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.