Back to Basics – Orla Kiely Purpleness

So what with all my galavanting lately, I’ve not had a chance to do outfit posts every day. And while preparing all the posts about the gorgeous stuff I am often sent or days out with other bloggers, I’m conscious that this blog is about sharing what I wear each day on the school run. Hence the title of this post – today’s a good old back to basics / what I wore post!

Purple Coat – Papaya @ Matalan (thrifted)
Scarf – Orla Kiely @ Uniqlo (still in stock!)
Navy Skinny Jeans – Gok @ Sainsburys
Boots – Mango
Sunglasses (yay!) – Gianfranco Ferre @ TK Maxx (£12 in the sale!!!)
This coat is actually purple…looks more of a cobalt blue on the photos for some reason. Anyway, I picked it up in the charity shop – attracted by the colour and the shape – it’s got that slight tulip style shape about it (there is probably a proper fashion term for that but I don’t know what it is). Here’s a side view which might help my description?
And here’s what was underneath and a better view of my new Orla Kiely scarf from Uniqlo.
OMG – loving this scarf! I first saw it on Emma from ‘Adventures of An Unfit Mother’, whom I met up with a few months ago and I loved the colours. Then when I was in London, I spied it in Uniqlo (a post to come on my time in Uniqlo!) and had to have it (sorry Emma – we shall have to co-ordinate scarves on our next meet up). And I’m also debuting my new Uniqlo heattech top (super cosy) AND my Cos necklace, both purchased at the weekend. Oh and the sunglasses – wow, what a bargain from TK Maxx. They have some amazing ones in the clearance department. These were originally £169! No case with them but for £12, I wasn’t complaining.
Jersey Cardigan – Kaliko
Cream Heattech Top – Uniqlo
Necklace – Cos (another London purchase)
Ok, off now to do the sunny school run in my purpleness…enjoy the rest of your day!


  1. Loved reading about your blogger meet up – all those fab women. I am a total sucker for purple, loving all the shades and this one look so pretty (and warm) on you

  2. MyStyle Reply

    Hi my dear! Really lovely outfit, I am such a fan of Uniqlo and have 4 of those heattech tops in different colours, so ideal as cosy layering pieces. Your scarf is gorgeous well done for snaffling it as well as the bargainous sunglasses too! xxx

  3. ClaireH Reply

    What a lovely outfit! The coat is fab and love the sunnies! I’m a big fan of Uniqlo thermals (and merino knits too) but have to stock up when I go to London, no shop up here.

  4. WORKING THE SUNNIES! Amazing outfit

  5. Anonymous Reply

    Hi Avril,
    Gorgeous outfit. Purple really suits you. What colour is your necklace? Is it the bronze colour like the one in the link? I really fancy some new necklaces in a colour that isn’t silver.

    Kitty x

    • Hi Kitty…sorry for the delay in replying. Thanks for you comment – my necklace is exactly the same as the one online. It has a silver chain on it but is bronze in colour. Is going to come in handy…I’m keen to get away from silver now and again but am not a huge fan of gold myself! Avril x

  6. I am loving the colour of this outfit. Really suits you & i really want thta scarf! x

  7. Iva Grbesic Reply

    Perfect colour and love the scarf. I also enjoyed the blogger meet up post. Can’t wait till I meet up with you lovely ladies.

  8. I adore the scarf obvs- dead chuffed you spotted it on me first- what a compliment! Looks fabulicious with that coat too !

  9. Scarf is beautiful. Do they deliver to Ireland?

  10. I am a great fan of purple – I just wish it was a fan of mine.
    Beautiful scarf.

  11. That necklace is so so you! Love that colour on you and the scarf looks great with it. And hip hip hoobloodyray for being able to wear sunglasses! Xx

  12. The Flaky Fashionista Reply

    Snap! Bought that scarf as well .. but for a friend of mine. Necklace is lovely on you. I really like the colour purple and it really suits you.

  13. Kathryn Radcliffe Reply

    Hi Avril, lovely scarf and coat, looks like you may also have had a bit of sun!! xx

  14. GlamRosie Reply

    You look fab in purple Avril! Am off to TK’s today for birthday shopping – heading to the sunglasses first though!!! x

  15. PoppysStyle Reply

    LOVE this – the purple coat is great – Matalan was a real eye opener for me!

    • Thanks Joanna, Matalan is improving all the time – I find it a bit huge and overwhelming when I go in first but if you have time to really look, there are some gorgeous pieces. Avril x

  16. Style At Every Age Reply

    What an amazing thrifty find! Great coat and so nice to brighten up a grey day with a colouful coat. Adore the scarf too xx

  17. Raindrops and Daisies Reply

    Love the coat
    and the sunnies
    and the scarf
    and everything!

    You look great Avril

    Have a great week and I hope that March will be a good month for you.

    Fiona ♥

  18. Siobhan Hunt Reply

    Hi Avril, I love all outfits on you but this one is totally eyecatching in it’s loveliness on you.
    Really gorgeous.
    That scarf is fab to finish it off.

    Love love love!!!

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