THE SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY EDIT

Hands up if you have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear for that big night out next Saturday? Birthday party, ladies’ night, cocktails and dancing til dawn; they’re all occasions that have outfit anxiety written all over them. The formula for a successful Saturday night outfit is easy. We want something that will allow us to shake and shimmy like Beyonce and that will act as a reminder that beneath the school runs and office stresses, there’s still a sultry sass pot hidden underneath.

The beauty of the arrival of the autumn/winter season is rails full of party pieces that work as well for a girls’ night out as they do for the Christmas festivities. From beautifully cut bodycon Versace to Sixties-inspired Escada shifts and golden ribbed sweater dresses by Michael Kors, our Saturday night party edit has something to suit all styles. Which one will you be rocking this time next week?

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Shop Saturday night styles from Versace, Michael Kors, ESCADA, Armani and more in store now at Robinsons. We’re the region’s leading designer boutique and we’re open 7 days a week, with free parking available right outside our Bawtry store. Visit us today at DN10 6JH. 

EMBRACE THE WARDROBE BUILDERS

Stepping into the new season isn’t always about shopping the top trends and walking into winter in a blaze of AW17’s sequins, checks, slogan tees and top-to-toe red. Our wardrobe essentials aren’t necessarily our most exciting buys of the season but they are the building blocks upon which those must-haves will rest, the glue that holds your outfits together, so to speak.

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These are the wardrobe builders, pieces that won’t go out of fashion but rather take you through season after season, switched and swapped but staying relevant as the trends change around them.

The Black Blazer

Blazers are big business this season but this wardrobe builder will go way beyond the boardroom. It’s a case of quality over quantity when it comes to blazers. Shun this season’s Prince of Wales check, slightly oversize 80s inspired versions and opt for something more classic instead. A black blazer can smarten an outfit instantly. Take tea dresses to the office and add some masculinity to your favourite winter florals. Big up your business acumen at that big interview or knock em dead slung over a silk camisole at the bar.

The Fine-Knit Sweater

Cashmere or exquisite quality wool; a crew neck fine-knit sweater will be your best friend during this transitional period when chunky cable knits are too heavy for the in-between weather. Cosy yet smart, the fine-knit sweater is loved by fashion maven Victoria Beckham, who rarely makes it through an international fashion week without being seen in one. Feather light knits layer well beneath the aforementioned blazer; add black cropped trousers and a court shoe for work. Fine knits will also pair down silk midi skirts and heels for dinner dates and enable you to adopt the nonchalant Parisian uniform of Emmanuel Alt once you add your Jacob Cohen denim and this season’s pointed boots. 

 The White Shirt

In a beautiful fluid fabric by the likes of ESCADA or MaxMara, the white shirt is a necessity. A humble hero that can form the base for a myriad of outfits, even the simplest of shirt styles can have huge impact when worn right. Olivia Palermo and Angelina Jolie are two of the white shirt’s biggest fans, each wearing the style staple in a fresh way. Palermo favours a preppy approach and you can follow her lead by buttoning your shirt right up to the collar and finishing with a statement necklace worn on the outside. Jolie’s more mature take on the white shirt is worn with a leather pencil skirt or immaculately tailored black trousers, always cropped at the ankle and worn with a heel.

The Black Pump

Simple, smart and sophisticated; black pumps like the Michael Kors Hamilton Heel are the crowning glory of any shoe collection. The black pump is the pair you’ll reach for most, for days in the office and nights on the town, plus every occasion in between. No wardrobe should be without them.

The Luxury Tote

Say ‘no’ to it bags if you’re building the foundations of a wear-forever wardrobe. Designer bags are always worth investing in – a recent investigation found that some hold their money better than gold – but it’s important to see the timeless through the trends. The Mulberry Bayswater is a true icon. Importantly, it isn’t just a truly gorgeous looking tote bag but is also practical too, big enough for all those bits that get you through daily life, from your laptop for work to bits for the baby and the kids’ iPads.

Invest in your wardrobe builders this season. Visit Robinsons today to shop the pieces you will turn to time and time again. Find us at DN10 6JH, where we are open 7 days a week with FREE parking available. 

LADY IN RED

Long after Chris de Burgh’s infuriatingly memorable ‘Lady in Red’, there is still something so empowering about a red dress, a style that has emerged as a micro-trend for the new season. The red dress commands a room and exudes confidence. It is a colour symbolic of so many things, love, danger, power, and whether worn in the boardroom or the bar, it makes a statement.

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With all eyes on you, the cut of your red dress is just as important as the colour. Such an attention-grabbing block colour demands a great cut and the way the fabric falls and folds on this ruched waist number by ESCADA sees it shoot straight to the top of our autumn/winter wishlist. With an eternally flattering V-neck, subtly fluted sleeves and detailing that draws the eye across the body and creates an optical illusion to cinch the waist, it has all the earmarks of a wardrobe staple.

The temptation to reach for your black opaque tights is sky high on a chilly winter morning but with a red dress they can look dated. Instead, opt for this season’s knee boots to reach up just below the hem of the dress or brave bare legs if you dare, ankle boots keeping your feet warm and your look on trend.

Ride the crimson tide this winter with new season styles from ESCADA and more of your favourite designers in store now at Robinsons. Visit us today at DN10 6JH.

AUTUMN/WINTER 2017 TRENDS: THE ULTIMATE EDIT

The schools breaking up signals the start of summer proper but it is impossible to ignore the tempting whispers of the new season trends that are slowly edging their way onto rails. It’s a process that begins quite slowly at first, an accessory here or a dress there, then before you know it autumn/winter pieces have infiltrated spring/summer stock entirely, tempting you to take a look at what we will all be wearing in a month or two’s time.

 

The first flurries of new season stock bring a sense of anticipation for any fashion lover. It seems just weeks ago that AW17 styles were sweeping the runways and now here they are, ready and waiting to transform your wardrobe for the season ahead.

It’s never too soon to shop, so here’s a peak at the new season trends set to steal the spotlight this coming season. Which ones are on your wishlist?

LADY IN RED

Chris de Burgh is no ordinary muse but ‘Lady in Red’ must have been on every fashion designer’s playlist last year, because the fiery shade is big news for AW17. Taking the hue into the new season means going full throttle, layering your look in a single shade and contrasting with one colour clashing accessory. Expect to see all red everything on the street style stars come September’s fashion weeks.

WAIST BELTS

Cinched silhouettes are poised for a comeback, with wide waist belts set to whittle waistlines this winter. Accentuate womanly curves with slender belts or add a little swerve to svelte silhouettes with wider styles.

POSH PLUMAGE

One of the trends set to ruffle feathers in AW17 is posh plumage. Marabou, ostrich, peacock; take your pick. All that really matters is that your eveningwear is worthy of a bird of paradise.  

LUXE LEATHER

New season Boutique Moschino brought with it gold studded leather looks that we just can’t get enough of. From a Moss-style mini skirt to a wear forever leather shift dress, your rock and roll tendencies are well taken care of with autumn/winter’s luxe leather trend.

SUITED AND BOOTED

Showing you mean business is easy this season, thanks to sharp suits in various shades of grey. There’s even talk of Prince of Wales checks making a comeback but we’d rather leave that element in the eighties. Instead, look towards MaxMara and ESCADA for a more modern, feminine take on the power suit trend.

Visit Robinsons at DN10 6JH to stalk the new season trends today.