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Afternoon all! I'm back with another highly belated Ways to Wear installment for you today. I think I'm going to have to accept that Wednesdays can't always be dedicated to a "regular" feature, and pop them up whenever I have the time. Got my new work shifts through which start in two weeks, and I won't be free on Wednesdays at all. I trust you are all enjoying the full range of weather that we're being thrown at the moment?

This week's featured item, as requested by Gem, is the trench coat, a must-have for any British girl, throughout all seasons. It is such a staple in a wardrobe, but can easily be overlooked for being too plain, drab or typical. As with all of my Ways to Wear series' installments, you probably already have one hanging in the back of your wardrobe, or perhaps your Mum has one tucked away somewhere than you can restore to its' former glory. The trench coat I have featured is H&M's double-breasted trench with a filled trim (£17.49) but there are hundreds of similar trenches at all manner of prices on the High Street right now.

Get the look! 1, 2, 3, 4.

Look One is something I wanted to style for the current British Summer. If you are a non-UK based reader, England is experiencing another somewhat turmulteous Summer: on a typical day, you can expect sunshine, blue skies, rain, thunder and extreme wind, all within five minutes of each other! I absolutely love wearing a little girly dress underneath a trench coat, it seems very proper, and very modern day Audrey Hepburn to me. Annie Greenabelle have the most beautiful collection of dresses, I'm desperately coveting this Ditsy Floral jersey panel dress from their current collection. The panels of floral are perfectly girly, and the button up detail keeps the short skirted piece very modest and just prim enough. For this look, leave your trusty cardigan at home, and wear your trench coat unbuttoned, with a skinny belt on top, around the waist to cinch things in and keep the look looking polished. This look is best completed by a very simple pair of flats, loose, undone, improper hair and a delicate bangle.

Get the look! 1, 2, 3.

My next Look goes for the complete opposite in style. I'm 99% sure that you all have a pair of very distressed, faded black/grey jeans hiding in your wardrobes somewhere, perhaps from rebellious teenage years past? I know I do! The beauty with a trench is that it doesn't neatly slot into a specific style, it is just at home amonst tattered denim as it is with a floaty dress. Cut up your old jeans into slightly grungey cut-offs, or wear as jeans, then wear a oversized Tee over the top. How cute is this Wonder Woman top?! Knot your T-shirt at the hip on one side, and wear with white Converse. Hair-wise, opt for a slightly messy, topknot: the classic, refined style with an edge will complement the trench, but still pull your distressed look underneath together.

Get the look! 1, 2, 3, 4.

So we go from one extreme to the other, to go back to something in the middle: Look Three is a simple, everyday look, suited for running errands, days when you want to laze around but know you might have to pop out of the house at some time... I'm sure you and I both know the sort! Nothing beats a top and leggings - you can argue as much as you'd like, as polished as I may seem to dress at times, the top and leggings look, paired with brogues, is something I'll never tire of. I've added an extra top to layer the Look up and add interest (obviously make sure the bottom, striped top is longer to cover your bum!), and then a silk scarf, which can either be worn loosely around the neck, or as a belt to cinch the trench coat in, in replacement of those samey-same belts that they often come with.

Get the look! 1, 2, 3, 4.

I couldn't resist throwing in another Look this week. Paying homage to the sheer blouse in this Look, this look is something you can adapt for work, for daytime or evening. High-waisted jeans are so flattering and very on-trend at the moment, tuck a double-pocket blouse into your jeans for something a little different and very streamlined. A long chain necklace, satchel bag and ambrose boots are perfect to add that finishing English charm and finesse.

I hope enjoyed this week's Ways to Wear installment. I must admit, this has been one of my favourite garments to feature, I was excited to work on the request from the moment Gem requested it! I now have a pretty large backlog of requests to work on for upcoming weeks, including Abby and Fern's requests, but please keep the requests coming through, I may be able to integrate them with the requests I currently have! Have a lovely Wednesday evening ladies (and gents, if there are any of you?!), I'm Acting Manager at work tonight, and then my Dad is back from his 3-week holiday!

28 comments

  1. Love trench coats, lovely post :-) x

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  2. look 4 definitely has to be my favourite! great post hun! xoxo

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  3. I love look four! Could I request coloured jeans please? Amy,xxx

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  4. Ah woohoo, thanks!! Love every single look you have created, I wear mine always, but sometimes I struggle with it, thinking will it go with that. Thanks for your help lover, bookmarked :D Have fun at work Manager Mish! xxx

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  5. I like the first and third look :) x Your so good at doing these !

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  6. great ideas! look one is my favourite, i love the accessories x

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  7. Catherine: Thank you!

    Alana: Thanks lover (: I need that Zara blouse in my life, but £40 is a little extravagant when there is rent to be paid and all sorts! :-P xxxx

    Lady Liquor Vintage: Thanks!

    Amy: Thank you! Yes of course, am noting that down for you now sweet! xxxx

    Gem: You're welcome! I'm glad you like it! Can think of hundreds of outfits for a trench coat, but these seemed the most readily available and wearable, I might even do a follow-up on this in the late Summer! Hahaha I shall indeed ;) xxxx

    Faye: Thanks lovely! x

    Elise: Thank you sweet!

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  8. such a classic piece, you've done it again Michelle :) x

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  9. The last one is my favourite with the sheer blouse and cute body bag. I love your blog, it's so cute x

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  10. Interesting post! I bought my Modcloth trench coat not too long ago and absolutely adore it, though I'm kicking myself for not having shopped around since it was a pretty ridiculous $100. Oh, well. I've tried to convince myself that something as classic as a trench coat is an acceptable item to splurge on, hahaha.

    I love the mint green H&M belt. Definitely looking for that one next time I'm in there (which will probably be tomorrow).


    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  11. I love the last look! Really want some high waist jeans!

    http://lowri-armsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  12. Thanks for your ever lovely comments girls! So glad you enjoyed this week's feature (: And Michelle, a trench coat is definitely worth splurging on! I really want a new one after putting this post together :-P xx

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  13. I always love these posts you do, they always inspire me on what to wear!! Wish i could afford most of it.
    NEED a pair of white converse in my life xxx

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  14. I loveeee trench coats, they're timeless, and so easy to wear. I especially like the thought of wearing them with converses and a printed tee, it's a different way of doing it :)
    Sirens and Bells xxx

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  15. i'm looking for the perfect beige trench coat!! my fav are #3 and 4

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  16. I actually have two trenches lol both black but I do need a cream coloured one, they're all coming in useful with this erratic British weather!

    I'm so drawn to the simplicity of Look #4, there's something so classic about a blouse, jeans and a trench coat. Very Preppy and very British :) xoxo

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  17. really love these looks!

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  18. I love trench coats, this one is so cute!

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  19. Love the old trench; perfect for Spring into Summer, especially the traditional old beige ones.

    Must say, great idea with these tips - it really gives your blog that "extra something"! Looking forward to more. x

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  20. Thanks for taking the time to put these outfits together :) Great selections!

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  21. Hi :) Nice blog you got there, I was wonderin if we could be friends and follow each others blogs? ^__^ Thank youuuu.~

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  22. beautifully put together looks, love your blog! I am obsessed with my mac/trench coat...really could do with buying a new one though!
    xox

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  23. LOVE how you have put all of these looks together!

    Maria xxx

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  24. Rose: Aw thanks lovely! You don't "have" to buy what I feature though, it's quite likely you have similar pieces hanging up in your wardrobe already aha ;) And yes, you dooo, so perfect and easy to wear in the Summer! xxx

    Katy: I love a good trench coat, very classic English style (: Thanks love! xxx

    A: I've seen some gorgeous ones recently, still holding out for the perfect length though aha xx

    Ria: Cream/beige/stone ones are so timeless and easy to wear! Thanks sweety! (:

    Beth: Thanks gorgeous :D

    Helen: I love the frilled trim detail aha, the back detailing is gorgeous as well!

    Emma: They're so easy to wear and ridiculously versatile! Aw thank you sweet, glad you enjoy them, I've got a few requested editions coming up (: xxx

    Becky: You're welcome sweetie, glad you liked it!

    Kristina: Thanks (:

    A Certain Vintage: Thank you lovely, so sweet of you! xo

    Maria: Aweee thanks gorgeous! xxx

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  25. I love trench coats - my sister bought the H&M one you've used in the sale not that long ago for about £10 and I have a cute lilac Lipsy one. It's great because they literally go with anything as you've showed in your looks. Number 2 is my fave :) x

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