It’s been two weeks since my last outfit post so it’s nice to finally be able to do an update. This new look is all about the very eye-catching American Apparel wool pea coat. There are two ways of styling a bold colour like this, 1) Colour block with even bolder colours or 2) Go subtle. Go monochrome. On this occasion, I chose the latter.
Coat: American Apparel | Cardigan: Topman (similar) | Shirt: Topman (similar) | Necktie: Vintage | Skinnies : Topman | Socks: Pantherella* | Loafers: Marc Jacobs
American Apparel hadn’t been my usual choice when it comes to clothing but I was pleasantly surprised by their branding and USP upon my first visit – I admire the fact they’re sweatshop-free and that everything is made in Los Angeles (the clue is in the name really), which is also reflected in their prices… At £156, this coat is not cheap as far as high street prices go but it’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you prefer ethical fashion or desire something more out-there this winter. I wore it out to the Christmas market a couple of weeks ago and wow, did it attract some looks!! 😀 It’s worth noting that it also comes in a variety of colours so if you’re after something less vibrant, then check out the link above!!
I didn’t want any other elements of the outfit to distract the attention from the coat so I kept everything else simple in plain dark shades. I love the contrasting collar on this Topman shirt under the cardigan. I think it works really well with this vintage leather skinny necktie, which is the best eBay find ever!! Here, I’m also wearing these beautiful leather Marc Jacobs loafers, a TKMaxx steal for just under £140… God knows how much they would’ve cost originally!!
Finally, I’m beyond thrilled to feature these classic Pantherella socks very kindly gifted by Private White V.C., two brands that pride themselves on producing their goods locally in the UK. The truth is, I’m not sure what to think about bloggers who do hauls at certain high street stores and glorify these unethical fashions. Even though I understand the pressure for such figures to keep popping out new looks all the time, personally, there are only a handful of shops in town I trust and feel comfortable shopping at so it’s an incredible honour to have the support from brands that pay fair wages.