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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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If Only: Outfit of the Day 21#

Ever since the release of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer (how amazing does that soundtrack sound, by the way?!), everyone seems to be bringing every shade of grey to the forefront of their fashion lines and retail shops. I admit, I’m jumping on that bandwagon, as there are so many amazingly gorgeous grey garments to lust over right now. I threw in a few gold pieces to stop the look from becoming entirely washed out… I can’t get over this Malene Birger bodysuit and maxi skirt combo.. I love it, I adore it, I need it in my wardrobe immediately.

 

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1. River Island Grey Faux Fur Lined Gilet. £60. Available here.

2. By Malene Birger Tarenza Silk-Blend Maxi Skirt. £400. Available here.

3. By Malene Birger Majionas Stretch-Jersey and Mesh Bodysuit. £110. Available here.

4. Chloé Baylee Medium Tote. £1145. Available here.

5. Ted Baker Tabbey White Leather Flat Sandals. £95 £66. Available here.

6. Aurelié Bidermann Central Park Gold-Plated Leaf Earrings. £270. Available here.

7. Chloé Define Gold-Tone Tassel Necklace. £400. Available here.

8. Giles & Brother Skinny Cortina Cuff Bracelet. $80. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 11#

Oh yes, I am still stubbornly refusing to accept that winter is coming to an end. I want gold, and florals, and creams, and beige caramel, cocoa and coffee shades.

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1. Ted Baker Botanical Bloom Dress. £159. Available here.

2. Givenchy Sara Sandals in Beige Leather. £700. Available here.

3. Miu Miu Piccole Leather Shoulder Bag. £570. Available here.

4. Free People Spell Dreamcatcher Robe. £138. Available here.

5. Maria Black Marlow Rose Ear Cuff £75. Available here.

6. Aurelie Bidermann Gold-Plated Necklace. £760. Available here.

7. Maison Martin Margiela Set of Four Gold Rings £260. Available here.

8. Aurelie Bidermann Lafayette Gold-Plated Cuff. £560. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 9#

White is, and will always be, the best colour of summertime, and just because we’re now creeping towards winter, that doesn’t mean that I’m quite ready to give up this clean, summer look just yet.

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1. All Saints Iris Shirt. £138. Available here.

2. Alexander McQueen Silk-Blend Satin Dragonfly Trousers. £2675 £936.25. Available here.

3. Nicholas Kirkwood Textured-Leather Point-Toe Flats. £295. Available here.

4. Victoria Beckham ‘The Victoria’ Matte Leather Tote. £1995. Available here.

5. Maria Black Tube Gold-Plated Necklace. £130. Available here.

6. Astley Clark Faceted Ring. £75. Available here.

7. Valentino Rome Safari Silk Scarf. £255. Available here.

8. Bvlgari Crystal Cat Eye Sunglasses. £727. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 7#

Today is a day of meetings, and so while I am running around in the standard black cigarette trousers and a cream silk, collarless shirt with black pumps (hopefully I can find someone to take a real outfit shot of that for me later), that I brought with me to London, I can’t help but look through the beautiful suits on offer online, waiting to be added to my wardrobe.

I especially love this deep emerald green suit from ASOS.

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1. ASOS Blazer in Crepe with Narrow Lapel. £45. Available here.

2. ASOS Cigarette Trousers in Crepe. £45. Available here.

3. Zara Long Sleeve Blouse in Sky Blue. £39.99. Available here.

4. Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 Leather Pumps in Black. £425. Available here.

5. Victoria Beckham Quincy Matte-Leather Tote. £995. Available here.

6. Zara Rhinestone Necklace. £29.99. Available here.

7. Olivia Burton Midi Dial Watch. £85. Available here.

8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Dreamy Logo Computer Case. £51.84. Available here.

9. Smythson ‘Inspiration and Ideas’ Notebook in Yellow. £65. Available here.

10. Kate Space Pocket iPhone 5 Case. $35. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 6#

Things are still chilly and unpredictable here. I never know whether it’s going to rain, whether or not it’s safe to venture outdoors without a coat, or a jumper, whether to pack an umbrella or sunglasses – or both. However, rain or no rain, chilly winds or no chilly winds, I’m determined to make the most of my summer clothes… and that includes the make believe outfits. This one started with an ASOS find – this beautiful reclaimed vintage dress.

If Only Outfit 6#

1. ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Cotton Dress with V Back. £38. Available here.

2. Free People Chunky Cardigan with Rib. £118. Available here.

3. Chie Mihara Cantos Pumps. £338.22. Available here.

4. ASOS Knee High Socks. £4. Available here.

5. Saint Laurent Baby Duffle Bag. £845. Available here.

6. Cornelia Webb ‘Pearled’ Body Chain. £165. Available here.

7. Tom Binns Purple/Pink Graduated Crystal Neckace with Silver Studs. £1274 £891. Available here.

8. Ray-Ban Foldable Clubmaster Sunglasses. £198. Available here.

9. Marc by Marc Jacobs Logo Plaque Leather Bracelet. £81. Available here.

10. YooLa Ring Stack. £30. Available here.

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