It's February so surely it's ok to bring a ski sweater to work?

Hurray, January is over, welcome February! Just as drab and cold, but interspersed with romance (of the commercial variety, but still), new collection launches, and of course, my favourite, holidays in the snow...

I am literally counting the days until we leave London for a few days on the beautiful slopes of Courchevel. So yes, if today's outfit is anything to go for, I might be just a tiny bit obsessed with thoughts of après-ski, spiced tea, and, yes, the obligatory cheesy dish (Nadine, if you're reading, I am allowed a little treat here and there, right?)

Today's jumper was love at first sight, from the moment I saw it on a window in the middle of a sweltering August day... The braiding detail, together with the pristine colour, I was hooked. I thought a while about what to wear it with for the office, and whilst the outfit I ended up with might not be a winner for all, I have to say I loved it. Mainly because it felt so comfortable and different.

Intuitively the grey flannel culottes and coat look like an easy match for the jumper, and they even match the body and flaps of my handbag. Grey and white, easy. But then you'd have expected me to wear this with my grey flannel Louboutin simple pumps, instead I went in a completely different direction and opted for these animal print lace-ups instead. You have to agree, they pop! But what I loved about this is how they turn a pretty safe outfit into something far more fun altogether...

Anyways, back on the culottes for a moment: still my favourite alternative to classic trousers or skirts, so convenient and easy. I hope they don't go back out of fashion, or I risk becoming one of those people who is unfashionably in their own style... We shall see.

I topped up with a now old favourite from my coat closet, my wool trench coat from the Burberry AW2011 collection. It is the perfect investment piece, and the military tailored style doesn't really go out of fashion, allowing me to wear it on and on. In fact Burberry make a few versions of this coat every season, a derivative from the traditional mac, and look how cool it still looks, all those decades later.

See below for outfit details:
- Off-white roll neck jumper with braid detailing, Karen Millen
- Grey culottes, Club Monaco, look at these by ASOS for the same look
- Coat, Burberry, this Tomas Maier one is very close (and on sale!)
- Lace-up Alice booties, in Hyena, Charlotte Olympia
- Bag, Céline at Vestiaire Collective

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