Tag Archive: Coats

Oct 10 2013

Never Underdressed: The Winter Coats Edit

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With a chill in the air it sadly feels like autumn all of a sudden, so I thought it was the right time to share some of the behind-the-scene snaps from the Never Underdressed shoot I took part in a few weeks ago to help them choose the ultimate selection of winter coats.

With hundreds to choose from it was a hard decision, plus a little dangerous for my bank balance as I now have a very long wish list of coats that I have to add to my wardrobe!!! Every trend you could imagine was represented – of course pink, lots of pink in every candy, sugary and bold shade you can think of, textures, stripes, prints, patterns, black, classic – everything was there.

Staying clear of the dark coats, mainly because we all have a black winter coat, I focused on the brights, the textured beauties and the pinks. Of course my favourite had to be one of the most expensive, I promise I didn’t mean to, but I put this oversized mustard Max Mara ‘Greta’ coat on before I even realised where it as from or its price, and at £1.300 it is a little out of my budget.

Another favourite had to be the bright pink Hobbs one I have on in the group shot, but I also love Kristabel’s H&M soft pink hue, which is a bargain at £70, and the ASOS vintage style cocoon coat that everyone has been coveting, I spoke to the press team and apparently more stock is on its way so keep checking.

I also loved Charlie May in the Sandro shearling biker, Isabelle in the AllSaints’ Klein Contrast coat and Never Underdressed’s assistant editor Kelly in her gorgeous Carven beauty. This year there are so many great coats to choose from.

The full edit of all our favourites, with us all modelling lots of coats, will be on Never Underdressed some time this week – don’t worry I won’t let you miss it I will of course share it on Twitter!!!

Have you already picked out your winter coat?

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Big thank’s to the Never Underdressed team – it was such a fun day dressing up in coats!!!

Oct 07 2013

Shopping: Winter Coats At Hobbs

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For autumn/winter 2013, it seems that everyone has delivered and there are so many amazing coats to choose from – whether you are after a chic cocoon style, an oversized beauty, a tailored classic, or after that pop of pink.

One of the brands that really impressed me with their AW13 collection had to be Hobbs and when I was checking out their winter coats for women I was literally spoilt for choice – they literally have every trend covered.

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For a modern cover-up that still makes a statement the Maisie is one of my favourites – I love the bold colour, the mid-thigh length, and most of all the double-breasted design makes for a clean silhouette that will make this coat work comfortably over a dress as well as with jeans. Love the design but not the colour, this beauty also comes in black for a timeless winter coat that you will get out each season.

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Oversized coats are one of this season’s biggest trends, but can seem like one of the scariest, go for styles that don’t necessarily look too big for you but rather ones that exaggerate the style like the Daisey. This light grey coat is super comfortable on, I have tried it on three times deciding whether it is the one for me, and I love the oversized collar, the cocoon shape as well as the contemporary finish of the colour and single button. Just remember with oversized styles to balance the proportions with streamlined pieces underneath.

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So I have covered modern, oversized and classic – but one of my favourite trends this winter has to be the pink explosion and Hobbs has the Lacey, an oversized and loose-fitting style that keeps it feminine with the vibrant Orchid hue and dropped shoulders. With ankle grazing jeans, a white shirt and black pointy heels this coat will not only look incredible but keep you warm.

So which Hobbs coat is your favourite? I think the Lacey is getting my vote – but the Persephone is a close second.

[Blog post in collaboration with Hobbs]

Aug 23 2013

Shopping: Hobbs’ Impressive Autumn/Winter Collection

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One of the brands that surprised me during the autumn/winter 2013 press days had to be Hobbs, I’ve heard such good things from the retailer from my friends, but I have to be honest I don’t regularly shop there.

For AW13 the offering is really strong and directional – with incredible bold tailored coordinated pieces, gorgeous oversized, mannish coats, and super flattering full skirts and items with delicate detailing on such as cut-work lace and scalloped edged collars.

There is an elegance about the new collection, that you would expect from Hobbs, but also a more fashion-forward feel – it really has stepped up for autumn/winter to rival Jaeger for contemporary womenswear with an edge.

One of the highlights of the collection for me has to be the gorgeous ‘Persephone’ tapestry-inspired silk printed matching pieces, the green print really made an impact at the preview, and the model look incredible wearing the trousers, shirt, coat and bag together. For everyday life maybe this look is a tad too bold, but I think the trousers and coat could totally work together with a more neutral top.

There were a lot of other pieces that stood out from the oversized mannish windowpane checked coat to the dress worn over a shirt and trousers, and the gorgeous feminine details of the Hobbs N.W.3 collection.

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But what really caught my eye was the strength of its accessories collection, especially its Italian-made footwear from cute brogues from the traditional to the heeled to the boot variety, leopard-print ankle boots and wear all-day long stacked court shoes. This really is a great place to look for new classic shoes this season.

Are you a fan of Hobbs? Let me know in the comments below what you think of the autumn/winter 2013 collection.

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The collection has already started to drop online and in store – to help you get started on your autumn wardrobe I have picked out some of my favourite pieces below:

Jan 01 2012

Winter Warmers: Great Coats At January Sale Prices

I always find getting my winter coat one of the most stressful shopping experiences, that is after finding the most perfect pair of jeans – but I have tracked down some beauties in the January sales. From the classic duffle coat, which is my new favourite – I quite like the Paddington Bear look, to another classic the Pea Coat that was seen on the runways at Stella McCartney and YSL. I have also added in some bright coats to brighten up any winter morning, as well as some chic two-tone coats perfect for office.

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If you are after a classic, while still being a little quirky you can’t go too wrong with a duffle coat – these are my top three duffles:

1. Lands’ End, Wool Duffle, £110 down from £180, Landsend.co.uk

2. Uniqlo, Wool Duffle, £39.90 down from £89, Uniqlo.com

3. Vicky Smith, Women’s Winter Duffle Coat, £39.99 down from £59.99, Amazon.co.uk

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Everyone needs to have a colourful coat in their wardrobe. How about this gorgeous blue maxi from Reiss or the cute 60s dolly coat from Oasis – there is so much choice this season.

1. Oasis, 60s Dolly Coat, £35 was £45, Oasis-Stores.com – I just adore this pastel colour, the swing silhouette and that adorable Princess collar and large buttons.

2. Reiss, Belted Raglan Sleeve Sapphire Coat, £195 was £345, Reissonline.com

3. Wallis, Pink 1923 Fur Trim Mohair Coat, £75 was £150, Wallis.co.uk – brighten up your winter days with this gorgeous coat that has been spotted on Daybreak presenter Kate Garraway.

4. Warehouse, Mustard coat, £35 was £45, Warehouse.co.uk

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For a shorter coat style the Pea Coat is a perfect solution. I have selected some varying styles from faux fur collars to a boxy shape – as well as something a little colourful. All will look perfect dressed down with jeans – my favourite has to be the Tartan print from ASOS.

1. ASOS, Tartan Pea Coat With Faux Fur Collar, £34 down from £85, ASOS.com

2. Dorothy Perkins, Red Short Pea Coat, £35 down from £45, DorothyPerkins.com

3. Dorothy Perkins, Fur Collar Boxy Pea Coat, £40 down from £59, DorothyPerkins.com

4. New Look, Collarless Pea Coat, £18 down from £44.99, NewLook.com

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Two-tone and monochrome coats seem to be around every year but the two I have chosen will look amazing for the office or a smart function.

1. Debenhams, Principles by Ben de Lisi, Black Colour Block Coat, £89.10 was £99, Debenhams.com

2. French Connection, Colour Block Wonderland Coat, £97.50 was £195, FrenchConnection.com - you can’t go wrong with a military coat mixed in with a retro two-tone vibe.

Happy shopping!!!

Sep 12 2011

Shopping: Statement Coats From Long Tall Sally

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Last week I raved about how much Long Tall Sally had changed, and excited I was at actually finding a winter coat that fitted my long arms. Well now here are the beauties I was talking about from their amazing autumn/winter 2011 collection, and there is something for every occasion.

Weekend Wonders

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First up are the weekend staples, starting with the denim jacket, this one is perfect as it also has an adorable faux shearling collar. As well as the cut being flattering, it is also great for all-year-round wearing as the shearling collar can be removed as well as the button-out thermal fleece. I do love casual and cosy and this beauty is available now for £70.

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With weather like ours you need a waxed jacket in your wardrobe, and this casual weekend jacket complete with a textured cord collar and checked lining is the perfect accompaniment to a winter walk. One of the other fashion bloggers snapped this beauty on the day, and I am not surprised at it was only £80.

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My favourite of the weekend coats has to be this very on-trend hooded parka, I am completely in love with this utility style parka for £120. As with the denim jacket, this parka has a detachable fleece layer, which means it will see you through from winter to next year’s festival season. I tried this coat on and it was so cosy and I love the toggle fasteners.

Vintage Charm

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A key investment every winter is a great coat, and I think if you are after something modern with a vintage twist then this 50′s Fur Trimmed Coat, £150, is for you. Made from a soft flecked tweed I love the addition of the soft faux fur trim on the collar and cuffs, this coat will brighten up any cold morning. The coat has a great silhouette with its softly tailored design fitted to the waist and then flares into a pleated skirt, and comes with a detachable belt.

Maxi Coat

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For a tall lady the maxi coat trend can be quite scary, well this gorgeous belted camel maxi for £150, oozes glamour and elegance. What I love about this coat has to be the oversize lapel and I think everyone needs a camel classic in their wardrobe.

Perfect For The Office

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For the office, and generally your every day coat you just want something classic that will work with everything. I think this Tweed Double Breasted Coat, £125, is perfect with its a-line style. It also makes a change from just a boring black one with the white fleck. This jacket is also one of Lisa Butcher’s top picks.

The Much Needed Leather Jacket

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If you talk about coats that every woman needs in their wardrobe I think you would state a trench coat as well as a good quality leather jacket. I have been looking for too long now for the perfect leather jacket, I always find it hard to get them long enough for my body and arms as well as the leather feeling like it is going to last as they can be quite pricey. I think I may be in luck after trying on this beauty from Long Tall Sally, the biker-inspired jacket is £175, and is perfect in every way.

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Not the best shot of me in the jacket, but one thing for sure is I am not going to have any problems with the sleeve length, and I can’t wait to wear for LFW.

I don’t know why I didn’t buy there and then, but no fear the lovely staff are holding one for me so I pick up my new leather jacket tomorrow!!

 

 

 

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