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
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!
There is something quite serene about shopping in a Zara home store. Is it the beautiful smell of diffusers and candles that greet you as you walk in the door? Or perhaps it is because everything is neatly grouped together by colour tones which definitely helps to make my inner OCD happy. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it is addictive and it pulls me in every time!
I had a stroll around London’s Regent street this week in the sunshine and was drawn into the Zara homewear store. I was inspired and just had to let you all know about the new items that are now available. I really like this particular store as it has the most gorgeous marble and gold central spiral staircase which spans over 3 floors.
The bed linen is one of my favourite things in Zara home and in the entrance way was a beautifully made bed with a pretty spring floral print in dusky pink and lilacs. I must admit that Zara bed linen is slightly more expensive compared to other stores on the high street, but they do have a higher thread count which is a sign of a better quality material.
Sometimes I feel that it’s better to spend slightly more on items that you know you will get a lot of use out of over time and new smart fresh bedding is an instant mood lifter. Zara do have great mid season sales though and you can often grab a real bargain on bedding when it has been reduced.
Top of my wish list was a duvet cover with matching pillow case set which is in a Versace inspired mosaic print. The print is a light gold thread and looks really classy. I also seem to have a thing at the moment for palm or leaf print designs and I came across the perfect set for a pretty spring bedroom look.
There was a new range of diffusers which I really liked. I have a slight obsession with these and love to have them around my home. Not only do they look smart displayed as an accessory, but they add a nice scent to a room and are particularly great for hallways.
Zara accessories are super affordable and they always have a great selection of different styles and colours. If you are looking for a photo frame or little decorative item you will definitely find something that suits your own home style. A good tip is to keep your rooms and furniture a neutral colour and then use colourful accessories to lift the room. This way, you can change your accessories during the year to give your rooms a new look. Fresh, bright colours are perfect for the summer months and rich jewel tones look great over the Autumn/Winter months.
Here are links to the Zara home website for a few of my favourite picks:
Have you bought anything from Zara home before? Let me know your thoughts if you have and thanks for reading! xx