DIAGNOSING OUR SUMMER STYLE SCHIZOPHRENIA

Vogue calls it ‘style schizophrenia’. It’s triggered by the hauling of a suitcase from a loft and ends only when our feet are firmly back beneath our desks in a week, maybe two, maybe more if we’re lucky.

The hems on the denim jeans we live in all year round get shorter, replaced by the cut-offs we wouldn’t give a second glance on home shores. But everyone needs shorts when they’re by the sea, right? Boho creeps into our minds this time of year too, as much as we’ve tried to avoid the trend ever since Sienna Miller put it at the forefront of fashion circa 2004. All of a sudden, the slouchy belts are back, clinging to simple Sarah Pacini summer slips and broderie anglaise white dresses, another no-go in the great British weather of home. On holiday they become our go-to, part prairie girl, part free-spirited Californian. Colourful kaftans become an acceptable beach-to-bar uniform too; it’s too hot to wear much else in the Mediterranean sun. Yellow creeps its way into our wardrobe, especially when it looks like this little Versace number. Tanned legs are call for floaty hems, a celebration of freedom after months hidden beneath black trousers and rigid denim.

Straw clutches and bright Michael Kors shoulder bags replace our usual black tote, and espadrilles pay our ankles some attention after months in black boots and loafers. Tassels take to our ears, stacks of bracelets take to usually bare wrists and our necklines become bedazzled with delicate gold chains, layered for ultimate LA appeal.  

Nothing says ‘summer has arrived’ quite like a case full of new arrivals, a stack of freshly torn-off tags to one side. Now that August has arrived, is your summer holiday self ready for sun, sea and sand? If not, visit Robinsons today at DN10 6JH.  

A FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

We shouldn’t wait until the third Sunday of June to show Dad how much he means to us, but woe betide any son or daughter who doesn’t unleash the gifts come Sunday 18th June.

But what do you buy the man who already has an overflowing sock drawer and a toolbox fit to burst with tools that, according to Mum, he never gets around to using?

We have put together our annual Father’s Day gift guide, full of designer options that promise to get the nod of approval from Mum. Who knows, some of them could even distract attention away from that awful Dad dancing he insists on demoing at any given opportunity.

A new wallet is the perfect way to say a cheeky, slightly ironic thank you to the Dad who is always digging deep for the family. This timeless Oak Mulberry Wallet is a classic; ideal for Dads who refuse to give their wallet the heave-ho until it’s on its last legs, this one will last Dad years. We have styles from Versace and Hugo Boss available in store now, too.

Cufflinks are small but mighty and there is no mistaking their ability to complete Dad’s outfit when he is suited and booted.  As South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire’s leading Mulberry stockist, we have Mulberry cufflinks available in various designs including these Rectangular Plaque and Coin styles.

Dad can put his best foot forward in new kicks from Hugo Boss. Dodgy Dad shoes are a thing of the past; our old men are more stylish than ever and these Hugo Boss trainers will be a far more welcome addition to their footwear collections come Sunday than that pair of socks you had a in mind.

Leave the ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mug on the shelf this year. Visit Robinsons today and shop for a Father’s Day gift that’ll put a smile on the face of the main man next Sunday instead.

 

 

THE ROBINSONS GUIDE TO MOTHER’S DAY

She’s spent hours on the sideline in the rain and she’s washed the muddy socks afterwards. She puts David Copperfield to shame with her abilities to magic a perfectly pressed outfit from the deepest, darkest depths of the wash basket in little more than an hour. She’s an unofficial and unpaid chauffer, cleaner, personal assistant and nanny.

Mum deserves a medal, but she’d prefer a Mulberry.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – that’s Sunday 26th March, in case Mum usually takes care of the diary too – and we have plenty of gifts that’ll show the special lady in your life that all her hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed over the years.

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but handbags come a very close second. We have classic styles from Mulberry, ESCADA, Versace and Michael Kors in store now, along with a great selection of purses, wallets and cosmetic pouches, too.

Jewellery lasts longer than flowers and it won’t throw mum’s diet off track quite like those chocolates will. After all, isn’t that what a huge Mothering Sunday roast dinner and dessert is for?

Natural semi-precious stones and crystals, such as ethereal moonstones, opals and bohemian turquoise, are carefully selected and set within solid silver to create Soru Jewellery, a brand loved by the likes of Kate Middleton, Fearne Cotton and countless other sartorially-savvy celebrity names. Alternatively, there’s jewellery by Versace, new in store at Robinsons.

Mum deserves the best. Visit Robinsons today to find a Mother’s Day present as special as she is. 

THE ROBINSONS GUIDE TO DRESSING FOR A WINTER WEDDING

We love a good wedding, but dressing for a winter wedding can be something of a minefield. You need to look suitably chic but this isn’t the midst of summer, when legs can be bare, colours pastel and floral dresses a failsafe. Winter weddings can be mean battling wind and rain, not to mention the turmoil which comes with finding a coat to match your outfit. Here are three things to bear in mind when you start shopping for your winter wedding look.

 

AUTUMNAL HUES

The first thing to consider when it comes to planning the perfect outfit for those winter weddings is colour. Veer away from unseasonal pastels and turn to jewel tones instead. AW16 collections are full of these sophisticated shades, so you’ll find them far easier to happen upon than the usual candy colours of a summer soiree. Rich emerald green, ruby, champagne and sapphire shades are made for winter weddings, and they’ll look unbelievable when you pair them with a deep red lip.

FINE FABRICS

Summer weddings usually involve acres of tulle, chiffon and lace, but heavier fabrics are in order when it comes to winter. There’s something luxurious about the weight of a great quality velvet or thick satin, not to mention the extra warmth that comes in handy at a winter wedding. Plush jacquard dresses will make quite the entrance and you can even break the cardinal sin of wearing black to a wedding, so long as there’s some colour courtesy of heavy embroidery or embellishment.

GREAT LENGTHS

The great thing about a winter wedding is that the addition of sleeves means you can take your hemline a little higher. That said, long sleeves look equally as amazing with floor-skimming maxi dresses, those jewel tones making the look all the more dramatic. If you have the height to make it work, flat shoes will keep the look more casual if you’re headed for a more laidback venue and they’ll keep you on the dance floor into the early hours, too.

 

Visit Robinsons of Bawtry to day to shop winter wedding outfits from designers including ESCADA, Armani Collezioni, Moschino, Versace and more.