Westfield challenge: designer outfit for a designer handbag

The official challenge set by The Village at Westfield London: Choose what your dream designer handbag would be if money was no object, and what outfit you would wear with it (from the brands at The Village)

(The real challenge: picking only one handbag, and one outfit)

Inspired by the general love of Britain that is still going strong, my handbag brand of choice had to be Mulberry, and within their vast collection of total fabulousness I finally whittled them down to the Bayswater tote. The Bayswater itself is, of course, a classic, and the tote just feels that bit more wearable – still timeless and practical, with that Bayswater clasp, but a bit more fresh (and dare I say it, young).

The accompanying outfit (check it out on my Pinterest) is inspired by the heritage trend, with this statement check blanket coat from Burberry (another fab British brand), cozy chunky knit from Twenty 8 Twelve and a dash of leather in the form of a pencil skirt from Whistles. I liked the coat as modelled with the bow belt, but then found the cute silk fox belt, also from Burberry. I only wish I was chic enough to wear a belt with my coat every day. Anyway, I love the AW12 Burberry collection in general, and the shirt I picked out for underneath the knit is also theirs, featuring a cute bird motif.

Accessories-wise, tights are a must for winter, and I selected a pair from Wolford, plus chunky Jimmy Choo shoe boots and statement mannish watch from Tiffany. A spritz of Jo Malone Wild Bluebell, and my Winter English Rose look is complete. Totally wearable and work friendly too, and celebrating Britishness (in the main).

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