I pulled my coat on quickly I produced huge shoulder pads from my dress sleeves...so funny! XXX

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  7. I <3 this with a red heart and the red dancing emoji lady! Samantha, it's all so fabulous. I just tried on a red dress packed away in my wardrobe the other day. And now I vow to wear it ASAP and I will tag you when I do!

    Oh, you really know how to do it! The coat, the beret, all of it! More style inspo for me!!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. I bet red is fantastic on you, Ann....with your rich colouring...I am looking forward to that! XXX

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    2. Because of you, I pulled out my LREDLD (Little Red Emoji Dancing Lady Dress)! Stay tuned!!

      And, thank you for linking up to the Kremb de la Kremb Style Stories Link Up.

      Love, Annie

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  8. What a wonderful outfit!! All that mix of glorious color is just amazing! And orange is my favorite color, with red being in the top four.

    I saw your post in the What I Wore linkup. Here's my What I Wore post...
    http://www.midlifemakeover.me/2015/11/no-repeat-november-and-thanksgiving.html

    Have a great day!
    Jeanine

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  9. Red certainly is a most energizing colour and has the power to lift even the darkest of moods. Great display of red in all it's glory, Samantha and I love that little detail of what looks like a leopard print or a printed belt at the waist. Mr Blass was certainly right!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It is leopard print! Thank you for spotting that. I am so glad you agree that Red is a great shade!

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  10. Lovely post today Samantha. Fabulous coat, and you were right to "borrow" your dress back again as it works beautifully. Boots, scarf and gloves all tie in so well. And I love the crazy bag which shows you're really having fun at dressing up.
    Anna xxx

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  11. It is a lovely dress but I really adore the coat. That's my girl.... lots and lots of colour. I can so agree with you, When in doubt wear red (or any bright colour).
    Love the blue bag with it as well.
    Greetje

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  12. Love all the shades of red in this outfit. The blue bag is just perfection!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  13. Great look! I love the reds on you!

    I recently sorted through my sweaters, and I realized that most of my sweaters are very bold colors. I'm not really sure how that even happened, but then I realized that that's not a bad thing!

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    1. It is not a bad thing at all, Andrea. Jumpers should be colourful for brightening up those dark winter days. XXX

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  14. Hi from another pocket geek, a wrong pocket can drive me insane !!! I am a red lover and I can only adore your outfit, red puts me in a good mood, the coat is wonderful and how cute is your bag ? It's amazing ! Greetings from Italy :-)

    Fashion and Cookies fashion blog

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    1. Thank you so much Vale! Got to love a pocket, right? :OD XXX

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  15. I promise you I will ge tto reading through all of your post this week . I am going through all of the blogs for the linkup we had. I LOVE red, and since I have only 4 winter coats and 2 are different shades of red, yes I am a fan! Love your layered look, Queen of all things layered, you know I love the boots and this look would have to brighten your spirits!
    Looking splendid!!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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