Chilly Summer Day: Working Monochrome With a Big Belted Lemon Coat

This week gone by, I indulged in an exercise that can be fraught with unexpected drama and dangerous twists and turns – I moved home.  Moving is often a bittersweet experience as the excitement of new adventures is tempered by the empty look of the shell that quickly goes from being a home to just a house on the street. It goes without saying (but I am saying it anyways) that moving home is a great time to declutter and this especially applies to our ever-expanding wardrobes. I often think of my wardrobe as a friendly monster that gobbles up everything I put in its greedy mouth.

This was a great opportunity for me to ‘pump the stomach’ of my friendly monster and I piled into the task with all the conventional wisdom that applies to this topic.  I was going to donate everything I had not worn for over a year, clothes that were tatty and styles I did not care for anymore.  To a great extent, I was successful as I applied a draconian discipline to the dispensing of clothes I no longer required.  However, I found that my resistance to dispose was at its strongest when something was a good fit. This exercise was a strong reminder that of all the great fashion virtues extolled, ‘fit is king’ for me. It reenforced that a fabulous fit is the ‘X factor’ that adds the maximum weight to my self assessment of a look.

I decided to share my recent ‘wardrobe culling experiences’ because I know that the summer sales are in full swing and sometimes the sheer beauty of a big bargain can dull our ability to recognize that an item is not a good fit and should be left where we found it. I am determined not to fall into the ‘bargain’ trap this summer and buy clothes that don’t pass the fit test!

Summer can get a bit non-summer in London and the last few days have been relatively cold.  I find that the perfect solution to chilly summer days is a statement summer coat.  I love the colour and design of this big-belted lemon coat that provides the sunshine on a day that nature chooses not to.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a fabulous weekend! As always, thank you for reading Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and Accessories:

Shirt- Zara

Trousers – Zara

Coat – Mango

Shoes – Karen Millen

Handbag – Marc Jacobs