Six Coat Trends To Spot This Season



The most important piece of clothing you’ll wear during the next six months has had an update.  If you want to make a statement during the next few months here’s six coat trends you’ll want to get ahead of now.


I know we’re all rinsing out our light clothes as summer strings out towards the end of September, but the fact remains a new season is upon us.   Getting ahead of the curve is actually quite easy as you can’t move for winter coats in the shops.


There’s a lot of camel (as you would expect) and quite a bit of black leather (that you might not). Quilted khaki is having a moment, but large checks are the way to go if a statement coat is the one update you’re looking to make.  Here’s a snapshot of what’s around.


The Belted Coat.

Possibly one of my favourite styles because it affords the body some shaping, unlike other styles (puffa, etc.).  Not so great if heavy cable jumpers are your thing, but tying the belt behind your back can create a narrower shape around the waist if you don’t want to wear the coat done up.


The Check Coat.

The choice and leaders in this trend are focused on big check. I’m loving browns and lighter colour options over dark versions.  Wear this trend with a paired back outfit underneath.  Simple silhouettes will work and flares/wider leg trousers will offer a relaxed 70s vibe.



Cape and Poncho options.

I think a cape or poncho has marmite appeal. You either love em or hate em.  If worried about your top half looking bulky go for a cape.  They mostly have arm holes to break up a heavy top line.


Ponchos in fine knits could be good if you’re WFH and need an extra layer before booting up the heating to full blast during the really cold months.  Go for neutrals; stripes will take over the conference call.


Cape-wise, I love these two from Zara.  Note how each is worn.  Pic 1 balances out a wider top half with slim knee high boots and not much else, while pic 2 is long and lean and worn with boot leg legs for a relaxed look.


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Best of the Rest.

A couple of other options include boucle and long shackets.  I mentioned on my Instagram Style Surgery that boucle styles are around this autumn/winter.  I’m loving the trench ideas here from Topshop, which are belted and smart.  Great for work, but also adding style to weekend outfits.  H&M has lengthened its shackets, which won’t see you right the way through winter, but with clever layering a good way through the next few weeks.  Nice with straight leg trousers as well as jeans and trainers at weekends.


Lastly its leather (look).

A couple of Matrix-like ideas have been introduced this season.  I think I prefer the orange tan options, but black leather and its friendly faux options are firmly here, for those who perhaps really want to make a statement and be easy to clean.


Have a great week.


Gail x

Sweater Weather


This weekend’s Indian Summer aside, sweater weather is here people and I’m kind of loving it.  The  wardrobe switchover is in progress.  There’s no going back now.


The next few weeks will see us where our summer dresses until we can no more, but now is the time to look in our autumn/winter wardrobe and consider the gaps.


It might be because we’re due some excitement or that retailers have spotted an opportunity (*winks), but knitwear is looking very elevated this season.


Not content with introducing cashmere, alpaca and organic knits, the design options this year extends to  knitted gillets, cropped cable, and fringed knit trends.


Stocking up on timeless pieces?  Head to Marks & Spencer and Uniglo for great merino wool and cashmere knit classics at affordable prices.  Looking to update your wardrobe with some trend-led pieces take a look at the options below.



The Elevated Cardi.

Wearing your cardi as a jumper was in vogue last year.  This year the idea is being shown by every retailer.  The cardi shape is cropped to the waist, with longer versions tucked in to jeans.  Pretty buttons have been added and there’s the odd animal print.  It’s the statement knit of 2020.


The Knitted Top.

If you don’t fancy a buttoned down cardi then there are plenty of tops around.  Again, it adds a splash of colour to an outfit, suits the casual-come-stylish approach to dressing that we’ve come to love from this new way of life.  Great for those still working from home and jumping on zoom calls.


The Slipover.

Have you spotted the new trend yet?  Early adopters are calling it a slipover, but these were called tank tops and its THE knitwear piece for Autumn 2020 fashionistas.  I can’t say it’s my personal favourite, but then it wouldn’t suit my strawberry body shape.  Adding more squareness to my upper body than I need, but then fashion doesn’t take its lead from body shapes, it’s simply fun.  A few ideas below.



If you’re having trouble with what to wear this season, then it’s time to take action.  Do check out my services, including the Personal Style Development and Colour Consultation.  I’ll teach you what clothes work best for you to suit your personality and lifestyle.


Enjoy the delightful sweater weather to come and have a great weekend.


Gail xx

4 Items For Autumn


A new season is on its way and I for one am kind of thrilled.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve enjoyed a hot summer, so the air turning crisp is welcome, or that 2020 has been one big Groundhog Day, but I’m desperate to move forward.  September kicks off tomorrow and Autumn is not far behind.  Bring. It. On.


A change in weather can only mean one thing, a wardrobe switchover.  If you’re panicking about what to wear, especially as lockdown eases, fear not, I’ll be sharing ideas here.


Without further ado, here’s my top ideas to get you started.


4 Items for Autumn


A chunky boot.

Step into the new season with a solid, stylish step.  Chunky boots are a surefire way to ensure you don’t get trench foot during the rainy season and luckily they’re cutting the mustard in the fashion stakes too.

I have this simple pair from Dr Martens.   They remind me of my youth.  However, visit any retailer and there will be a version to suit you.  Team with straight jeans or maxi skirt and you’ll have an outfit to last you through to March.



The Shacket.

This season there are a number of lumberjack style checks in retailers such as Mango and Zara. I’m sticking with the two I have, camo and a simple khaki shacket.  They go with everything and I just love the way shackets don’t add too much bulk.  Alternatively, shackets don’t have lining so you can add chunky sweaters underneath, which you can’t do with a puffer.


If you have an hour glass body shape, choose a shacket with a belt, so that you don’t lose your waist.



A Link Chain Necklace.

Happy with your capsule wardrobe, but want a little update?  Add a chunkier necklace, as a nod to a new season look.  Rebooting many outfits for Autumn/Winter 2020 a chunky necklace, like this one from & Other Stories, is a simple and non-expensive way to update your total look with just one easy piece.



The Sweet Knit.

Feeling good and looking dreamy, a soft knit in a sweet colour is perfect segue way into the new season.  Wear it over a cami and team it with faux leather joggers and you’ve got an outfit that will take you from sofa to bar. Just add heels and a pair of hoops if you head out.


There’s an abundance of designs out there. I love the stylish move to wear a cardi as a sweater for a cute look.  There’s also nice cable knit versions from high street retailers.



Hope you like the those 4 ideas for autumn ideas.  I’ve more blog posts coming soon to help ease you into Autumn/Winter so do watch this space.


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Gail x

Selecting a Staycation Swimsuit To Suit Your Body Type

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Staying home this summer?  Let me make selecting a staycation swimsuit to suit your body type a little easier with some easy-to-follow rules.


Yes, we’re being blessed with some absolutely gorgeous weather right now.  Of course, the kids finish home-schooling this week, so the weather could change, but I’m trying to be positive.  Go with me.  That said, I’ve been looking at swimsuits rather than bikinis, so you won’t feel exposed should you find yourself sheltering from the wind.


There’s an abundance of gorgeous swimsuits in the shops and online.  However, to feel truly confident in what you’re wearing, where ever you are, I strongly suggest choosing a bathing costume that works well with your figure first, and follow what’s popular second.


Here’s some tips that will help you find what is going to work well for you.  I’ve included some guidance on what to look for and some ideas that fit the bill.


Selecting a staycation swimsuit



The aim of the swimsuit here is to help give you the appearance of curves.

Look for: strategic cut outs, higher cut legs, pleats/frills/embellishment on the chest and hips.




The aim of the swimsuit here is to support your curves.  You don’t want to lose your waist.

Look for: built in boob support, retro styles, belted swimsuits, wider straps, one colour elegance.




The aim of the swimsuit is to help balance out the hips.  Draw the attention upwards.

Look for: more fuss on the top half, halter necks with thin straps. Frills and flounce on the chest.  Horizontal necklines.



The aim here is to elongate the torso, create more of a waist and show off legs.

Look for clever ruching, darker colour panels down the sides and tankinis.


Inverted Triangle

The aim here is to balance the broader shoulder shape with the hips.

Look for V or sweetheart necklines to add focus away from the shoulders.  Padded or underwire cups give support to bust and asymmetric styles break up the neckline.



Hope that’s useful!  It’s little tweaks that can make a big difference to help you look good and feel great.


There’s lots of information there to let you make wise choices, but if you’re feeling confused about your body shape, don’t worry everyone’s shape is different.  If you want to learn more do drop me a line and sign up for my Body Shape and Colour Consultation.


Whether you are going away or not this year.  Have a great time.  You deserve it!


Til next time.


Gail xx


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