The Coat Edit

For sun worshipers, it is the time of year that we truly dread, the real coming of Autumn with the promise of Winter on the way. September has been a pretty lovely month, with plenty of Indian Summer moments to enjoy, but we can’t deny that the mornings now have that chilly feel, and the evenings are getting closer to the time when the dreaded central heating comes on…and stays on until at least March. In addition, the mornings are darker, the nights are drawing in, and it all leads to one, inescapable conclusion – we need to start talking about coats.

One of the best things about Winter is the gorgeous range of coats that are available. Whether you be a person who gets a new coat every year, or a person who buys quality that is made to last, there are coats that suit all price points, all tastes and all sizes. As we ease into Winter, there are plenty of jackets that can provide that initial cover up, with retro, pink lady style bomber jackets being very popular this season. Trenchcoat styles are ever popular, these are iconic and will literally be in your wardrobe forever and are well worth an investment.

Then there are the true warm styles, the coats that cry out for crisp winter mornings and cold days. The ones you want to team with hats and scarfs for your best Winter looks. The coats you will wear on Christmas morning as you deliver presents to the family. I’m not a fan of Winter in all it’s glory, but I do love a good Winter coat, and there are just so many available on the High Street, and online, this season. It would almost be a crime not to choose at least one – your wardrobe (and you of course) so deserves that treat.

Here are my key picks for a Winter treat

Rust Fur Collar Coat Price: £65.00 Click to visit Wallis

Rust Fur Collar Coat Price: £65.00 Click to visit Wallis

Grey Longline Coat Was £85.00 Now £68.00Click to visit Wallis

Grey Longline Coat Was £85.00 Now £68.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Drape Duster Coat Was £50.00 Now £40.00Click to visit Wallis

Black Drape Duster Coat Was £50.00 Now £40.00 Click to visit Wallis

Neutral Fur Collar Jacket £55.00 Click to visit Evans

Neutral Fur Collar Jacket £55.00 Click to visit Evans

Red Patterned Bomber Jacket £45.00 Click to visit Evans

Red Patterned Bomber Jacket £45.00 Click to visit Evans

Camel Coat £25 Click to visit Asda George

Camel Coat £25 Click to visit Asda George

Check Coat £25 Click to visit Asda George

Check Coat £25 Click to visit Asda George

Faux Suede Bomber Jacket £28 Click to visit Asda George

Faux Suede Bomber Jacket £28 Click to visit Asda George

Pockets Lapel Collar Long Coat £31.73 Click to visit Zaful

Pockets Lapel Collar Long Coat £31.73 Click to visit Zaful

Lapel Collar Zippers Faux Leather Jacket (SALE) £26.17 Click to visit Zaful

Lapel Collar Zippers Faux Leather Jacket (SALE) £26.17 Click to visit Zaful

Embroidered Baseball Jacket (SALE) £19.83 Click to visit Zaful

Embroidered Baseball Jacket(SALE) £19.83 Click to visit Zaful

 

Long Sleeve Solid Color Trench Coat (SALE) £11.89 Click to visit Zaful

Long Sleeve Solid Color Trench Coat (SALE) £11.89 Click to visit Zaful

 Tabatha Trench Coat £125.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Tabatha Trench Coat £125.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Bruna Belted Coat £199 Click to visit Phase Eight

Bruna Belted Coat £199 Click to visit Phase Eight

 

Friday Fashion – Work Wear Updates.

You’ve enjoyed that Summer holiday, but now it is nose back to the grindstone time, so what better time to update your work wear wardrobe. The days of having to turn up for work in a masculine suit have long since past, and, today you can look stylish, sophisticated and work smart in a range of pieces, from Diane Von Furstenbury dresses to culottes and tailored silk blouses.

Wallis New Work Wear pieces

Wallis has always been a good place to look for sharp tailoring and pieces that can take from the office to bar with ease.  This season, they are leading the way when it comes to shirts and blouses, with bright orange and olive green shades adding interest to the neat cuts and shapes.

Khaki Long Sleeved Shirt Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Khaki Long Sleeved Shirt Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Orange Split Front Shirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Wallis

Orange Split Front Shirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blush Stripe Shirt Was £35.00 Now £28.00Click to visit Wallis

Blush Stripe Shirt Was £35.00 Now £28.00 Click to visit Wallis

A dress is a great option for work, add a tailored blazer and a low heeled shoe and it can take you through nearly every work occasion. This monochrome dress is a Diane Von Furstenberg dupe, a classic shape and design.

Monochrome 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Monochrome 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

An alternative to a smart dress is a tailored culotte suit or jumpsuit. The classic print for workwear pieces is a pinstripe, and this version is gorgeous – you could easily layer this over knee high boots and a polo neck once Winter really sets in.

Black Pinstripe Jumpsuit Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Pinstripe Jumpsuit Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

A few more pieces to consider:-

A grey blazer could be a good alternative to black…

Grey Zip Midi Blazer Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Grey Zip Midi Blazer Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

A floral blouse looks great with black cigarette pants.

Berry Floral Woven Wrap Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Berry Floral Woven Wrap Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Shoes from Jones Bootmaker

A quick and easy way to update your workwear wardrobe is through a new pair of shoes. Jones Bootmaker has some great designs in ladies shoes that have lower heels for comfort, especially if you are going to be standing in them for any length of time.

Jones Bootmaker Cassie Court Shoes Mary Janes High Heels £79 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Cassie Court Shoes Mary Janes High Heels £79 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Beety Court Shoes Slingbacks £69 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Beety Court Shoes Slingbacks £69 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Casey Court Shoes High Heels £44 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Casey Court Shoes High Heels £44 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

 

 

Flower Power from Wallis

This post is inspired by the beautiful weather we are having at the moment…and Helen McCrory. Bright, sunshine weather always makes me turn to the pretty floral pieces I have in my wardrobe, it just seems so apt to be wearing something floaty and pretty when the days are fine and warm. Thus my first influence is quite easily explained.

The second is the fabulous actress Helen McCrory. I honestly can’t think of an actress who does florals on the red carpet quite as wonderfully as Helen. Last night she rocked up at the Television BAFTA’s in a stunning orange, floral print dress that was both classic in terms of style, and fashionable in terms of the tropical print (see Friday’s fashion post where I looked at botanical prints here).

This is not the first time Helen has opted for florals on the red carpet, last time she did it I swooned that her dress also had pockets too. It seems that the lady playing Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders is totally inspiration when it comes to wearing ‘all things bright and beautiful’ style prints, a look that is very easy to adopt at the moment.

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Wallis are having a bit of a floral fashion moment, with everything from glamorous maxi dresses to practical trousers festooned with blooms. There are some beautiful dresses that would take you to a wedding or a day at the races, blazers that could work as unusual work wear, and pretty tops that just need a pair of jeans to rule the weekend.

What do you think of florals – a yes or no?

Floral Stretch Jersey Maxi Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Stretch Jersey Maxi Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Floral Printed Strapless Dress Price: £60.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Floral Printed Strapless Dress Price: £60.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Cold Shoulder Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Cold Shoulder Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Navy Floral Printed Trouser Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Navy Floral Printed Trouser Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Printed Jacket Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Printed Jacket Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Oriental Floral Printed Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Oriental Floral Printed Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Coral Floral Printed Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Wallis

Coral Floral Printed Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Drape Floral Print Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Drape Floral Print Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Multi Floral Pleat Back Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Multi Floral Pleat Back Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Light Blue Floral Sheer Dress Price: £48.00 Click to visit Wallis

Light Blue Floral Sheer Dress
Price: £48.00 Click to visit Wallis