How to Style Double Vinyl Patent Leather
Patent leather boots? No problem.  Vinyl skirt?  Also no problem.  But pair them together and you've got yourself a pretty saucy dominatrix-esque outfit that even a mohair chunky knit jumper can't tone down.  Oops.  I wouldn't say my personal style is safe - due to the masses of mile-high stilettos I pair with most outfits - but I rarely step out of my comfort zone.  My comfort zone is pretty vast at this point, and so it surprised me to find how categorically uncomfortable I felt stepping out in double vinyl.  The good news?  That feeling didn't last for long...
Reiss Jemima Chunky Knit Jumper
Aldo Loreni Patent Leather Black Ankle BootsIf 'familiarity breeds contempt', stepping out of your fashion comfort zone is definitely the way to go.  A funny sense of pride comes with having broken the cycle and tried something new, and once you've started thinking about unusual-for-you outfit combinations, you just can't stop!  With this week arriving and bringing with it a fresh new year, it's the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try pairing different pieces together.  My advice?  When you're ready to challenge yourself, roll up a pair of jeans (or jumper) in your tote, ready to whip out should you lose your nerve at any point throughout the day.  Or, y'know, suspect hypothermia to be setting in. Speaking of which, anyone else find their legs never get cold?  I'm literally a walking-talking ice cube, and yet that doesn't seem to apply to my legs?!
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Jumper - Reiss

Skirt - H&M

Boots - Aldo (also at Zalando)

Clutch - Victoria Beckham at Farfetch   |   Hat - Mint Velvet

Fashion Blogger Walking in Double Vinyl Styling
Aldo Black Patent Loreni Stiletto BootsAt the end of the day, fashion is meant to be fun.  And this sure as hell was fun to wear!  Will I be pairing the two together again?  No, probably not.  Been there, done that, got the raised eyebrows.  But it's definitely prepared me for stepping outside my fashion comfort zone more in future.  Damn, it feels exciting to be starting a fresh new year, right?!

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With love,

Gabrielle x