FANCY FOOTWORK FROM JEFFERY WEST

Though the seasons and trends may change, our need for great footwear stays the same, which is why it’s all the more important to choose wisely when it comes to your dancing shoes.

These new season styles may be making their debut for AW17 but the craftsmanship behind Jeffery West earned the designer a reputation to be reckoned with years ago. Visit Robinsons today and invest in the very best when it comes to fancy footwear; your feet and your wardrobe will thank you for it. 

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THREE NEW RULES FOR WINTER WEDDING DRESSING

The summer months may command the majority of matrimonial rendezvous but winter weddings have a certain charm when it comes to dressing as a guest. Heavy, luxurious brocade, silk and velvet fabrics, deep jewel tones and an opportunity to up the ante on the glamour front are all deciding factors in our love for a winter wedding. Here are three new rules that’ll turn one of life’s most sartorially challenging soirees into a winter walk in the park.

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THINK DIFFERENTLY WHEN IT COMES TO FABRICS

Summer weddings are a haze of chiffon, silk and lace, all of which can work for winter too; it’s all about how you style them. Opt for heavier, more structured lace styles, like this Michael Kors dress with heavy lacework in wedding perfect shades of blue and cream. Whilst subtle, the black detailing in amongst the blue and cream puts a winter spin on the classic floral lacework. When it comes to silk and chiffon, switching it up for a winter wedding can be as easy as adding a sleeve or going deeper with your colours. Swap summer’s ice cream hues for jewel tones; emerald, ruby and amethyst shades are everywhere this season and they’ll all add drama to your winter wedding look. 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO PUT THE BOOT IN

A leg-lengthening strappy sandal will forever be our shoe of choice for summer nuptials but winter calls for a heavier approach to footwear. Boots lend attitude to a look, intensifying winter florals and taking silk shift dresses from summer loving to ideal winter wedding attire. Sock boots are huge for AW17, tight through the ankle and finished with a pointed toe for a seriously flattering end to your outfit. They look incredible with chiffon florals, their feminine cut keeping them in line with what is traditionally considered to be acceptable attire when it comes to welcoming the newlyweds without sacrificing your individual style.     

JUMP TO IT

Jumpsuits are an integral element of our wardrobes nowadays and they serve every possible purpose and occasion. From slouchy jersey styles for sleek off-duty days to the immaculately tailored versions we find ourselves reaching for even more often than we do our LBD, the jumpsuit isn’t going anywhere. If summer has exhausted your love of skirts and dresses, a smart jumpsuit is a great alternative. Wearing black for a wedding was once considered the ultimate fashion faux pas but with that no longer the case, a beautifully fitted black jumpsuit becomes a flattering and chic option. Likewise, head-to-toe red worn with a matching scarlet lip will steal the show. With the exception of the bride, of course.

We’ve got what to wear for a winter wedding all tied up in store at Robinsons. Visit us today at DN10 6JH to shop winter wedding looks that’ll leave you second only to the bride in the style stakes. 

TRENDING: POLKA DOTS

Polka dots are unashamedly feminine and the revival of this classic print on the autumn/winter 2017 catwalks has filtered down to the rails of Robinsons for the new season.

Enjoy your own dalliance with dots this winter in Boutique Moschino, the label’s designer Jeremy Scott famed for his tendency to create collections that are as playful as the print itself. The monochromatic looks may lend some Minnie Mouse connotations, but we offer nothing but encouragement when it comes to embracing a print that doesn’t take itself too seriously. After all, few of this season’s trends are quite so fun and frivolous.

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Add a playful edge to your outerwear in this Boutique Moschino Embroidered Matelassé jacket, featuring embroidered white polka dots on a black background. The chic style is incredibly versatile; dress down for the weekend with dark denim and up for the office with cigarette trousers cropped at the ankle and worn with patent black courts.

Equally adorable in the print of the season is the Boutique Moschino Black Polka-Dot Bow Dress. With a shorter hemline to balance that pretty polka dot print, the black crepe dress with bow detail has a classic semi-fitted cut that makes it perfect for the office and smart evenings out. Polka dots are timeless and the subtle dotted detail on this little black number will slot straight into your wardrobe with ease.

Shop new season trends in store now at Robinsons. Find us at DN10 6JH, where free parking and week-round opening hours make it even easier to shop the AW17 collections of fashion’s biggest names. 

GETTING HEAVY FOR AW17

Negotiating the transition in trends and seasons isn't easy when your heart says 'cling onto spring/summer' but your head says that ship has long since sailed. The arrival of London Fashion Week signals the start of the new season in fashion, whilst a reluctant setting of the timer on the central heating proves that the weather has turned towards winter once and for all. Whilst some may lament the loss of their shorts and sandals for another year, we're relishing the thought of layering textures in a way only winter allows.

Chunky knits and boots may be winter staples, but their appeal increases exponentially when you pair them with statement fabrics like suede and leather. Too heavy for summer, these luxe pieces come into their own when the temperatures plummet. Outfit heroes when it comes to layering yet perfectly presentable with a pair of heels for a big night out, suede skirts and leather dresses are a confident choice for cold days and smart nights.

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The Lexington suede dress looks great with boots during the day, worn with simple white shirt for a more office appropriate pairing. When it comes to night, we can't get enough of the brand new panelled leather dress by MaxMara. It's a classic, with a flattering A-line cut and a v-neck, it's leather soft as butter and it's sex appeal sky high. And if that wasn't enough, there's the piece de resistance to seal the deal...it has pockets. A great quality leather dress is one of the most versatile additions to any winter wardrobe. While there's still a little warmth, layer with a shirt or wear it alone when when the bar is providing the heating. Later, when winds are icy and bare legs are a no-go, just add tights and layer your knits over or under. It's a piece you'll play around with for years and in great quality leather, this is one dress that is in it for the long haul.

Time is running out to get your wardrobe winter ready. Visit Robinsons today at DN10 6JH to shop AW17 collections from MaxMara, Lexington and more of the biggest names in fashion.