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If Only: Outfit of the Day 46#

I’m a few years behind everyone else, I know, but today I came across the ‘No More Page Three‘ campaign. For those of you who are unaware, Page Three is a controversial daily feature in The Sun newspaper, each day printing a photograph of a topless glamour model across the entire page. It’s something that I have never understood, especially in this day and age. Surely we should have moved forwards by now? Though I think such a campaign should be weary not to inadvertently rouse the pro-page3 squad into action to save their beloved daily… well, it’s basically soft porn, really, isn’t it? Let’s face it, there is no other reason to pose topless shots in a newspaper than for men to gawp at and teenage boys to… hide in their bed sheets. They are not artistically shot, and so cannot be described as art, naked models means that they cannot be classed as fashion, there is not cultural positive to them… I see no place for them within any newspaper.

I’m getting carried away… my point is, what better way to wear a campaign t-shirt than with a leather skirt and chunky shoes? Yes, that was my point, honest.

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1. Zero+MariaCornejo Nebi Leather Skirt. £1,285. Available here.

2. No More Page Three T-Shirt. £15. Available here.

3. Topshop Graphic Print Faux Fur Trim Cardigan. £60. Available here.

4. River Island Black Peep Toe Sling Back Platforms. £60 £35. Available here.

5. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Leather Shoulder Bag. £385. Available here.

6. Valentino Printed Silk-Chiffon Scarf. £305. Available here.

7. Finds Ela Sone Liad Gold-Plated Amethyst Cuff. £65. Available here.

8. Rosantica Gold-Dipped Agate Bracelet. £60. Available here.

9. Aurélie Bidermann Rosebud Gold-Plated Ring. £175. Available here.

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London Fashion Week: Day 1#

 Day one of London fashion week.. is it me, or were there a substantial number of raincoats and PVC ponchos featuring on the runway today? Clearly everyone is, as ever, oh so optimistic as to the weather forecast for dear old England… nothing ever changes. Who says that fashion has no regards for practicality, huh?

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New York Fashion Week: Day 7#

It’s the final day of NY fashion week! Tomorrow, the big-eyed gaze of the fashion-mad population will turn their attention to London, but as for NYC.. things definitely ended on a high! Though I have to end on a weirdly geeky note.. as much as I love Marc Jacobs’ new collection, there is just something about his designs that reminds me of this… I blame the recent London publicity stunts regarding the new series last month.

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Calvin Klein Collection

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New York Fashion Week: Day 6#

I have to admit… today’s shows left me feeling a bit cold. I think disappointed is probably the more accurate word, to be fair, but let’s go with cold. The lines that struck me as beautiful and just to my tastes, equally gave me a horrible sense of deja vu, a certainty that I have seen it all before, and that’s always disappointing during fashion week… still, we did see some beautiful creations, all the same.

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Erin Featherstone

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New York Fashion Week: Day 5#

This has to have been, for me, one of the most eagerly awaited days of fashion week so far. Jenny Packham, Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, Rodarte, and of course, the glorious Oscar de la Renta… some of my absolute favourite lines (yes, I do say that a lot during fashion week, but can you blame me with so much talent before us season after season??), and they did not disappoint! I’ve seen a lot of 70s influences, colour blocking and I’m especially loving the origami-style details; folds, pleats and ‘what have the done to that fabric to get it to stay like that?’ creations… now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a wardrobe to redesign.

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Pamella Roland

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Naeem Khan

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Vera Wang

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Badgley Mischka

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Tory Burch

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Trend of the Season: Ponchos, Capes, and Really, Really Big Coats

While there are many great trends for us all to focus on during the frosty winds and rain of AW14, none have got me quite as excited as the oversized outerwear trend. Be it ponchos, capes, or coats, I swear each winter the size of our outerwear is swelling, and this year, it’s definitely a case of the bigger the better. That doesn’t, however, make puffy marshmallow coats ok. Ever. Even if some brands, such as Wood Wood and Stine Goya try to convince us otherwise. It is on the list of regrettable fashion choices, and so do not give in to it just because it may be a fad trend. Stick to capes. Capes are cool.

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However, as much as I’m sure most of us would love to be able to buy one of Burberry’s already iconic blanket ponchos (especially if we could have a monogrammed one.. please?), sadly, very few of us can afford to splash out the needed £900. Therefore, I have been scouring the internet for the best bargain buys, so that even if, like me, you can’t afford Burberry, you can still feel amazing in a big coat… because nothing feels quite as good during cold winter days as a really, really big coat. Best of all, I’ve stuck to a budget of £100, to show that anyone can look amazing in a statement coat this winter.

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Topshop: Checked Cape. £32.

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River Island: Camel Colour Block Waterfall Jacket. £70.

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River Island: Dark Brown Faux Fur Lined Waterfall Jacket. £85.

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ASOS: Cocoon Coat in Pink. £85.

Also available in camel.

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ASOS: Coat with Faux Fur Collar. £80.

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Beyond Retro: Vintage Wool Coat with Fur Lining. £54.

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ASOS: Cape in Black, Camel or Cream. £25.

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Free People: Sunset Hooded Ruana. £58.

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New Look: Cream Chevron Tassel Hem Blanket Wrap. £24.99.

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New Look: Green Check Faux Fur Coat. £64.99.

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H&M: Coat in a Wool Blend. £79.99.

Remember last year when we were all being told to choose a pastel coloured coat for AW13? Well, apparently that trend hasn’t died entirely, seeping through into H&M’s AW14 collection. While I haven’t been a pink coat fan since a rather disastrous pink puffer jacket fiasco of mine – yes, my earlier advice is based on personal experience – ten years ago, this one is a winner for me, and I think it looks to be worth so much more than £80… probably not the coat to choose if you have a ‘one-coat-for-every-look’ mindset.. pink is rather picky, after all.

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By Zoe: Cape with Fur-Lined Hood. £87.40.

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Very: Savoir Longline Shearling Coat. £89.

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Very: Rochelle Humes Fur Collar Wrap Coat. £99.

This one just manages to scrape into our £100 budget, sparing you a precious pound for your savings. It is a beautiful coat, from Rochelle Humes’ Very Collection, and once again harks back to last winter’s pastel coat trend. Oh, I want it so badly.

Also, while I know, this post has become a bit more of an ode-to-ASOS than I intended, for those of you looking for a great bargain (aka, all of us), you have to see this… ASOS is currently selling a range of beautiful Helene Berman capes for £98, reduced from £170, available in a range of colours. You’re welcome.

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Tips of the Trend:

1. Silhouette should no be abandoned entirely. While this is a trend that revolves around baggy, oversized garments, give a moment to think about your silhouette. You want to find a coat that still nips in slightly at the waist. A fur lapel will help to create a natural hourglass figure. A defined silhouette also prevents the oversized look from becoming frumpy-hobo. It’s simply more flattering.

2. The same rule applies to what you are wearing underneath. For example, when wearing a blanket cape, your outfit will be visible, and so don’t swamp your figure in a shapeless, oversized shift dress, unless you’re deliberately going for the maternity chic look…

3. It’s all about the details. Toy with chunky waist belts over a blanket cardigan, pin a fur lapel to your coat, sew (with tiny tacking stitches) a statement necklace to the plain neckline of your poncho to really give your outerwear the same wow-factor as the rest of your outfit. Just because you’ll be taking it off the second you arrive at your destination, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t look amazing. You never know who you’ll bump into in the street, after all.

4. If you are going to break the silhouette rule, show of your skinny pins with a great pair of heels, and avoid wearing anything that sits below the knee.

5. Have fun. Experiment with colour, patterns, fur… try things even if you’re not sure that it will suit you. That’s the great thing about shopping for outerwear – you don’t have to queue for hours like cattle to be hurried into a stuffy, generally quite dirty dressing room (unless you can afford the champagne-inclusive luxuries of design houses, of course) – every shop includes a scattering of handy mirrors around the shop floor, and so you can just try on every option right there, between the knicker aisle and the wall of hats.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 29#

Is this a going out outfit? A day wear outfit? I’m not quite sure yet, but I know that I love it, and I would happily wear it day-in, day-out… it just looks so comfy, and yet, throw on a pair of amazing heels, and it’s perfect for a night of dancing wildly… even if replacing slippers with heels does make it a bit of a contradictory statement…

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1. Toga Satin-Trimmed Crepe Jumpsuit. £340. Available here.

2. NastyGal Runs Deep Crop Top. £23.38 £6.98. Available here.

3. River Island Beige Bow Front Leopard Toe Cap Slipper Shoes. £25. Available here.

4. Diesel Likke U S Fur Shoulder Bag. £470. Available here.

5. Wallis Gold Cut Out Cuff. £12.50 £8.75. Available here.

6. Chloé Triple Stone Ring. £250. Available here.

7. ASOS Snake Chain Necklace. £15. Available here.

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