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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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If Only: Outfit of the Day 44#

 As the weather becomes increasingly erratic, I find myself really getting into the flow of layering my outfits, both in these stylised outfits and my day-to-day outfits. While the pinning of sagging sleeves would prove a pest after a while, I am sure, I am really into layering silk kimonos beneath warmer knitwear, blazers and outerwear. It’s just so comfy.

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1. River Island Mono Print Kimono. £40. Available here.

2. Acne Studios Blazer. £490. Available here.

3. I.D. Sarrieri La Belle Chantilly Lace Bodysuit. £675. Available here.

4. Stella McCartney Costanza Crepe Wide-Leg Pants. £495. Available here.

5. Chloé Lauren Suede Ballet Pumps. £340. Available here.

6. Topshop Mini Tara Holdall. £38. Available here.

7. ASOS Volcano Cut Stone Necklace. £15. Available here.

8. ASOS Rock ‘n’ Rose Cuff. £24. Available here.

9. Topshop Opulent Floral iPhone 5. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 41#

 More back-to-school influences, I think… I swear, it’s not intentional. As for the bright yellow lingerie… I love a pop of colour! Too much? No, I don’t think so, but feel free to disagree. After all, it’s only an outfit of my imagination, anyway.

20-sep

1. Topshop Textured Hybrid Skort. £36. Available here.

2. A.P.C Atelier de Production et de Création Mike Plaid Shirt. £140. Available here.

3. Stella McCartney Gwyneth Lace Bra. £45. Available here.

4. Stella McCartney Gwyneth Lace-and-Tulle Briefs. £25. Available here.

5. Jimmy Choo Gesso Embroidered Velvet Point-Toe Flats. £350. Available here.

6. Alexander Wang Prisma Textured-Leather Backpack. £830. Available here.

7. Arme de L’Amour Gold-Plated Ear Cuff. £75. Available here.

8. Finds + URiBE Gold-Plated Cuff. £550. Available here.

9. River Island Black Wide Waist Belt. £20. Available here.

10. River Island Black Plaited Metal Trim Necklace. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 38#

Recently a friend told me that I have a very ’70s vibe’ going on with my look lately… honestly, it surprised me, but looking now at today’s styled look (as while I can’t afford this crazy, wear-it-once wardrobe of my imagination), I can see what she means. The chunky heels, the socks, the colour palette… yes, I see it now.

17-sep

1. Zara Double Layer Top in Black. £25.99. Available here.

2. River Island Black High Waisted Peplum Shorts. £28. Available here.

3. River Island Black Lace Up Chunky Heels. £35 £20. Available here.

4. Topshop Tara Colour-Block Holdall. £45. Available here.

5. ASOS Metallic Contrast Over-the-Knee Socks. £15 £4.50. Available here.

6. Zara Contrast Check Scarf. £25.99. Available here.

7. Zara Rhinestone Necklace. £19.99. Available here.

8. Ottoman Hands Ruby in the Rough Gold-Plated Ring. £44 £33. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 36#

Just how pretty is this dress? I’m a sucker for big, girly skirts and waterfall hemlines, and so of course I was going to fall in love with this one the second I saw it… I may have to make this a real-life ootd… the dress, anyway.

15-sep

1. ASOS Skater Dress with Full Dipped Hem in Petrol. £48. Available here.

2. River Island Tan Chunky Cleated Sole T-Bar Shoes. £35 £20. Available here.

3. Topshop Saffiano Colour-Block Satchel. £30. Available here.

4. Reut Seagel Long Statement Necklace. £51.43. Available here.

5. Topshop Assorted Bangle Pack. £16.50. Available here.

6. River Island Eclectic Ring Pack. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 30#

My own take on traditional English style today, a perfect autumnal look for chilly English mornings… but not quite chilly enough to warrant tights. I have a (fairly meagre) summer tan to show off for a few more weeks yet, thank you very much. Simplicity, minimal accessories, berry tones… yes, I’m definitely happy with this one.

9-sep

1. Warehouse Green High Neck Slinky Dress. £70. Available here.

2. River Island Dark Red Check Oversized Jersey Jacket. £40. Available here.

3. Kurt Geiger Tunic8 by Nine West Boots. £125. Available here.

4. Joanie Two Tone Tote Bag. £28. Available here.

5. Topshop Opaque Green Stone Ring. £6.50. Available here.

6. Halycon Days 18ct Gold Bangle. £98. Available here.

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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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