The Long and Short of It

The Long and Short of It

A lookbook of long outerwear
on a short body

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What’s more depressing than Trump’s inauguration? Probably going back to work.

How’s everyone faring after the first week back from your holidays? For me, it was pretty tough. My motivation level is equal to the sloth’s on Zootopia

One thing I noticed was the temperature in my office - we just can’t seem to get it right. Walking into the office is like jumping into a post-game ice bath, except that I haven’t moved a finger. (Ok maybe I typed a little on my keyboard and used my mouse to move the cursor, but that’s pretty much it.) Yet the outdoor temperature was muggy af - creating this annoying indoor-outdoor contrast. 

What can you wear then? Summer mode is not really on full blast so you can’t be too exposed but you also don’t want to toast yourself when you go out on your lunch break. 

If you are going back to an office with the temperature of a morgue like mine, or to uni for summer school and your lecture room’s air con is more lit than your weekend, you should try wearing maxi-length outerwear over your summer pieces.

Long jackets and coats elevate your look instantly. They can be super flattering if you find the right piece for your height. I used to think, “Argh I’m petite so long stuff won't work on me…” But as long as you find the right ‘cut-off’ point, you can totally look dope without your jacket dragging on the ground like Leatherface dragging his chainsaw in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (Wow I’m full of morbid similes today lol… 😂😂😂)

Here are 3 flattering maxi outerwear outfits I’ve put together that could work for anyone, even my fellow petite sistas: 👊 (This is meant to be a fist pound emoji, not me trying to punch you in the face.)

1. The Edgy Art Student

Stay cosy in your lecture room with a chunky knit cardigan. The black-and-cream combo brightens up a black outfit and instantly makes it spring-fit. To counter the loose silhouette, I’ve elevated the look by wearing it with a fitted mock neck dress. 

I’m a fangirl of mixing chunky and fine rings but for this look, I’ve upped my jewellery game by wearing the Manus Arm Necklace from Captve. Throw on a beanie if you have a bad hair day (or if you’re on your 4th day hair). 😏

OUTFIT 1 DEETS

Chunky knit cardigan  |  Ecote (similar here)
Mock neck dress  |  Cheap Monday (similar here)
Beanie  |  Detroit vs Everybody
Jewellery  |  Captve
Boots |  Puzzle from i.t.
Backpack  Deadly Ponies

2. The Feminine Office Worker

I’m biased - this look is my fave in the batch ‘cos the natural ‘wind machine’ made me feel like Beyonce her Crazy In Love music video for about 5 seconds. 

I think every girl should have a duster coat in their closet. The classic silhouette means that you’ll be able to wear it year after year. For this look, I’ve styled it with a dress that has skinny, vertical stripes to elongate my torso. Rock this look with a pair of round toe heels to keep it classy. Opt for a cute little straw clutch to turn up the summer vibes. ☀️

OUTFIT 2 DEETS

Duster coat  |  Monki (similar here)
Dress  |  Zara (not-so-similar but super cute alternative here)
Clutch  |  Massimo Dutti (similar here)
Jewellery  |  Captve
Shoes  |  Charles & Keith (similar but lower heel height here)

3. The Preppy O-week Newbie

Who says maxi outerwear can’t be worn during warmer months? 

Maxi-length cardigans are great substitutes for our winter coats. The lighter knit fabric like this cardi I picked up from Zara automatically creates a flowy, relaxed silhouette that works very well for spring or summer even, especially when paired with a crisp white shirt and relaxed denim shorts (not the type that shows the bottom of your bottom). 

If I could turn back time, I would buy less hot chips + alcohol and instead invest some serious money in a leather backpack as my uni schoolbag. (Because you’ll use it for the next 80 years.) Style your outfit with some white canvas sneakers so you can walk from campus to pub in style and comfort.

That’s it for the year ladies and maybe gents. You might be thinking, “Wtf Vikki? 2017 has just started…” - but this weekend is Chinese New Year a.k.a. Vikkipedia’s kinda Christmas. Stay tuned to see how I celebrate in style - literally! 😂 xx

OUTFIT 3 DEETS

Maxi cardigan  |  Zara (similar here)
Shirt  |  Rag & Bone (cheaper alternative here)
Denim shorts  |  One Teaspoon
Jewellery  |  Captve
Shoes  |  Eytys
Backpack  Deadly Ponies