Fashion Outfits

OOTD: Winter-Sun Slouch + Giveaway!

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of winter sun? The warmth of your breath visible in the air and the sunlight scattered on your skin – it just brings a certain something-something that makes the numb fingers and runny nose that much more tolerable.

*Special giveaway announcement at the end of the post!!

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Personally, I sometimes struggle to care about what I wear when it’s cold out unless it’s for any special occasions, which there can be many during this festive time but for others, I just find it hard to give two rat’s arses about precise dressing.

In this OOTD, I try to show how I layer for the cold without so much of a stylistic properness and spending hours figuring out whether the colour of your jacket buttons goes with anything else you’re wearing, as us fashionistas often do. :/

 

Scarf reshoot03Scarf reshoot01Jacket: Porter & Ash | Cardigan: H&M | Tee: ASOS | Scarf: Amsterdam street find | Skinnies: Topman | Brogues: Jasper Conran

Oliver’s Styling 101, a tip for winter dressing, don’t ever attempt to outshine a Christmas tree – choose only two simple and flattering colours for yourself and work from there. The colour coordination will create an illusion that you’ve thought the styling process over when the truth is you had no desire to put much imagination into it…!! In this particular outfit, I went for the very festive warm-pumpkin-spice-latte brown and dazzling-ornament silver.

 

Both the H&M cardigan and Porter & Ash jacket are half a size bigger than my actual measurements but thanks to that, they’re actually very comfy to wear!! It’s not complimentary to the figure by any means but I like to think they work here!!

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To make it less monotonous, I’ve accessorised with this fabulously warm floral scarf, an absolute one-off that I have yet to see it on anyone else since I bought it in Amsterdam several years ago. So another tip from Oliver’s Styling 101: Always keep an eye out for potential additions to your winter accessories even when you’re on your summer holiday!! Inspirations can come from anywhere, at anytime. 😉

In fact, most of these items have been sitting in my wardrobe for quite a while now… For me, winter is the perfect season to break out the pre-loved clothes, especially the old knitwear and outerwear that you’ve long forgotten you ever possessed!!

 

Anyway, there you have my outfit and my thought process of putting it together – now here’s an extra special Christmas treat for you lovelies!!

CD giveaway

This week I’m giving away five 2014 UK number-one albums of your choice to one lucky winner!! Everyone has an email address and social media accounts and that’s all you need to enter the raffle HERE!! Below is the list of all 32 incredible albums to choose from:

Swings Both WaysRobbie Williams / HalcyonEllie Goulding

High HopesBruce Springsteen / Cavalier YouthYou Me at Six

See Long, See You TomorrowBomboy Bicycle Club / Little RedKaty B

Bad BloodBastille / Girl Pharrell Williams

The Take Off and Landing of EverythingElbow

SymphonicaGeorge Michael / The Power of LoveSam Bailey

Education, Education, Education & WarKaiser Chiefs

Caustic LovePaolo Nutini / SheezusLily Allen

XscapeMichael Jackson / Ghost StoriesColdplay

In the Lonely HourSam Smith / 48:13Kasabian

UltraviolenceLana Del Rey / xEd Sheeran

StarsCollabro / Royal BloodRoyal Blood

No Sound Without SilenceThe Script / This Is All Yoursalt-J

Wanted on VoyageGeorge Ezra / Chapter OneElla Henderson

I Forget Where We WereBen Howard / 1989Taylor Swift

The Endless RiverPink Floyd / FourOne Direction

Never Been BetterOlly Murs

This giveaway is open internationally so get involved now! Do remember to follow my blog, comment below with your name, email address and five album picks. Best of luck!!!

 

Love, Oliver

Don’t forget to let me know what you think of my outfit too!! Photo credit goes to David Keegan (check out his blog here).

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Juan David Cruz
    December 1, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Hi! I loved the outfit, the scarf is the only thing that doesn’t match for me, but it’s a lovely look, serious and perfect for this season!

    Love the idea of the giveaway, music is what keep our minds alive and creative! The 5 album I’ve pick are:

    1989 – Queen Taylor Swift
    Sheezus – Lily Allen
    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
    Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey
    X – Ed Sheeran

    My data: Juan David Cruz Benitez from Colombia :) , juandcruzb@hotmail.com and this is my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/juandavidcruz13

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      oliverinstead
      December 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      I completely agree, Juan! My life is pretty much driven by music and I thought it’d be appropriate to share and promote British music to people from all over the world! Good luck!!

      Oliver

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        Juan David Cruz
        December 9, 2014 at 2:09 am

        I know! And the great thing about the UK is that charts are filled with diverse music, US charts can be a little bit generic all the time (I like almost everything hahaha) but UK has better quality, I forgot to tell you that I loved the fact that Sheezus is there, God that album is amazing!

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      adrianna
      December 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Interesting article about styling yourself for winter. I always have struggels to style myself perfectly for winter but this article is very helpful. Thank you!

      I picked these cds:
      Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
      Girl – Pharrell Williams
      1989 – Taylor Swift
      Xscape – Michael Jackson
      Sheezus – Lily Allen

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    Joshua D. Cummins
    December 1, 2014 at 3:28 am

    One Direction – Four
    Girl – Pharrell Williams
    Sheezus – Lily Allen
    1989 – Taylor Swift
    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding

    So pretty, I wish I had enough money to afford nice clothes! :) You have the best taste in clothes.

  • Reply
    Bdale McPherson
    December 1, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Just entered! Great contest! My top 5 albums would be Ella Henderson, Taylor Swift, 1D, Ed Sheeran, and Olly Murs!!

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    Luke Donegan
    December 1, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I’d love to have 1989, Sheezus, X, Wanted on Voyage and Never Been Better, please! <3
    Facebook name: Luke Donegan
    Email: lukedonegan@gmail.com

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    Christian Robie
    December 1, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Your still never fail to surprise me! I always look at your photo on LOOKBOOK and damn you know how to match outfits and make them expensive. I would like to have some fashion advice with you somebody. by the way this is MinWoo from RTVG <3

    No Sound Without Silence – The Script
    Four – One Direction
    Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey
    Ghost Stories – Coldplay
    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding

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      oliverinstead
      December 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Hey MinWoo, fancy meeting you here! lol Thanks so much for the comment!!

      Oliver

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    Clarisse Sebert
    December 1, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Your photos look amazing! Outfits are spot-on :)
    How generous of you for the giveaway! Totally cool thing to do

    My picks would be:

    Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
    Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    Lily Allen – Sheezus
    Pharrell Williams – G I R L

    Happy holidays!

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    Carlos Portillo
    December 1, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I love Porter & Ash but im mexican and i can’t buy those thing oh oh. And i actually think the scarf looks great, it has color but not in an overwhelming way.

    48:13 – Kasabian
    Sheezus – Lily Allen
    Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey
    I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard (favorite album this year and i can’t buy it in Mexico)
    1989 – Taylor Swift

    i dont know if i had to do this but yeah:

    José Carlos Portillo López
    carloz_pl@hotmail.com
    facebook.com/jcarlosportillo

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      oliverinstead
      December 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Porter & Ash is an amazing brand – the quality of the jacket is so good and it’s really well made. I hope you win too so you get to own a copy of I Forget Where We Were, it’s such a brilliant album!! Love Ben Howard.

      Oliver

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    S Edwards
    December 1, 2014 at 7:02 am

    My pick would be
    1989 – Taylor Swift
    Ghost Stories – Coldplay
    Four – One Direction
    48:13 – Kasabian
    x – Ed Sheeran

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    Bill
    December 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I’ve never been a scarf person but maybe I’d wear a cap or hat. I love the rest of the outfit, especially the jacket.

    Did you dream of being a model when you were younger? :-)

    Swing Both Ways – Robbie Williams
    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
    Never Been Better – Olly Murs
    1989 – Taylor Swift
    In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

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      oliverinstead
      December 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Well, you need something to protect yourself from the cold in this country and ‘no’ is the honest answer to your question but do I get jealous of physically more gifted people and wish I was more like them… yes. :/

      Oliver

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        Bill
        December 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

        You might not be as tall as professional models but your photos inspire ordinary people like us, in the way other models can’t.

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    Mohamed Rais (@iwannabwithu)
    December 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I want that scarf tbh it has it’s own touch on the whole outfit haha and your shoes are gorgeous and the whole outfit is really fashionable specially the jacket! Wish I had enough money to afford such a great outfit and all of those CDs as well haha
    so here are the albums I want the most

    1989 – Queen Taylor Swift
    Sheezus – Lily Allen
    In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    Little Red – Katy B
    Never Been Better – Olly Murs

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    Nakis
    December 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Never Been Better – Olly Murs
    In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    48:13 – Kasabian
    Chapter One – Ella Henderson
    No Sound Without Silence – The Script

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    nakisantoniou91
    December 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Keep up the good work :)

    Never Been Better – Olly Murs
    In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    48:13 – Kasabian
    Chapter One – Ella Henderson
    No Sound Without Silence – The Script

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    Alex Forsey
    December 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Honestly I only went here for the CD giveaway, but I thought I’d read the fashion part anyway. I’ve always struggled with coordinating outfits, so it was really useful to read about choosing two simple colours. You really know your stuff so I’m gonna be keeping up with your blog from now on :)
    That jacket looks really nice and warm, I’ve never heard of Porter & Ash so idk if you can find it over here but oh well!

    This raffle is really sweet of you, as someone said above music is what keep our minds going.
    Out of the list these are the ones that really jumped out at me.

    Little Red – Katy B
    Royal Blood – Royal Blood
    1989 – Taylor Swift
    In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    This Is All Yours – alt-J

    • Reply
      oliverinstead
      December 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      That’s one of the sweetest comments I’ve ever received – you have no idea!! 😀

      Btw Porter & Ash is pretty much just London and UK-based. Perhaps in some parts of Europe you can find their clothes.

      Oliver

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    Sarah Thain (@sequinthis)
    December 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Love this look Oliver, especially the scarf :)

    I would choose T Swift, Royal Blood, Sam Smith, alt-J and Pharrell!

    Sarah x

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    englishrosefrommanchester
    December 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Love the outfit, and have to say that the light in these photos is gorgeous!
    Jen x
    http://englishrosefrommanchester.com/

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    Sebastian
    December 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    That scarf is everything. I don’t really follow blogs like that, but thanks to you, I’ll keep up with this one haha. Anyway, this is my inevitable choice of albums:

    Little Red – Katy B
    Chapter One – Ella Henderson
    1989 – Taylor Swift
    Four – One Direction
    Never Been Better – Olly Murs

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    helloadieu
    December 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Heya,

    I’m Abena – great blog and cool end of year competition!
    My 5 picks would be:
    X – Ed Sheeran
    In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    Ghost Stories – Coldplay
    Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey
    I Forget Where We Are – Ben Howard

    my email is: AHelloAndAdieu@gmail.com

  • Reply
    JennyLeungX
    December 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    <3

    Jenny of pennedbyjenny.co.uk

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    Joey Hepburn Davis
    December 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Swings Both Ways – Robbie Williams
    Symphonica – George Michael
    Xscape – Michael Jackson
    x – Ed Sheeran
    Chapter One – Ella Henderson

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    Joey Hepburn Davis
    December 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    PS. I need that scarf in my life. *whimpers*

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      Joey Hepburn Davis
      December 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Swings Both Ways – Robbie Williams
      Symphonica – George Michael
      Xscape – Michael Jackson / Ghost Stories – Coldplay
      x – Ed Sheeran
      Chapter One – Ella Henderson

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    Fabio
    December 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Love the outfit! I like that you have your own personal style which is important to have!! I like the jeans and love the scarf :-) and love the actual shots of you and how they were taken!

    Royal Blood – Royal Blood
    Olly Murs – Never Been Better
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    Michael Jackson – Xscape
    One Direction – Four

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    Romain Tripet
    December 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I like your blog. Thank’s for this giveaway! You’re really generous! ^^

    I picked these cds:

    1989 – Taylor Swift
    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
    Girl – Pharrell Williams
    Sheezus – Lily Allen
    Xscape – Michael Jackson

    Thank’s again, and good luck everyone!

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    Darryn Louis Kinney
    December 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
    In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    x – Ed Sheeran
    Chapter One – Ella Henderson
    1989 – Taylor Swift

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    December 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I love that look. Your hair looks awesome as well by the way!

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    misspond
    December 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Love the outfit! I don’t think oversize matters, it’s very in at the mo. The jacket is lovely :)

    Great giveaway! I think I’d love:

    Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
    Girl – Pharrell Williams
    Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey
    x – Ed Sheeran
    1989 – Taylor Swift

    As I own many of the others already! Hahaha!

    x

    • Reply
      oliverinstead
      December 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

      If it’s comfy and warm enough for winter, then why not, eh? Thanks for entering the giveaway!!

      Oliver x

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    Hannah Smith
    December 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Bad Blood – Bastille
    1989 – Taylor Swift
    In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    x – Ed Sheeran
    Xscape – Michael Jackson

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    Jo Louise Ahmed
    December 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I am loving your blog – it’s very cute indeed!

    Thanks for the comp dude.

    I’d love:

    Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
    In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
    48:13 – Kasabian
    Wanted on Voyage – George Ezra
    Four – One Direction (for my little girl, not guilty, haha).

    Thank you :-*

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    Kapundu
    March 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    It’s so true it is so hard to dress up when it’s cold but I do think throwing a nice a accessory like a scarf. I love these Tamaki Niime from http://seijaku.co.uk/japaneselifestylestore/ I think they just make an outfit!

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