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Review: Love Label belted mac from Very

7 Sep

There’s a reason why trench coats are so iconic: aside from the classic design, they’re versatile and absolutely perfect for the in-between seasons. At the moment, it’s a bit too nippy to go out without a nice piece of outerwear to keep you toasty but it’s not cold enough to warrant the big thick winter coats which seem to have prematurely invaded shops. I think you can go one of two ways with a trench; either very classic and masculine or modern and girly. I opted for the latter with a fitted, dipped hem belted mac from Love Label at Very. The little details gave it a bit of personality and caught my eye; it’s such a distinctive shape.

The a-line shape is very flattering and with the buttons done up and belt tied, it gave me a lovely hourglass shape, accentuated by the fluted dipped hem.  One of my pet hates with coats is that the sleeves are usually a little too short but the sleeves of the Love Label mac were perfect – no cold wrists for me! The collar is nice and high and the pockets were absolutely huge, easily accommodating my two phones, headphones and big bunch of keys.

One of my favourite details was the polkadot lining, just one of the little details which makes this a fun, girly coat. As the back is slightly longer than the front, you get a wee flash of polkadot from the front; it’s a clever little detail. I’ve had a couple of coats which have a lovely lining but sadly they hardly get seen/appreciated. I dressed it up with heels and a floral dress as I was at work, but I’ve worn it with flats and it’s still looked great. I think the shorter length at the front stops it from looking frumpy which can be the danger of wearing a trench coat with flats.

The mac costs £59 and is available from Very. I was really impressed with the quality of the buttons and fabric. I’ve been caught in a few showers while wearing it and thankfully the rain didn’t soak through the fabric like it did with my old ASOS trench. I absolutely adore this coat, it’s made the transition into Autumn a little less traumatic. In fact, I love it so much I’m adding the stone version to my wish list!   

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How to stay warm in the Big Freeze

13 Jan

For the benefit of any overseas readers, England is freezing right now! For the past couple of weeks, temperatures have been subzero and the country has ground to a halt with public transport systems and airports facing huge delays or closing alltogether. Snow, ice, arctic winds…this country just isn’t equipped to deal with it. It’s been a struggle just to keep warm, and style-wise it’s all gone out of the window. I don’t have sensible shoes with enough grip to cope with ice, I don’t have thermals. I’ve been looking like the Mitchelin man I’ve had so many layers on. 3 tops under a jumper, two cardigans over 2 tshirts, 2 pairs of tights and socks..this is taking layering to extremes! 
Having perused some of my favourite street style blogs, I feel much more inspired to take on the cold weather without piling on half my wardrobe!   
Footwear
Boots may seem like the sensible option, they certainly are the most efficient way of keeping warm. 
 But some shoes are far too pretty to be neglected til Summer! Tight are an obvious answer, but I’m going to try socks over coloured tights and patterned tights over plain tights. Every layer helps. 

Coats

Warm coats are an absolute must. This sheepskin coat looks wonderfully cosy and warm, I’ve not seen any in the shops but the second I do I’m snapping it up! Hoods are optional.
 
 
  
Coats and jackets don’t have to be an annoying necessity which cover up your statement pieces, they can be the statement.

Layers

I’ve always been a fan of layering, but for the past week or so my layering has been crazy and haphazardous at the best of times. The complete opposite end of the spectrum to the urban cool of Rick Owens or Alexander Wang! 
Sometimes dresses are too tempting to leave in the wardrobe and too pretty to cover up.
Mix up textures and layers