Around this time last year, I met with a friend from Germany for brunch. An early Saturday morning in a crisply autumnal London, off to drink coffee and talk husbands and children and clothes … my heart was already singing but when I saw the gilet she was wearing, its voice positively soared. Most shearling looks, on me at least, muppety and bulky, a bit cavewoman, a bit Family Pet. But the chunky knitted back on this one, combined with the silky waterfall of grey sheepskin to the front was far more forgiving and enticing.
I suppose there are people out there who jealously guard their fab finds, but this fashion fairy didn’t hesitate to track down a gilet for me and parcel post it over from Germany. I adore it, and resurrecting it this year is taking the sting out of my moodiness about the demise of summer, at least somewhat.
Sweater, Gap. Jeans, Goldsign Misfit.
Trainers from New Look
It’s versatile too: last week it took me from a chilly, bright day at the park with my youngest, playing football and pirates, to an evening at a London Design Festival event, give or take a pair of trainers and a belt or so.
Cos dress, Falke tights, New Look boots, Topshop snakeskin clutch, Primark belt, Louis Vuitton scarf
So although I’m not in the market for any more grey shearling, I must just rhapsodise briefly over two I tried on last week. There’s approximately a £2,000 price difference between the two, but we won’t dwell on that. They’re both sublime.
Acne Alison coat, approx £2200
Massimo Dutti combined fur jacket, £265