When I got back from Budapest last week, I couldn’t quite believe how cold it was in the UK. I’d actually over-packed for my trip with tons of chunky jumpers and when I landed back home in Manchester, I was shocked at how fast the temperature had plummeted.
Layering up for me is never an issue though! I much prefer winter fashion to summer, don’t you? Cosy knitwear, bobble hats and the perfect excuse to crack out my collection of turtlenecks (psh, as if I need an excuse).
Now I don’t know about you but I’m a bigger fan of layering up, rather than relying on one big chunky coat. It just makes more sense to throw on a jacket with a jumper and underlay, rather than cracking out the Patagonia and getting all sweaty on the walk to work. Excuse the TMI, but you know exactly what I’m going on about!
This year I’m loving aviator style jackets in particular. They’ve had a total revival in recent years, taking over what was once parka territory for ‘top winter jacket’. Remember when everyone walked around in the same khaki parka with fawn faux fur? Maybe I’m just showing my age…
When compared to parkas, aviators are much less bulky for gals on the go and don’t come with a hood, giving us the perfect excuse to wear one of those cute bobble hats with coloured pom-poms (which looking back, this outfit is definitely missing).
Lasula kindly sent me this jacket to style just before my getaway and I’ve hardly taken it off since I got back. It’s a lot lighter than some of the classic aviators I’ve tried, which I love because I think heavy, padded faux jackets tend to smell after they’ve been in the rain a few times. Of course, that’s a daily risk you take when you live in Manchester! Not to mention, when you try winter laying with a padded jacket you end up looking a little like the Michelin man.
As mentioned, I tend to go for jackets & coats that allow me to layer up underneath. Mainly because it’s frowned upon to wear your jacket in the office, so I always need to wear jumpers for work.
In this outfit I paired the jacket with a beige turtleneck. I love it, but it makes me look like I have killer neck rolls. Did you have to double take? I accented the metal buckle detailing with a couple of dainty rings that I picked up from Primark. There’s a bit of a faux-pas with this because the rings are gold and the jacket detailing is silver, but the rings are starting to fade (typical Primark) so I think I can get away with it. I also chose to wear my embroidered boots to break up the all black ensemble with a bit of colour.
My only problem now is that I’ve found a style I love and I want a few different colour versions to mix things up. I find it so hard to say no to winter jackets and seem to amass way too many every year (whilst donation my old ones of course). If you’re a fan of this style, Lasula have a few different colour options that are worth checking out. In fact there’s a cropped tan version that I’ve got my eye on.
Have you found your perfect winter style yet? I’m still working on mine, but at least I’ve got my outerwear sorted!