What to Wear [Basics]: Parkas

This morning it’s back to basics because aside from the fashion pieces in your wardrobe, I know that every woman needs the basics – a great pair of jeans, the perfect white shirt, black patent courts… the list goes on. Today’s What to Wear is not my most fashion forward choice but has certainly been inspired by that off-duty model look in slouchy jersey pieces, biker boots and leggings. The Parka.

Parka: Gap – now £35, Scarf: M&S, Fingerless gloves: M&S, Jeans: Warehouse, Jumper: Warehouse, Boots: Pied a Terre, Bag: Coach.

I’m actually only recently getting into outerwear. Before now I’ve always found it prohibitively expensive for good quality pieces and hated the fact that thin or synthetic fabrics don’t actually keep you warm. I’ve broken all my rules of ‘buy well and buy once’ and no to ‘synthetics’ with this cinch waist parka in 100% classy polyester. The reason I went for it however is that it’s light weight and throws on over winter woolies nicely without adding extra bulk. The sheen of the fabric also emulates a rather more expensive silk version I saw once.

I’m looking forward to mixing it up with some dressier pieces, a glitter skirt perhaps with a thick wool jumper. I’ll keep you posted…

In the meantime, this is a timely post for Kirsten, who asked me on Twitter the other day ‘to find me a stylish warm parka.’ so I added some high street and online finds to my own. I can’t vouch for the warmth Kirsten but I hope you like the variety of styles here 🙂

  1. Topshop Dark Khaki Waxed Parka with black faux fur trim. (Hurry! This one is down to £40 from £98 and there are only Size 10’s left.)
  2. ASOS Parka with leopard faux fur trim
  3. Whistles Brigitte Wool Parka
  4. Navy Villa Duffle Parka – ASOS (Bargain of the century at £35)
  5. ASOS Parka with detachable fur lining
  6. Miss Sixty Grey Parka – ASOS

Are you a fan of the Parka? I’d love to hear what you think of this weekend chic favourite…


PS Apologies for the picture quality, this was an iPhone indoor capture in desperation during all the wet weather pre-christmas and also pre-haircut 😉

The Fash Flash – Do You Cape?

After my What to Wear post last week I thought we could kick off the week by sharing a little round up of my favourite capes… I should really be doing a winter coat round up, but I love a good cape and somehow they seem so much more stylish. Or maybe it’s just because they’re new-feeling, either way, I’m now lusting after another one to add to my collection.

If you haven’t already seen the one I purchased, head back to my What to Wear post first (I’m obviously biased towards the lovely wool felted Zara number I’m wearing there) but otherwise, let’s get started with the smart capes.

L-R: Bow detail cape coat – ASOS Red Coco Cape – Jaeger Boutique,  and (BARGAIN ALERT!) Brass button teal cape – New Look.

There’s something about capes, perhaps the clean lines or the luxe drape, that makes them really smart even when they’re not trying to be. The Red Jaeger Boutique one above would be a perfect Christmas present, or if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful alternative, how about this steal of a cape from New Look, reduced to £34!

L-R: Knitted Poncho – Zara, Dark red wool duffle cape – Gloverall at ASOS and Checked Cape – Oasis.

Capes lend themselves just as well to cosy weekend walks and pub lunches though, and it’s just about all I can do to resist these duffled, checked or knitted numbers. Imagine them with boots and a polo neck… you just need a dog!

If you’re feeling flush, how about splashing out on one of these fabulous capes from the fash pack’s favourite designers…

L-R: Alice by Temperly Black and White Bird Cape – Net-A-Porter.com, Milly Wool Blend Cape Jacket – Net-A-Porter.com and Diane von Furstenburg Cotton twill cape – Net-A-Porter.com

I’ve been lusting after the black and white bird cape for so long now but the DVF trench-like number is super chic too.

Tell me, do you cape? Can I tempt you, or have I missed something you’d like to share?


The Fash Flash… Jumper Joy.

I love a good jumper, there’s just nothing like one, and this season, happily for me, apparently jumpers are the piece that is taking the fashion world by storm. Personally, I can’t help but think, ‘isn’t that what everyone wears every year when it’s cold?’ but far be it from me to dis’ a trend and therefore I’m rounding ’em up for you to purchase!

Colour Pop Brights

Warehouse Huge Cable Knit Jumper in berry brights for A/W’11
Tilly Trapeze knit jumper – Reiss. Because white is a colour and this has such a gorgeous ‘swing’ line to the shape..
Whistles Mohair Stripe Jumper – ASOS

Fairisle Cozies

Green and black – Whistles
Grey and brights – Boden
Not quite fairisle but fun all the same, Reindeer jumper from ASOS.

Magical Metallics

Sequin Sweater – NW3 by Hobbs
Foil jumper – Whistles
Sequin Jumper – Warehouse (also in silver and a great budget option for the similar Whistles one I bought.)

Fun Fluff…

Poodle Jumper – Dorothy Perkins
80’s a go-go with this Pink with Black spots number – ASOS
Dog lover? Camel knit with Dogs print – Dorothy Perkins

Are you a jumper addict? Favourite finds to share?

Drop us a comment and let’s get excited about the nip in the air…


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