Dressing for Fall and Frost
As the weeks progress we find ourselves closer and closer to the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Although winter does bring mulled wine, mince pies and presents it also brings frost, snow and treacherous conditions; but more importantly, it also poses the question “What can I wear?”
As well as fending off the winter chills and ensuring your own safety; it’s also important that you look good! It’s because of this that we’re guiding you through what you should be wearing throughout the winter of 2013.
Cold? Grab a Coat!
It’s undeniable that the most important aspect of any outdoor outfit is the coat – but how do you know which coat to wear? Often the same styles are repeated each year so you can get away with several styles so long as you cycle them.
Plaid is perfect! You simply cannot go wrong with a luxurious, well-made plaid coat. These coats come in a variety of colours including red, blue grey and purple. Although you can’t go wrong with a plaid pattern coat, you can mess up on when it comes to the colour scheme – winter is all about washed out and worn, it’s about being comfortable. No yellow or orange, and only moderate amounts of green.
Bigger is better. Do you remember when we told you that oversized coats were better than tailored pieces – this rule still applies. Not only will an oversized coat keep you much warmer than a thinner tailored coat, but it‘s the shape of the season and can be worn with many layers underneath.
A Leather jacket or coat is perfect for this winter season but avoid matching leather trousers or a leather skirt. Leather is the best when it comes to keeping out the breeze and to soften the look, as well as make it more feminine, add the all-important accessories. Or silk or cashmere scarf.
Footwear versus Frost
Winter brings poor weather conditions mixed with freezing temperatures – this means enduring frost, ice and snow. Walking in these conditions can be extremely difficult, which means that you need to purchase footwear that will protect your feet from the cold whilst also providing you with a sufficient amount of grip so that you do not fall.
We recommend that you purchase a pair of black or brown biker boots before the first frost hits. Not only are the boots incredibly stylish but they also come with attitude – the thick sole allows for easy walking in the frost or snow and also gives a more rugged feel. Go for the less embellished boot and wear with skinnies, parallels jeans or a maxi skirt.
To be on the safe side also invest in a pair of incredibly useful and now very cool ‘Wellies’. By wearing one of the huge selection of design wellies when it snows or more importantly pours with rain will avoid ruining any of your other shoes or boots.
Take advantage of the cold weather by purchasing a cashmere or woollen scarf. There are plenty of choices on the high street but choose carefully. It needs to go with your coats and jackets and your face. So either go with neutral colours or buy a selection so you have more choice.
Remember a silk scarf can also keep you lovely and warm and can be kept on through the day or evening.
The number of outfits that you could put together whilst including these items are astounding – and the best part is that each of them would look good whilst protecting you from the winter weather. For more information on how to improve or renew your look you can get in touch with us at Coathanger.net for our professional styling services and expert advice.
Standing out Sensibly at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Are you tired of blending in and being a part of the crowd? Sometimes standing out is the only way forward, especially if you’re at a festival or a large event with a large amount of other people around. Although knowing how to stand out without overdressing can be quite complicated and most people don’t get it right first time. Here’s how to stand out whilst at an event such as Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London.
Every year Hyde Park is glammed up with a wide variety of lights, decorations and other additions that are themed around Christmas. On the 22nd of November Hyde Park will open as Winter Wonderland and will be fitted with a number of different attractions including two circuses, an immense observation wheel, an ice rink and a band stand – these are just a few of the attractions that will be available from the 22nd November at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Due to the numerous attractions the citizens of London and many tourists will flock to Hyde Park – this is one of the many reasons as to why standing out is a sensible choice.
Standing Out – What you shouldn’t do
It’s a common misconception within our society that to stand out you must wear incredibly outrageous brightly patterned clothes. Or tight sexy low cut dresses, or wild prints.
But a much more stylish way to stand out during the winter nights for an outdoor party or indeed Winter Wonderland, to feel and look luxurious as well as stay warm and cosy is to wear a wonderful faux fur jacket or coat. Faux fur is a certain way to stand out from the crowd, be noticed and admired.
Using accessories to your advantage is one of the easiest ways for you to create a positive impression whilst standing out. An out door concert or party is a perfect time to bring a little touch of glamour to your outfit, after all its highly unlikely that you will take your coat off therefore make the most of outdoor dressing. Add a beautiful brooch to your faux fur scarf and relax and enjoy the complements. It’s just like wearing a fabulous necklace.
Tights Versus Trousers
Whilst trousers and jeans can be very practical and will keep you warm throughout the cold winter night; they’re also quite a common sight and will do nothing to set you apart from the hundreds of people attending Hyde Park. Don’t despair as we have a solution: tights or pattern leggings worn as tights.
A pair of thick tights/leggings worn with chunky ankle boots is an incredibly practical alternative to wearing jeans or trousers. Add a huge chunky knit covering your thighs or a short skirt or leather shorts or skorts. (shorts and skirt in one). Tights exclude drafts whilst providing you with freedom and if you chose some of the great prints it can completely transform your outfit.
For more information on dressing to suit your personality or if you’re interested in a wardrobe detox you can get in touch with us here at Coathanger.net. We’d be more than happy to help.
Winter Wear 2013 – Our Favourite Picks
With winter almost here it’s about time for each of us to select our new outfits and begin the fight against the weather without lapsing into the habit of wearing wretched clothing. On the other hand, not everyone can be as style savvy as we are at Coathanger.net; so here’s our view on the best and most beautiful trends of the next season.
One of the biggest and fastest spreading trends of winter 2013 will be coats and the excessive amount of material that are used to create them. At first these coats may appear a little outlandish and more than a little senseless but they give out a regal heir that’s impossible to resist.
These magnificent coats can be made out of a number of different materials and the textures are often paired with either the footwear or a number of accessories. Some examples of the different textures that have already been spotted on the catwalks and in some of the most expensive stores are tweed, suede, PVC, and cheaper materials such as polyester and wool. If there’s only one important purchase that you make this year, we recommend the colossal coat.
The Sensible Skirt
There’s nothing quite like a sensible skirt: stylish, sexy and comfortable to boot! By purchasing a sensible skirt you’ll be making the investment of a lifetime. The ‘sensible’ skirt is a skirt that reaches the calves and has a slight flair to it; this means that it keeps the majority of your legs warm, won’t embarrass you during strong winds and still shows enough skin to make you feel sexy.
The sensible skirt is an elegant piece that gives the impression of mystery and majesty – if you’re looking for a sample of sophistication you should consider purchasing an item like the sensible skirt.
Naughty in Navy
One of the most important trends sweeping across Europe during AW13 is the navy style. This particular theme looks so good it’s almost naughty; and there are a multitude of ways in which you can incorporate the colour into your wardrobe.
The most common navy outfits that we have come across are the suits and luxurious yet simple dresses – when attempting to introduce navy into your outfit keep in mind that the sharper the style, the more effective the look is going to be.
The most significant outfits of AW13 are those that include character without discarding comfort. To get the most out of your outfits during the winter of 2013 remember to wear your clothes like a second skin – this means that they should be of a tailored fit whilst also suiting your personality perfectly. For the latest on fashion and for professional advice from experienced style consultants you can get in touch with us here at Coathanger.net.
Looking your Best at Bloomsbury Whilst Coping with the Weather
With every leaf that falls underfoot winter draws nearer and so does the Bloomsbury festival. The Bloomsbury festival is defined as ‘An autumn festival of art, knowledge and imagination’ and will take place between the 15th and 20th of October 2013. Due to the nature of the festival and the time of year that it is hosted at, it’s understandable that there may be some sudden changes in the weather, leading to unpleasant outdoor conditions.
Dealing with unexpected and sudden weather conditions can be incredibly daunting if you aren’t prepared – it can also be extremely embarrassing for you and those that you are with if haven’t prepared correctly.
One of the best ways in which you can prepare for the warm days and cool nights whilst at the Bloomsbury festival is by layering up. Remember that although it may be cool of an evening, your skin need to be able to breathe during the day, so the layers closest to your skin should be made from a breathable material such as cotton.
The other layers of your outfit can be made from materials such as wool, nylon and polyester. Wool is one of the best materials for jumpers and cardigans as it contains heat extremely well, whereas nylon will cause you to sweat which can make you feel cold as the perspiration evaporates from your skin.
Although layering up is the best way to avoid the cold; don’t forget that it’s going to be quite warm during the day. Your outfit should include layers that will keep the heat in but aren’t heavy enough to cause discomfort.
Colour schemes vary greatly from season to season, but we still tend to find the same colours cropping up each year. Autumn has seen enough of purple and red to last until 2014; so instead we’re looking into the latest trends. Golden hues, royal blues and deep greens have invaded our closets and taken over our stores
The Bloomsbury festival is festival of arts and imagination; that means utilise this season’s colour scheme and add a splash of colour to your outfit. Shoes should be practical as there is a lot of standing around and walking involved at the Bloomsbury festival; this means you should select a pair of comfortable boots or if you’re on the petite side wedges would be more appropriate.
Accessories and Additions
Adding colour to your outfit doesn’t have to be as extreme as dressing in a golden gown or an electric blue coat – you can incorporate autumnal colours into your outfit through your accessories and small additions to your outfit.
Scarves are an excellent accessory and will help you fight off the chills as the evening closes in. The perfect scarf will match the top half of your outfit in style and often colour too; unless there isn’t much colour to choose from in your outfit.
For a drab grey or black outfit you should utilise a heavy material such as wool – the wool will keep you warm whilst matching the theme of your outfit. Gold and brown accessories are perfect for darker hair and darker outfits as it adds a little warmth without standing out and giving the impression of a harsh complexion.
As I previously mentioned: your scarf should match the top half of your outfit in either colour or style to make your body look longer and make you look taller overall. If you are wearing a blue or green jacket, coat or cardigan – go for a light material such as silk or cotton.
Waterproof coats aren’t the most appealing of attire but we recommend that you keep one with you at all times – if the weather turns sour and the heavens open you should choose comfort and warmth over style. For more information on tailoring your wardrobe to compensate for poor weather conditions you can get in touch with us here at Coathanger.net, the experts in style and future fashion.
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London Fashion Week – What to Expect of SS14
Keeping in touch with your stylish side can be incredibly difficult if you struggle to keep up with the latest trends; it also poses a formidable task due to the fact that we often discover these trends as they are waning. This is one of the reasons as to why Coathanger has decided to give you a rundown of some of the most significant trends at London Fashion Week and what this means for SS14.
LFW Day One
As Jasper Conran’s SS14 line made its appearance on the first day of the London Fashion Week we knew that SS14 was going to be good. The line was primarily comprised of white, yellow and much darker shades such as navy and black.
At Coathanger we weren’t surprised to see that simple, elegant designs with bold lines and clean collars had replaced the much cheaper embellishments and adornments. Each piece drew attention to the hips and natural curves of the model without looking overly tailored or uncomfortable.
LFW Day Three
On day three of LFW we were introduced to the SS14 line of Mulberry. Mulberry’s line was almost an echo of the line presented by Christopher Raeburn on the first day; but there were small adjustments to match that of the Mulberry style.
Similar to the Christopher Raeburn models – Mulberry presented their models in specific styles. The most compelling of the styles were the pieces made from light, flowing materials and enhanced with small yet detailed patterns.
However, there were also a number of models exhibiting matching shorts and jackets – the shorts and jackets, unlike the lighter styles, were particularly clean cut and decorated with a simple floral design.
LFW Day Five
Unlike the designs by Mulberry, Fashion East presented us with 3D textures and outrageous designs. Pink, white and neutral colours were still present throughout the display; often in the form of long, classy coats and impressive, if not eccentric dresses. Oversized bows were also in abundance but despite the proportions, each piece looked as if it were made for durability and comfort – much like the styles that we are currently seeing in AW13.
What Does this Mean for SS14?
This means that to develop the perfect look for SS14 you must look out for:
Tops in neutral colours such as white, yellow, pink and cream with crisp collars or large bows.
Long skirts that either flow with your curves or if you’re looking for something a little more interesting; follow Fashion East and their eye catching designs.Simple footwear (ankle straps and gladiator sandals are ideal)
One of the key things to remember for SS14 is that the majority of styles include something with an exaggerated length; this could be anything from long necklaces, to long coats or skirts that reach your ankles.
If you’re still struggling with your style and are in need of a helping hand you can get in touch with us here at Coathanger; we’d be happy to help you with any queries that you may have.
AW13: Is Your Wardrobe Ready?
Autumn is almost upon us and with it comes the wardrobe detox! The next few weeks are going to be a rush as more and more of us attempt to ready ourselves for the cooler nights and chilly mornings; but how can you ensure that your wardrobe is ready? Here at Coathanger we know all of the latest trends and techniques to aid you in your journey to look fabulous for AW13.
Less is More!
Spring saw bright colours and striking prints but this season is all about simple, clean lines and relaxed styles. To get your wardrobe ready for AW13 all you need to do is focus on feeling comfortable without adding too much colour or complexity into your outfit; peacocks are past it, a refined elegant woman is what we’re after this season!
By all means layer up against the cold but less really is more. If you tone down whilst keeping textures and comfort in mind you can’t go wrong; plain shirts, white blouses and a good pair of trousers or a skirt may be reminiscent of the 90’s but they just feel so regal and right now.
Quality is Key
AW13 is all about clothes that you can actually live in; no more fancy gowns and embroidered blouses, just straight up lovable clothing. The idea of quality can be seen in everything from the finish on a pair of trousers to the way that a coat has been designed and put together. A good pair of sturdy yet fairly plain shoes or boots is also perfect for this season and the theme of quality.
Don’t let a budget hinder your style choices throughout AW13, if you can’t find what you’re looking for or aren’t sure of the exact style that you should select; stay safe and find the comfiest plain coat or the best fitting blouse that you can.
Textures and Contrast
Keep things contemporary yet captivating by mixing up the fabrics and creating a little contrast in your outfit; less may certainly be considered as more but that doesn’t mean you have to look any less interesting!
Some of the best textures for you to incorporate into your outfit are wool, leather and suede.
Wool can be a fairly heavy material and thus will keep you much warmer than synthetic fabrics or cotton.
Leather provides you with a distinct feel of luxury yet it doesn’t stand out too much and won’t draw too much attention.
Suede is a multi-purpose material with an endurable but supple finish.
If you’re looking for inspiration or need a hand with your wardrobe detox you can get in touch with us here at Coathanger.net for expert advice. We’d be more than happy to help you with any queries or questions that you may have.
Notions of the Neck Line – Styling Tips of 2013
This season has seen many different trends come and go, but as summer progresses and the weather becomes warmer the outfits that we are wearing have become shorter and skimpier. One of the latest trends working its way into our stores and streets is the plunging v neck – round necks and turtle necks have been replaced with this incredibly feminine, sexy style.
The plunging V neck was introduced to us by some of the most notable designers such as Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez and Victoria Beckham; as each of their models sashayed down the runway we were left speechless. This style is commonly found in cocktail dresses and bodycons but it’s also making its way into our vests, tops and playsuits.
What to Wear it with?
This daringly low neckline can be worn with a number of different styles and materials, but there are also many outfits that are just too outrageous. Simple yet sharp suits and plain dresses work best with this style as neither of them will draw attention away from your neck line, allowing you the greatest impact.
Jewellery can be worn as an addition to your ensemble so long as pendants and necklaces are avoided – cutting bracelets and big rings will enhance the look and there’ll be no chance of them detracting from the ‘strong woman’ impression that the deep neck line will give.
Things to Remember
Any type of V neck will come across as daring, fiery and interesting, but a deep neck line is going to attract a lot of attention. If the deep neckline is for you but you’re looking to tone down the effects that it can have, avoid short skirts and keep your legs fairly covered.
Keeping your legs covered does not mean that you can’t continue to flaunt your feminine features, an over the knee skirt or tailored trousers will improve your appearance whilst giving you a little more confidence.
With the exception of accessories, there’s one more item that you must seriously consider before deeming your outfit as completed – shoes are an essential.
With such a deep neck line there aren’t many varieties of shoe that you are going to be able to get away with, and even if you can get away with them it doesn’t mean to say that they actually look fashionable or stylish.
Heels are a-go, they adjust the posture very slightly which means that you look composed as you carry yourself better; this is also beneficial as it makes the breast area look fuller without the hassle of padding and push ups. Heels with a strap around the ankle or across the foot are incredibly practical and suitable for office wear; they’re also very comfortable.
With the latest trends and styles changing quicker than the seasons is it any wonder that our wardrobes can become full of unwanted clothes so quickly? For expert fashion advice and information on a wardrobe detox get in touch with us at Coathanger.
Carnival Clothing – Knowing What Suits you Best
All the festivals have finished but the carnivals are just arriving – the Notting Hill Carnival in West London and Gay Pride within Manchester’s gay village are some of the largest street carnivals in Europe and are celebrated by thousands of people. With so much going on this august bank holiday it’s essential that you get to grips with the latest in Carnival costumes and what will suit you best this upcoming weekend.
Crazy Colours and Complexions
Even though your fancy dress costume is not designed as daily wearable clothing, it is crucial that you make the biggest impact as you dance down the street and bright colours are crucial. These colours need to work with your skin tone and your complexion and can make your face shine when chosen correctly. So when you’re selecting the crazy colours that you wouldn’t normally find within range of your wardrobe try to keep in mind what it is that suits you best. Of course the darker you skin tone the brighter your choice of colours can be.
For fair hair and pale skin tones bright pinks, greens and oranges will suit you best; anything darker than this will cause you to look extremely washed out and could lead to the outfit gaining more recognition than you do.
Warmer hair colours and pale complexions are ideal for brighter hues such as cyan, lime green and yellow; although these colours shouldn’t be mixed or used in blocks as they can clash tremendously. White is an excellent alternative and can replace colours that you are unsure of.
Darker hair with either pale or tan skin is suitable for daring reds, rich purples and electric blues; brighter colours can also be worn but should be avoided where possible as they can detract attention from the figure and leave you looking featureless.
Let’s Talk Textures
Your outfit greatly depends on whether you’re going to be celebrating Gay Pride in the city of Manchester this weekend or are concerning yourself with the playful streets of West London and the entertainment that it has to offer.
Gay pride is all about having fun and getting involved, whether it’s UV body painting or foam parties – so the outfit you wear should be vibrant yet practical as you don’t know the exact activities that will be taking place within this bustling city. Netted tutus and sequins are a large part of the Gay Pride scene, so if you want to fit in and look good, those are the textures that you will need.
The Notting Hill Carnival provides you with an entirely different scene; feathers, fans and hats that would put Ascot to shame are acknowledged as some of the best accessories and outfit additions. Accessories that incorporate loud looking feathers are usually worn in contrast with bright shirts and plain shorts, skirts or jeans.
Whatever you decide to wear, make sure that you feel comfortable in the clothing that you have chosen. For professional advice on the latest trends and styling tips get in touch with us at Coathanger, we’d be more than happy to help you with your enquiries.
Fabulous Maternity Trends of Summer 2013
Staying stylish despite a growing tum is nothing to laugh about. Whenever our bodies’ change, for whatever reason, can be a real setback but the change that occurs during pregnancy is different from any other. There’s no breathing in to squeeze into your favourite outfit. It’s out there in front and it going nowhere for 9 months!
But there’s no reason why you can’t look fabulous even when you’re a human incubation tank! You’ve just got to dress according to comfort and style embrace it.
One of our fabulous trends of summer 2013 is polka dot. Polka dot has never strayed far from the world of fashion, even less so where maternity is concerned. It usually goes hand in hand with stripes but polka dot can be easier to wear. It offers a contemporary style but also create an illusion that lessens the appearance of a pregnancy bump.
Celebrities ‘spotted’ showing off their spots include ladies such as Rochelle Humes and the dashing Duchess of Cambridge. It is a fun yet sophisticated look that is great mixed with stripes – as in the shoes of Rochelle, or a striped handbag. If choosing white spots on navy blue, add bold red patient shoes and bag. As well as pillar-box red lipstick. Perfect for a cocktail party or a day at the races.
Oversized maternity dresses are often comfortable but are also deemed as old fashioned. Therefore make sure it has some edge to it like the dress above right, by showing bare shoulders and cut out details you achieve a funky and interesting look.
When wearing a tighter dress add a waterfall cardigan. It softens the look and gives you warmth with this unpredicted weather. The dress can be in any colour but the cardi should be in a similar colour to the dress but a different texture for extra style.
Waterfall cardigans narrow the body as they are edge to edge and just show the bump but hide any lumps and bumps on the hips or thighs. If worn with a dress it looks more stylish if the dress is the length of the cardi (see Nicole Richie) otherwise team it with maternity trousers. A waterfall cardi is perfect for this weather and can be found in a linen/cotton mix, in jersey or cashmere.
Check out Nicole Richie’s latest range in maternity clothing; Pea in the Pod.
Floral prints offer a charming solution for pregnant women everywhere. The design itself is perfect for summer holidays and sunny days. So be loud and be proud of your bump it is indeed something to show off!
There are several other trends working their way through the fashion world right no – so keep your eyes peeled. Always remember to keep in mind…it won’t last forever so make the most of your pregnancy and dress to impress!
If you need a helping hand – visit our ‘New Mum, New Style’ page!