Wrap up – it’s cold outside.

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We are set for a really cold Christmas, and an even chillier new year. Temperatures have plummeted, snow is everywhere, and the best thing we could do is stay inside. But life does go on, so the best advice fashion-mommy could give right now is wrap up. The good thing is that cold weather means a chance to show off your fabulous winter wonderland coats, scarves, hats and gloves, and prove that you can be warm and stylish, all at the same time.

Celebrities are notorious for braving the winter weather without putting a coat on, but this year may prove to be the one where even the skin revealing stars have actually put a coat on. Mylene Klass used a pretty retro style fake fur stole to cover up her dress at The Sun‘s Military awards, whilst Kylie looked snug at the Thanksgiving parade in New York, Rebecca Ferguson was super stylish at the Very Fashion Show in a 1960’s style coat, whilst Burlesque star Kristen Bell looked amazing in an Alberta Ferretta black coat at the Berlin premiere, totally upstaging tacky co-stars Cher and Christina Aguilara. Kate Middleton wore her favourite winter white coat whilst visiting Westminster Abbey in November, whilst this week another Kate, Ms Moss wore a black fur jacket to a performance of festive ballet, The Nutcracker, which she attended with bessie friend Sadie Frost. Clearly, wrapping up has never been so stylish.

I’ve trawled the web to bring you some of my favourite winter buys, that hopefully will last for the whole of the winter season, and are timeless enough to bring out year after year, when the mercury in the thermometer begins to fall.

Coats

The high street has some amazing winter coats this year, and many are now reduced, so it really is the time to bag a bargain. I love these two designs from New Look.  The red coat has a really stylish hankie hem, whilst I love the 1940’s style fur collar on the black coat.

Dorothy Perkins have a fab range of coats and capes, many with a military style theme to them. Here are two of my favourites.Wallis has an amazing diverse range, featuring vibrant colours, as well as the loveliest winter white coats, and glamorous evening fur cover ups.

Accessories

When the weather is cold, you can really go to town and pile on the accessories in order to keep warm. I love scarves and seem to buy one a week. Here are some of the best the high street has on offer.

 

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Gloves, hats, earmuffs…take your pick from these beauties..

 

White stuff

Astrid gloves – White Stuff

 

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So…whilst the weather may be cold, at least we can look stylish as we wrap up!

A Kate update.

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Yesterday saw the release of two official portraits of Prince William and his super stylish bride to be Kate Middleton. Taken by Mario Testino, the two shots show the happy couple in both formal and informal poses, and are truly beautiful shots. Testino is almost becoming the family photographer, taking birthday shots of Prince Harry, and photographs of Charles and Camilla, as well as the famous shots of Diana, Princess of Wales. The photographs are sure to increase the interest in the Princess Catherine-to-be, so what else is new on the Kate front?

The Mario Testino shots.

Well, we have a date for the wedding, and we know that Westminister Abbey is going to be the venue. At present, the designer of the much-anticipated dress has not been revealed, but Bruce Oldfield is emerging as a favourite.  Bruce is a fantastic designer, but personally,  I hope Kate opts for someone else as Bruce is a designer clearly linked in people’s minds to Princess Diana. With the sapphire ring on her finger and Testino portraits, a dress by Bruce Oldfield might be a Diana link too far.

Kate at Westminister Abbey

On the fashion front, interest in Kate’s clothing is not abating. The white coat she wore for her evening visit to Westminister Abbey was warm, smart and stylish, and I think it may be a favourite, as I have found photos of Kate wearing this that date back to 2007.

Kate on a night out in that white coat.

The Issa dress that Kate wore for the engagement announcement was an instant sell out, and the F&F £20 copy sold out within a few hours online. Now Peacocks is set to have an instant hit on its hand when it launches its own version of the Kate dress on December 20th. This pretty dress costs just £14 and I think it’s a better copy version than the Tesco dress.

The Peacocks Kate dress £14 from December 20th...on your Christmas list?

In further dress news, there has been lots of discussion about Kate’s first notorious dress. This is the (rather revolting if we’re honest…) see through strapless dress that Kate wore for a fashion show at St Andrews in 2002. The rumour is that it was this dress that first attracted Prince William’s attention to just how stunning Kate was. Now, The Daily Telegraph has reported that the lacy dress, that was designed by fashion student Charlotte Todd, could be worth £100,000! Not bad for what looks like a bit of old net curtain.

A poll in Heat magazine suggested that Kate will be the most watched person in 2011. Fashion-mommy will be following the run up to the wedding with interest and a keen eye, so keep a look out for the royal wedding style updates.

Kate Middleton – the frenzy continues…

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We are most definitely in the midst of a Kate Middleton frenzy. Since the engagement was announced a week ago, our appetite for any information about the future Princess Catherine has been unabated. And it seems that what we want to know about most of all is her wardrobe.

The fabulous blue Issa dress that she wore for the announcement was sold out within a few hours of the engagement being made public. Help was at hand though as Tesco announced a budget copy through their F&F range that would cost just £20. It was shorter than the ‘Kate’ dress, had short sleeves rather than long, and would be in stretchy cotton, but was still a pretty decent replica at a bargain price. It went on sale today. Within an hour it had completely sold out online, with the small amount of stock left in stores not set to last the week!

 

Tesco Kate dress...going...going...gone!

Jumping on the Kate bandwagon next is Net-a -porter, who have tonight announced they will begin taking pre-orders for the Issa dress in the morning. Expect a similar feeding frenzy that consumed the F&F dress by designer fashionistas.

Next…the ring. This is of course the iconic ring that once belonged to Diana, and now adorns Kate’s finger. Jewellers have seen a surge in interest in large gemstone rings in the past week and have been quick to capitalise on this. H Samuel’s are in the process of making two versions of the Kate ring, whilst QVC.com are already selling their simulated version, designed by Kenneth Jay Lane. The interest was stretched further by QVC as sketches of the planned ring were posted on a QVC blog beforehand.

 

Simulated Kate ring From QVC.

Our magazines are speculating everything, from who will design the dress, which tiara will she wear (my money is that she will NOT wear the Spencer tiara as worn by Diana, the ring is probably enough!), who will be her bridesmaids (Sister Pippa must be a dead cert on this count.) One question was cleared up today, the wedding will be a spring affair, 29th April 2010 in Westminster Abbey, and everyone will get a bank holiday. With Just 5 months to wait for the wedding, we can only expect the excitement to become even more frenzied. Kate may wear sensible shoes…but I certainly wouldn’t want to be in them in the next few months!