The UK is never known for it’s amazing weather, but in the last couple of weeks it has suddenly turned absolutely freezing! So, it’s time to invest in that perfect winter coat to keep us get through the sub-zero Winter temperatures!
Here are my top tips for finding the perfect coat this season.
1. Shop around
Whether you prefer online shopping or actually buying directly from stores, it’s important to have a good look around at what’s available out there first of all. I personally prefer to try clothes on before I buy them as you never really know what you are going to get with online shopping. Plus I like to have my new items ready to wear straight away! However, there are usually a lot of online flash sales which are good to take advantage of and get yourself a bargain. A lot of stores on the high street now allow you to return items you bought online now which is also really handy. Shop around and get a feel for what you like and it will help you to make your final decision.
2. Choose a classic style
Heavily printed or bright colour coats will tend to be a ‘fast fashion’ item and you are bound to get sick if it after a short while. These are not always easy to style a full outfit with either. If you stick to a classic colour coat, you will get so much more use out of it and it will be so much easier to wear on a regular basis.
With certain items it’s better to spend slightly more money to make sure you get a better quality, and coats definitely fall under this category. You will be getting a lot of use out of a coat during the Winter and so if you work it out, the cost per wear will end up being value for money in the long run. Cheaper coats tend to not be lined and are made of a thinner material which is to be avoided. After all, the whole point of a coat is that it actually keeps you warm!
4. Pay attention to the fit
When trying on coats, it’s always a good idea to test them out with a couple of different style tops underneath to get an idea of the fit. Check that it does up easily and that you have room to easily move around. Also consider the practicality of the styles you are looking at. A longer length coat is always stylish but if you drive a lot and are in and out of a car all day, it will not be the most practical option. You also need to be able to move your arms easily. This might sound like a funny thing to mention but I have tried coats online before that fit well in the body but have had crazy sleeve lengths. This links back to my point above about investing in a better quality item to try and avoid this sort of issue.
Coat: Nasty Gal £85 – HERE
Handbag: Mango sold out, similar one £29.99 – HERE
Shoes: Jimmy Choo £550 – HERE
Winter Coat Edit – my favourites
Johnny Loves Rosie has been one of my favourite brands for a while. They always have such beautiful leather handbags and accessories so I was really excited to try out a piece from their new AW18 headwear collection.
Leopard print is such a huge trend at the moment and I am a huge animal print fan so this headband is going to be a perfect statement piece to wear this season. This is a classic band shape with a pretty bow on the side and it is really comfortable to wear. There is nothing worse than when you wear one that digs into you and gives you a blinding headache! There are a few bow headband options on the Johnny Loves Rosie website as well as pretty jewel encrusted style which will be perfect or the up coming festive season.
I have been wearing this piece with knitwear and jeans, as well as roll neck tops with leather leggings. It also looks fab with a winter teddy coat. It looks great with so many outfit combinations, I’m obsessed!
You can shop on the Johnny loves Rosie website HERE and these are a few of my top picks!
There’s something so nice about a brand new handbag. That fresh leather smell, that perfectly smooth material and that beautiful clean interior waiting to be used. The way I feel about handbags is a bit like how some people feel about buying a new car. A quality bag is an investment, something you will get a lot of use out of and something you will enjoy using all the time. I recently came across the brand Smith and Canova and I’m so pleased that I did! They are a UK based company that specialise in leather handbags and accessories for both men and women. So as you can imagine, they instantly caught my attention.
Style and quality
The Smith and Canova family have been in the leather handbag industry for over 100 years so they know a thing or two when it comes to quality. Whenever I look for a new bag I always look for a few key features and these are my top tips of things to look out for:
- Hardware – try to avoid plastic coated buckles or rivets as these will not be very long lasting and will start to cheapen the look of your handbag. Instead, look for styles that have solid metal hardware. If these are engraved with the brand name this is even better.
- Zips – similar to hardware, I always like to ensure my handbag has a good quality zip. A sturdy zip will lengthen the lifespan of your handbag.
- Logos – choose bags that have an embossed foil logo as these will not scratch off easily.
- Stitching – pay attention to the stitching. Avoid bags with loose threads or messy, unfinished stitches. One of the reasons that Hermes Birkin bags in particular are so expensive is because they are handcrafted using a single thread. The slightest snag in the thread and they re-start the production of the whole bag.
- Material – this is probably the most important factor when buying a new bag. You will always be able to tell real leather by the smell and the feel of it. I just love buttery soft leathers that get better with age.
- Dust bag – finally, it is important to protect your handbag when it’s not being used and a dust bag is for this very purpose. If your handbag comes with one of these, then you know you have a quality item.
Smith and Canova very kindly sent me the Josephine satchel from their AW18 collection to try and as soon as I saw this handbag I fell in love! You can instantly feel the craftsmanship and quality of this piece. The handbag arrived in a stunning box with an embossed rose gold logo which was lined with tissue paper. Such a sophisticated little detail that makes you instantly feel special! The bag itself was stored inside its own little dust bag which will be a great way to keep it safe and in the best possible condition.
This style has a long handle so you can wear this across your body as well as on the shoulder. The strap is adjustable too which I love as it means you can have it the perfect length just for you. The front is a flap over style which makes it so much easier to get inside quickly. This is perfect for someone like me that is always on the go and travelling around a lot. The flap over is secured by magnetic poppers and inside there are two main compartments. I have been using these for larger items such as my purse and a mini make up bag.
There are also 2 slip pockets and an inner zip compartment. I have been using these for smaller items such as my travel card and keys which I want to keep safely secured.
For a satchel this is a really nice size. It is not too large that it overshadows your outfit but it is roomy enough to hold all of your bits and bobs. This particular style is available in a pretty baby pink colour also. However, this grey version goes with so many outfits and is a lot easier to style with all of the Autumn trends that are out there at the moment. You can read about the key trends for the season in my recent blog post HERE.
Smith and Canova have some really gorgeous designs so check out their website HERE
Overall I was so impressed with the AW18 collection and the variety of styles available. I have my eye on a pretty pink backpack and a bright yellow purse to add to my collection next!
What is your favourite Smith & Canova style? Leave me a comment below!
It’s official guys, Autumn is here and I am really happy about this as it’s my favourite season especially for fashion. I always get really excited about a brand new Autumn wardrobe. Maybe this is goes back to when I was at school. I used to love all the brand new stationery and uniform that you would get at the beginning of a new school year!
Other than animal prints, which I love and blogged about recently here, below are 4 of the top Autumn trends that you can start wearing now.
Plaid, Prince of Wales Heritage or tartan, checks in all of their many forms are key for the new season.
Seen at Calvin Klein and Erdem on the catwalk as well as Versace who had a very ‘Clueless’ inspired take on this trend which I am obsessed with. This print looks so great worn as a little co-ord set or as a tailored blazer.
Tweed is a classic and always reminds me of sophisticated Chanel blazers but it is a trend that comes and goes. I am pleased it is back for this Autumn though and is a great texture to incorporate into your outfit. Marc Jacobs featured this on the catwalk with oversized tweed coats paired with leather skirts. Louis Vuitton dressed models in tweed skirts and Miu Miu showcased 80s inspired tweed coats.
Zara do some fabulous tweed pieces. Shop my favourites below:
Seen at Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace and Saint Laurent, silk scarf prints were a gorgeous feature on the Autumn catwalks. This is a trend that I absolutely love as it looks so chic, classic and expensive. Zara, as always, have taken this trend and put their own take on it so you will find some excellent pieces in there at the moment if you want to get involved with this trend for the season.
Shop my favourites Zara scarf print pieces below:
This Autumn/Winter season is all about knife pleats. Wear them with trousers as seen at Valentino. Wear them as a skirt and chunky boots or add a fluffy jumper for a Balenciaga inspired look. I am loving the pleat trend and picked up a gorgeous leopard print one from Zara here. That’s 2 trends ticked off in one. Mix and match your trends for the new season and have fun with the latest styles!
What is your favourite trend for this Autumn? Leave me a comment below!