Marks and Spencer black and white faux fur coat

When I saw this faux fur coat on the sale rail in Marks and Spencer I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It’s not like I don’t already have a faux fur coat or three, but when you see one this gorgeous and it’s reduced to less than £20 it’s just not possible to walk on by. I also had another excuse: I was visiting my mum, who as well as being my shopping partner in crime, also lives in a very old house with no central heating. To justify my purchase I wore the coat all that evening and I’m glad to say it kept me lovely and warm! You see husband I really did need it! Wearing such a statement coat meant keeping the rest of my outfit fairly simple, so I paired an old See by Chloe black pencil skirt with a grey jumper.

To justify my purchase I wore the coat all that evening and I’m glad to say it kept me lovely and warm!

There was no way I was taking my coat off outside on a bitterly cold February day but you can see how I wore it previously on the blog here. I toyed with the idea of wearing plain black sunglasses (although it doesn’t look it in the photos it was quite sunny) but these black and white Ralph Lauren shades are much more fun, and I think they go with the coat rather well!

Marks and Spencer black and white faux fur coat

Mila Blu black handbag Pia ring and bracelet

aceys diamante suede ankle boots

Marks and Spencer faux fur coat

Coat: Marks and Spencer, skirt: See by Chloe, boots: Laceys, ring and bracelet: Pia, sunglasses: Ralph Lauren.

 

I had a look on the M&S website but couldn’t find the coat, however, there are still plenty of furry bargains out there. I love this one from Biba! Do you love faux fur? Let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!

 

 

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J by Jasper Conran red frill dress

When choosing an outfit for Valentine’s Day I whittled it down to two – I eventually went with the Clemens en August black dress, but this J by Jasper Conran red dress is a more colourful alternative. The frilled hemline and chiffon folds on the shoulders add interesting features to what would otherwise be a plain shift dress. I wore the matching belt with it this time but adding a skinny gold rope belt instead would be another option (I just didn’t think of it at the time!). Another thing to remember for the next time I wear it is to put a little stitch in the folds on the shoulders so they sit flat and don’t flap about in the breeze! Trying to control my hair is enough of a battle at the moment!

The frilled hemline and chiffon folds on the shoulders add interesting features to what would otherwise be a plain shift dress.

To create a leg-lengthening effect I opted for a pair of nude heels. These suede peep toe shoes are by Menbur, a brand I hadn’t heard of before I spotted these on sale at Brand Alley a few months ago…they were just £15 so obviously I had to buy them! I’m so glad I did because they are such a bargain, just £15 for such good quality shoes, and they are more comfortable than they look. The suede is soft, there are no rough edges to rub blisters or sore patches – something that often happens when I wear heels. Out of interest I googled Menbur and discovered the website…seriouslyso many shoes! Have a look if don’t believe me…I nearly hyperventilated with excitement!

I co-ordinated the bargain-of-the-century shoes with a bag I bought on holiday in Cape Verde a few years ago, picking up on the snake print detail. I finished the outfit off with a gold tone bracelet from Asos and an Egyptian-style ring by Kevia which I bought from the Outnet.

Snakeskin bag

J by Jasper Conran red dress

Menbur nude suede shoes

Kevia red stone ring

Menbur nude shoes and snakeskin bag

Dress: J by Jasper Conran, shoes: Menbur, bag: bought on holiday, bracelet: Asos, ring: Kevia (at the Outnet).

 

Do you prefer the classic LBD for a night out or something more colourful? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!

 

 

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Clemens en August belted dress

A classic black dress is the obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day outfit, some might say a cliche even, but the LBD will never let you down. This Clements en August dress is a little bit different in that it has an unusual style of belt…it has those plastic clips that you find on backpacks and child seats – quirky huh? The belt feeds through loops on the drapey section to keep it in place. I bought the dress a few years ago in one of the Outnet’s legendary flash sales, which is where I also scored the Charlotte Olympia heels (although not at the same time). The heels are called “Wild at Heart” which makes me love them even more! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, not just because they are so gorgeous, but because by the end of the evening you’ll want to be swept off your feet…these shoes may look pretty but they are definitely not for walking in!

By the end of the evening you’ll want to be swept off your feet…these shoes may look pretty but they are definitely not for walking in!

I don’t wear big heels very often these days, but I’ll make an exception for shoes this beautiful every once in a while. I’d normally restrict myself to just one statement piece in an outfit but as it’s Valentine’s Day I’m pulling out all the stops and wearing my Angel Jackson bag. I love the bright colours and the chic chain handle!

Clemens en August dress

Charlotte Olympia Wild at Heart heels

Angel Jackson bag

Charlotte Olympia Wild at Heart shoes

Clemens en August black belted dressDress: Clemens en August, shoes: Charlotte Olympia, ring: Les Nereides, bag: Angel Jackson, sunglasses: Missoni.

 

What’s your go-to item for evenings out? Do you favour the LBD or something more colourful? I’ll be posting another Valentine’s Day inspired look later in the week so stay tuned! Whatever your plans are I hope you have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

 

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Navy Dickens and Jones duffle coat

Grabbing a bargain in the January sales is probably the best thing about (what is for me anyway) the most miserable month of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to invest in a new winter coat because let’s face it, UK winters can last well into April! A while ago I saw a navy wool coat and striped jumper paired together in a magazine and it just looked so chic. From then on I was on a mission to recreate the look so when I spied this Dickins and Jones navy duffle coat on sale at House of Fraser marked down from £199 to £53.55 I had to have it…what a bargain! Dickins and Jones is not a brand I’m too familiar with, and as I was shopping online I had to take a bit of gamble with the sizing…I ordered a size 10 and find it a fairly generous fit…I could comfortably wear a thick jumper underneath without feeling restricted. The quality of the coat is superb, it’s quite a heavy coat which is probably why it’s the warmest coat I own…it keeps out the harshest of cold winds. The only slight gripe I have is that the popper fastenings come undone easily – every time I get out of the car the bottom ones pop open, so hook and eye fastenings would have been a better choice, but the three toggles do keep the coat together snuggly.

A while ago I saw a navy wool coat and striped jumper paired together in a magazine and it just looked so chic. From then on I was on a mission to recreate the look.

While browsing the sale section on the House of Fraser website I found this striped jumper (also from Dickins and Jones) which had been reduced to £15.75, and even though I already have quite a few striped tops they just seemed like the perfect pair! The cute bird detailing on the front sealed the deal! I think my fondness for striped tops is due in no small part to their versatility…they can be worn so many ways: with a pencil skirt, tailored trousers and, of course with jeans which is probably my favourite combination. For a double splash of colour I wore my red Marks and Spencer shoes paired with my Mila Blu handbag.

Dickens and Jones navy hooded duffle coat

Mila Blu red leather handbag

Dickens and Jones navy duffle coat

Dickens and Jones striped bird jumper

Navy striped Dickens and Jones bird jumper

Mila Blu red bag and Pia ring

Dickens and Jones stripe jumper

Coat and jumper: Dickins and Jones, jeans: Gap, shoes: Marks and Spencer, bag: Mila Blu, ring: Pia.

 

Did you pick up any bargains in the sales? I’d love to hear all about your best buys! Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!

 

 

 

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