Every once in a while I discover a new designer that I fall head over heels in love with. I don’t recall being aware of the Carven label before seeing one of their coats in a magazine last week and immediately looking up the brand online to find out more about it.
I was surprised to discover that Carven has been around since the end of the Second World War, although the brand was relaunched in 2010, so relatively recently. The label aims to represent ‘accessible luxury’ – offering first rate craftsmanship with a fresh, contemporary design approach. Here are my favourites from the current collection…
This camel wool coat is absolutely beautiful. At £1,440 it’s a real investment piece but the design is so classic you’d be wearing it for years and years. This could be worn over anything – from jeans and a jumper to a really dressy dress:
I’d like a white or cream skirt for winter and this one is perfect. The length could be awkward but the front split keeps it looking modern rather than in any way frumpy:
I’m a sucker for a sparkly jumper and love this blush-coloured, slouchy version. This would be perfect with skinny jeans on Christmas day:
This snakeprint handbag would be a lovely day bag for shopping and lunching Saturdays. I like the red detail on the otherwise muted colour palette.
There’s so much to choose from in the current Carven collection, but if I found that jumper in my Christmas stocking I’d be a very happy girl indeed!
I’m really good at following the classic advice that says if you haven’t worn something in the past year you should get rid of it. Partly because I have a small wardrobe and very little storage space in my flat and partly because I don’t like feeling mentally overwhelmed by clutter. I try as far as possible to keep things minimalist and having regular clearouts helps me feel on top of things and in control of my living space.
Over the past few years I’ve got rid of loads of stuff – usually things I’ve bought on a whim and subsequently regretted. Sometimes I list items on eBay if they’re brand names that sell well - such as All Saints – or if it’s a cult item – the Zara floral shirt that bloggers wordwide went bonkers over for example. Otherwise I fill a black bin liner with the things I’m looking to pass on and take it along to the local charity shop.
Over the past ten years, out of everything I’ve bought and given away, there’s only one thing I regret not holding onto and that’s my UGG boots. I had the classic short boots in the sand colour and when I first got them I absolutely loved them. I wore them that first winter with everything – over skinny jeans and leggings, and with dresses as well. I’d been worried that the pale colour would get dirty quickly but they never seemed to get a single mark on them. Maybe I wore them too much initially because I soon become bored and – despite having paid £130 for them – decided I was never going to wear them again so dumped them in a bin bag and dropped them off at the charity shop.
Needless to say, I’ve regretted it ever since and would love to have them back! UGG boots are so cosy and comfy – there’s nothing else quite like them for cold winter days. I’m really tempted to replace mine, despite the price tag, as I think they’re worth it. If I was going to reinvest in a pair I think I’d still go for the classic short design but pick the darker chestnut colour:
I also like the mini ankle boots, which are really cute. The grey shade would be a nice change from browns and would go well with black skinny jeans:
The only downside to UGGs is that the sheepskin styles don’t fare too well in wet weather. A leather pair would be great for rainy, slushy, snowy days:
I know a lot of people don’t like UGGs but there’s just something about them that keeps drawing me back to them. To me they’ve become a classic and there will always be a place for them in my winter wardrobe.
This month’s Take10 challenge sees us styling a pair of shoes from Call It Spring. Here’s what we chose:
I like these boots but have to admit they’re not all that practical due to the height of the heel and the cut-out detail, which is a bit draughty in Scotland at this time of year! Nice for occasional nights out when taxis are involved though.
To view the other girls’ pictures in more detail visit Natasha at Girl in the Lens, Sherin at HiFashion , Kim at Love Cloth, Vicki at Magpie Girl, Mel at Media Marmalade, Paula at PinkBow, Lucy at Shiny Thoughts and Olivia at What Olivia Did.
Thanks to Call It Spring for sponsoring the challenge and Natasha for making the collage.
Jacket: H&M / Jeans: Cheap Monday / Top: H&M / Boots c/o Call It Spring
I love the colour mustard for winter. I used to have a lovely fluffy angora mustard cardigan but it shed everywhere like you wouldn’t believe. It was a destroyer of many pairs of black trousers and had me reaching for the clothes brush every time I got up from the sofa.
This non-shedding little jumper from Zara is much better:
Now that bonfire night is over it feels like proper winter. Time to dig out last year’s jumpers and hope the moths haven’t got to the cashmere!
Jumper: Zara / Skirt: Mango / Boots: Dune