Back to Black

img_0405I try not to wear too much black any more, and to be honest, at this time of year I’d rather not anyway! When the sun comes out to play, so do all my brightest, most colourful clothes. That said, every wardrobe needs a few black staples. Where would we be without the ubiquitous LBD? And where would I be without my gorgeous, black vintage Brands & Normans winter coat?

Strangely enough, I was missing a go-to-for-every-occasion black jacket. You know, the trusty old faithful that never lets you down, something I could throw on with jeans, a skirt or a dress and feel perfectly dressed. So, there I was on a lunch-time browse in my local Save the Children shop and in that store, there’s always a £1 sale rail for bits and bobs. The lining of the jacket caught my eye as I loved the geometric print. I thought it must have been made for barbie doll proportions, hence it not having sold. But lo and behold it was a perfect fit! It took me a minute to realise that the reason for its retail rejection – look closely in the pic and you’ll see it’s missing a button!

I look at buttonless charity shop rejects as an opportunity! It’s the chance to add a personal touch to an item of clothing with minimal effort. I have a beautiful wool TopShop coat (gazillions of years old) that I love to accessorise every few years with new buttons-it’s almost like getting a new coat each time! There are soooooooo many unusual and interesting button choices out there. I find it a bit mad that people avoid an amazing piece of clothing because of a few small stitches…

Needless to say, I bought the buttonless jacket. I haven’t updated the buttons yet as I’m still deciding, which is all part of the fun.  I have worn it anyway, as the lack of button isn’t obvious and it’s a truly great fit. Moral of the story is, be button brave and bag a bargain.

Rosie xx

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