Slower Fashion

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Layered Knits * Styling a Poncho in Winter

Layered knits | Styling a Poncho and a Hat, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm cosying up in some layered winter knits.

This is certainly not a particularly modern or edgy look BUT it's full of personality and fun.

{Albeit the personality of Clint Eastwood according to my husband!}
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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Finding a New Winter Jacket | Hidepark Leather

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

Welcome to the Autumn/Winter selection from my leather jacket search.

See how I got on in my quest to find that perfect Spring/Summer leather jacket HERE.

I'm on a mission to shop less.
No throw-away fashion for me!

I plan to invest in pieces I LOVE and that play an important role in my wardrobe.
I'm determined to find quality pieces that I'll be able to wear for years to come.

Consequently, I've been politely declining many more collaboration proposals.
Mostly because I didn't feel the need to add to my wardrobe or the want to share the pieces with you.

However, today is different.

Today is all about the Leather Jacket and I'm happy to share these with you.

Leather jackets can be worn all year round (especially if you live in a colder climate like Scotland) and this year I'm on a mission to find a Winter Warmer to add to my collection.

Today I'm trying on some new styles and will hopefully find something that fits the bill.

I hope that while I'm having a look around it might help you to find something perfect that fits into your wardrobe too.

Of course, leather jackets are a great investment.
If you choose a fuss-free style or a classic shape, a leather jacket will never date and will last for years.
If you look after your leather it will look after you.
Some pieces even get better with age.
Many will make their way down the generations.

(I know my daughters have their eye on a few of my things!)

The brand I want to share with you today is called Hidepark.
I have a couple of their jackets and they never let me down.

{This is a paid collaboration but I must tell you that I would NOT be recommending them if I didn't believe that you'd be delighted with anything you bought!}

Hidepark sells the most beautiful quality coats and jackets that are made to last.
I'm always blown away by the price tags too.

Each item is fully lined and finished with care.

Looking at the prices of the HidePark jackets I wonder why other retailers feel the need to rip us off.

Let's take a look at a few affordable Winter options...

(click on the titles to shop directly.)

1. HOLLY: Classic Aviator style

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

This jacket is AMAZING.
Incredibly warm.
Bang on-trend.
Chic and stylish.
Edgy and fun.
It does it all!

Who doesn't love a classic aviator style?

This fab style also comes in a few different colours if this colourway doesn't float your boat.

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

2. ANNA: Quirky, feminine and Chic

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets
This blue jacket is so chic and elegant but still full of personality!

It would work with LOADS of different outfits, adding a little "something" to a classic style.

I love the quilted effect of the leather and the simple cut.
It's a cracker!

If you're not a navy lady there are a few other colours to choose from.

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

3. DORA: Practical and Cosy

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets
I LOVE this jacket.
In fact, it's my favourite!

I couldn't believe how comfortable and warm it was.
The finish is so good and the price is even better!

I would happily have kept this lovely coat (it's right up my alley!)
BUT I have something very similar and I'm determined not to duplicate.

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets


4. CLARA: Minimal biker/aviator style

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets
This jacket is another classic.
It has a feminine feel and would go with anything and everything.
(I'd even throw it over a dress in the evening!)
I love the colour of this jacket plus the fact that the collar is detachable so you can change the look as the season's change.
Don't you just love it when a piece is versatile?
I love getting more bang for my buck... or punch for my pound!

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

5. LOMOND: Something different!

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets
This jacket surprised me!
Not only because I wasn't expecting a tweed jacket to come from Hidepark BUT because of how much I liked it...(Read: fell in love with it!).
This green and pinky/purple colourway made me unexpectedly happy PLUS there are other colours to choose from too.

It's smart and classic and chic and all of those good things.

It's also made from wool which was surprisingly warm considering how neat and lightweight it.
A win from me!

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets


HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets
This is the piece I've decided to keep.
Not because it was my favourite (I loved Dora more!) BUT because of its versatility and practicality.

I'm channelling Farmer Giles here... and loving it!

Because it's sleeveless I can layer it over and under various coats and jackets in my wardrobe.
This can be a life-savour on the cold winter days (and nights).
A sleeveless gilet is also handy to pop on at home if it's a particularly cold day and you don't want your heating cranked up to MAX.

I've already been wearing and enjoying this gilet a lot already... see it HERE.

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

HidePark X Fake Fabulous | Winter Style | Leather Jackets

I'd LOVE to know which of these Winter warmers you would choose for yourself?
Or, what other colours you would pick?
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Sunday, 17 November 2019

What I Wore * 7 days of REAL OutfitS!

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

Hello and welcome back to another "What I Wore This Week".
It's a sneak peek into my real (and not so perfect) style life.

Every week I'm attempting to cut through the BS and share what I really wore each day.
The good.
The bad.
AND the downright ugly!

Don't worry, I'll not be boring you with the details of my life (it's probably much the same as yours) BUT I will share the outfits I wore to live it!

MONDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

ORANGE POLONECK: Kettlewell colours (old)... see it with a BOLD dress here.
RUST TOP: Asda (old)... see it styled here.
NECKLACE: Oliver Bonas (old)
TEDDY COAT: Next (past season)
KHAKI SMART WOOL JOGGERS: Topshop (past season)
WHITE TRAINERS: Puma (old)

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

SQUAT PROOF LEGGINGS: Wobuk
HOODY: H&M
FURRY BOOTS: Bearpaw (older than old!)
WOOL SCARF: Moschino (very old)

Mondays are busy days for me.
I need it like that!

I'm not a big fan of Mondays.
I know many people promote positive thinking and new-week, new-challenge attitudes BUT I just can't.
Call me miserable and negative if you like but Mondays are just a day I need to get through.
I try (I really do) but no matter how hard I tell myself to be positive I still HATE Mondays.
They're full of stress and I would always rather spend the day in bed!

The way I cope with Monday-moring-itis is to pack loads of delicious snacks for my work breaks.
Good food means a happy face for me!
Plus, I've scheduled in a Bodybalance class in the evening.
It gives me something positive to look forward to.

Going to the gym on a Monday is the perfect way to unwind after the stresses and strains of this full-on start to the week.

Are you a positive Monday person?
Or, are you like me, and just want to get through it without having a flakey!?

TUESDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

Tuesday involved another trip to the big city.
The beautiful city of Edinburgh to be precise!

The sun was shining but it was BITTER cold.

(Edinburgh is always colder than home even though they're not very far away from each other.)

I also visited my son (who studies in Edinburgh) and we went for a delicious lunch at a great seafood restaurant called Fishers.
I had a brilliant day!

FAUX LEATHER PLEATED MIDI SKIRT: Primark (a gift)
BROWN TEDDY COAT: Next (past season)
BLACK LEATHER BOOTS: Dr Martens
GREEN TWEED HAT: old gents cap!
SCARF: Borrowed from my daughter!

WEDNESDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

Wednesday was another busy busy busy day BUT luckily casual clobber was okay.
Comfort and warmth were the order of the day.
I'm as warm as toast here, despite my jacket not being a full jacket!

A gilet (or sleeveless jacket) is perfect for wearing alone or layering over (or under) a coat.

SHEEPSKIN GILET: Hidepark
WOOL JUMPER: Vintage Charity shopped
TWEED CAP: Gents and old!
WASHED OUT BLACK JEANS: Topshop (old)
OTK PALE TAN BOOTS: Duo (old)

THURSDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

Thursday involved more time in the lab working away.
I was feeling a little low on this day so wearing some contrasting colours were important.
Colour always manages to lift my mood.

I'm someone who is influenced enormously by colour.
Wearing dark and drab colours make me feel down and VERY drab.
Colour is always a good idea in my book.

Even muted colours like these will work wonders to lift my mood.

BURGUNDY CULOTTES: Boden (past season)
PLUM POLONECK: Uniqlo (old)
LEOPARD SCARF: A gift
BLACK BOOTs: Duo (very old)
CASHMERE GILET: Charity shopped and old too.
ORANGE WOOL COAT: Hearts and hands... so old it's practically geriatric!

FRIDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

Friday was a busy (aka Manic!) day at work and I decided to go REALLY casual.
Jeans and a jumper.
We don't have an official dress down Friday but I made one myself (ha!) because I needed to be comfortable.

To be honest, I could probably wear my pyjamas to work and no one would give two hoots.
As long as we're there to do the job is doesn't matter.
We ARE in lab coats after all!

WHITE TRAINERS: Primark
LEOPARD JUMPER: H&M
SHEEPSKIN GILET: Hidepark
BAG: Bought online.
CASHMERE HAT: old

SATURDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

HOODY: Fabletics (old)
LEGGINGS: Sweaty Betty (old)
TRAINERS: New Balance


What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

CASHMERE JUMPER: Charity shopped
GREY JOGGERS: H&M
GREY LONG CARDIGAN: La Redoute (very old)

Saturday I spend in the gym... and a spot of chatting tagged onto the end of my gym visit!
I spent most of the morning in gym gear and most of the afternoon in joggers and cosy layers.
What a slob!

Not chic at all and I'm not sorry.

SUNDAY

What I really Wore this Week | 7 Real Life Outfits |  Fake Fabulous

Sundays are my favourite day of the week!
I can slip into Slobby-slob-Mc-Slob mode and veg out in my joggers and cosy knits.
Brilliant!!

BLUE VELOUR JOGGERS: Asda (very old)
RED MERINO JUMPER: Ted Baker (charity shopped)
COSY SOCKS: Heatholders (very old)

I'm really enjoying sharing these posts with you BUT I'd love to hear your feedback.
Do you enjoy them?
Feel free to leave a comment or get in touch HERE.
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Thursday, 14 November 2019

How to Copy a Street Style Outfit in REAL life * Red and Leopard

How to copy and outfit and make it your own | Fake Fabulous

I'm back with part two of my 'OUTFIT thief' series and there's a little bit of colour (and pattern) to play with this time around.

I've started this series off simply but as we progress things will heat up a little!

The first 'OUTFIT thief' look was VERY simple and monochromatic.
SEE IT HERE

In that blog post, I also shared a few tips and tricks to help you 'steal' any look.
These steps are easy to follow.

TIP: Recreating a look you admire is fun and there is (usually) no need to spend a penny.
That old cliché; "Shop your wardrobe" works a charm!
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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Winter Outfit Inspiration * Pringle x H&M Knitted Co-ord * Grey Cream and Lime

H&M x Pringle co-ord outfit | Over 40 Winter Outfit | Fake Fabulous

I'm not supposed to be shopping for NEW clothes at the moment.
In fact, I made a promise to myself not to shop for 3 months.
It's been easy-peasy so far.

SO FAR?
Yes.
So far so good.

Ahem... (*clears throat)
It's now REAL confession time...
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Sunday, 10 November 2019

What I Wore This Week | Real Life, Real Looks

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

I'm thrilled to be back to share with you each (real!) outfit I wore last week.
It's been fun to take a cheeky selfie of each look as it was in action, even though I forgot a couple of times and had to improvise!

Here goes...

MONDAY

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

Mondays can be tough, can't they?
The beginning of a new week.
Lots of opportunities, lots of new challenges... plenty of stress!

For me, Mondays are pretty busy.
I'm out for work (in the lab) at 8 and then back out again in the evening until 9.
It's a full and busy day but that's how I like it.

Red trousers were the order of the day.

The weather was being kind as well.
Not too many layers required.

p.s... look closely and you can see I've got a seed from my toast stuck in my tooth AND nobody told me ALL MORNING.
I looked at lunchtime and there it was, saying "Hi!".
Don't you just hate that?!

p.p.s... If we met and you had a little something going on, whether it was a seed in a tooth or lippy on your teeth or even a bat in the cave, I'd let you know.

COAT: Boden teen section (very old)
PINK JUMPER: Laura Ashley (Charity shopped and old)
THERMAL TOP: M&S (old)

{You can't see my shoes in this photo.
I'm wearing my black patent boots... see them HERE.}

TUESDAY


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

I was out in the BIG city on this day, having a great time.

Did you notice that I'd even made an effort with my makeup!?
Although my hair simply needed a hat plonked on it.
Done.

I'll be featuring this outfit in its own post very soon, but for now, all I need to tell you is how cosy and comfortable I was!

I'll share all the details later.

CO-ORD: H&M
LEATHER JACKET: Vintage and charity shopped.
HAT: Older than a very old thing!

WEDNESDAY


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

This outfit was the first in my new "Outfit Thief" posts.
If you click HERE you can find out the story behind this look.

I featured it on Thursday ... see the full look HERE and find out how you can break down and recreate any look.

COAT: Asda (old)
HOODIE: So old...I'm not sure where it's from but it's been in my life for YEARS.

THURSDAY

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

More checks and more red!
This time a red jumper jeans instead of Monday's red trousers.
Another busy day at work.

WOOL JUMPER: Ted Baker (Charity shopped)
JEANS: Topshop (old)
BOOTS: Dr Martens
BAG: Charity shopped (same one as in friday's pink jumper outfit)
LEATHER GLOVES: charity shopped for a pound.

FRIDAY


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

On Friday I slept in (how does this happen over the age of 20?) and was rushing out of the door like a loon... coffee in hand.
Luckily I had an emergency outfit on my emergency hanger.

{Emergency Hanger? Eh?? Find out what I'm talking about HERE}

I had to take a quick snap outside of work to capture my outer-layers and then another at lunchtime to show you what I was wearing underneath.

COAT: Next (from last year or the year before?)
SCARF: Made by me about 10 years ago.
JEANS: Topshop (old)
TRAINERS: Puma (old and falling to bits)
JUMPER: Vintage... It's a belter! See more of it HERE.
BAG: Charity shopped.

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

Then on Friday night, I headed off to a Bodycombat class at the gym in this garb.

(After the day I'd had I NEEDED it... BIG TIME!)

HOODIE: H&M
LEGGINGS: Sweaty Betty
TRAINERS: Nw Balance

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

SATURDAY

Proper Gym time, a great workout and a bit of social to boot!
I lazily spent most of the day looking like THIS...
(Plus the hoodie from the Friday evening outfit)

TOP: So old I can't remember.
LEGGINGS: Sweaty betty on eBay.
TRAINERS: New Balance

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

At night it was a belated Halloween party and I transformed from bare-faced gym bunny to this...

ENTIRE OUTFIT: Charity shopped and sewn together!
FACE MAKEUP: Muckled together from various bits and bobs around the house.

{Fun Fact: The pigment I used dyed my eye sockets and I had blue rings for two days! Someone at work told me I was looking "a bit tired"... yep, blue rings around your already dark circles is not a good look!}

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

SUNDAY

Ahhhh lovely lazy Sundays!
No makeup.
Hair in a dodgy scrunchie thingy.

A cosy jumper, fleece-lined leggings and my decrepit old clogs.
Bliss.

JUMPER: COS (charity shopped and old)
POLO NECK: River Island
LEGGINGS: Old and the label has washed itself naked so I've no idea where they're from!

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

How does your real week of outfits compare to mine?
I've spent most of my time in gym leggings and jeans! 
Not exactly uber-stylish, eh?

Tuesday was probably my most pulled-together day.
What day last week did you look YOUR most stylish?
What about your 'sloppiest' day?
I'd love to know!


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