Wow - this week has been more than hectic. So much so that I'm about a week behind in outfit posts. On the upside, it means no pressure to dress up next week - trackie bottoms all the way. But before all that (and I'll not share the trackies, I promise!), I want to show off my new Hot Squash top.
I first heard about this brand on Twitter and Facebook and was intrigued firstly by the name and then by the combination of on-trend styles/colours with built-in technology. Basically, the range keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer (or warm in summer as was required in summer 2012).
From the current autumn/winter range, here is my top - the Pleat Front Top in green:
First off, I can confirm that it is toasty warm to wear. It's been so cold this week and I feel the cold more than anyone else in our house. The top is no heavier than a regular cotton long sleeved top yet it's got the same effect as thermal wear. Warmth without bulk - love it!
But if I'm going to invest in a gorgeous top like this, I need to know that I'm going to wear it lots so my challenge was to style it a few different ways. So here goes - 1 top 6 ways!
|Look 1 - worn with H&M bootcut jeans and brown boots. Perfect for showing off the pleating detail on the front, the buttoning down the back and the detail on the cuffs and shoulders|
|Look 2 : for extra cosiness, I added this brown Monsoon fur gilet (from last winter)|
|Look 3 : Changed the boot cuts for skinnies and ankle boots and I added this cute New Look necklace which has a row of beads in exactly the same shade of green.|
|Look 4 : Frocking it in my navy Benetton wool dress, spotty scarf and black Hobbs boots.|
|Look 5 : With a black skirt, black tights and black ankle boots - an edgy office look|
|Tie-Back Knee Length Dress|
|Toasty Warm Long Socks!|
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Disclaimer: Jenny from Hot Squash gifted this top to me. I was allowed to chose the item I liked the most from the current A/W range and was not obliged to blog about it.