Suits you madam!

I’m off to Gdansk this week and I have indeed been challenged in packing for snow with a single small carry-on bag.

This is no problem in the summer when clothing is considerably smaller but what to do when the temperatures are on the minus side and you’re trying to fit chunky knitwear into your 10kg bag?

I usually try and be somewhat glam on a weekend getaway but with the weather this cold, I’m all about the practicalities. I’ve mainly packed leisure wear sets for daytime and will be wearing a matching black set for travelling that I can pair with my chunky black boots.

Wearing the largest footwear for travelling is essential to save space and I can pretty much wear the boots with everything daywear and with one of my nighttime looks. I’ve also gone for lighter, plisse printed sets for night and a suit which I’ll wear with my gold boots and I’ve ensured every outfit goes with my coat which is a black and white full length checkerboard print fur coat.

So even if I have the most basic tracksuit on underneath, we are bringing the drama with the coat. Unfortunately, I have zero room for any shopping, but my husband a naturally very light packer may take pity on me and carry some items if I see any must have pieces in the shops. I’m hoping this will be my final winterwear hurrah as I am now more than ready to start shedding the layers and getting reacquainted with my spring summer wardrobe.

In other news I recently styled the spring fashion campaign for Opera Lane and even though I haven’t shopped in ages, it has totally inspired me to start a shopping list for a few key pieces that I need to add to my own wardrobe.

The shoot took place in The Dean Hotel which was the perfect backdrop to this city chic-inspired fashion story and which featured both mens and womenswear modelled by Max and Candice from Upfront Model Management and shot by Gill from Gillybeangirl.

Now you know that I adore a suit and I styled a few suits for this shoot but both were very different. H&M provided a lightweight, perfect for summer suit in the lightest shade of pistachio green and I loved styling it for now with a black top underneath but it would look amazing in the summer styled with white underneath or even with a pop of pink or orange. I also absolutely need the shoes I paired it with which were a pair of white low(ish) heels also from H&M. I often think what did I do before white shoes made a comeback, they just go with absolutely everything.

Another suit I was obsessed with on the day was a Kelly green tailored one from Next. The colour was so rich and the fit perfect that it could easily be worn for work with a silky tee shirt underneath or worn for a night out with heel and a crop top or cami. Wear with boots for now but a barely there sandal will also look great with this or the white H&M heels would give a cool, modern vibe to the piece.

Sometimes you just can't beat a strong block colour to make an impact and it certainly seems like suiting is even more popular this season as an occasion wear alternative.