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PVC and DMCs


It goes something like this. Plastic water bottles and takeaway coffee lids bad; patent, pvc and plastic-coated clothes good. I’m not sure what Leo would have to say about my latest obsession with anything that resembles (in texture and colour at least) a madam’s kinky closet, but I can’t get enough.

I’ve already tried to take the fear factor out of the tighty-shiny skirt  and bought a pair of PVC trousers that would once have only been acceptable for Halloween, and now it’s the turn of the trench. Thanks to Alexa Chung’s new Archive collection for M&S, I now have yet another piece of plastic goodness which weirdly, I think might just be easiest piece so far to work into your wardrobe. For me, the way to balance out all the potential S&M references is by keeping everything else oversized and distinctly cosy with chunky jumpers, baggy jeans and suede accessories. As soon as I saw this trench from the Alexa collection I knew I had to have and went straight into store and snapped it up the day it launched (along with this dress and shirt). The first collection didn’t grab me as much but this was full of pieces that reminded me of my sister’s 80s wardrobe in a really, really good way.

As 2016 moves into its final chapter (good God roll on 2017) and the world is still reeling from what has seemed like a downward spiral since January culminating in that orange oompa loopma with bad hair, no political experience and opinions that make your stomach turn geared to take the reins of the most powerful country in the world, there’s something comforting dressing like an extra from The Matrix. Sadly, there is no red pill this time to realise the world is but an illusion… Still, onwards and upwards of course because while 2016 might have won the battle, it sure as hell hasn’t won the war. The war on hope, positivity and kindness that is.

The one great thing that seems to have come out of this year that I can see so far, is that a generation of impassioned and educated young people has emerged through the mist of dirty politics and game-changing votes, and social media has provided a soapbox and a safety net to find and speak to a community of like-minded souls. Yes, it can be eye-wateringly annoyingly to be faced with so many self-elected experts online but isn’t it great that we have so many spirited opinions out there and the freedom to express them (in a constructive, non-abusive way of course). It can feel disheartening to feel like the world and sometimes those around you, are operating from a place of fear and blame rather than love and respect. We can even catch ourselves saying and doing things we don’t necessarily want or believe because we’re just plain scared of the unknown, but ultimately hope, positivity and change are always within reach. We may well be needing a whole lot of those things next year too so let’s try and keep that in our plastic-coated back pocket for the forseeable future as life continues to prove with painful clarity that there are indeed no guarantees.

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Coat | Archive by Alexa at Marks & Spencer 
Jumper | H&M
Jeans | Levis 
Boots | Adenorah X Jonak 
Necklace | H&M
Bag | Old Joseph 


Ph. by Frances Davison 



  • Love the look . . . Simply edgy and sporty stylish beautiful! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Ah the boots are really outstanding! And yes agree, hell of a year knocking us seriously sideways. Bring on better news and a better way forward…!! xx

  • Emma Deeley

    Thank you so much for writing this post Lucy! Firstly, I have been reading your blog for a year now, and I am always so excited when I see you’ve posted something new. Your such a fashion inspiration to me (so much so, I even purchased that pvc Topshop skirt, as I love the way you styled it!) and your travel diaries are amazing. Also, thank you for understanding the younger generation! I’m currently a university student, and it makes me so upset, as I feel like current politics simply isn’t listening to us, and I’m so grateful that you think that we are such a passionate new generation! It has made my day to hear someone say that :) Thank you and lots of love, Emma xxx

  • you look absolutely stunning!! <3

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Totally agree, I often catch myself having all these good views about being careful with plastic waste consumption and what not, and then just find myself absolutely drawn to PVC coats, skirts and trousers!! Gets me every time.

    Lovely to hear you speaking out about the politics too. I totally agree, positivity will always triumph :)

    Heather x

  • Lucy, your style is just so perfect! Gorgeous photos!

    The Leach Life |

  • Eva

    Firstly I love love love this look! And secondly, I want to thank you for writing a post that engages with politics and current world issues. So many people like to keep their blog focussed solely on fashion/beauty etc and distant from the real world, and though i respect that, at the end of the day, whilst all of that is fun and games, we ultimately do still live in the real world, and we should be voicing our opinions on it! I really enjoyed reading this post!

  • Danni

    These jeans are perfection! Which Levi style are they pls?

  • Yesss love the styling x

    Millie x

  • The shiny texture creates such a cool feel! | luxury. fashion. lifestyle.


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  • This trench is so beautiful!


  • Molly

    I thought I loved the first Archive X Alexa collection more than this one, but seeing you wearing this coat has sort of changed my mind! You’re right, it’s all about how you style it. Molly x

  • Love your style!!! And these are some truly awesome photos, too!

    (“that orange oompa loopma” So funny! lol – if it wasn’t actually so sad … :()

    Adele |

  • I love this look, gonna buy the jumper next week :) The trench is insane and I might give it a go as well ;)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  • Love this look.

  • You look great Lucy! I tried this on but felt less like Alexa and more like Shirley from Eastenders so had to give it a miss, I did get the blue blouse though (not that I needed yet another one of those…) I’m still in shock over the result, although I should have learnt my lesson after Brexit. I’m just holding on to the hope that he will inevitably fuck up and be impeached or something! x

  • Dylana

    That trench is so good!