My new trench coat

How I style my new spring trench by Marks&Spencer (also available on US website). It is longer than some of the classic versions. I wanted a casual look so I have teamed it with my NYDJ jeans (UK and USA) and a grey roll neck sweater by MeandEm (similar from their current range).

I had such fun taking these photos with Julie of Jafinthebox. They were shot in my local village in South West London. The photo above was taken in front of the iconic Olympic Studios (now converted to a cinema). It has a fascinating history. It was originally built in 1906 as an entertainment hall. During the 1960s it became a sound recording studio. Many of the famous bands of the day recorded there including The Rolling Stones.

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Spring trench coats

Trench coats seem to have grown in size this season. The trend for Spring is for oversized and longer. The look is more casual. Less rigid and severe.

As I have mentioned before when I am in France I love reading the french magazines. One of my favourites is Femme Majuscule. They have an excellent section on La Mode. In a recent addition they featured trench coats but not as we know them (see above). Loose and casual was the way to go. I have always loved trench coats and can still remember a wonderful grey version I had for many years. It finally wore out. I do find on us older women they can sometimes look “too classic” and a bit “buttoned up.” For this reason I have not owned one for a few years now.

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Spring parkas a la parisiennes

Since my visit to Paris last December I have been looking for a parka A la parisienne street style. I have finally found one that works well for me. It is grey, a better colour for me than khaki. The parka I am wearing is by JDWilliams (US & UK). It comes in sizes 10 to 32 uk and 6 to 28 US. It is lightly padded so warm enough worn over a thick sweater now or later with a simple tee. The hood is detachable.

The cream sweater I am wearing is by Winserlondon last season. Similar wool cashmere roll neck at House of Fraser (reduced from £69 to £39) Classic black trousers by Winserlondon

Fabulous photo by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram. Yes it is my car. Getting old now but still going well. Like me!

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