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Friday, 11 March 2016

Transitional Layering for Cold Spring Days .

Fake Fabulous | Transitional spring layering | Lace, pearls and shearling mules.

Spring is in the air!

Spring is definitely in the air.
And, thank goodness for that!
It is my second favourite season (after autumn)...full of hope and anticipation.

Spring time, in the UK, brings the hope of a long and deliciously warm summer.
Hot, dry days and beautiful balmy evenings.

Of course, this hardly ever actually happens!
BUT, that annual hope is always born in springtime.

Unfortunately, it is still pretty cold here in Scotland.
However, the sun is shining and I am full of the (optimistic) joys of spring!

This sunny day called for some spring-like (but still warm) layering.
Oh, and my shearling mules.

Joy of joys...I LOVE these shoes!
They are so comfortable.
I mean really comfortable.
The platform makes the heel height feel very manageable, and the shearling lining is a dream against the skin.

I have to admit that I would have liked a back strap to hold them on a little better (when moving at speed) but I just need to resign myself to moving a little slower on mule days!

These mules are surprisingly warm too, making my bare heels (and ankles) almost cosy.
No pop socks needed!
{The shoes are also working with my hair...doing a little bit of added bonus}

Fake Fabulous | Transitional spring layering | Lace, pearls and shearling mules.

I am wearing a full thermal base layer under this outfit.
A lightweight, long-sleeved top and matching leggings.
They are close fitting, and comfortable.
Essential (and hidden) warmth on such a cold day.

I am not normally a bare-flesh person (and I hardly have the ability to go crazy with the cleavage) but this scoop necked top seemed the perfect choice.
It felt more ballerina-pretty than cleavage-sexy, and was just enough coverage under my lace top.
{I last wore this lace in this post.}

This pearl collar sits over my collarbone and adds a little more warmth to my outfit.
That sounds silly but it honestly works!

I love how this half-sleeved, edge-to-edge cardigan has just enough fluff to be cosy, but is light enough to keep the whole look airy and fresh.
A scarf added more light, movement and interest.

Fake Fabulous | Transitional spring layering | Lace, pearls and shearling mules.
Fake Fabulous | Transitional spring layering | Lace, pearls and shearling mules.

Do you have any styling tricks that help you transition from winter to spring?
Or, on colder days in spring and summer?

Please let me know by leaving a comment, or tweet me @samantha4blair.

I love hearing your thoughts!

Fake Fabulous | Transitional spring layering | Lace, pearls and shearling mules.

Jeans: Falmer (similar)
Shoes: Timberland (old)...these are great!
Lace tunic: Unknown (this is pretty)
Bag: Charity shop (this one is really nice)
Cuff: Topshop (this is nothing like it, but gorgeous!)
Necklace: Tkmaxx (this is nice)
Top: Boden (similar)
Pearl Collar: I don't remember! This one is nice.
Scarf: A gift (similar)
Cardigan: H&M (this one is pretty)
Glasses: Primark (similar)

Get the look:



  1. amaze me at your interesting layering! That lacey see through top over the striped shirt? Brilliant!!
    As for transitioning into spring---you have to understand Denver's's either summer or winter (and it changes daily). Today for instance is 70+ degrees and we'll probably have snow next week. It sure makes it fun!
    But I have been looking at peep toe ankle boots....ahhhh...I love shopping!!
    ps...I covet that cuff----so gorgeous!!

    1. Oh, thank you Jodie! You are very kind. I do think we would have a great time on a shopping trip! Sharing our love of shoes...but such different tastes. Denver sounds like it keeps you on your toes when it comes to the climate. Do you check the weather each day so you know how to dress? I check every morning, it determines my shoe choices. X

  2. Oooh! You know I love me some boho : )

    That cuff really caught my eye.

    That lacy top is lovely. Reminds me of something from the 1920's.

    I'm hoping for a long spring this year so I can enjoy some of my many leather jackets. It often goes from being too cold to too hot too quickly.


    1. "Too cold to too hot"....I am envious! I would LOVE some real heat in the air this year....fingers crossed! XXX

  3. I don't know where to start. That delicious fuzzy cardigan, the bracelet, the absolutely genius layering combo of the striped shirt/lace's all so totally on point. I love, love, love it! And don't you just love a good platform that makes heels actually comfortable? FYI...I am so copying your lace top layered over a tee...

    1. Thank you so much Debbie! I am delighted that you like this outfit enough to put your own spin on it. As for the platforms....YES! The joy of being on a high heel and not feeling like I am walking on my tip toes, it is a joy. :oD XXX

  4. I love everything about this look! I dub thee the Queen of Layering :-)


    1. Wow, Bettye! Thank you :oD
      I do love to pile on the layers but it is purely for practical reasons...I can't stand being cold.
      Warmth=happiness, in my book. XXX

  5. A very cool and creative look!

    And thanks for joining Fun Fashion Friday! Hope your weekend is marvelous!

    Dawn Lucy

  6. This is quite likely my fave outfit from you yet, Samantha. I'll probably repeat myself throughout the year but for now, that's how the land lies :) I'm very much in love with that sheer vest over the striped sweater. So so pretty. And then the same stripes emerging from those ever so subtly puffed cardigan sleeves??? I LOVE. I've been fascinated with that effect ever since I started watching Madam Secretary, it's her trademark look, and with good reason too.

    MUACK!! I really ought to stop adoring you/your outfits as much as I do, it's bordering on infatuation, but I can't help myself. There's so much to adore :)

    1. Sheela, you are so very kind! Thank you. I had "google" of Madam secretary. I love her business version of the sleeves. I had not appreciated that it could look smart too! Blouses peeping out of jumpers and jackets. Fab. Thank you for pointing her out for me. XXX

  7. wouuu, that's a fabulous layering, textures and stripes, love your sheer lace vest over that striped t-shirt, and your cardigan, it's one of my favorite layering outfits ever, You Rock!!!
    I'm absolutely surprised by your mules, never thought this kind of shoes would be comfy and warm. I like them, so shockingly original shoes!

    1. Thanks Monica! They surprised me too...I thought they would be a "two hour shoe", but they are like high heeled slippers :oD. XXX

  8. My favourite part of this outfit is that lace tunic layered on top of the striped top. Loving the boho feel of that lace! I went to have a look at the summer lace look you linked, but I much prefer the lace on top of those red stripes! The combination of those two is really fresh and interesting.

    xo, Liyana | Affordorable

    1. Thank you Liyana. I had not realised (until I was looking at the photos) that the red would even show up under the other layers! Hahaha...funny, eh? XXX

  9. Wow, this look is beautiful! Love how you layered everything perfectly!

  10. Had to comment, because I'm as wowed as the rest of us -- in particularly how well you marry scale. To me finding all those elements to balance each other in terms of scale is the challenge I regularly fail at... I'd have the wrong width stripe, or the gauge of the sweater would throw things off... it's a delightful challenge though! Fortunately your previous post on not trying to please anyone other than myself still resonates. Now, if it would only stop snowing today!
    All the best,
    Cinda in Boston, USA

    1. Wow, thank you for that comment Cinda. I have to admit that I don't really think about what is going with what....if you know what I mean! It is only when I look at the photos that I think about what I did and why. I hope your snow passes soon so you can keep experimenting! XXX

  11. This lace and beaded top is utterly gorgeous Samantha, and I think it would be a winner with so many other co-ordinates. The look is unexpected, whacky, quirky and very sweet on you. Wonderful stuff x
    Anna's Island Style

    1. Thank you can feel a little "net-curtainish" at times but the layers save it. XXX

  12. I love how the delicacy of the lace just softens the lines of the stripes slightly, giving it an almost ethereal feel.

    1. Thank you Jacqueline! I had not really noticed how it looked until I was looking at the photos....does that make sense? I don't think we can really "see" properly, looking in a mirror. XXX

  13. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This look is really interesting and unusual. But somehow it works!

  14. I agree with Suzanne... the lace top and the cuff also caught my eye. So beautiful.

    1. Thank you Greetje. I imagine this outfit would well out of your comfort zone, so I really appreciate your comment. XXX


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