Welcome back to The Style Companion 2018. Festivities are over and we are amidst what will now be known as 'Januaryland'. If you are wondering what the hell Januaryland is; it's the sad bones of Christmas trees tossed to the side of the road, the gathering pile of empty wine bottles next to an overflowing bottle bank and pretty much, the general shitty feeling that many of us have for the first month of the year when we're too skint to do anything and already feel overindulged in little pleasures such as chocolate to even take comfort in that without a certain feeling of guilt following immediately afterwards. So although I identify with the above, I'm going to try and shed a little light on the first month the year with an outfit post.
As I mentioned in my last blog, I've recently finished up in my role as a Topshop personal shopper and have started a new job within a creative communications company. Having just completed my first week, I can safely say I'm loving the change so far and finding learning a new business incredibly inspiring. The timing has allowed me to find the excitement in starting 2018 with a clean slate and fresh ideas which I'd love to translate here too.
I have also noticed a change in the way I view my wardrobe. I no longer look at pieces with a time stamp of when I bought them attached. Working in retail means you are constantly surrounded by product with new deliveries coming in more or less everyday which tricks you into feeling items are 'old' when actually they might have been purchased as little as month ago. I'm enjoying styling my current clothes in different ways and seeing how many varying looks I can achieve with them.
For Christmas I treated myself to this 100% cashmere hoodie which I've always coveted but couldn't justify (however, when you know your staff discount is about to be no more, you can justify just about anything)! And although it's the cosiest jumper for lounging about the house in, whilst also being fully acceptable to answer the door to the postman in, I wanted to ensure I could style it in a proper outfit too.
Teamed with my beloved straight jeans and socks boots I layered with a polo neck - shock horror - and a structured double breasted blazer in a spiced yellow colour. With frayed detailing and big tortoise shell buttons it's a piece I feel surpasses other similar offerings on the High Street and will stand the test of time within my wardrobe. I've not layered a hoodie under anything since high school, but I love the effortless smart, casual look it gives worn under the blazer showing that occasionally it's worth investing in your loungewear if it can also play a part in your regular wardrobe too.