Cotton Traders SS22 – Blue & Tan

At last, it’s time to start wearing some lighter layers. The weather has been so much better here in Essex the past week. It was lovely to actually go out and take photos of these new Cotton Traders items. A little windy but lovely and bright.

It will soon be time to do the wardrobe switch over and I’ve just purchased yet another pair of my favourite espadrilles for the warmer months. I smile when I wake up early and the sun’s out and it’s lovely and bright. It changes everything.

I’m so happy to be sharing some lovely pieces with you this week. A different colour mix for me, but the blue and tan pairing really caught my eye. It’s good to try something different every now and then, well Different for me anyway. As you know how I love all my neutral monochromatic shades.

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I haven’t added a new skirt to my wardrobe for some time and two things came to mind when I spotted this one. The colour is gorgeous and it’s made from corduroy. It’s years since I’ve worn anything corduroy and I spotted quite a trend for the material watching the winter fashion week catwalks.

I like the sharp pleat at the front and the deep pockets. I think paired with the blouse, it has a slight 70’s vibe. The Cotton Traders Lila Stretch Cord Midi Skirt is available in three other colours including the colour hue I would normally go for of Light Sand but it was the blue that caught my eye.

I’ve paired the outfit with lighter accessories to give a spring-like feel. The new love in my life is the St Ives Tote bag from Nadia Minkoff. The softest pebbled leather in the shade of sand, I like the contrasting handle straps.

The bag also comes with a good-sized leather purse attached to a detachable strap fitted to the handle of the bag. No more rummaging for the purse! Nadia has kindly given a 20% discount code for the St Ives bag. The sand colour is just going to pair with everything and I’ve been using the bag non-stop!

Use the Code StIves22 for a 20% discount. Available until the end of March

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How gorgeous is this Tres Chic Cotton Traders faux leather jacket? Currently on sale at half price. The first thought that sprung to mind was how good this will look with a roll neck jumper? And tan is such a classic, isn’t it? This will also look great with jeans or a more formal look with a cream skirt or trousers. Or black. I always think tan and black pair well. It’s super soft and I really like hardware/popper fastenings.

I like the soft shirring around the neck and cuffs of the blouse, but I also wanted to share these gorgeous new hoops and large pearl drop earrings from Lattelier. They took ages to arrive in the post but were worth the wait.

The Cotton Traders “Oh So Pretty Blouse” is just that!

Cotton Traders

I can see myself pairing the blouse with pink trousers in the warmer months. I think the print is beautiful. It’s a really feminine blouse with a frill on each shoulder. The blouse also comes with a camisole underneath with adjustable straps. It will be great to wear with shorts later when it’s hot. Also currently on sale the blouse also comes in plain ivory and a Dogtooth print.

Another new accessory I wanted to mention was the Paperclip Chain bracelet from Gingiberi. This paper clip style is really trending at the moment and I think it’s all the little accessories that you add to a classic style outfit that keeps the look updated. You can get 35% off at Gingiberi. The quality of the jewellery is good but not as expensive as some of the bigger well-known brands

I’m super happy with all the new items here. I always love to share a bargain with you too! I look forward to styling them in different ways. The bonus is that you can grab these items at cut price at the moment! Which is your favourite piece?

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  1. May 16, 2022 / 9:02 pm

    I did like the addition of blue to your neutral hues Laurie. The blouse is so pretty and in these colours will be a versatile piece for spring and summer. I did my clothes change over last weekend – much easier since I cleared out 35 boxes of clothes. Dejunking has been quite liberating and also made some room for a new addition or two x

  2. April 17, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    Blue and tan is such a pretty color combo for spring! Love this chic look on you!


  3. Jodie Filogomo
    April 2, 2022 / 4:59 pm

    The sun really does make a difference with our mood, doesn’t it, Laurie?
    I just love this blouse and it will look fabulous with so many other things too!!

  4. March 31, 2022 / 9:45 pm

    I’;m back in the winter gear this week, can’t stand the changes in the weather overnight, not something I’ve been used to. Some lovely jewellery on the link, really pretty pieces

    Thanks for joining in with #pocolo hope to see you back soon

  5. March 24, 2022 / 6:15 am

    The blouse, skirt, jacket, everything looks amazing! Love this whole look!

  6. March 21, 2022 / 4:01 pm

    So smart and pretty ! I love the floral and the colors and it all harmoniously blends! The jacket looks fab with the boots and bag! Is that any relation to Rebecca MInkoff, as I love her bags .
    You look lovely and ready for Spring!
    jess xx

  7. March 18, 2022 / 10:46 am

    Gorgeous outfit, Laurie! I love how you pulled all the colours together. My favourite item has got to be the skirt, which almost resembles culottes! The bag is fabulous too.
    It’s kind of weird reading your blog now….now that we’ve actually met in real life! I love it! I’m already looking forward to us doing it again some time…maybe if you come over to Portugal, we can go on our shopping spree then lol!
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 11:19 am

      Very much looking forward to a shopping spree in Portugal! xx

  8. March 18, 2022 / 1:37 am

    This whole outfit looks perfectly pulled-together. I really like how the skirt and blouse share the same shade of blue. Then, the neutral jacket, purse, and boots blend in perfectly. It really all looks quite nice.
    I can’t remember the last time I bought a new skirt. You’ve inspired me to start looking for one.

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 11:28 am

      Hi Carol. Thank you. It’s a comfortable skirt to wear this one. Trousers are such an easy option, aren’t they! I’m often guilty of wearing too many trousers for simplicity. I’ve worn a lot of dresses this past couple of months though and really enjoyed that xx

  9. March 17, 2022 / 7:35 pm

    Gorgeous outfit!
    I love the combination of blue and tan together!


    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:06 pm

      Hi Rosemary. Thank you! Thanks for taking the time to comment xx

  10. March 17, 2022 / 4:13 pm

    Gorgeous spring outfit! I love the combination of pale blue and tan. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Emma. xx

  11. March 16, 2022 / 12:09 pm

    I love that jacket, going to have to take a look on the website for that!
    I’m sharing Cotton Traders tomorrow, don’t they have some quality pieces!
    The skirt is a bit different for the normal and I quite like that – it’s casual but very chic too.
    Jacqui x

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:11 pm

      Yes. Love Cotton Traders! xx

  12. March 16, 2022 / 4:31 am

    The colours of this outfit is not what we usually see but they look lovely on you Laurie. Love the blue fresh colour of the skirt and the blouse is exceptionally pretty. Great choice

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks Anna. It’s good to try something different every now and then. I really like how the look turned out xx

  13. March 15, 2022 / 6:56 pm

    I would wear this whole outfit in a heartbeat, Laurie! What a gorgeous colour combo! xxx

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks Ann. I’m really pleased with it xx

  14. March 15, 2022 / 4:11 pm

    Those shades of brown and blue looks so pretty together. Yes to blue and sunny skies: it definitely makes a difference in my attitude and I love being outdoors on those days. I plan to add a few floral tops to my closet next month and shades of blue like this would be nice.

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:20 pm

      Oh. Doesn’t it just Mirreille. The sun is shining here today. Total mood lifter xx

  15. March 15, 2022 / 1:15 pm

    I am a fan of this color combination and the hole look is giving me a 70s vibe which I love a lot! The blouse is very nice and the earrings fit very well to this look!

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:20 pm

      My thoughts too Nancy. I’m so pleased with it all xx

  16. March 15, 2022 / 10:17 am

    Blue and tan are a wonderful new combination on you Laurie! And one that I’ve never tried myself to be honest either. I love the pretty shirred blouse underneath and can see that you’ll get lots of wear out of it. The jacket and bag are totally you my dear and I know I’ll be seeing lots more of them in the future. Lovely to catch up with you again.

    Take care,
    Anna xxx

    • laurie
      March 18, 2022 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Anna. Lovely to hear from you! Thank you darling xx