New Year New Style

Through 2018, I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about my style and editing my wardrobe as I’ve been on a weight loss journey, I’ve spent most of the last few months trying to work out what my style is… I don’t think I’m totally there with it yet as it’s constantly evolving but thanks to a Personal Shopping day with Leigh from Life with Style I know better what I like and what I don’t as well as what suits me.

This year, my parents weren’t sure what to get me for Christmas this so rather than just buy something for the sake of it, they very kindly gave me some money so that I could choose some things for myself.

I saw this gorgeous coat in Oliver Bonas Calandine Funnel Neck Coat (sold out online so can’t link up) just before Christmas. I love the colour, texture and style. It was sold out in my size online… but when I went back to Birmingham on my way home from Cornwall on Saturday, they still had it in store…


When I tried it on for a second time, although I had thought about it a few times over the holidays, I wasn’t quite as in love with it… I’m not a fan of funnel neck collars. I think that’s the only thing that puts me off it, otherwise it’s pretty perfect.

I’ll keep my eye out for a green/teal coat. Please comment and let me know if you’ve seen any.

Whilst in Oliver Bonas, I tried on the following dresses:

Oliver Bonas Stripe Trim Sweat Dress £55

Sweatshirt dress in thick jersey fabric with a pop of colour in the sleeves can be dressed up for work with a smart pair of heels or dressed down with a pair of trainers and a denim jacket. Best thing about the dress… it has pockets! Can’t wait for mine to arrive this week. It should have arrived on Wednesday but has been delayed until today so Oliver Bonas have sent me a £10 e-voucher for the inconvenience. Excellent customer service!

UPDATE: I picked up the dress and tried it on and the fit wasn’t great, sadly the pockets cause it not to sit quite right so it will have to be returned… I may exchange it for the stripe knit dress below or continue my search for a sweatshirt/jumper dress.


Oliver Bonas Border Ottoman Striped Knit Tunic £59.50

This fine knit tunic is very flattering when worn as it fits well… horizontal striped tops/dresses can often make people appear wider than they actually are, but as this is a fine knit and drapey fabric, it hangs well. I would definitely recommend. I might have to treat myself to this too (although I will maybe wait and see if it goes into the Spring sale)… I would suggest wearing with leggings rather than tights though unless you have magic ones that don’t cause static.

If £55 is out of your price range, you may find a cheaper alternative in H&M, Asos or Zara if you look online.


My final Oliver Bonas try on was another sweatshirt dress…

Oliver Bonas Nepped Koto Sweat Dress £55

This is a gorgeous dress with great detailing with the v-neck on the back, but the colour just wasn’t quite right for me.

When in Cornwall, I picked up a Billabong Chenille Cardigan reduced from £65 to £36 – reliving my childhood/youth a bit with this one, but I love it… I kinda forgot about Billabong as a brand, it went off my radar since I’m no longer a student and don’t wear hoodies much these days outside of my flat, but they have so many nice things available at Ann’s Cottage website. This cardigan is so cozy, perfect for layering over a dress, denim skirt or with jeans or and a t-shirt or denim shirt. The olive/khaki green colour is great for all seasons so will transition well.

billabong cardigan

I’m trying not to buy things that won’t work hard in my wardrobe so I had a think about things that I am missing and skirts si definitely something that I am short of. I have two lovely pleated midi skirts from Gap which can be dressed up or down (but I find them tricky to wear with my winter coat… I still need to invest in a Biker Jacket and I’m on the hunt for a blazer which I’ll come back to), but I have no every day skirts and have been looking for a black denim one.

ASOS Black Denim Skirt £25

This skirt looks great styled as it is in the photo, I would definitely wear tights and ankle boots or calf high boots since Glasgow is chilly most of the year and since I’m in my 30s now, bare legs is not an option unless I’m on a beach!

This high waisted skirt looks like it would be flattering and can be dressed down with a t-shirt and trainers or dressed up with a jumper, my tan boots and of course a scarf.

I had thought about looking for a cord skirt but as I have two cord pinafore dresses already I thought it might be somewhat excessive although this berry coloured one from ASOS is a beaut and a bargain, so I may try it to see whati it’s like on.

ASOS Design Tall Cord Skirt in Berry £16.50

As you know, I’ve been looking for a longline blazer for a few months and have little success. The lovely Kat at Does My Bum Look 40 posted a blog about blazers this week… lots of goodies, but the winner for me was this one from M&S.

M&S Oversized Blazer £79

This blazer will be the perfect addition to any wardrobe and will look chic over a shirt and jeans or a dress. I have a wedding coming up in February and think I may invest in it to go over a dress for the wedding rather than buy a new coat for it which will be worn once and then relegated to the back of the wardrobe. This classic blazer would be worn time and time again.

M&S Blazer

M&S Blazer

The only other thing on my wish list in terms of clothes/shoes at the moment is trainers/sneakers. I tend to wear Toms as my go to shoes in Spring/Summer and I have a pair of Nike MD Runner 2 trainers which are great for a really casual look or for the gym but not much else, or maybe I just have to get over my aversion to wearing trainers.

I don’t want a pair of Vans as it seems like every second person in Glasgow has a pair of black and white Vans and while there’s nothing wrong with that if that’s your style, I just don’t think it’s mine… I do love Converse but I always end up with cold feet for some bizarre reason.

I would love a pair of Air & Grace trainers but the budget won’t stretch that far just now so I will save up for them and treat myself later in the year or for my birthday.

I fell in love with these Dune trainers in October when I was on my personal shopping day with Leigh from Life with Style… I was convinced I was too old for trainers like this since I wasn’t a student but she shared different style ideas:

Wear casual with jeans or a denim skirt or pair with a midi skirt and slogan sweatshirt for a dressed down vibe if heading out for lunch/shopping with the girls… or wear them with a dress and Biker Jacket or blazer for a more edgy look.

Dune Edris Stud – White £70


These would look really cute with the Oliver Bonas stripe sleeve sweatshirt dress shown above instead of wearing boots with it… I feel a trip to Dune coming on this weekend to see if I can snap these up.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Gill x


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