Autumn Knits: Part Two

Photographed in Palais Royal, Paris

Originally the thought of matching knits made me conjure up images of the infamous twinset - a style made famous in the 50s and 60s by the likes of Jackie O and Grace Kelly. Although chic at the time, I distinctly remember mums donning them in the 80s and turning the once stylish combo into what can only be described as somewhat past its sell by date. 

But the matching knit concept has been revived, remade and upgraded for the modern woman, into the knitted skirt set or 'co-ord'. Equal parts cosy (and warm), as it is stylish, this set is ideal for cold winter days when you’re fed up of wearing jeans or trousers, or just want to look stylish when you’d rather be wearing pyjamas or fuzzy jogging bottoms, i.e no fuss - just-throw-it-on-and-go outfit. So comfortable, I could probably easily go to bed in it. So when I spotted this Comfy Direction Sweater and Skirt set in Grey on Chicwish - a site with a plethora of chic and happily affordable items, I knew immediately what I was going to wear for the second part in my collaboration with Chicwish. And you know how I love grey! I'm usually a size 34-36, so selected size small, but it is a perfect fit and the skirt even flattens by hips (try as I might to wear a pleated skirt, I just cannot get them to look good in one), which are on the wider size for my frame. 

I do love a bit of art imitating life, so we (Roxy & I) photographed the shoot in Palais Royal amongst Daniel Burian's sculptures -  note how the ribbed knit combo complements the black and white candy cane columns. 

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I'm wearing the Chicwish Comfy Direction Sweater and Skirt Set in Grey // COS navy coat, similar here & here // APC Demi-Lune Leather Shoulder bag // LK Bennet Leather Snake-Print boots, similar here & here

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Creative Direction: Marissa Cox // Photographed by Roxanne Matiz, with photos edited by Marissa Cox.

The Snakeskin Boots

LK Bennett Boots, similar here, here and here // Acne Studios Scarf, similar here // Sisley Anti-Ageing Fondation // Ray Bans // La Redoute rug

Fergie once said (yes, I am indeed quoting Fergie of Black Eye Peas fame): "the right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit and even change how a woman feels about herself." I've always thought this to be true, but I'm not sure how many times I've actually experienced it. For example, I do feel more womanly and sexier in high heels, but the fact that they usually rub my feet, leave blisters and make me never want to wear heels again, does slightly mar the whole event. Never has a pair shoes truly changed the way I feel, until now. Let me introduce you to the snakeskin printed leather boot. I've had my eye on a pair of boots like these since last winter, but somehow neglected buying them. But as soon as the weather started to turn colder in Paris, I began eyeing up boots, as one does and remembered how I had wanted a pair just like these. And since buying them I've hardly taken them off. Besides being comfortable leather, just the right heel height so as not to batter the balls of my feet too much when I'm pounding the pavement, they make me walk taller, with more confidence and more purpose. In fact I've caught myself positively strutting on a few occasions (a bit like Dave in that MoneySuperMarket ad - if you're a Brit or work in advertising, you'll know what I'm talking about, if not you can watch it here.) And to top that off, I've been getting a lots of compliments (or maybe my friends are just being polite after I force them to look at my boots). Either way I don't think I've been this excited about shoes since Clarks launched Magic Steps in the 80s (again you'll need to be British to know what I'm talking about.)

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes, or any other item of clothing for that matter, that has had more than a physical affect on you? 

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