British Blue Velvet

Navy Swing Pea Coat, Sheinside *on sale // Venice Peace Love Shea x Steve Madden Boots, in Blue Velvet // Montana Wide Brim Hat in “NightFall”, Lack of Colour via Free People // Red Metallic Lips Clutch, Urban Outfitters, similar // Bracelet, Hermes // Pearl Ring, Zara // Lips, YSL Lipstick in #1 Le Rouge, “Blood Red” // Nails & Toes, “Head Mistress” by Essie Polish

If I see a military style pea coat, I immediately think of the iconic young ladies of London who in the swinging 60s ran wild with the mini phenomenon. Thanks to Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon there was nothing but long legs and shiny bouncy hair, bounding along Brook Street in Mayfair and by 1965 Madison Avenue had also followed suite, or rather skirt. 
When I put on this swing-coat-meets-stylelized-pea-coat, I immediately feel it’s power: it just screams statement piece. I have honestly only been able to wear this coat as a dress, letting it stand in the spotlight, adorned with just a few accessories. Somehow it won’t have it any other way on me. Sometimes some pieces come right off the hanger and demand attention, telling you exactly how they should be worn. Stubborn and steadfast. And so in that very 60s spirit of female empowerment and abandonment, I let my coat free. I gave it an amazing pair of blue velvet open toe booties from Peace Love Shea’s capsule collection for Steve Madden that was born to be worn with this look, and added my favorite hat of the fall from Free People. The second I had the outfit on, I understood that it’s the clothes that make the woman… because all of a sudden I WAS that swinging 60s girl, confidently running for the bus on Kings Road. 

So today it’s all about dressing the part I guess! 
Let your outfit take you someplace new this week: let it empower and excite you, and succumb to the power of your own fashion favorites. May they bring out a part of yourself you might never have otherwise discovered…

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