Coats and Jackets – This season’s hottest styles

Our top 5 coats for Autumn!

There is no denying that Autumn is finally here, Winter is just around the corner and our beautiful Indian Summer is well and truly over. There is one way to really cheer yourself up on these grey days, as well as keeping warm and snug. It’s time to buy yourself a coat to see you through the Winter months. Deep down we all want to heed our Mum’s advice of wrapping up warm and keeping healthy, but not if we have to sacrifice our style for it. Here are 5 beautiful coats that combine practicality with perfect style:

1. Black Eudon Choi Leather coat from River Island

Coats - Black Eudon

The Autumn/Winter collections were brimming with black leather, perfectly tailored and fitted to combine elegant sophistication with the rebellious nature of this coveted fabric. The wool that constitutes for the majority of the coat, teamed with the high neckline and long-length will ensure you stay warm and cosy. The sleek black colour will go with everything. The streamlined cut looks elegant and alluring, and the perfectly placed leather panels are bang on trend.

2. Burgundy Borg lined parka from Miss Selfridge

Coats - Burgundy Borg

Cocoon shaped coats were all over the runways, and though you may not want to completely go for the figure swamping style like Philip Lim and co; a scaled down version is definitely a must have this Winter. This fabulous parka from Miss Selfridge not only boasts the cocoon look, but it also features the rich shade of burgundy that is one of this season’s top colours.

3. Dark grey handkerchief coat from Dorothy Perkins

Coats - Dark Grey Handkerchief Coat

Asymmetry is a key look this season, and this fabulous coat has plenty of it! The asymmetric collar, and the uneven hemlines make this a beautifully unique coat, as well as being perfectly on trend. Grey is a lovely soft colour that suits all skin tones, and will work beautifully with the rest of your wardrobe. If you are after something unusual and unique, then this coat is a great contender. Smart enough to wear for work, yet with enough personality to wear on night’s out and over the weekend. The perfect quirky versatile coat.

4. Burgundy PU sleeve mac from Miss Selfridge

Coats - Burgundy PU Sleeve Mac

This gorgeous mac benefits from so many key trends; the gorgeous burgundy shade, the leather-effect sleeves, the cinched in belted waist. It’s an absolute must have for fashionistas. Coats can completely swamp the figure, and make us look a lot heftier than we really are. However, this delightful coat emphasises the waist and keeps the legs on view, to really show off your assets. This coat is also available in a chic shade of stone.

5. Beige classic long mac from River Island

Coats - Beige Classic Long Mac

This classic sweeping long mac, is the perfect buy as it won’t date. Long macs are ideal for striding through the Autumn leaves in, especially if teamed with this season’s coveted over-the-knee boots. The classic style and colour mean it will never look faddish, and the lightweight style means you can wear it into Spring. I always like to have a couple of coats to see me through the Winter, as I love the variety. Buying a coat such as this one for your second Winter coat is your best bet, as it will last year after year.

This season’s must have boots

So it looks like Autumn is finally here, the days of Pimms fuelled barbeques and wearing skirts sans tights are over as the nights start drawing in. Autumn has its benefits too; the glorious colours as the leaves change, cosy nights in by the fire and of course the new season’s wardrobe. Boots are always the first Autumn/Winter staple that I buy. Strappy sandals and heels don’t feel quite so glamorous in the sodden streets, and the cosy casing of a good boot is a treat for the feet. Besides, boots are so deliciously versatile; they look smart when paired with trousers, elegant when teamed with this season’s calf-length skirt and coquettish when worn with anything knee-length or above. You’ll need at least one pair to stomp through the Autumn leaves with. Here are some of my favourites from the FashionFetcher collection:

1. Roldan Over-the-knee boots by Dune

Roldan Boots

Over-the-knee boots were everywhere on the AW13 catwalks, with designers such as Celine and Phillip Lim embracing the edgy flirtatious look. The look is far from conservative and probably wouldn’t go down too well at the office, but it’s a very sexy and confident choice for a night out. Wear with floaty hemlines and diaphanous fabric to add femininity to the sharp cut. Avoid wearing them with micro skirts or hotpants, unless you’re sporting the Pretty Woman look to a costume party.

2. Award zip side biker boots

Award Boots

Ankle boots were another catwalk favourite featuring in the collections of Saint Laurent and Givenchy amongst many others. The beauty of the ankle boot is that it never looks dated, it’s a style that keeps returning and will still look current come Spring so you can really get your wear out of your ankle boots. I particularly love the colour of these boots by Award. They call it Bordeaux, and the rich wine-tinted hues add interest to this traditional style. Gem shades are very fashionable right now, and accents of deep maroon are achingly on trend. The solid heel and soft leather make these boots comfortable and stylish.

3. Amalia lace up brogues in tan from Topshop

Amalia Boots

Shoe boots are a fabulous Autumn staple, they perfectly bridge the gap between Autumn and Winter and add a quirky boyishness to any outfit. These fabulous tan boots from Topshop would look equally gorgeous under jeans, as they would teamed with cropped trousers, city shorts or a feminine frock. Bottega Venata chose tan brogues for their Aw13 campaign, though their skyscraper heels were far less practical than these ones. Fendi and Gucci also celebrated the beauty of the shoe boot in their Autumn/Winter shows, so you’ll be in good company with these beauties.

4. Geisha woven shoe boots from Topshop

Geisha Boots

These beautiful boots cover an obscene amount of current trends; monochrome, peep toe, the shoe boot and the Japanese influence. They are delightfully unique and will certainly draw attention. Peep toe shoes are a great excuse to keep your summer pedicure going and are perfect for the sunnier days before Winter really hits. This heels would look fabulous teamed with one of this season’s hottest looks; the black leather pencil skirt. The black leather pony effect pencil skirt by Boutique is a beautiful choice.

5. Betty asymmetric knee high boots from Topshop

Betty Boots

These classic knee high boots are an absolute must have; made from 100% leather, they are delightfully soft and hug the calf in a flattering manner. Ideal for wearing with skinny jeans and all lengths of skirt, the mid heel and timeless style make them very wearable and versatile.

Boot season is most definitely upon us. Enjoy picking out your boots for the season ahead!

Inspiration from the Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival is one of the hottest events in the style calendar. Just when we are thinking what looks from the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections we’re going to convert to, the world’s top actresses trot up the red carpet and show us exactly how to wear them. This year’s event proved to be no exception, with some truly stunning looks that just beg to be copied.

Michelle Dockery - Venice Film Festival

Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey caused quite a stir in her poppy red Miu Miu dress. Red has been dubbed THE colour for Autumn/Winter 2013, and Michelle proved just how glamorous it can look. The dress features a high neckline which is very current, and this demure design feature was balanced out by the thigh-skimming hemline. Michelle has legs worth flaunting, so who can blame her? The loose fitting style of the dress works beautifully will the tiny skirt length. Michelle let the colour speak for herself with fresh natural makeup, and simple black accessories. Her hair was unspeakably shiny, and finished the whole look off perfectly. Red is a gorgeously bold shade for blondes and brunettes alike. Follow Michelle’s lead by keeping your makeup and accessories understated, and avoid going overkill on the glamour. The colour alone is enough.

Virginie Ledoyen - Venice Film Festival

Another key look this season is strong columns of white, which has evolved from the Summer trend of monochrome. Virginie Ledoyen looked beautiful in a white V-necked flowing gown. Again she kept her hair and makeup natural and light. White makes a striking statement at any event, though is obviously not the best choice for a wedding! It has a classic simplicity to it. Be sure to wear appropriate underwear, as white can be very unforgiving!

Sandra Bullock - Venice Film Festival

Sandra Bullock was another who showed up in red, but her dress was a stunning structured gown by J Mendel. This type of gown exudes Hollywood glamour and looks utterly breath-taking. Paired with some beautiful Roger Vivier shoes, she looked exquisite. This type of gown is fabulous for someone who likes her legs and arms, but doesn’t want anything to draw attention to her stomach area.

Golshifteh Farahani - Venice Film Festival

Golshifteh Farahani showed up in a stunning black strapless Valentino Couture gown, that showed off her curvaceous figure. If you’re not brave enough to try red this season, then you can always follow Golshifteh’s example by adding interest to a black dress with a vibrant tangerine clutch bag and elegant gold jewellery.

Carey Mulligan - Venice Film Festival

For fans of the understated evening look Carey Mulligan pulled it off to perfection as she effortlessly straddled two key looks for AW13: navy blue and the a-line dress! She finished the look perfectly with T-bar sandals which are flattering as well as more supportive than most shoes, and they look fabulous two. For added geek-chic appeal wear some quirky tortoiseshell sunnies just like Carey.

The top 5 most wearable trends for Autumn/Winter 2013

Every season there are certain looks that are perfectly suited to the catwalk but just can’t be adapted for everyday way. On the Autumn/Winter shows there were certainly some of those, the religious iconography and rebellious look may be a bit much for the office, but certain stylistic aspects can be easily adapted for everyday wear or special occasions.

The skirt

Jill Sanders - The Skirt

New seasons always bring about new skirt lengths, and the Autumn/Winter shows were no different. The new skirt is midcalf and flared at the knee. It looks great for work wear, sophisticated evening wear or a feminine weekend look. Jil Sander was one of the pioneers for this look, Prada went a little more asymmetric with one side of the hem launching towards the floor and Stella Mccartney’s almost brushed the ankles. Shorter girls may like to leave this look up to the taller lady, as longer length skirts can dwarf you. Wear with over the knee boots or chunky platforms to be completely en vogue.

Navy Blue

Miu Miu - Navy Blue

Softer than black and much more wearable for pale skin tones, navy blue is sophisticated without being stark. The Maison Martin Margiela and Miu Miu collections exhibited exquisite examples of navy blue, as did several other fashion houses. Other colours to look out for include burgundy, black and purple accents. The monochrome look that was so popular in the Spring/Summer 2013 collections is here to stay, and head to toe white also made a dramatic appearance.

Slouchy Suits for Girls

Richard Nicoll - Slouchy Suits

Dries Van Noten, Emporio Armani and Richard Nicoll all opted for boyish trouser suits with slouchy cut trousers and relaxed jackets. This casual and androgynous look works well for work and leisure wear. Find a suit in one of this season’s hottest colours to combine trends.

Belted Jackets

Prada - Belted Jacket

The Autumn and Winter collections will always include coats, and this season was no different. Massive cocoon coats that swamp the frame and make a statement are set to be very popular, but a simple belted jacket is a more subtle and elegant way to stay on trend. Whether you take inspiration from Prada’s charcoal woolen jacket with dramatically turned up sleeves and a slender gold belt, Jonathan Saunder’s with its feminine silhouette emphasised by a thin black belt or Louis Vuitton who went more for the power dressing slant, there are so many ways to wear a belted jacket. Coats are a necessary part of living in colder climates, but opting for something with more structure and a striking silhouette is definitely the way forward.

Over the knee boots

Ralph Lauren - Over The Knee Boots

Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren and Reed Krakoff were amongst the designers who opted for over the knee boots. So the weather is unpredictable and the autumnal days haven’t set in just yet, but there is something delicious about picking your winter boots out. The over the knee boots on the runway were slouchy and casual, adding a dominating sense of femininity to any outfit. Buy your boots soon to stay ahead of the crowds and get the most wear out of them.

Fashion, beyond the clothes…

Although this goes slightly beyond our remit here at I had to share the deliciousness that is Marc Jacobs’ ‘Honey’ fragrance! If you haven’t had a whiff of this yet then please head down to Boots & have a good sniff!  It’s fresh, fruity & feminine.  Feeling confident isn’t simply about putting together a great outfit.  Finding a signature scent is vital & I urge you all to consider this one!


New M&S campaign to feature some of Britian’s leading ladies

M&S are featuring some of Britain’s most successful and influential women in their new Autumn season collection.  Photographed by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, the campaign features prominent women in numerous fields such as Dame Helen Mirren, Jasmine Whitbread (CEO of Save the Children) and Ellie Goulding.  M&S state that “these women all possess intelligence, the confidence to succeed and innate personal style. From the physical strength and dedication of athletes and dancers, the honed skills of entertainers, the imagination of creative visionaries and the tireless campaigners, these women are pioneers in their fields”.  The collection is set to launch online on 3rd September.

Top 5 hottest trends to catch before summer ends

So we’re halfway through August, and before we know it we’ll be on the hunt for the perfect autumn/winter boot and a beautifully cut coat to see us through the next season.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we’ve still got a fair few weeks of summer to enjoy.  There are a few gorgeous trends that just need to be indulged, if you haven’t got round to trying out these striking looks then you better get moving.  Here’s my favourite five key trends from Spring/Summer 2013 to inject a little heat into your wardrobe.

The Japanese Influence

Whether it was Prada’s top-to-toe geisha girl look that caught your eye, or Zara’s silk embroidered jackets.  Perhaps you’re more of a shoe lover and couldn’t get enough of Alexander McQueen, Pucci and Dolce & Gabbana wedge platforms.  Either way, there is no denying that a strong eastern influence filtered through the catwalks this summer.  The Japanese look doesn’t come round too often, and it is so beautifully refined and elegant that it pays to grab it when you can.  Whether you go for full on theatrical drama with a belted kimono in striking fabric, or opt for a more subtle hint of the orient, it certainly is a versatile look.  I love the dramatic look that Prada opted for, such as this striking knee-length shift dress.

Key Trends - Japanese


We all know the rule about horizontal stripes making you look wider and vertical ones being slimming, which is something that catwalk models really don’t need to be worrying about, hence being draped in some daring and surprising linear patterns this season.  However, stripes can look amazing.  They are so fantastically dramatic and a sure fire way to make an impact.  If you’re not bold enough to try striped clothing, opt for stripy shoes or a hatched bag.  I personally love the summery connotations that go with stripes, make like this Dolce and Gabbana dress and think nautical or parisienne belle and inject a real taste of holidays into your wardrobe.

Key Trends - Stripes


Florals can look unspeakably feminine and girly, and that is why so many of us veer away from them.  However, there is something fresh about flowery prints that remind us that it’s summer.  As the days turn colder and the skies turn to that familiar shade of British grey, it’s the perfect time to summer it up while you still can.  Besides, floral doesn’t have to evoke images of your gran, or your favourite party dress when you were 6.  Jungle inspired tropical flowers and grown up slants on the traditional print have made florals sexy this season.  This bright floral dress by Moschino is a beautiful example of how grown up florals can be.

Key Trends - Florals


The fashion in the sixties was fun, frivolous and cheekily rebellious.  It’s a beautiful look that begs to be revisited.  Whether you choose to opt for Twiggy inspired doe-eyed makeup, beehive hair or a stunning shift dress, going sixties is a sure fire way to add a large helping of flirtatiousness to your summer look.  This sexy little dress by Moschino certainly sums up the sizzling aspects of the swinging sixties.

Key Trends - Sixties


A striking combination of black and white seemed an odd choice for spring and summer, but it was absolutely everywhere.  It’s a great look as it can be so versatile, can be worn to work, weddings, parties and days out and suits all body shapes, colourings and ages.  For those who like the simplicity of black clothing, but are too pale to pull it off, the white aspect adds a little light relief.  Monochrome is a great trend to team up with other key trends.  Wear your monochrome sixties style, or in stripes for added style points.  These dramatic pieces from the Louis Vuitton collection are achingly stylish and sum up the beauty of monochrome to perfection.

Key Trends - Monochrome

So before the new season beckons, don’t lose out on your chance to try the latest trends and keep enjoying the summer while it is still here!

Fabulous Belts for Summer 2013

Whatever your style, and whatever your shape, a great belt is a wonderful way to accessorise any outfit. A good belt nips in the waist to add curves to the skinnier girl, and highlight the contours of a more voluptuous figure. It can also add an element of decoration to an outfit, jazz up a simple style and add a hint of panache. However you look at it, a great belt can make or break an outfit. Here are five fabulous belts to transform your look.

1. Vintage Look Leather Jeans Belt – Warehouse

Belts - Vintage Look Leather Jeans Belt

This broad belt in weathered tan leather, has a distinctly vintage vibe to it. The tan colour is versatile and very wearable, and the simplicity of style means it can be worn with patterned and plain fabrics alike. Although listed as a jeans belt, it would look equally as striking if worn over a vintage-look floral dress to slim the waist and add an extra element of interest.

2. Adriana Metal Plaque Belt – Reiss

Belts - Adriana Metal Plaque Belt

This striking belt has a very dramatic feel to it, making it the perfect accompaniment to any outfit that needs an extra something. Whether you choose to wear it over a dress, coat, blouse, jumper or jeans, you can be sure that it will make an impact. Perfect for adding a hint of sophistication to daywear or a touch of the dominatrix to your evening wardrobe. The item also benefits from two current sizzling summer trends, monochrome and gold, making it a very coveted accessory.

3. Black and Gold Stud Wide Stretch Belt – New Look

Belts - Black and gold stud wide stretch belt

This dazzling belt is a sure fire way to honour the current trend for golden accessories. As well as being deliciously shimmery and precious, the width and stretchability also make it a very flattering accessory. The perfect way to cinch in the waist and your summer dresses or floaty skirts.

4. Embossed Wide Belt – Topshop

Belts - Embossed wide belt

This gorgeous leather belt is unusual in style and decoration. The dramatic width will really shape the waist and draw in the eye, and the embossed pattern make it an unusual buy. The rich chocolate brown leather will work well with all shades and patterns. A very versatile, but quirky belt to liven up any summer outfit.

5. Suede and Leather Inlaid Belt – Jaeger

Belts - Suede and leather inlaid belt

A beautifully fashioned broad belt in suede and leather, featuring glistening golden hardware. This accessory is available in a simple black, but it is the rich cherry shade of red that really caught my eye. Such a flattering style, combined with a stunning colour is a winning combination.


Maxi Skirts for Summer 2013

Maxi skirts are the must have separate for this summer season; there is nothing more elegant than a high waisted floor length maxi skirt with a skinny belt to bring out your feminine side. You can dress a maxi skirt down with gladiator sandals or up with some cork wedges; both very flattering for any figure and easy to wear!

You will not be able to walk into any high street shop this weekend without spotting rails full of maxi skirts in all colours and patterns; from Aztec to monochrome and sheer to thigh split! Surely that suggests that you HAVE to own one?!

Jersey maxi skirts will look great with a basic tee whilst a chiffon maxi skirt will look fab with a crop top, showing your waist off without too much flesh on show. They elongate the legs and slim everything down, making it an essential all women need in their wardrobe. They are simply effortless and elegant!

For example, this Navy Jersey Belted Maxi Skirt for £25 would look perfect with some sandals and a cream lace crop top at a summer wedding:

Maxi Skirts - Navy Jersey Belted Maxi Skirt

Whilst this more casual Sara Maxi Skirt at £29, paired with wedges and a bikini top would be ideal for drinks by the beach on holiday.Maxi Skirts - Sara Maxi Skirt

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous however, look no further than the Batik Maxi Skirt at £55:

Maxi Skirts - Batik Maxi Skirt

Or this Red Graphic Animal Print Maxi Skirt at £25. There really is a maxi skirt for everyone!

Maxi Skirts - Red Graphic Animal Print Maxi Skirt

Gold accessories are the maxi skirts ideal partner, whether it is a chunky gold watch or lots of gold effect midi rings, the effect you achieve is stunning! It’s a great excuse to nip down to the shops and stock up on summer jewellery to spice up that plain jersey maxi skirt you are going to wear as a cover up on the beach.

Speaking of holidays, the maxi skirt is the ideal item to pack in your suitcase along with a few pairs of shoes and t-shirts because you will be able to dress and accessorise it so differently every night that no one would notice if you wore it every day for a week. Many people though, would envy the elongated, slim, perfect figure it helped you to achieve!

Shirts are essential this summer!

Our favourite shirts for Summer 2013!

Shirts are essential summer wear. Whether you want a crisp slim-fitting number to smarten up your work wear, opt for a slouchier style for sunny afternoons or team a cropped shirt with shorts for the beach, there is definitely a place for the shirt in any summer wardrobe. Here’s our pick of the top five must buy shirts for Summer 2013.

1. Superdry Trailer Tie Shirt

Shirts - Superdry Trailer Tie shirt

Shirts that tie at the waist, are a fabulous way to emphasise your curves. You can roll it higher or wear it with low slung shorts to expose your abs or keep it at the waistline for a more covered look. This shirt comes ion seven different summery shades and is 100% cotton meaning the fabric is soft and breathable. Plaid looks great with denim so wear it with cropped jeans or little denim shorts. A great casual shirt for the summer months.

2. Cath Kidston Bicycle Jersey Shirt

Shirts - Cath Kidston Bicycle Jersey Shirt

This sweet little shirt with its quirky print is a lovely addition to any summer wardrobe. The soft jersey fabric hangs beautifully, and the subtle tailoring makes for the perfect fit. Subtle mother of pearl buttons complete the look. Team it with a pencil skirt or tapered trousers for an elegant look, or wear with jeans for a more casual effect.

3. River Island White Ikat Print Boyfriend Shirt

Shirts - River Island White Ikat Print Boyfriend Shirt

This oversized shirt, gives the perfect slouchy summer look. 100% cotton, makes it the ideal summer fabric and the print is bang on trend with its monochrome hues. This shirt needs to be worn with tapered trousers or skinny jeans so as not to dwarf your silhouette completely. White skinny jeans and stilettos would look fabulous with this beautiful shirt.

4. River Island Black Marble Print Shirt

Shirts - River Island Black Marble Print Shirt

Strong prints are hot right now, and this striking shirt is the perfect way to wear the trend. It will certainly get you noticed. The loose fit cut and tapered sleeves make it a very flattering garment. It would look fabulous teamed with a navy denim pencil skirt or rust coloured cropped trousers. Wear with a smart black skirt for work wear and a leather mini and killer stilettos for nights out.

5. Jaeger Contrast Trim Silk Shirt

Shirts - Jaeger Contrast Trim Silk Shirt

This stunning shirt is made from delicate silk. Silk will keep you cool, as well as being beautifully soft and having such a precious finish. The shirt comes in this vivid shade of purple with severe black trim, or in a pretty shell shade of pale pink trimmed in bright coral. The loose fit style makes it very versatile, you can wear it as it is or team it with a wide belt to cinch in the waist or tuck it into high-rise trousers for a more streamlined silhouette. This shirt is great for work wear, as well as prettifying your casual wardrobe.