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Sunday, 20 March 2016

One Tartan Jacket, 3 ways | Ping Pong Post, #PPP1

Fake Fabulous | Tartan jacket, yellow and brown.

It's good to share!

This post is the first in a series called the Ping Pong Posts.
{A great idea, from my international blogging buddies, Anna and Ann}

With lots of help from these friends, I hope to showcase how three women can wear the same item in three different ways.

Three very different women, with different lives, different tastes and different hair colours!

Imagine popping round to a friends house...
{A friend with a wardrobe you would love to rummage around}
You crack open the fizz, or the wine, or a cheeky vodka. I make a great cocktail too!
You break out the nibbles, put on some tunes and start playing dress up.
Sounds like a fun night, right?

Unfortunately, the ladies in my style trio all live thousands of miles apart.
So, this coat did a spot of international travel on our behalf.
From the Isles of Scilly, to Hong Kong, to Scotland.
It has fairly clocked up the air miles!

Fake Fabulous | Tartan jacket, yellow and brown.

This gorgeous wool jacket is by no means a classic or traditionally versatile (in the way a plain navy blazer could be).
It is a very unique and eye catching item.
Tricky to style in three different ways...right?

Well, let's find out...

I decided to wear this beautiful cape/jacket with some skinny jeans (last seen here).
The jacket is so unusual, and voluminous, that I needed a neater silhouette on my bottom half.

{Too much all-over volume can make me look really scrawny}

I was roasty-toasty inside this wool jacket, so I could happily reveal a toe (or two) in these cut out booties.
I have had these shoes for years, but they seem to be back in style again.

Fake Fabulous | Tartan jacket, yellow and brown.

I was pleased to find that jacket worked really well with my red hair, and I wondered how it would look with Anna's blonde and Ann's dark locks?

Anyway, with the red sorted, I wanted to pull out the gorgeous yellow tones in the wool fabric.

{There is a vibrant apple green in the weave too, and I cursed my lack of this colour in my wardrobe...I must remedy that}

I chose this bright yellow jumper with a denim shirt underneath.
I loved the way the cuffs popped out of the bottom, adding more colour and interest to the look.

Fake Fabulous | Tartan jacket, yellow and brown.

This bag, with #YEAH embossed on it, was the perfect (fun) finishing touch.

Fake Fabulous | Tartan jacket, yellow and brown.

Coat: Benetton (Anna’s)
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: XTI
Jumper: Boden (teens)
Shirt: Boden (Adults this time)
Bag: M&S

Let's have a look at my two swapping buddies....

Anna, from Anna's Island Style

Anna is a blogger who started blogging around the same time as me (although when you see her site you will think she had been doing it forever, it is so slick!).
She has a love of charity shops and bargain hunting (ditto) and also a real way with colour and pattern.
A girl after my own heart!
She is the mastermind behind this ping-ponging AND the lucky owner of this fab jacket.
I am not envious at all (nope, not a bit) of her beach-based shots.
No wonder she has such a beautiful smile on her face!

Anna also chose a skinny jean to balance the volume of the jacket (great minds!).
She has picked out the orange tones with a perspex necklace and added a frilled cuff to the sleeves, for more interest.
Chunky platform boots and a statement ring finish her look.
The volume of the jacket and the skinny dark jeans/chunky boots combination make her look perfectly proportioned and even 'leggy'.
Dark wash jeans are always a winner.
The colours in the jacket work well with her blonde hair too.

Jacket: Benetton
Jeans: Dorothy Perkins
Frilly blouse: charity shop
Cardigan: H&M
Boots: Office
Perspex necklace: old
Rings: charity shop

Ann, from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann has been blogging since the beginning of (blogging) time.
She is a dab hand, and her site reflects that.
He style blows me away.
She is the master of the texture-mix.
Today she has managed to find the perfect tonal background on the streets of Hong Kong.
Her look is totally different, from Anna and I, and I have to say I am not surprised.
She is so bold and inspiring.

Follow her on instagram.

In her signature black, but with her own twist, she has picked out the dark buttons (of the jacket) with her (P)leather culottes and a plain black roll neck top.
Adding a leopard bag, and cowboy boots, just ups the individuality points and ties the richer tones of the jacket to the rest of her look.
She has even ditched her statement red lip for a softer (and warmer) tone.
Her dark hair seems to match into the jacket too.

Coat: Anna's! 
Black hat and sunnies: Forever 21
Black turtleneck: Uniqlo
Black (p)leather culottes: Zara
Cowboy boots: Old West (via Zappos)
Leopard crossover: Jaspal, a Thai boutique kind of like Zara
Earrings: Random HK market stall

Do you ever borrow clothes from your friends, or family?
Who's wardrobe would you love a rummage through?

Please let me know in the comments, or tweet me your thoughts @samantha4blair

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  1. Samantha, you're rocking this little jacket of mine! You look sensational and yes, I had a similar back view shot, but wasn't brave enough to show my derriere - yours is looking cute! Thank you so much for helping make this notion a reality. It was fun, and I look forward to the next styling challenge.
    Anna x

    1. Thank you Anna...although (to be honest) it is a lucky camera angle on my rear! :oD

  2. I love this idea!!! :))))))))))))
    all of you ladies so unique and beautiful
    jacket itself is fabulous and looks amazing on all three of you :)

    1. Thank you Alia. It is such a distinctive piece that I worried we would struggle to make it look individual....but it worked! I am looking forward to showing you more items that are perhaps more versatile and I am sure Anna and Ann will continue to surprise me. XXX

  3. This is so much fun. I think you each did a great job of styling this fun jacket in your own style.


    1. Thank you Suzanne. We had fun working things out between us. I am looking forward to our next instalment! XXX

  4. What a fun project! I love how each of you styled the jacket! Can't wait to see what's up next in the series!

    1. Me too Andrea! I have 2 more items waiting in the wings....unstyled. It is really challenging for me to wear items that I have not chosen for myself. I am sure we will surprise each other again, next time. XXX

  5. Fabulous Samantha!!
    I love borrowing clothes from friends....I used to have a wonderful friend, Kelly, that we'd do exactly that---it's such a great way to extend your closet without spending any money!! (As for the present---I just "steal" clothes from mom--ha ha)
    I love how you picked yellow to layer with this jacket and hello tootsies!! (I got to wear my peep toe booties yesterday too!!)

    1. Ha ha Jodie, lucky you! You are blessed to have such a stylish Mum! XXX

  6. Brilliant project. Brilliant outfits. Brilliant last shot of you, Samantha, just brilliant brilliant brilliant. I need more adjectives, I know.

  7. wouuu, that's one of my favorite posts ever, brilliant!, love how you've styled that gorgeous jacket, looking fabulous and interesting, and inspiring!, and each outifit is genuine and original, love all of them!!
    I'm absolutely loving your tartan jacket Project!

  8. I love this idea, like the traveling pants!


  9. That is an insanely fabulous coat and it truly does look fabulous on each and every one of you! What a fun idea to share it amongst the three of you!

    1. Thank you Debbie. I agree! It is a great idea....and I can't take any of the credit for it! I hope it gets better and better as we move forward. XXX

  10. Oh my! Its like the movie... the Traveling Pants, except its the traveling jacket. Love all 3 ways. and I was going o say before I read the post, I want that jacket! Love the colors and the style.. Your rust pants really suit this look. love that they are colored jeans, all 3 look wonderful, fun!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads tuesday
    jess xx

    1. Thank you Jess! It would look great on you. Your uber-feminine spin would be a real inspiration. XXX

  11. This is a whole new take on the Yellow Travelling Skirt. You just send an item by mail? Very good. Makes an awesome post. And yes you all three look ever so good in it. I can so clearly see why you are such (blogging) friends. All three of you are very bold and colourful. I just skim that edge. But I am happy to learn haha.

    1. Hahaha...thank you Greetje! Yes, we are parcel pen pals and I am looking forward to our next instalment....stay tuned! XXX


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