THE NEW WAY TO WEAR THE CLASSIC FAUX FUR COAT

When it comes to winter coats, there is no style more classic than the faux fur jacket.

Carrie Bradshaw championed the look from the steps of her Manhattan brownstone in the Sex in the City days and, way before then, our grandmothers reached for the vintage fur coat for their own evenings on the town. For those of us who are not fortunate enough to be in possession of fashion’s chicest hand-me-down, the faux fur is the must-shop style of the season. However, while it may be a wardrobe classic, the new way to wear the faux fur is more street style star than night at the opera.

The new fur coat isn’t only for ladies who lunch. Instead it is for those who refuse to let average outerwear ruin an otherwise ideal outfit. The modern faux fur way calls for distressed denim and leather leggings, worn with beanie hats and cross-body bags.

What’s more, there isn’t a festive fabric that faux fur doesn’t work with, so make like Ms Bradshaw and wear your boxy faux fur coat over your sequin dress or leather mini come New Year’s Eve. After all, we Northerner’s mightn’t be known for our love of a coat on a night on the town, but who really wants to see 2017 in with the flu?

Daywear doesn’t have to be any less glam either, especially when you wear your faux fur with a black turtleneck, skinnies, a black beanie hat and some oversized sunnies to ward off the winter glare.

The key to styling your faux fur more like Ms Moss than the high-society set is to keep the rest of your luck casual. Twist hair into a nonchalant top-knot or let it hang loose and wavy around your shoulders; this isn’t a time for sleek, straightened locks or chic chignons, both of which are far too prissy for this season’s effortless off-duty look.

Visit Robinsons today to shop new season faux fur coats including this short boxy style by Armani Jeans

GET MORE WEAR FROM YOUR PARTY PIECES

Think about it; you spend weeks searching the shops for the perfect party piece, which invariably is a bigger investment than usual and almost always more beautiful than most of your wardrobe, only to wear it once – feel like a million dollars – then relegate it to the back of the wardrobe until the festive season rolls around again next year.

A great dress isn’t just for Christmas!

Leaving that gorgeous sequin dress or little black cocktail dress to languish alone and unworn once the champagne has run dry at the New Year’s parties is sartorial sacrilege, especially when one failsafe equation can stretch the cost-per-wear of the festive season’s chicest pieces, too.

So, when the Christmas party is over and the clock has chimed well past midnight on New Year’s Eve, don’t bury your festive favourites in the back of your wardrobe. Instead, think one part dressy and two parts casual.

Wear your sequins with slouchy knits and boots, layering a chunky grey knit sweater over a gunmetal silver sequin dress like this one from Ralph Lauren.

Add a leather jacket to your slinky cocktail dress, like this red flounce sleeve style from Michael Kors, adding trainers for a sports-luxe edge or even loafers for a vintage feel.

Wear your glitziest handbag and skyscraper-high heels with distressed denim jeans and a simple white shirt; the perfect Saturday night look on any weekend of the year.

Two parts casual to one part dressy; it’s the failsafe equation that will guarantee you get more wear from your party pieces this winter.

Shop the perfect party pieces for the festive season (and beyond!) now at Robinsons of Bawtry, where we are open 7 days a week, plus late on Thursdays, in the run up to your most fashionable Christmas yet. 

FIVE WAYS TO ADD AN EDGE TO AN ALL-BLACK OUTFIT

We don’t save our black outfits for Halloween and, in the words of Wednesday Addams, “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”. In the meantime, here are four ways to add interest to your all-black outfits this winter, because we all know that this is one colour that will never go out of fashion.

PLAY WITH TEXTURES

Your first port of call when it comes to adding interest to an all-black look, is to play with texture. Silk, fur, lace, leather, chiffon and wool all add a new dynamic to dark looks, so wear a fur coat with your black skinnies, or layer a long black jumper over a pleated silk or chiffon skirt and wear with leather boots.

BELT UP

Belts have had a bit of a moment this season and they’re set to remain a must have for the foreseeable future. A simple patent style with a gold or rose gold buckle will glam up a black shirtdress and cinch you in at the waist, too. Alternatively, go for something that makes a real statement if you’re dressing for a big night out. The belt will become the focal point of your outfit and ensure your whole look is anything but boring.

GO SHEER

There’s something super sexy about an all black outfit with a flash of flesh, especially when it peeks through a sheer black shirt. Lace has been a favourite since way back when, but sheer chiffon shirts look rock-chick cool with black skinnies or a leather skirt. Just make sure you’re wearing the prettiest underwear anyone ever did see underneath! For those who find the look a little intimidating, sheer panels or sleeves will hint at the look without revealing too much skin.

MAKE A STATEMENT

Statement accessories are a fast track way to upping the ante of your all black look. A statement necklace can completely transform your look and take it from day to night, whilst a handbag in a deep shade of oxblood or even leopard print breaks up the black. Studs and metallic accents up the luxe factor of your all-black loo

Visit Robinsons of Bawtry today and switch up your all-black outfit for the season ahead. 

STYLE ESSENTIALS TO SEE YOU THROUGH TO SPRING

We've seen the first flurries of snow and it's clear that winter has arrived! Whilst we aren’t keen on the thought of dark mornings and cold nights, we’ve got to admit that we’re sort of looking forward to getting some of our winter favourites out of storage and back in the wardrobe. In addition to those wear-forever pieces that have seen you through season after season, there are some must-haves that you’ll need to add to see you through the icy cold days ahead. Here is our pick of the style essentials that will see you through until spring. 

Thick Cable Knit

Evoking all sorts of connotations of rugged weekends in the wild Scottish Highlands, the thick cable knit comes around time and time again. We favour neutral shades of oatmeal, black, navy or marl grey, preferably worn with slim fit jeans or chinos. Add a new season spin to your thick knit by layering it over a thin polo neck; added warmth and extra style points all round. 

Boots 

A great pair of boots is a winter must have, with designers including Jeffery West, Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss offering some of the our favourites new season styles. There’s nothing to say they must be black either; brown boots are more popular than ever and work especially well with casual weekend wear, whilst Jeffery West’s Victoriana-inspired styles will add a cheeky edge to smarter looks. Blue suede shoes are another option and they will give you a look that is more Mumford & Sons than Elvis Presley. 

Thin Knit

A thin knit, like those currently available in store from Polo Ralph Lauren, will add infinite layering possibilities to your wardrobe. Wear over a shirt or beneath a suit jacket, or opt for a polo neck style and channel a smart Parisian edge that is perfect with dark skinny jeans and a great pair of Jeffery West boots. 

Chambray Shirt

Designers including Hugo Boss, Lexington and Armani all featured their own take on the chambray shirt in their AW15 collections. A favourite of Hollywood’s main men and a look that is cool but casual, blue chambray has an effortless edge that’s hard to replicate. 

Chinos 

Along with offering some of the smartest denim styles in the world of menswear, designer Jacob Cohen turns his attention to chinos too. Like his jeans, Jacob Cohen’s chinos are beautifully crafted, with the same implicit attention-to-detail you have come to expect from the menswear maestro. With the same pony skin labels and bold pocket handkerchiefs too, there’s no mistaking the Jacob Cohen touch. 

Top Tailoring

Winter is the perfect time to introduce a blazer or suit jacket into your wardrobe. Capable of smartening an outfit in an instant, a great tweed jacket takes a simple shirt and jeans combination to a new level. Pair with chinos for casual Sunday lunches or evenings in the local pub and twin with skinny jeans in a dark wash when the occasion calls for something smart, but a suit just doesn’t quite fit the bill. 

Does your winter wardrobe need work? Visit Robinsons today and shop the latest collections from labels including Hugo Boss, Jeffery Campbell, Armani, Lexington, Jacob Cohen and Polo Ralph Lauren.