Friday, 28 March 2014

Sunshine and Showers: My Best Coats for Spring

Hi all, todays post is a little different from the norm it doesn't include food or exercise which is obviously my usual thing but when Katie offered to do a post about fashion I thought why not. I may not focus on clothes much over here but that doesn't mean I don't like to read about them and of course buy them! So if your in the market for a new spring jacket you might just like to sit back and read this, over to you Katie..........

Sunshine and showers: My 5 best coats for spring

As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. And, as there’s nothing like getting out and enjoying the Great Outdoors to lift the soul and, of course, your heart rate, now’s the perfect time to invest in a new spring coat. That way, you’ll have no excuse for not joining in with that after-lunch walk on Sunday, taking the kids for a trip to the park or walking the dogs. Here are my favourite cover-ups for the new season:


Star style

Stars have been all over the runways, and all over celebrities, recently. The most iconic piece of the last few weeks has been Saint Laurent’s fluffy star cardigan, which cost an eye-watering £800, and was worn by everyone from Katie Holmes to Pixie Geldof. Pink Boutique’s star parka offers a cheaper, and probably warmer, way to get the look. It’s ideal for adding a bit of glamour to your off duty style and would look gorgeous teamed with a pair of skinnies or mini skirt and ankle boots.

Forever stylish

Alexander McQueen’s MCQ label belted trench is a bit on the pricey side. But, it’s the sort of piece that will never, ever go out of style. And, because you’ll have to twirl around to show all your friends its beautiful shape, it might even help to keep you fit too. It would look equally good with a pair of leather leggings for the weekend or with a pencil skirt and crisp white shirt for the office.

Mellow yellow

I’ve fallen in love with the classic trench from La Redoute. With military detailing, it comes in navy or yellow and, while the darker hue might be more practical, I can’t help but fall for the pretty pastel shade. It’s bang on trend, given all the big name designers sent their models down their spring/summer catwalks dressed in all sorts of yellow, from buttercup to lemon sorbet. It’s a similar hue to Stella McCartney’s version but for a fraction of the price and you can’t help but feel summery as soon as you put in on. It’s ideal as a light-weight cover up for when you just need an extra layer.

Denim dream

Once it was one of the biggest fashion faux pas you could commit, but double denim is currently having a bit of a moment. Balmain’s spring/summer runway show featured an awful lot of double denim, from denim jumpsuits to skater skirts and matching cropped jackets. Emma Watson is seen rocking a demin jumpsuit on the cover of the latest edition of Elle while the ever-so-stylish Miranda Kerr has been wearing her denim shirt with just about everything. Because demin pieces are never out of style, vintage stores and sites are a great way to pick up something slightly different to anything available in current collections. I love the blue denim shirt from Rokit, which is thick enough to double as a jacket. The gathered waist gives it a flattering shape and I’m going to be wearing over a slogan tee and leather jeans.

Gorgeous inside and out

I’m loving the little surprise inside J Crew’s classic parka. It’s been inspired by the label’s men’s version. But, inside, there are classic Breton stripes in soft jersey to give it a little twist. It’s perfect for throwing over jeans at the weekend for a look that exudes haven’t-tried-to-hard understated cool. It will look equally good with wellies when you’re hit by April showers, with high-tops or with biker boots.

Whichever cover-up you opt for, the spring coat is the answer to transitional dressing when you never quite know what the weather holds in store.

This featured post was written by Katie, a fashion-obsessed foodaholic from Yorkshire.

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