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

Shopping for Black Sandals

 

I’m shopping for black sandals – the one pair of shoes missing from my summer 2020 wardrobe.  My last, beloved pair, from French Connection, gave up the ghost last year. I was devastated. I like what I like, so when I find a pair I really love I want them to last forever.

 

It’s been easy to go without during lockdown, but as that eases and I start to wear more than 10% of my wardrobe, stepping out of the house, I need to replace them.

 

My last black sandal was a chunky flatform.

 

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

 

Searching for sandals

 

It would be fairly easy to look for a replacement.  However, there is a trend that has caught my eye while I’ve been shopping for black sandals this summer.

 

The rise of the more sporty, utility sandal is gathering apace this summer.  It’s not a new trend, I know.  I remember seeing them on social media last year, but I dismissed them quickly as not for me.  Prada has a pair most ‘would die for’, but I’ve never been that cool.

 

 

 

Of course, now I’m filtering ‘black flat sandals’ in my online shop, I’m finding that high street retailers have followed suit.  If I’m totally honest, I’m starting to like them.

 

 

 

I really like the Teva range and there’s something about the Dune pair here that I like, which is so surprising, because they couldn’t be further from my usual choice! Of course, there are lots of different colour combinations available if you’re interested.  Marks and Spencer has a fun animal print pair.

 

I think it’s the chunky, solid, practical look of the utility sandal that appeals to me.  Yet, that’s what put me off when I saw them last year.  Too clumsy, too sporty, too sensible!

 

Procrastinating over a new pair

 

It makes me laugh that I’ve come around!  Have I been influenced?  You bet.  I’m tempted.  So much so, I’ve created a Pinterest board, collating images of how these babies look with outfits.  See it here.

 

Still, I am hovering over the favoured style I owned previously.  Admittedly, it’s a similar style, but I think more dressed up, less hitchhiker.   Here’s a selection of other black sandals, similar to the ones I lost.

 

 

 

From this selection I really like the &Other Stories pair and Zara (not included here) has a very similar pair currently available.

 

Hopefully I won’t procrastinate too long, or summer will be over.  I like the utility look, but I also really like a little added height when it comes to shoes, which a flatform sandal affords me.

 

Do I follow my instinct or the latest trend?   I think I’ll end up going for the latter to be honest.  In my heart, a flash in the pan trend isn’t for me or my purse.  What would you do?  Does a utility sandal have a place in your wardrobe?

 

Hope you enjoyed reading the post.  If you’re looking for more style ideas, check out my blog post with ideas for sunny weather here.

 

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

Gail x

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses To Wear Now

 

The current state of mind isn’t good. Understandably, our minds are full of worry.  There’s no shame in wearing pjs or sweatshirt and trackie bottom options day in day out, but what about the weekend?  Surely we need something different to switch up the mood.  I’ve found my trusty kaftan an absolute game changer when it comes to putting a spring in my step, so I’ve researched and found 16 spring kaftan dresses that you can buy online.

 

A kaftan is easy to wear.  Tick.  Its length normally falls to the floor, thereby eliminating a need for any other garment.  Tick.  You can wear it with flats or heels.  Tick.  A kaftan is mostly made from lightweight material (cotton or linen) and often comes in vibrant prints that can lighten any mood.  Double tick.

 

I bought my kaftan a few years ago in River Island.  It’s pretty loud, and I love it all the more for that.  It makes me feel like I’m on holiday, where I would normally wear it, but that won’t be happening any time soon.  It also makes it a good buy, because you can wear it around the house and in the garden now, then take it to foreign shores when the time comes.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses You Can Wear Now

Kaftan and cocktails!

 

So, have a look through the options below.  I’ve found some solid-colour spring kaftan dresses that have great detailing, ones that you can waft around in, floral hits, graphic prints and even a tie-dye option.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses

 

 

 

Statement jewellery goes well with this type of dress.  Large hoops and eye-catching pieces that dangle, or wrap a gorgeous cuff around your wrist.  You can go Grecian with tan leather thongs, or race it up a little with metallic heels.  The choice is yours and fun can be had.

 

Have a great weekend and don’t forget, if you would like a more personal, bespoke shop please let me know.  Here’s what some of my clients say about the services I offer.

 

Gail xx

4 Steps to Creating Your Own Style Mood Board

 

Creating a mood board is hands down one of the best ways to finding your own true style identity.  If you’ve ever looked in your wardrobe and wondered who the hell is the woman wearing the clothes in it?  Or you find that clothes are purchased on a whim only to be hung in the closet for the rest of time, then it’s likely they don’t represent the real you.

 

Don’t worry, we all get ‘influenced’.  It’s super easy to get caught up in following the trends or making rash purchases when you get an invitation to go out.  But what if your wardrobe is always prepared, always ready with smart choices that you love and wear with confidence.  It can be done.  You just need to know your own true style and stick to it.

 

One way to do this is by creating a style mood board.  It acts as a reference point to help you make wise choices, inspires you on days when you’re feeling a bit lost with what to wear, and is a constant source of inspiration to motivate and empower you to express your true self to those around you.

 

Style Mood Board Tools

 

So how do you create a style mood board?  Personally, I really enjoy using a cork board.  I bought mine for a couple of quid from an online shop and it was therapeutic to do a little cutting out and pinning.  I have the board in full view in my home office to refer to when I’m not sure what to wear.

 

Similarly, and great if you want to compile more than one board and have easy access where ever you are, there’s Pinterest.  A great app that you can download to your mobile, Pinterest offers oodles of fashion images from across the globe.  The options are endless here and it’s super quick and easy to delete and add at your whim.

 

Collating Styles You Like

 

If you’re going down the cork  board route, start by looking through magazines and pulling out images that inspire you.  You might have old mags in a drawer (or is that just me!) that you’ve kept because the looks in it inspire you.   Now is the time to dig out any scraps of inspiration you’ve held on to over time.   Also, go online and download pics from your favourite fashion websites.  You really need to draw together any looks that resonate with you.

 

4 Tips to Creating Your Own Style Mood Board - Gail Painter - Notgivinin.com

 

You’re looking for colours, patterns, cuts, items of clothing, and complete looks that appeal to you.  But also keep in mind that you are building a collage of styles you can/will want to wear so the looks must fit in with and support your lifestyle.

 

If you’re stuck on where to start with Pinterest, I would start by looking up your style icon/s.  There’s a reason why you love their look.  Perhaps you look similar, or love the way she/he wears their clothes.  You can then really deep dive into searching for more pieces. For example, I love Victoria Beckham’s style, which led me down a road looking for wide leg trousers.

 

Re-Load Your Own Style

 

You can also include pics of yourself.  Dig out pictures of you wearing your favourite outfits. My advice would be to look as far back in the photo album collection as you can.  You will likely spot a look that has got lost in translation over the years that you need to be drawn back to.

 

Your Fashionista DNA

 

Once you have lots of images to hand or pinned to a draft Pinterest board, it’s time to hone down what really resonates with you?  Is there a trend appearing?  A finite look revealing itself.

 

From mine you can see that I have a real penchant for denim.  Jeans are a big part of my wardrobe, but I didn’t realise how much, they’re all over the board.  I also like light, neutral colours, and there is a bias for black too and simple designs.  Accessories are a big love too.  Handbags have always been really important to me.  I change my handbag to work with my outfit, daily.

 

4 Tips to Help You Create Your Own Style Mood Board

 

Keep whittling down the images you have, it’s actually easy to do with a cork board as you only have a certain amount of space.  Gradually you will see a pattern forming, aligning with your style at its very core, this is true fashion DNA.  Casting to the side images that are on the periphery of what you like really helps to show you how you truly want to dress.

 

Keep it Handy

 

Keep your board handy.  Like mine, in the office, in sight.  If you’re working on a board online, download a screengrab to your laptop, tablet and mobile.  Refer to it every time you go shopping and especially before you consider following the latest trends so that you can stick to your fashion DNA.

 

Sticking to your true style identity when you go shopping can be very handy.  Your wardrobe should work more cohesively, a capsule wardrobe could appear naturally, and you won’t be wasting your hard-earned cash.

 

If you want to, and you’re enjoying getting crafty, you can build more boards to help plan seasonal looks.  Try building a board or two for spring/summer and autumn/winter looks.  Or, create a couple around the different areas of your life, work (you might have more than one career), life, hobbies, etc.

 

Happy pinning!

 

 

Gail

 

P.S.  If you would like a more personal approach to finding your style I work in Bristol and Bath, helping women and men discover their style and wear it with pride.  Find out more about my services here.

What To Wear If You Don’t Fancy Puff Sleeve Tops

 

Puff sleeve tops.  The trend has been around for a little while and they seem to be everywhere right now.  Personally, I’ve tried them, because I love the oh-so feminine touch they offer to your outfit, but I don’t find them that flattering on me.   Professionally, it’s got me scouring the net looking for alternatives, because I need to know where I can find great alternatives.  Following the trends doesn’t work for every body.

 

Unsurprisingly, as a personal shopper I’m on the high street a lot. I’ve been looking for weeks for new tops.  A great top and jeans is a fail-safe combination to lever you out of the house post-winter.  Like a lot of people, I’ve been feeling the sinking feeling of this never-ending winter so I’ve been looking for a new top to lift my own spirits.  It can be the quickest and easiest piece to find and add to your wardrobe.  However, I’ve found it really tricky.

 

Everywhere I go however, there are puff sleeves and they just don’t suit me.  I  carry my weight on the upper half of my body, so all I’m doing is adding more width.   Call it inverted triangle, strawberry, or whatever, this body shape doesn’t suit a puff top that well if you want balance in your body shape.  I don’t think it’s that great if you have a short neck either #justsaying.

 

Of course, go for it if you are strawberry and you are aiming for a dramatic look.  Go all out Lady Gaga-like if you so choose.  You can really make an entrance and New Look has an abundance of puff sleeves that are ‘well-puffy’ if you’re interested.   But what if you want a bit more balance to your overall appearance, like me.

 

Well don’t worry, my conundrum has led me to do some searching online and I thought I would share what I found with you.

 

So, what’s new in &Other Stories

 

 

I absolutely adore these shapes, particularly the utility blazer that you don’t even need to wear a top underneath.

 

Blue is a fantastic colour for spring, and it’s the colour of the year, so why not go all out.  I’m partial to a pussy bow.  It draws attention to the neckline, away from the shoulders and this top comes in a few colours.

 

Here’s a selection from Cos


I am a fairly new fan of Cos, but I’m liking what I see.  I think their sizes can come up quite big, aimed at taller folk, but I’m going to try some of these on soon.  There’s a large in Cabot Circus if you live in Bristol.

 

I think adding simple cuts to your wardrobe can extend the use of some other pieces you might already have. Bold colours and prints can brighten up a blazer, or wear with simple wide-leg trousers and bright heels for more impact.

 

There’s a wash of colour in Boden

These are great for adding some colour to the top half of your body.  Worn with denim, linen or cotton trousers they can really elevate an outfit.  Taking you from the dark neutrals of the winter into a much brighter spring.

 

N.B.  Hold coloured fabrics up to your face and look for a lift in your complexion.  Get the glow, it’s green for go!

 

If it’s a light knit you’re after, then head to Mango.

Perfect under a blazer or biker jacket now, these thin knit layers softly drape the body and can carry you into the summer with ease.  Feeling brave?  Whip out the fake tan and don’t forget to add some jewellery.  Layers of fine pieces will work well with delicate these, or simply a statement pair of earrings or ring.

 

That’s it from me.  Just a quick Saturday morning post.  Hope you like the ideas and if you’ve seen some pieces while you’ve been out shopping do share them  in the comments below.

 

Gail xx

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