Monday, August 26, 2013

House of Fraser – Guest Post for Amanda

Trench Three Ways

Sadly it is time to accept that summer is fading away. I’ve chucked my sun cream, packed away mu sunglasses, and am fighting the urge to hibernate in a barrel of cotton wool. What I’ve noticed is that my key summer buys are so quickly left wilting somewhere at the bottom of my closet that I may’ve well not bought them!

But not this year! I’m determined to keep my distance from my tent-sized jumpers and jogging pants and keep my key summer dresses  in use. My thought, is that with the right statement coat, you can stay warm without sacrificing style. I’ve set out to create three ways the one-coat wonder can work for a casual day, in the office and on a date or cocktail night with the special ones.

When it comes to picking a good coat, I’d always advise a neutral classic style. I opted for the elegant Mint Velvet Trench from House of Fraser. Here’s how it went:

When it comes to work, the easiest blunder is the safe trap. Just because you’re expected to be smart, that doesn’t mean dull! Take these gorgeous Ted Baker floral trousers. This print’s

been seen on the likes of MTV’s Holland Roden and is the perfect combination of summer

brights and sophistication. With the coat on and a pair of courts, this look will still have a

feminine edge, and lovely shape. I’ve also added a  Michael Kors watch for a work-ready


For a relaxed weekend, the trench works just as well. I’ve teamed it with a peplum blouse to add some

for added excitement. With some this  outfit is stylish without sacrificing


femininity, and a metallic satchel

comfy pumps and skinny jeans,

Upgrading to more glamour in autumn can seem

difficult. I see far too many women shivering and

uncomfortable, as they resist a jacket that they

fear will dampen their look. However with a

classic trench coat, if anything it complements the

outfit. A tie at the waist makes such a beautiful

silhouette, and teamed with this playsuit, you’re

carrying on the season’s monochrome trend

perfectly. I’ve added Kurt Geiger’s ever-popular

Isabella sandals to the look, as this trend has

been huge. Nonetheless, when colder weather

sets in, a pair of suede courts or Chelsea boots

could look equally swish without the chill.

I am determined this year, to keep my wardrobe

exciting and on-trend. With the right structured

coat, you won’t be limited by low temperatures

and can freely revisit your summer buys!

Tell Fashion & Happy Things what you will be teaming together to keep hold of your

summer buys for longer?