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11.4.12

Ways to Wear #35: boucle

Afternoon ladies! Today I thought I'd tackle a garment that is equal parts classic and on-trend: boucle. Made famous by Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld's timeless, genius collections, boucle is surprisingly wearable by all ages and can be seamlessly woven into several wardrobe styles. Whether you favour the laidback jeans-and-a-tee look, prefer to sport a feminine dress or like to mix things up a bit, the boucle trend is the ultimate addition to an outfit to add a 'finished', elegant and sophisticated touch.

As I seem to say in every installment of these features, please don't feel like you 'must' go out and buy the items I feature in this post: I obviously don't plan to buy everything here (as much as I wish my budget would stretch to allow it), and there are several, more affordable options out there if you have a look around, or you might even find something in your Mum's wardrobe, or even a charity shop if you're lucky!

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Look One is the perfect, day-to-day or casual weekend outfit. Solely inspired by Olivia Palermo and, indeed, Liv from What Olivia Did, this look features a classic structured satchel with a twist, block platform heels, a T-shirt and high-waisted jeans. While the heels aren't exactly comfortable or practical, they add a lovely grace to the outfit, and keep the outfit from being too casual. A tailored boucle jacket like this needs something more to tie the look in together, so heels are perfect, while the T-shirt and jeans stop the Look from feeling too mature.

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(Boucle knit cardigan, Zara;
Floral print bralet, Topshop;
Coral orange 'Rita' skirt, Monki;
Suede wedge platforms, H&M;
Gold deer necklace, Sailboat Ahoy!)

I think I've posted about this Zara gem of a boucle cardigan. I mean, just look at how beautiful it is?! I've tried it on a total of about four times now and just can't quite splash out on £80 for a cardi. This look attempts to mix things up for a laidback, summery look. A bright waist-fit skirt paired with a slightly more muted and demure (in colour at least) floral bralet is super summery, while the boucle cardigan tones everything right down, and covers your shoulders. I still haven't been completely won over by the blogger-favourite flatforms, but tried these slightly more wedged versions on in H&M and fell in love. To put it in a nutshell, they make your legs look perfect and instantly correct posture. Win. If that wasn't enough, I've heard on the grapevine that H&M are giving away £5 giftcards with all purchases at the moment! Add this adorable, dainty necklace from Jennie's jewellery venture around your neck, and this would be perfect for informal meetings, lunch with the girlfriends or for fashion internship attire.

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(Striped boucle shorts, Topshop;
'Jolanda' moustache jumper, Motel Rocks;
'Manor' scalloped edge loafers, Topshop;
Double row of hearts ring, Topshop;
'Manhattan' bouchle backpack by Marc B, Topshop.)

Finally, I saw these amazing boucle shorts in Topshop last week, but again, couldn't justify randomly adding shorts to the clothes collection that I'm supposed to be quartering - yup, quartering! This Look is a little more sports-luxe inspired, dare I say it, featuring a black boucle backpack (worn over one shoulder and strictly not filled to the brim), grey loafers and a slouchy light knit, ideally with the front hem tucked in and the back left loose.

Well, I've truly outdone myself with the talkative stakes here, haven't I?! It's funny what a few new clothes can do to a gal! What do you think of the classic, Chanel inspired tweed that is forever lurking on the high street? Perhaps you've recently found a charity shop gem? Which Look is your favourite this week?

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  1. I'm not usually a big fan of boucle style fabric - but I am loving look three! xoxo

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    1. I wasn't sure before, but I've tried loads on over the past week and have fallen completely in love (: Zara is a cruel mistress haha! Thank you Amy! xx

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  2. I really want to try a boucle jacket!
    x

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    1. I've tried about five or six on this week, and sadly fell in love with a £90 Zara number ): Why must life do this to me, Sarah?! xx

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  3. I love the shorts! x

    www.a-place-for-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're amazing aren't they?! Not very 'Topshop' but I like seeing them take a turn into higher-end looking pieces (:

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  4. The shorts are lovely.

    Emma x
    http://beautyandrags.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Love this. It adds an elegant touch to these looks xx

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    1. Thank you! I think it's so easy to make boucle look a little more casual! xx

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  6. Oh my the knit in look two is AMAZING! It so great:) Hope you have a wonderful day Michelle!!:) XX

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    1. It's beautiful, isn't it?! So darn expensive though ): aw thank you Nikki! Hope you've had a lovely day! xx

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  7. I've been lusting after those gorgeous Topshop sandals for so long but have to wait until my student loan comes through, boo! x

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    1. Ahh they're gorgeous, right? Not long to wait now though Rosie! I've got the date neatly pencilled into my diary haha, that's not sad at all...!

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  8. Some much needed inspiration for my (charity shop) bouclé jacket!

    Maria xxx

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    1. Yey! So pleased it provided you with some inspo (: can't wait to see how you style yours up Maria, I'm yet to find my perfect charity shop boucle, found a £90 one in Zara and swiftly had to leave! xx

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  9. H&M has some great pieces in at the moment, those bag and shoes are on my wishlist! :) xo

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    1. I know right! Spied some beautiful shorts in there today that I can't wait to post about! (:

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  10. I love the shape of the jacket! And those shorts are so cute :) xx

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  11. Amazing picks! Love each outfit you put together. xo

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  12. I love that boucle jacket, it reminds me of something Blair would wear in Gossip Girl :)

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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    1. Thanks Caroline! Yes indeed ;) I'm slowly reverting back to my old, preppier and more put-together style - probably because I've been re-reading my old Gossip Girl books! xx

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  13. I have been fortunate enough to find one in my local charity shop and wear it all the time. I like your outfit ideas :)

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    1. Ooh you lucky girl! Can't wait to see how you style yours up (:

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  14. LOVE "look one".
    Ooh, I heard that H&M are giving away £5 gift cards too! Apparently they have a massive sale on at the moment.
    I'm loving the highstreet's take on Chanel inspired tweed.

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    1. Thank you lovely! Ah they are indeed, with any purchase (:

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  15. i hate it when you do these posts because it makes me want to own everything you pick. (i love them really)

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  16. the H&M blazer looks great :)

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  17. Wow, each piece is gorgeous especially those shorts!

    my-own-treasurechest.blogspot.com
    xo

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  18. I love boucle jackets! I saw the perfect cropped one in Zara a few months back, but I let it slip through my fingers... majorly regretting it.

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  19. I LOVE these posts from you, you always style everything SO well and I love how you always find different ways to wear things! I get stuck in a rut with pieces in my wardrobe and end up wearing them the same way all the time but you've inspired me to start mixing & matching things again it's fun to experiment sometimes!

    xoxo

    P.S. Thank you SO much for including my gold deer necklace. <3

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  20. I wish I was rich, so I could buy all of this--especially that mustache jumper. Oof! Online shopping makes me long for so many things!

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  21. All of these outfit compilations are so, so good! I love the last one!

    www.rougefox.com

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  22. Really want to get a boucle shorts suit! Love those last shorts!

    joanne from jimmilou.com

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  23. I love the first outfit the best! Anything with an anchor wins my heart, and the satchel is gorgeous. I need to get one soon! x

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  24. I love boucle so much, but I never know what I'd wear it with! I love, love, love the last look, the shorts are amazing!
    Love Charlestown xoxo.

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  25. Wonderful coordinates! Thank you so much for sharing

    xx

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  26. Eep! Well this is so Chanel-esque but without the hefty price tag, I adore that blazer!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  27. I feel I want actually NEED these shorts in my life!

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  28. Ah I love boucle!! Great post.
    x
    polway.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh I love a bit of boucle! That blazer is magic too, always wanted my own chanel-y type one! X

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