Wednesday, 13 July 2016

MANGO TRENCH JACKET











In my last post, I talked about personal style and how it’s important to try something new and step outside of your fashion comfort zone. I was thinking about it more and more after I published it and heard back from lots of you, and I ended up doing just that last week and I am so happy I did. I clearly should follow my own advice more often because I found this AMAZING jacket in the Mango sale, and if I hadn’t stepped outside my norm I never would have found it.

So, let me explain why this long, flowy jacket was such a big deal for me to find. I’ve always really loved Mango. I think they do some gorgeous and classic pieces, and there’s always loads I see online and like but I never end up trying any of it. The problem is that years ago I used to attempt to shop there all the time, but nothing ever fit me right and eventually I just gave up and admired from afar. Recently, however, it was my mum’s birthday and we went into Manchester to do some shopping. We ended up having a look in Mango and there were so many lovely things. I have to say that a lot still didn’t fit me right, but as soon as I spotted this trench style jacket, the last one in my size in the sale, it was love at first sight. I tried it on and knew there was no way I would be leaving the store without it. I actually also found my DREAM pink coat as well hidden in the back of the sale with some other winter coats, and I cannot wait to start wearing it once the temperature drops. To be honest I struggled taking it off to go and pay for it I loved it that much. I will definitely be paying much more attention to Mango from now on.

I should also mention that typically I avoid the summer sales. I’ve said time and time again that Autumn Winter is by far my favourite season fashion wise, and for me the summer sale signifies the beginning of the stores getting the new season stock in. I try my best to avoid the sale and wait for all the beautiful newness to come in and I start buying ready for the autumn. Besides, by the time the sales start I’ve normally already bought enough to fill out and complete my summer wardrobe along with pieces from past years. This year though I decided to do something a little different. I decided I would have a real look in the sales but for pieces I know will actually work in my AW wardrobe as well as what’s left of the warmer season. I instantly knew this jacket was a winner for me. The colour of the jacket is such a gorgeous shade of rust, a colour I happen to be quite the fan of. And being a long, lightweight jacket I know I can wear it during all of this miserable British weather we’re having, and it will be perfect to transition into AW over layers and knitwear. I wouldn’t have ever picked it out online, but seeing it in store I saw its versatility and potential. I really love its loose, flowy shape and I think it adds a great laidback feel. It is just pure love.

I’m also wearing a gingham smock dress from Asos which was too cute to resist. I’ve expressed my love and strong nostalgia for gingham in a previous post (here), and this adorable dress features a navy and white checked print in an oversized smock shape. I would normally wear this kind of outfit with some black ankle boots, but I was dying to wear these new black shoes from Primark. Another buy from my shopping trip with my mum, I did go a little bit crazy in their shoe department. Primark have got some really great shoes in at the moment, and these were one of three pairs I ultimately left with. I thought they were a great classic black shoe for me. Other than their versatility, I really love the heel on them. I always go for a block heel as they’re much comfier and easier to walk in, but these have a slightly inverted heel which is something we’re probably going to be seeing more and more of as they were a common feature during the AW16 fashion week shows, along with a lot of other statement heels, albeit far more severe and drastic than these.

It turned out to be a very productive and successful shopping trip. I went into it completely open minded, not searching for anything in particular but rather actually looked at everything, and sometimes that ends up being the way you find great pieces you never knew you needed. And I don’t know about you, but I often find that kind of shopping the most fun.

Katie xx

Flowy Trench Jacket £39.99 in store Mango (similar here)
Gingham Smock Dress £19.50 on sale Asos
Black Heeled Shoes £12 Primark
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  1. What a gorgeous outfit!!! I'm totally in love with your jacket, it's stunning and your dress is beautiful:-) I absolutely adore this look :-)

    El xxx

    www.elsfashionfix.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much El! I'm really glad you like it. I fell madly in love with the jacket as soon as I tried it on xx

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  2. Mango is a brand I adore and I am in love with this jacket - I've never seen a jacket in this colour before so it is something really different! x

    Eleanorclaudie.com

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    1. Aww thank you! It is quite a unique colour and I absolutely love it. It was a little difficult to actually capture the colour in photos but it's even nicer in person xx

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  3. i LOVEEE your shoes ! so pretty

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    1. Thank you! I only paid £12 for them and love them xx

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  4. I love the trench coat, it's such a lovely shade! I need to shop in Mango more often as they always have some lovely pieces in! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

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    1. Me too! I never shop there but I definitely will be doing from now on as I love this jacket so much. Thank you! Xx

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    1. Thank you so much! That's very kind of you to say. Thank you for reading xx

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  6. Love the dress and the coat is gorgeous! Can't wait to see the pink winter coat too in your future posts.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Gemma! I really can't wait to wear my pink coat, although I'm hoping we get a summer first as this weather is ridiculous. Thank you for reading xx

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  7. Haha aww I feel so disheartened I wasn't first to comment being your top fan hahaha! But any who better late then never hey! Haha! Awww you look absolutely gorgeous and I love how you've styled this beauty of a jacket! It's such a unique colour and I think it's perfect for this season. I feel the same when you go shoppin and pick something up none expected! Love that it's the same when you have unexpected plans as well!
    Great post as always lovely.
    Natasha xxx

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    1. Haha don't be silly!! I'm so grateful for all of the support and love. And you've been ill you poor thing, I really hope you're feeling better! Thank you so much, I'm so glad you like it! I love it when you're not expecting to find something and you end up falling in love. It's such a great feeling. Thank you (again)! Xx

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  8. Love the colour of this jacket so much! It looks great with the dress. Definitely agree it's good to step out of you fashion comfort zone every now and again xx

    heart-autumn.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Emma! It was definitely the colour that first caught my eye I thought it was gorgeous. It is great to step outside your comfort zone with fashion as it's the best way to discover new styles. Thank you for reading xx

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  9. I love that rust trench, such a great color on you! I love how you paired it over the black and white dress for an unexpected pop of color! I agree, it's important to step out of your comfort zone and explore other styles, that's the only way we can possibly discover styles and techniques that we'd love! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jalisa! I really love the colour of the jacket too and thought it was such a great addition to my wardrobe. It is so important to step outside of our comfort zone, we do discover new things and styles that way and I think it's so important. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment xx

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  10. I adore this trench! I just bought a blue one in the La Redoute sale, but am so smitten with this rust coloured one too, and the shape of it is gorgeous! Love how you have styled it too x


    www.bisoushollyolivia.co.uk

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    1. Ooh that blue one sounds lovely. Thank you so much! I loved the rust colour and loose relaxed shape of this Mango one, it was love at first sight. I'm so glad you like it xx

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  11. It's great to hear that you did something out of ordinary for you, Katie. I think that sometimes we really need to step out of our comfort zones.

    This coat is so pretty. I adore the colour. It'll be perfect for autumn.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! It is such a great jacket. I know it will be perfect for transitioning into autumn winter but its also great for this miserable weather we're having. And i love the colour! Thank you for reading xx

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  12. Looking oh so magical in Mango beautiful Katie, I'm with you 100% on stepping out of comfort zones when it comes to fashion and just going for it, and I'm so happy you found this jacket as you're OWNING it and looking so damn beautiful all the while! I think you hit the nail on the head by being open minded about shopping, it's often when we go in with no expectations that we find some treasure amongst the troves of clothes. Primark have so much cuteness and those shoes are all the divine! I must definitely go back there sometime, the branch near me is filled with rude staff and people shoving which drives me mad but it's definitely worth it for all the shoe-inspo you're slaying so well! And gingham just looks perfect on you, love the 90s vibes, they're so perfectly rad on you! :)

    Thank you for your continued sweet support, you really are such a diamond girl! A total blast of summer sunshine and the sweetest, kindest beauty inside and out with a heart of sheer gold! Lots and lots of love to you beautiful one <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Aww Sophie I don't even know where to begin in thanking you for such an amazing, gorgeous comment! You are the sweetest and I'm so so grateful for all of your wonderful support and love! Thank you a million times over! And I agree Primark is often full of rude staff and crazy shoppers but it is often worth a trip and some patience to find some good finds. I'm so glad you like the outfit lovely! Xx

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  13. the dress is just so gorgeous! love it!
    http://www.thestyletune.com

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  14. You are such a babe! <3 LOVE this coat on you, you suit it so much and I'm so glad you decided to pick it up! The dress looks so cute with it too x
    www.britishmermaid.com

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    1. Aww you are so sweet Cara, thank you so much! I'm really glad you like it. The jacket has come in very handy with the typicaly british summer we've been having of miserable weather. Thank you for reading hun xx

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  15. I have been into mango recently and loved what they have got on offer. I think the colour of the coat against the black and white outfit looks really fab and emphasis the coat (which is very lovely may I add!!) Great post!

    Charlotte xx

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    1. Thank you so much Charlotte. I definitely agree Mango have had some really great pieces in lately and I am going to start paying much more attention to them. I really love the rust colour of the jacket, I'm so glad you like it too xx

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  16. That does sound like a fantastic shopping trip indeed, that coat is absolutely beautiful, and your shoes are the cutest! Rust looks fab on you - happy to hear you were able to get outside your comfort zone and go into Mango. Luckily you did so, because this coats seems like it was made for you - and last one left in your size, that's a sign :D Can't wait to see your pink winter coat, it sounds great! Sounds like I'll have to pop into Primark & Mango asap!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! It was such a great shopping trip and I couldn't be happier with the things I found. I agree it was definitely a sign that it was meant to be and I fell in love immediately with the colour. Thank you for reading lovely xx

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  17. Beautiful trench! I love the color. I don't think I have anything that's this color in my closet yet!

    www.thebeautydojo.com

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    1. Thank you! It was the lovely colour that first caught my attention and it was love at first sight. I don't have anything else like it either. Thank you for reading xx

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  18. Absolutely love this outfit! The Mango trench coat is so pretty! Totally agree with you on how it will be great for the transition into Autumn. And those shoes!! I need to get myself a pair!
    Great post lovely! You have amazing style!! :)

    Michaela xxx

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  19. In love with this outfit suits really well ... The smock dress is gorgeous ! Think some retail therapy is in order 😻😻 great post x

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