It’s amazing how something as simple as a cotton parka can become a classic in your wardrobe, almost by stealth.
I’ve never seen myself as much of a dress down girl. Either I’m trotting along in directional dresses and ankle breaker heels – my fashion armour, or I am draped in a disgusting collection of garments that never leave the country.
I’ve never really done in between. You know: the effortlessly thrown together looks that pretty girls sport down Columbia Road market on Sundays, or lolling about on a sofa in a Primrose Hill gastropub.
But somehow this winter I’ve finally managed to get the hang of weekend dressing, thanks to Jeff Rudes at J Brand who persuaded me out of my dresses and into skinny pants and re-imagined combats, and various judicious clothing gifts that made me put my wardrobe together in a wholly new way. Barbours & biker jackets, thick wool tights and wedge laceups and some great tweed shorts showed me the way forward…
And over it all, I’ve been slinging this remodelled parka from Ali Hewson’s eco-line Edun, now part-owned by LVMH, and with Sharon Wauchob at the helm, a designer who, under her own label, has always known exactly what a woman wants to wear.
It’s unlined and hoodless, with a pretty frill collar, and truncated sleeves that roll up, perfect for wearing over a leather jacket, and keeping the freezing winds at bay.
Olive Edun frill neck cotton parka* at Netaporter
Black Whistles leather jacket*
Anthracite Falke wool & cotton knit Striggings cable tights from TightsPlease*
Tan Mulberry Anthony satchel (I wrote about it here)
Aubergine Hunter wellies (and about these here)
(Not seen: Uniqlo grey cashmere V neck sweater & Theory tweed shorts)
Photos taken on Hampstead Heath by Briony Whitehouse of A Girl, A Style last Saturday afternoon.