Collarless Faux Fur Pocket Coat from Simply Be

It is one of those strange paradoxes that when the weather starts to turn colder, we say we want to be cuddled up warm inside, and yet spend even more time in the great outdoors. This week is a case in point. So far we’ve spent time trick or treating with our kids, standing around a bonfire and watching fireworks, and tomorrow I’ll be standing on the freezing cold touchline as the temperature is set to plummet.

In the next few weeks, the Christmas market will be arriving in Birmingham, and I’ve got a trip planned to Lincoln to walk around yet another Christmas market, drinking mulled wine and trying to get warm in the freezing cold. Can you see what I’m getting at. We ought to be hibernating, or migrating like the birds, but we’re out and about and totally embracing it. And that is why we need a good coat.

Simply Be has a fantastic range of Women’s coats this season, and they asked me to choose something from their current collection to showcase my style. I love coats, but I just struggle with wearing sensible, practical, waterproof coats, even on the muddy touchlines, or watching my beloved WBA. I like a coat to be an extension of my own style, something that will look just as great with a dress as it would with skinny jeans. The Collarless Faux Fur Pocket Coat is basically, my perfect coat.

Collarless Faux Fur Pocket Coat £59 click to visit Simply Be

Collarless Faux Fur Pocket Coat £59 click to visit Simply Be

This coat really is a throw-on collarless coat, but with a difference.  Throw on designs are often seen as casual, but this has the feel of a late 1950s, early 1960s coat – you can imagine Jackie Kennedy, or Doris Day in Pillow Talk throwing it on. It has no buttons, it is an edge-to-edge design with gorgeous tonal faux fur pockets which just add to the slightly retro, luxurious feel. Fully lined, this is a mini length which does make it perfect to wear over trousers as well as a dress, and the mid grey colour is just a lovely alternative to black. I am totally in love with this coat and thought I would show you two ways I have worn it so far.

Look One

1960s style with shift dress, bare legs and Clarks Mary Jane shoes.

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Look two

Bonfire night, all wrapped up with Primark coated skinnies, Somerset by Alice Temperley Scarf and a hat.

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Tweed Coat With Faux Fur Collar £75 Click to visit Simply Be

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 Double Breasted Military Coat £69 Click to visit Simply Be


Double Breasted Military Coat £69 Click to visit Simply Be

Cropped Fur Jacket £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Cropped Fur Jacket £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Doris Day – forgotten style icon?

One of the nicest things about taking a little time to chill over the Christmas period has been the opportunity to catch up on some television. I was delighted to see that one of my favourite channels, BBC 4, was dedicating some time to look at Hollywood Goddesses, the icons that still light up our screens today. Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Clara Bow were the main focus, but I was also really excited to see a documentary about one of my favourite stars, Doris Day.

I grew up loving Doris Day. My mom had a real love of her films, from ‘By the light of the Silvery Moon’ to ‘Love me or Leave me’. I grew up loving ‘Pillow Talk’, ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘That Touch of Mink’. Doris seemed like a magical being, radiantly blonde and pretty, super talented, with an exquisite singing voice, and also a strange combination of prim and sexy. For I never understood why Day was described as a professional virgin, films like ‘Pillow Talk’ and ‘Move over Darling’ were sexy, and Doris was sexy in them.

And she was also superbly dressed, Her film wardrobes were always elegant and often spectacular (check out her showgirl costumes in ‘Love me or Leave me’, where she plays torch singer Ruth Etting), and they often featured the latest styles. Off screen, Doris could also look amazing. At the 1960 Oscar Ceremony, Doris wore a shimmering silver sheath style gown by Irene that made her one of the best dressed of the night. This style, coupled with her acting talent, comedic wit and beautiful singing voice, made Doris the World’s top female star by 1964, but by 1968 it was all over, and Doris retired, never to make another film.

If you haven’t checked out Doris Day, you really need to get some DVDs and set yourself up for the ultimate girls night in with the ultimate girl next door. Doris was a shining star who deserves to be both remembered and respected by future generations.

 

Boden’s 1960s Winter – Love!

This season, it seems like Boden is taking us on a journey to the 1960s, British style. I can’t help but look at the new collection and be transferred to the time of Marianne Faithfull, Georgy Girl, Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie.  This is the 1960s of Kitchen Sink drama’s and gritty realism, tweeds and  shift dresses, a time when Mary Quant ruled and every button was huge!

Boden has taken a raft of those classic cuts, the simple shift dress, the collared tunic designed to be worn as a sexy mini, and those patent shoes with the just high enough heel to enable you to dance the night away. They have added warm, primary bright coloured coats with upturned collars and the one wardrobe essential from the 1960s that has remained a staple for every decade since, the polo neck jumper. They have also increased the decidedly British heritage feel by using tweed from Abraham Moon & Sons in Yorkshire, in  three heritage checks and a marvelous moss colour. Overall, a collection that looks totally classic, and yet ultimately modern.

Take your sixties style  inspiration from a couple of the decades icons, Julie Christie and Jean Shrimpton.

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Jean Shrimpton

60s Coat WE355 £199.00 

British Tweed Shift WH377 (Was £139.00 ) now £118.15 

Collared Tunic WK770 (Was £89.00 ) now £75.65

Favourite Roll Neck WK763 (Was £49.00 ) now £41.65 

Iris Dress WH378 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 

Sixties Heels AR540 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 

Trapeze Jacket WE359 (Was £169.00 ) now £143.65