When I was approached by Fatface to style a look from their South Coast Brights collection, I was so pleased. I love their relaxed chic look, it is so easy to wear and I have always found the quality to be excellent. I used to be into the surf scene when I was growing up in a English Seaside Town, hence the wave tattoo I have around my right hand ring finger. Fatface was, and still is, a store I go and have a look through for holiday clothes each year.
|Cardigan - Annie by Fatface, Cropped Chinos by Fatface, Striped Top by H&M, Navy Vest by La Redoute, Lets not talk about the shoes.|
I need to mention how happy I am with the Navy Crop Chinos. They are gorgeous, the fabric feels so soft. I got them one size up from my usual size (so a 16 instead of my usual 14) as I read they can come in a little small, and I wanted a more slouchy look. The fabric is excellent quality, it is a super soft cotton twill and the colour is a lovely deep navy (take note Very, they is what navy should be!) These will be perfect for plane journeys, where you want to look tidy but still be comfy. They will also allow me to not freeze whilst I get to the airport here, nor boil when I get to my destination.
The trousers have 2 side pockets which manage to do the impossible and be functional without adding bulk. The cut is very flattering for those of us with big hips and smaller waist ,as the tailoring is spot-on and the waist fits beautifully (thank you, who ever designed these, I won't need a belt for once)
The general advice for those of us with large hips is to not wear cropped trousers, as they can make you look wider by cutting off your legs half way down. I have to add a caveat to this, which is if you are tall and have long legs and a short body, then it can help lengthen your torso which is a good thing. I need to wear a top of a similar colour or one that finish past my widest point or they really do like me look very pear shaped, but overall, I find capri's to be a much safer option than shorts, which could not look worse on me ( I still have nightmares about wearing them in PE.)
I love the Neon trend but my skin is a little too pink to be able to wear very warm pinks. The Annie Cardigan in Corabelle is a pretty bright coral which bizarrely is a cool coral and so suits those of us with pink undertones. It is so pretty, and a great way to add some femininity and a pop of colour to your look. I like the pointelle detail (apparently that is what the patterns of holes is called) as it stops it from being just another cardie and makes it more delicate. It's 100% cotton so ideal on hot summer days when you want to hide your arms but not get too hot and sticky. Another point I must note is that the v-neck is well designed to not expose to much or make you feel too grandmotherly.
I paired the outfit with a pair of seriously old tan wedges that frankly have seen better days. I am finding it such a struggle to find a pair of tan wedges in my size that aren't too high so I can wear them on a daily basis. I painted my nails in a very unwise navy nail polish with a gold tips, this will be a real pain to remove as glitter polish is always hard and dark blue will stain. Anyway enough of the bad, I think coral, navy and gold is such a classic colour combination and I will be wearing a lot more of it.
|Navy Top by La Redoute, Navy Chinos by Fatface, Nail varnish Betty Blues by No7 & Revlon Sequins|
I will get so much wear out of both these pieces. The cardie can be worn with an all black outfit to give it a lift or with a white sun dress. The crop chinos are such a summer staple that I will probably wear them far more than is judicious.
I am really happy with both of these items and will definitely be making a stop in Fatface at Gatwick on my next holiday to check out some more of their items. If you, like me, live quite far from the nearest shop here is their new arrivals page.
N.B. I must mention that writing this post make me laugh as I have notoriously chubby cheeks and so the irony of doing a post for Fatface is not lost on me :)
*Sample provided by Fatface for review purposes