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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 24#

It started with a swimsuit… as a keen swimmer, I’m always looking for that perfect swim suit, and this one is my perfect swimsuit; cut out, florals, flattering cut.. it’s the whole package for me, if I’m honest. I’d wear it as a bodysuit as well as a swimsuit, and the best part is, it’s less than £100… teamed with aztec prints, ruby shades, a statement necklace and a few designer pieces, and I’m all set for a stroll through Hampstead Heath on a lazy sunday afternoon for a swim in the lakes… let’s not mention the required post-swim top and just focus on the swimsuit, shall we?

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1. Insight Tin Rose Cut-Out Swimsuit. £75. Available here.

2.  ASOS Pleat Front Bonded Midi Skirt. £40 £30. Available here.

3. Modcloth Somebody That I Houston Know Cardigan $59.99. Available here.

4. Chloé Marcie Medium Shoulder Bag. £1,235. Available here.

5. Valentino Garavani Rockstud Ballerina in Red. £595. Available here.

6. Zara Rhinestone Necklace £19.99. Available here.

7. Topshop Hinged Bracelet. £10. Available here.

8. Topshop Red Enamel Circle Ring Pack. £14.50. Available here.

9. Boohoo Laura Lace Socks. £4. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 23#

Today’s styled outfit is definitely bracing that age-old rule of ‘less is more’. Pastels, florals, peep-toe.. it may be more suited to spring, but what’s wrong with that?

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1. Malene Birger Synna Printed Satin-Jersey Sweatshirt. £165. Available here.

2. Ecru Striped Anita Trousers £190 £76. Available here.

3. Tibi Silk Crepe de Chine Camisole £150. Available here.

4. Aruna Seth Pointy Toe Butterfly Suede Flat. £600. Available here.

5. Giani Bernini Handbag. £79.40 £47.05. Available here.

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

7. New Look Zip Edge Skinny Belts 2 Pack. £9.99. 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 16#

I know that just the other day I was talking about how common the jumper-over-lace slip trend was now, and how I want to style a slight twist, and blah blah blah, but I just can’t help it – there’s nothing I love more right now than knit, silk and lace combined. It’s all just so chic.

26-Aug

1. Miss Selfridge Black Lace Hem Midi Dress. £22. Available here.

2. Topshop Mixed Yarn Jumper. £34. Available here.

3. ASOS Report Signature Alexa Zip Up Heeled Boots. £95. Available here.

4. Kate Spade New York Nylon Patten Backpack. £186. Available here.

5. Layered and Long Bar Drop Necklace. £20.43. Available here.

6. Prickly Hearts 5 Gold Knuckle Chevron Ring set. £6.19. Available here.

7. American Apparel Calf High Marl Socks in Royal/Black. £8. Available here.

8. American Apparel Sheer Solid Knee-High Sock. £10. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 15#

I’ve spent the last two days day and a half at Notting Hill Carnival, and on Saturday, it was lovely, sunny, generally warm but for a few gusts of a chilly breeze. As expected, it was cloud, chaotic, the air thick with the smoke of a thousand BBQs as everyone whose homes lined the carnival route made the most of the event, selling everything from jerk chicken to curry to sweet treats to raise a few pounds for themselves. I even saw people advertising their bathroom for public use – for a small fee. Today, however, the heavens opened, and the plastic, neon disposible rain macs that for some reason become acceptable the moment a person either a) travels to a rainy country, entering stereotypical tourist territory, or b) a person attend a festival/carnival. Personally, I hate them, and so I couldn’t help but focus today’s ‘if only’ outfit around the chicest plastic mac that I could find, as my own classic beige trench only served me well for about an hour.

Ah, England, what is it with you and rainy bank holidays?

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1. ASOS Long Line Rain Mac with Spot. £35. Available here.

2. ASOS Premium Full Skirt in Bonded Satin. £70. Available here.

3. Topshop Lace Bralet. £22. Available here.

4. H&M Knitted Cardigan in White. £7.99. Available here.

5. Kurt Geiger Bettie Black Boots. £75. Available here.

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Karlie Textured-Leather Mini Shoulder Bag. £222. Available here.

7. Alexander McQueen Skull Bead Bracelet. £365.65. Available here.

8. Topshop Oval Stone Ring Set. £12.50. Available here.

9. Topshop Plain Black Cord Bracelet. £14.50. Available here.

10. River Island Gold Tone ‘Cute as a Button’ Bracelet Set. £7. Available here.

11. Accessorize Long Bobble Rope Necklace. £15. Available here.

12. Accessorize 2x Bordeaux Sparkley Stretch Set Bracelets. £10. Available here.

13. Vision Star Dome Umbrella in Clear. £19.99. Available here.

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