Fur real!

It’s always nice to be ahead of a trend. The one I can safely say I’ve been doing for years which has finally come home to roost is faux fur. You’ll see in my post below I am wearing a leopard faux fur coat. This was an awesome bargain – I snapped it up for £20 in the ASOS sale last year. In addition I have a short leopard print jacket, bought for me for my 24th (wait, is that right?) birthday by my then-boyfriend, now-husband and a short black version which I bought from Gap, of all places, 8 years ago. They all get wheeled out year on year so, to me, faux fur is quite a good investment. Not least because it’s not an everyday thing so it doesn’t take the battering a more quotidien coat might. And let’s face it, nothing says glam like a nice fur…

This season the fashion world has gone nuts for faux fur, in all styles and hues. It all started with Shrimps:

Shrimps - £595

Shrimps – £595

Hannah Weiland’s fledgling label became a fashion editor-endorsed sensation and suddenly everyone was talking about her playful faux-fur coats and accessories. This beautiful navy version is on my wish list. The high street soon caught on and the shops are now awash with faux. Here are my favourites:

Warehouse - £85

Warehouse – £85

I must confess this Warehouse coat is on it’s way to me as we speak. I think the gorgeous deep grey makes it more versatile than some of the brighter numbers, and there is still 25% off with the code 25grazia until midnight.

Mango - £79.99

Mango – £79.99

This Mango leopard offering is not dissimilar to my ASOS number. I love the way they have styled it – can’t you just imagine Kate Moss, rock chic extraordinaire, wearing this outfit? A classic leopard faux fur never goes out of style.

Topshop - £55.00

Topshop – £55.00

A friend has this cream teddy coat from Topshop and it looks fantastic. Perfect for channeling the 70s trend that is everywhere this season. It’s currently on sale too – what more could you ask?

H&M - £29.99

H&M – £29.99

H&M have gone in for fur in a big way this season – I love this two tone bomber.

If a jacket is too much for you, how about a gilet? This H&M grey number is really versatile.

H&M - £29.99

H&M – £29.99

Now, I love all the crazy colour and pattern combinations out there at the moment, but unlike the more classic coats above, these  probably are a one-season wonder. However, accessories are an affordable way to tap into the trend for a bit of festive fun.

New Look - £17.99

New Look – £17.99

I love this bright pink clutch from New Look – perfect for brightening up winter darks and channeling your inner fraggle!

Monki - £25

Monki – £25

Or how about this cute cross body bag by Monki? Camo and fur, two trends in one AND a versatile colour-palette!

ASOS - £30

ASOS – £30

I love this bold striped stole from ASOS. I have a gorgeous burgundy Helen Moore stole that my lovely husband bought me for my birthday last year which I will be digging out soon – it’s a great way to breathe new life into coats of old (not to mention cover up the fact you haven’t been arsed to get to the dry cleaner!)

ASOS - £9

ASOS – £9

I recently invested in a faux-fur headband. I suffer from terrible earache in the winter and can usually be found with a beanie tugged firmly down over my ears. However, this can look less than elegant in the evening so this was the perfect compromise. Who says I can’t do practical?

If you really can’t face full fur, the humble pom pom is your friend. You could get a keychain to hang on your handbag…

River Island - £6

River Island – £6

Or how about a pair on your shoes…?

Topshop - £28

Topshop – £28

So, have you been bitten by the faux fur bug yet? If so, what did you buy? Let me know in the usual way. I may have bought, ahem, one or two things in the course of putting together this post…. 10 points if you guess correctly!

Monday Morning Lust List – ASOS

Isn’t it a disappointingly grey morning after that lovely weekend of sunshine? It was so nice to actually leave the house sans duvet coat and not have to use the heated seats in the car. I’m sure normal service will be resumed soon, but for the purposes of this lust list, let’s pretend summer is on the horizon…

Today the subject of my covetousness is ASOS. I wasn’t a regular user of the site, but after two orders in the last week and some excellent customer service they are now firmly on my radar. While I was browsing, I realised that they stock such a great range of brands it can be easy to overlook their excellent and fashion-foward designs, so here are my favourites from their eponymous collection:

I am a firm believer that every girl needs a denim shirt, and this great boyfriend style gives an old favourite a 2013 twist.

ASOS Denim Boyfriend Shirt with Shadow Pocket - £30

ASOS Denim Boyfriend Shirt with Shadow Pocket – £30

The shaded pocket detailing and looser fit makes this shirt just a little bit more current than its western, press-stud equivalent, and I love the way it is styled with a short floral skirt  – very 90s grunge.

This year might finally be the year I brave white jeans, and this pair look great.

Ridley Supersoft High Waisted Ultra Skinny Jeans - £28

Ridley Supersoft High Waisted Ultra Skinny Jeans – £28

High waisted, supersoft and with apparently bum-lifting pockets, what’s not to like? My only concern is how see-through they might be, but I think I’ll order them to find out. These would look great with the denim shirt above and grey cowboy boots.

T-Shirt Dress with Grid Print - £28

T-Shirt Dress with Grid Print – £28

In my fantasies I am the kind of girl who can slink around in super-short dress bare-legged and wearing flat sandals. Unfortunately, the reality is I don’t do a lot of slinking, and for the sake of all concerned it would be best if I didn’t expose my thighs to the general public. However, I think this dress could actually work quite nicely tunic-style over the white jeans, with black leather gladiators. After all, we did see a few dresses over trousers on the SS13 catwalks, and if Dries Van Noten says it’s OK then that’s good enough for me!

This simple zip-top clutch is a lot like a Stella McCartney one I’ve had my eye on, except it’s a third of the price and leather (sorry Stella)

Leather Clutch Bag with Faux Pony Animal Print - £35

Leather Clutch Bag with Faux Pony Animal Print – £35

As my friend Antonia (and Diane Von Furstenburg before her) says, leopard print is a neutral, so this clutch would go with just about anything. ASOS have styled it with a sleek-all black outfit, which looks great, but I love leopard as part of a print clash, and this simple style would look great against stripes or plaid.

Printed jackets are everywhere this season, and ASOS is no exception.

Jacket in Habernera Print - £55

Jacket in Habernera Print – £55

I don’t go a bundle on all the florals which seem to be the print of choice for this sort of jacket, so I really love the vibrant colours and bold pattern here. I would throw this on over a grey marl tee and skinnies for a laid-back summer look.

You’ve probably gathered by now that I am a big fan of flat footwear, and I have a large collection of flat sandals. However, like any good shoe-fetishist my collection is never complete and I would love to add this pair to my wardrobe:

Forest Leather Flat Sandals - £26

Forest Leather Flat Sandals – £26

I love the slingback style of these beauties, and I’d wear them with cropped black jeans and a loose white shirt for monochrome chic with a tribal twist.

A statement necklace is a great way to dress up a simple look, and with this lilac bib version you can incorporate summer pastels into your wardrobe without the risk of looking washed out:

Premium Jewelled Bib Necklace - now £28

Premium Jewelled Bib Necklace – now £28

I think this would look gorgeous paired with a navy and white striped top and maybe the white skinnies featured in this post (see, they’re so versatile…)

If you liked the Pheobe Philo look I blogged about here, these may be for you…

Domino Running Trainers with Suede Detail - Now £17.50

Domino Running Trainers with Suede Detail – Now £17.50

Currently half price and available in a range of colours, these trainers are an affordable way of tapping into the sports luxe trend. I like the patent detail on this black pair, which I would team with rolled up skinnies, a white t-shirt, black leather biker jacket and Ray Ban wayfarers.

I was really suprised at how much of the ASOS collection I liked, and the white skinnies, tribal sandals and printed jacket are definitely on my list to try. What did you think of my picks? Anything I’ve missed tickling your fancy? As always I love to receive your comments, so do let me know!

Happy Monday everyone!

My Basics – part 3

As you’ve probably gathered by now, my off-duty look is very casual. I have to be smart and tailored at work, which isn’t really my natural state of being, so I like to embrace my true style on my days out of the office. If there is one category in my wardrobe I really couldn’t live without, it’s the sweatshirt

Be they graphic, embellished or plain old grey marl, I just cannot get enough. And as luck would have it, for me anyway, my old faithfuls are enjoying a bit of a renaissance at present.

So, without further ado, let me present a rundown of my top 10. It’s like Top of the Pops, only with less Jayne Middlemiss…

In at 10 we have this Vero Moda Letter A Sweat, £22. I must admit to buying this one, but hey – leopard print, grey marl and my initial? Would have been rude not to… 

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At 9 we have a bit of 80s nostalgia in the shape of this BOY London Eagle Sweatshirt, £55. I’ve had my eye on one of these for a while, but am wondering if I’m cool enough to pull it off. The old adage about remembering it the first time around springs to mind…

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At number 8, this Zara Baroque print sweater, £25.99. The elaborate silver design looks so opulent, and I love the simplicity of the styling. A sweatshirt like this doesn’t need anything more than a pair of white jeans.

Topshop Clean Neoprene Sweat

In at 7 we have this Topshop clean neoprene sweatshirt, £32. Now this to me has Celine written all over it. Minimal and futuristic, perfect for S/S 2013. I’m seeing it with a black jersey pencil skirt and flat silver sandals.

H&M Sweatshirt 

I’ve always said I wanted to cater for a range of budgets, so at number 6 we have a fantastic value offering from H&M. Can you believe this one is just £3.99? I think I might buy one, get handy with a few rhinestones and add an embellished neckline!   

Tibi Star-Print Sweatshirt

Number 5 brings us this gorgeous Tibi Star Print Sweatshirt, £134. An alternative to my lobster version the starfish design adds a bit of interest to a plain grey sweat.

Whistles Taylor Animal Print Sweat

Another recent purchase of mine at number 4, the Whistles Taylor Animal Print Sweatshirt, £65. I like the abstract print and the combination of black and navy. I’ll be wearing it with cropped jeans and neon orange sandals.

Topshop Embroided Tiger Knit Sweat

 

Number 3 has my name written all over it. I have been smitten with Tiger sweatshirts even since last season’s Kenzo. I made it onto the waitlist for this years version, but sadly it sold out before reaching me. This Topshop Embroidered Tiger Sweat, £45, could be a really good substitute though!

Mango Snake Print Jersey

 Oh number two, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… This snake print jumper is so great it had me emailing customer services the second I saw the lookbook. It has finally popped up on the website, and the only question for me now is how many animal print sweatshirt is too many?

Zoe Karssen Born Wild Sweatshirt

And finally, at the top of the chart is this fabulous Zoe Karssen sweatshirt. I love their clothing, it is edgy, well made and a joy to wear. I can’t wait to style this one with leather leggings and wedge trainers.

So, what do you think of the sweatshirt trend? Lazy loungewear or casual cool? Do let me know…