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.

THREE WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR WEEKEND STYLE

After a busy working week, it is easy to fall into a style slump when the weekend rolls around. The active wear you throw on for the gym later suddenly becomes acceptable for running errands and you find yourself wondering when you last wore anything but denim. Mix it up this weekend with our weekend style upgrades, three ways to up your weekend game to 100% with zero effort.

MAKE A STATEMENT

There is no woman in the world who doesn’t appreciate the potential a statement bag has to completely transform an outfit. Switching up your trusty black ‘holds-everything’ tote bag for something a little more adventurous triggers a switch that says “the weekend is here!”

As Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire’s leading Mulberry stockist, we can’t resist the temptations of a pop of colour courtesy of the British designer brand. From the Lily in Ocean Green or Scarlet to the colour-block Cheyne, there is no quicker way to take your jeans and white shirt or black jumper from boring to brilliant. A great designer handbag is a failsafe way to prove your style credentials.

SWITCH JEANS FOR SKIRTS

If weekend = jeans where your wardrobe is concerned, you are not alone. After a working week in more tailored pieces, reaching for your jeans signals the start of your down time. We will never stop loving our designer denim staples but swapping your jeans for a skirt every now and then is one of the quickest way to upgrade your weekend style. Our Lexington Striped Skirt is one of the easiest items to wear for dressed down weekend breakfasts or shopping trips. Later, you’ll be amazed at how wearable a mini becomes when worn with a simple black T-shirt for dinner at a friends.

 

AND FINALLY, DON’T SAVE PIECES FOR BEST!  

Why is it that we save our absolute favourite items of clothing for special occasions? They are often some of the more expensive pieces in our wardrobe and buying them fills us with the kind of excitement that only clothes shopping can, yet we relegate them to the backs of our wardrobes until the next wedding or day at the races rolls around.

Unearthing some of these items doesn’t only better their cost-per-wear, it also upgrades your weekend look without added expense. Try wearing that full midi skirt with a grey sweater or great quality white T-shirt (both of which are absolute must-haves), or dress down a floaty maxi with trainers. You will be amazed at how much more wear you get from your wardrobe.

Is your weekend style due an upgrade? Visit Robinsons today to shop weekend-ready new season looks from designers including Michael Kors, Armani, Mulberry, Escada and more. 

ARE YOU BEACH READY?

Are you beach ready? We aren’t talking about hours in the gym; in our eyes, being beach ready means cramming our cases, not cutting out carbs. Temperatures are hotting up, holidays are on the agenda and thoughts are turning towards beachwear. After all, nothing beats the feeling of stripping down and feeling the sun on your skin after another seemingly endless winter under the grey skies of the UK. New arrivals from Ralph Lauren and Lexington are available in store now at Robinsons and there’s a bikini to suit every destination.

This blue and white painterly print Ralph Lauren bikini was made for summer days on the French Riviera, whilst glamour pusses bound for the idyllic Greek isles will appreciate the metallic sheen on this snakeskin number. This striped Lexington bikini is nautical and nice in equal measure; wear yours on that cruise to Croatia and the sultry Mediterranean.

 

Visit Robinsons today at DN11 6JH and curate your capsule holiday wardrobe with the help of our style assistants.