Grey on Grey – The return of the sleeveless Jacket

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This is the third outing of this sleeveless grey coat on the blog, and I’m sure it won’t be the last! It’s the first time I’ve managed to pair it with items that aren’t maroon, which is a minor achievement in itself. That being said, I’ve shunned colours completely and gone for a grey and black palette for a dreary spring day.

This jumper-dress is old. Like, probably at least a decade old. I don’t remember exactly when I bought it, but I do remember that I popped to ASDA for a few groceries and came out with this item of bargain knitwear. It’s warm, and it has a slight sparkle thread running through the wool. I often wear it tucked into trousers in winter as an oversized jumper. Here, I’m wearing it as a dress, over some leggings. Let me just make it clear that I’m wearing leggings as tights here, not as trousers. I am not a fan of leggings as trousers.

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I love clothes, but as you’ll know if you’ve been reading my blog for a little while, I don’t tend to throw any of them away. Ever. I’m not a fan of fast fashion in the slightest. If I buy something new that I love, I’m planning on keeping it for as long as it lasts! As a result of this hoarding behaviour, I now have waaay too many clothes. My wardrobe is full to bursting and can take no more! It’s spring, which is time for turning over new leaves and having clear outs. So I know I need to bite the bullet and have a bit of a wardrobe refresh.

After I was looking through these pictures and pondering my dilemma of having too many clothes, I decided that it’s time to say goodbye to this jumper. There are hundreds of articles with a plethora of tips on how to streamline your wardrobe. Believe me, I’ve read most of them. One of the pieces of advice that turns up again and again is “if you don’t love it, don’t keep it”. The message is simple. If you don’t love something when you’re wearing it, then get rid of it. And do you know what, I don’t love this jumper any more. It’s lost its shape a bit and I feel like it’s become quite unflattering. The heavy neck and narrower bottom half don’t suit my shape at all. I don’t hate it, not at all, I just feel like I’ve finally, after a large chunk of my life, grown out of this style of knitwear. So this is thanks for all the comfort, and goodbye faithful grey cowl neck sweater dress. I hope it goes to a good use in the charity bag of joy.

After that overly emotional farewell to a perfectly good item of clothing, I’ll quickly talk about the things that I DO love in this outfit. These over-the-knee suede boots remain favourites of mine, and I intend to carry on wearing them next winter, regardless of whether the rest of the fashion world has moved on from this particular trend. I’ve described my love for this jacket before, and I’m sure I will continue to love it throughout spring and into next autumn. The heavy fabric and sleeveless style make it a perfect transitional piece. Warm enough to cover up when it’s a bit chilly, but summery enough to pair with shorter sleeves and bare legs when the temperatures rise.

As I’ve mentioned above, I’m not a fan of leggings as trousers. They’re fine for the gym, or for home, but there’s just something not quite right about people swanning around town with the thinnest of fabric between their derriere and the harsh spring air. Leggings as tights however I’m totally down with. They’re practical for warmth and comfort, and transform short skirts and dresses into practical clothing choices. I find them less restrictive than tights to tuck into boots, and a shorter pair with trainers can create quite a cool, laid back sporty vibe when it’s not so cold. One last thing I’ll mention – leggings are cheap. Even good quality ethical cotton ones should give you change from £20. There are a lot of things I understand spending money on, but leggings isn’t one of them.

Jacket: Next

Sweater: George @ Asda

Leggings: H&M

Boots: ASOS

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