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Dressing for winter

Although I love winter dressing for the ability to cover pasty skin and Christmas weight under several layers, I sometimes find it hard to dress for the chillier temperatures and still look 'chic'.  I tend to motion towards jeans, chunky cardigans, cosy boots and big comfy coats.  I have a shearling lined parka from ASOS that feels a bit like wandering around inside an Ugg boot but probably isn't netting me any style points.  I have long suspected that the key to smart but comfortable dressing in the winter is finding the perfect coat - a coat with an impeccable fit and the ability to concurrently smarten up a par of jeans and hold its own over a black dress at dinner.  And in walked the Reiss Charise double-breasted coat, with its leather detailing and beautiful cut.  It manages to keep me warm whilst still nipping in at the right places and holding its shape, which is no mean feat.  Utterly my new favourite wardrobe addition....

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coat: charise coat by reiss,sold out but was £255* // jeans: american apparel easy jeans £62
boots: m&s, {similar £25} // tartan scarf {similar from river island}






Unfortunately I think the coat has sold out since I bought it, but there are lots of other beautiful coats and jackets on the Reiss website and lots of bargains to be had in their sale.  What do you think of my new leopard wedges? I snapped them up in the M&S sale - I'd been eyeing them up when they were full price so I was pleased I managed to hunt them down at my local store.  They seem to be sold out now too but there are a lot of leopard print wedges around at the moment, animal print seems to be a trend that's not disappearing any time soon.  They are ridiculously comfy for a relatively high wedge - the 'insolia' sole that M&S use is amazing as it gives you really good support - I wore these on our jaunt to Marlborough this weekend and they fared fine up cobbled streets and hills!

As much as I have worn this coat every day since I got it I think it may have to be retired for a few days this week as we have a little jaunt to Kosice in Slovakia for a couple of days and the temperatures are looking pretty chilly with sleet and snow forecast! I am really looking forward to exploring a new city, though slightly nervous at the language barrier.  Can't wait to take lots of photos and blog about it though - one of my goals this year is to do more travelling and exploring so hopefully there will be a few new countries and cities ticked off my list in 2014!

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23 comments

  1. It's a lovely coat, not surprised you've been getting a lot of wear from it.
    Have a great time in Slovakia, yikes! x

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  2. Swit swoo, Rosie! Your legs look amazing in these pics.

    If Kosice is anything like Dubrovnik, everyone speaks amazing English. You'll be fine!

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  3. Wahhh, that coat is beautiful and I LOVE your boots! Tartan and leo work so well. <3

    Tara x

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  4. Those boots are beautiful Rosie! What a find!
    Sophie
    x

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  5. I love your booties, such a fun way of spicing up an outfit :o). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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  6. I love your tartan skirt and the booties are great, definitely still chic ;)
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  7. What an utterly gorgeous coat indeed. But I think what I am most coveting from this outfit post is that scarf, I think I'm obsessed with tartan!

    Happy travels xx

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  8. I love the coat, it's so hard to find a coat that fits perfectly (especially if you're short) - but I LOVE those wedges even more! Are they ponyskin too?!

    Have so much fun in Slovakia!
    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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  9. I love the leopard print ankle boots and the coat looks lovely!

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  10. Such beautiful boots, amazing that you managed to snap them up in the sale too! Lovely outfit :)! x
    fiveonecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Can never go wrong with a tartan scarf, I get mine out every year!
    Loving the leopard print boots too, looks so smart and elegant with your coat

    Could you just send me that whole outfit pretty please? teehee

    Taz and Bear

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  12. This is such an amazing winter look, you look so cosy!

    Maria xxx

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  13. I love this coat, and your boots! xx

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  14. Love this! adore the scarf, obsessed with Tartan this season!!

    Cara xxx

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  15. That coat is amazing! Is it the same one that Media Marmalade blogged about (but hers is pink)?
    Can't believe you're off to Slovakia! That's so awesome
    x

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  16. Gorgeous outfit hun! I love the leopard print and tartan, I have such a soft spot :)
    My boyfriend used to work for Wilts in Devizes before his branch was taken over by a different company so that van brought back memories :P

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  17. Beautiful boots! SO jealous you got them in the sale, I find M&S amazingly stylish atm? Plus no one else seems to have the same items as you when you purchase them from here!
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  18. Hi Rosie, great outfit!
    Kosice is a lovely city! You are going to love it.
    I recommend you to try a restaurant called keltskakrcma in the main high street, or another one called med malina (I loved their polish betroot soup). And after that you can go dance at the irishpub :-)
    Not to worry about the language, everybody speaks english there!
    Enjoy!
    xx

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  19. You look super prepared for the winter :) Love the scarf and coat Rosie.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  20. You're looking very smart there Rosie! Love the coat :) xx

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  21. You look lovely! I've been dying to find the perfect tartan scarf, and that might just be the one. Enjoy your little trip away too, I'd really love to get out traveling a bit more this year too :) x

    The Little Things

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  22. Those boots are amazing :) loving the look.

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