If you’ve spent more than 30 seconds on The Sequinist, you can tell that my favourite colour is red. My other favourite colour is light blue… and I especially like them together! They’re complete opposites; red is hot and loud, light blue is cool and quiet. You don’t often see red and light blue together in nature, so our eyes aren’t used to the combination in the way that they are to orange and yellow, or brown and green, for example. Red and light blue have a jarring uneasiness with each other, a friction of opposites, but that is what draws me to them. They clash politely; they agree to disagree. I used this discordant colour combination for my wedding six years ago. When I saw that ‘my’ colours would work in this space (Cheyne Walk Brasserie), I chose it as the venue for our reception.
I wore a long red sweater-coat for most of our mild winter. Now that spring has arrived, I wanted to have another long wear-with-everything coat but in a lighter fabric. The length is important to me; the extra swish and elegance in the length makes the coat. I was thrilled when I spotted this pale blue one with its sleek streamlined shape. Since it is from Winser London, who specialise in knits and luxury fabrics, the quality of the fine-gauge merino knit is superb. It packs beautifully (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I was in Paris last week; I wore this coat on repeat there) and has a really nice drape and weight. It also comes in midnight (navy-black) and camel, but for me the the pale blue was irresistible.
To bling it up a little, I am wearing one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, the Marie Helene de Taillac ‘Rainbow’ necklace, with a sky blue aquamarine droplet right in the middle.
The many colours in the necklace gives me license to spread some colour to my feet as well, so I pulled out these Boden kitten heels from last year. They’re so comfortable and cheery, and tie in with my necklace.
If I need some extra warmth, I throw on a faux fur stole with the coat. This time of year London seems to embody the Mark Twain quote “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours,” so the stole comes in handy.
Coat: Winser London Shoes: (old)Boden Trousers: Winser London Vest: Topshop Fur: (old) Topshop Necklace: Marie Helene de Taillac Cuff: Hermes Photos: Lottie Anderson
As an special treat for The Sequinist readers, my go-to brand Winser London are offering you a £50 ($70) gift voucher AND free postage and packaging for the US and the UK until the end of this month! I’ve listed my favourite picks below, all things I either own already and adore (the first five), or things that I’ve tried on and are currently on my wish list (the last five). I wear a lot of Winser clothing because I believe it is incredible value for money. If you read my post on Kim Winser last year, you’ll know that she is an industry veteran who has built her brand by cutting out all the middlemen in the supply chain and creating clothing of splendid quality at a good price point. I think of my Winser London pieces as being beautiful blank canvases for the wearer to put their individual style stamp on. You can colour clash with them other pieces. You can go head to toe in one colour (a Winser signature look). You can add your statement jewellery. Or your faux fur. Or your classic pearls. Or your layered dainty chains. Or your scarves. These are investment pieces that will look just as right 5 years from now as they do today; how you choose to style them is up to you.
The Sequinist’s favourite Winser picks:
Soft Merino Wool Coat (worn above)
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