30
May

3 cool ways to look hot, even if the weather’s not

Spring Summer 2019 seems to be all about having a little extra – and that’s from head to toe. We’re seeing oversized hats, shout-out colours in tie-dye and neon, and even the humble sandal has suddenly become bold. Check out our top three fashion must-haves for your very own sizzling hot Spring.

1. You can leave your hat on…

…but only if it’s enormous. The fashion for oversized hats actually landed in SS18 with the success of the Jacquemus La Bomba hat, but more and more brands are now vying for a piece of the action. We’re seeing fabrics from tulle to raffia and everything in between and styles emulating witches’ hats, flowers and, well, candyfloss actually. At least these accessories are useful come rain or shine. Shelter beneath your very own and show off your flamboyant side.

2. The devil’s in the detail

There’s no space for plain and simple this season. Whether you go for fringing or feathers or choose to show off complexity in colours, SS19 is all about mixing it up. Fringes are everywhere: on dresses, jackets, skirts but partywear is where the frou-frou is at its most frivolous. Colours and, for that matter patterns, are also all about throwing caution to the wind. SS19 is all about bright, bold and badly clashing! Tie-dye, neon and floral are all on the table with mix and match a must. No-one’s going anywhere incognito this season.

3. Fancy footwork

Our favourite friend for warmer climes, the sandal is finally getting some extra love. Having been clumpy and geekish as well as strappy and barely-there, this timeless footwear has been through some evolutions. This year, it’s joining the fashion for funky fringing and feathers. Check out this gallery from Elle.com to see how you can be footloose and fancy-free this Spring.

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Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody

Sports Direct

Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody – £85.00

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress

Sports Direct

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress – £30.00

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies

Sports Direct

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies – £6.00

15
May

5 inspirational ideas to keep the kids occupied during half term – whatever the weather!

Come rain or shine – and let’s face it, both have equally good odds here in the UK – half term is approaching and the kids need occupying. Check out our 5 inspirational ideas for fun activities, even when you’re dealing with four seasons in one day…

  1. Check out Hooplakidzlab on YouTube. They’ve got some amazing fun science experiments for kids which will have them shrieking with delight and include some hidden learning. That’s every parent’s favourite form of fun, surely? We particularly liked the marshmallow catapult and the elephant toothpaste. Great activities for less than Spring-like weather and, best of all, they’re really easy to equip yourself for too. Most shopping centres will have everything you need to be mini scientists for the day.
  2. While we’re on the topic of marshmallows, why not head out to your local shopping centre and treat the kids to a hot chocolate with marshmallows? Delicious and warming, while you’re there you can also pick up some crafty bits and bobs for some more wet wear play sessions.
  3. There are some fabulously effective, yet simple, craft ideas here on the Red Tricycle All using paper as a basic material, they’re imaginative and fun. We can definitely see some games developing from some too, such as flying your model aeroplane, or playing king of the castle with your newly-created crowns.
  4. Crafting is an activity that kids never tire of. Why not head to the shops and grab some materials to start your creative juices flowing. Think fabric offcuts, headbands or sunglasses that can be upcycled or some cheap and cheerful socks to create your very own puppet show. Don’t forget to choose a couple of different types of glue so that everything sticks well and see what wonders you can create.
  5. If nothing but fresh air will do, why not try some pond dipping? Let’s face it, you’re getting wet anyway so this feels like the ideal activity for a rainy half term. These days, there are some excellent wildlife kits available for kids but, if you’re doing things the spontaneous way, just grab a net and some Tupperware to hold your finds plus a spoon to use to examine your samples more closely. Along with your wellies and wet weather gear, you’ll be ready to go. Who said a rainy day was boring?

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Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket

Sports Direct

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket – £11.99

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H - Hb

Tesco

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H – Hbb – £7.00

 

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit

WHSmith

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit – £8.99

 

 

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net

Argos

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net – £11.99

 

1
May

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29
Apr

Five ways shopping can boost your health and wellbeing

With Spring, or, if this month’s weather is anything to go by, Summer, in the air, now’s the time you’ll probably be itching to get out and about at lunchtime.

And, who could blame you? Yep the aircon is probably on at full blast and you’ll want to take off those layers keeping you warm in the office. Why do offices do that?

Oh, and it’s not just about keeping warm – ready for the science bit, research has shown that getting away from your desk for an hour can help boost creativity and energise you.

So, with all these great reasons in mind, there’s not really any excuse not to get on down to your local shops and high street.

Here’s why:

Bask in the warmth

If, like us, you’re counting down til’ payday, shopping may not appeal right now. However, simply meandering around the shops is great for clearing your mind and getting your creative thinking on. Alternatively, grab a seat inside, or, outside of your fave coffee shop or seating area, take out your book and have some me-time. Not a reader? Grab an adult colouring book, or get into knitting – both proven to really chill you out.

Go shopping

If you have pennies left… lucky you! Then take advantage of retail therapy. Yup, that’s right. It really does what it says on the tin. Buying clothes, books and even kitchen wares are proven to make you feel satisfied and happy. And why wouldn’t it! It’s a great excuse to treat yourself without feeling guilty.

Get an MOT

No, we’re not talking about your car – although if you’re driving, why not treat your car to clean in the car park – we’re talking about you. An eye test, especially if you’re working at a computer, is an annual must and the great news is that it can be done during your lunchbreak. Here’s a little tip: If you use a computer for long periods of time, your employer may pay for your test too. Speak to the guys at the opticians when you book and to your employer. Bonus!

Claw back the healthy eating

The beginning of Spring means Summer really is just around the corner, which means we’re all getting into the ‘beach body’ spirit. And that means healthy eating. So kick start it now. Grab your spring greens and fish from a supermarket (check out this recipe for a great simple summer meal (add link) or visit a restaurant or café that offers healthy lunches. Yep, it’s that simple.

Bag a bargain

The first steps to feeling happy and energised is to feel satisfied. So, take advantage of these latest offers (add link) on your local centre’s page. Or, nab a bargain in one of the seasonal sales. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve saved cash while looking good!

Make someone else happy

A small gift can brighten up anyone’s day. And it’s proven to make you feel better too! Whether it’s a friend in need of a hot chocolate, or a quirky birthday card for a work colleague, a romantic card coupled with flowers for a partner, or just a simple keyring with a silly message, you call enjoy making someone smile. They may even pay back the favour – but that’s not why we do it… honest!

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Pick Me Up Giftset

Thorntons

Pick Me Up Giftset – £17.50

Milk Chocolate Smiles Bag

Thorntons

Milk Chocolate Smiles Bag – £3.50

 

Secret Garden: 20 Postcards

WHSmith

Secret Garden: 20 Postcards – £6.40

 

 

WHSmith Art Triangular Colouring Pens, Multi Ink (Pack of 30)

WHSmith

WHSmith Art Triangular Colouring Pens, Multi Ink (Pack of 30) – £9.35

 

23
Apr

Six ways to lift your look this Spring

It’s fair to say that our UK seasons don’t always have a clear beginning and end. Spring is officially here, according to the date and most of the plants in the garden, but if you’re having wardrobe nightmares with the constant is it/ isn’t it indecisive weather, worry no more. We’ve got some great ideas to make your wardrobe work with minimal outlay.

1 . Crafty thinking

Spring fashion has hit the shops. There’s a blast of colour and everyone’s feeling cheery at the sight of the nodding daffs. But, in the UK, we have to deal with the odd sub-zero early morning for a few more weeks yet so how can we bring this colour in to our existing wardrobe and avoid shelling out on clothes that don’t work with the weather?

Head on down to your local stationery or craft shop for a cheap and cheerful craft pack. There are a tonne of sequins, beads and other applique in these selections and they are perfect for adding a little extra to an old hat or scruffy t-shirt.

2. A trick of the light

The main difference between winter and spring trends is usually colour. If you’re not yet ready to ‘clast a clout’ why not buy some accessories to brighten up your existing outfits? We’re thinking scarves, belts, bags or shoes which trick the eye into seeing a brighter look. This approach keeps your costs down until Spring has completely sprung but cheers up your winter wardrobe. Check out this article by Vogue for inspiration – we’re loving the Prada headbands – an accessory that’s easy to emulate from the high street.

3. Get touchy-feely

Why not invest in a budget basic – we love t-shirts or lightweight jumpers for simplicity of design – and customise it to bring in the emerging Spring trends. Lighter weight fabrics might not be the obvious choice quite yet, but you can still use them to amazing effect when customising another item.

There’s a huge range of funky accessories that can be used to give your basic piece a lift. Think patches, gems or buttons from the craft shops or head to your local fabric shop and check out the offcuts bin. Small pieces of interesting, tactile fabrics such as net or satin can transform the look of a plain cotton tee.

4. Patchy showers

While you still need an extra layer during April and May, the bargain bin in the haberdashery department is most definitely your best friend. Search through for any brightly coloured fabric and create your own ‘fat quarters’ which can then be stitched together to create a bright, Spring-like pashmina-style scarf. Look for a range of patterns and styles to bring together for a really unique accessory.

5. Bags of style

One of the new catwalk trends this Spring is to wear not one but two handbags. Mix and match size, colour and style and wear one on each hip to create this crazy new look. Investing in a couple of small, budget bags is a quick and cost effective way of adding some colour to your outfit without blowing your budget.

6. Sparkle like the sun

Finally, don’t forget the bling! If the sun isn’t out to play, that doesn’t mean you can’t be. Grab some shiny, impactful gems and jewels and create a shining light of your own. Here’s some inspiration for looks that are trending but the general rule is…there are no rules. Big and bold is beautiful and will be sure to lift the heads of passers by.

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Rose Gold Finish Lucille Necklace Made With Swarovski® Crystals

Warren James

Rose Gold Finish Lucille Necklace Made With Swarovski® Crystals – £14.00

 

 

Lilley Beige Owl Printed Shopper Bag

ShoeZone

Lilley Beige Owl Printed Shopper Bag – £1.99

Multi Coloured Tropical Print Beach Bag and Purse

ShoeZone

Multi Coloured Tropical Print Beach Bag and Purse – £7.99

 

Shimmer Art

WHSmith

Shimmer Art (Klutz) – £9.35

 

29
Mar

5 Steps to Capsule Wardrobe Success

Our world is nothing if it is not consumer-led. We all enjoy filling our houses with accessories and clothing is now more affordable than ever.

It’s no surprise then, that we are seeing a surge in advice on how to de-clutter. Marie Kondo is probably the most famous declutterer – officially known as an ‘organisation consultant’.

So, with this topic hot on everyone’s mind, here’s how to get to grips with the idea of less is more.

Focused fashion

The idea of a simple, clutter-free wardrobe is nothing new in the fashion world. You’ll no doubt be familiar of the concept of a capsule wardrobe: one where you can pick and mix separates to create an outfit for any occasion. Many of us aspire to this notion but, for some reason, it’s harder that it looks to create this streamlined closet.

Here are our 5 steps to turn clutter to capsule:

  1. Donna Karan popularised the concept of a capsule wardrobe back in 1985 when she released a collection of seven interchangeable items of work clothing. So, is seven the magic number? Un-fancy.com thinks not. The general rule seems to be that you don’t have to have a magic number but you should aim for 50 or fewer pieces – that includes footwear and outerwear. So, step one is to begin with a clear out.
  2. The KonMari approach has introduced mindfulness to tidying, and it is widely believed that this is behind its immense popularity. Using this approach, it is suggested that you spend some time living with your newly pared-down wardrobe before refilling it. So, don’t rush straight out to the shops!
  3. The original concept of a capsule wardrobe was set out by Susie Faux, owner of a London boutique called ‘Wardrobe’. She stated that the perfect version would contain items that never went out of fashion, for example skirts, trousers and coats. These ‘staples’ can then be augmented with seasonal items to create colour and flexibility. The Blissful Mind believes there are ten essential items for today’s capsule wardrobe: a vest top, a short-sleeved t-shirt, a long-sleeved t-shirt, a blouse, a sweater, a black dress, a cardigan, a blazer, jeans, and a black skirt. Check out your wardrobe and make a note of any gaps or any extras.
  4. It’s time to be honest with yourself. Consider the various parts of your lifestyle: are you a parent who does the daily school run? Do you work? If so, are you office or home based? Do you spend most of your time in a city or country environment? Questions such as these will help you to determine whether any items in your wardrobe are surplus to requirements. They will also help you to tweak the capsule wardrobe essentials. For example, there’s little point in owning heels if you live in the country, work from home and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. Remember, being honest might mean parting with the chiffon party dress that you simply love but which is likely to be worn once every few years.
  5. Now for the fun bit! It’s time to shop for the finishing touches to your capsule wardrobe. Ok, before you jump into the car and whizz off to the mall, there needs to be some planning. Think again about the lifestyle you confirmed in step 4. And also think about your colours – what looks good on you? Many capsule wardrobe basics are monochrome to provide the greatest flexibility so it’s likely you’ll want to add some pops of colour into the mix. Understand your budget: if you are investing in a few key items, it’s better to buy quality. Sometimes, the clearance bargains are the things that take us off track – the sale is too tempting and we forget about fit, style and practicality.

The great thing about capsule wardrobes is that they can flex for the season. You don’t need to feel you have to shop for every eventuality: work out what you need for now and then go through your planning again a couple of weeks before the next season starts, ready to replace anything that’s not right for the weather and your lifestyle.

And there you have it: a fuss-free wardrobe which will save you time and money and mean you always look dressed to impress!

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Lee Cooper Essential Long Cardigan Ladies

Sports Direct

Lee Cooper Essential Long Cardigan Ladies – £9.00

 

 

Curver Your Style Large Cream

Tesco

Curver Your Style Large Cream – £3.00

Tesco Flocked Hangers 20 Pack

Tesco

Tesco Flocked Hangers 20 Pack – £10.00

 

13
Mar

Nailing That Fancy Dress Outfit For Comic Relief And Beyond

This month is the one that parents love and dread in equal measures. Yep, it’s probably the time when your kids are going to dress up a good number of times… gee, thanks Comic Relief and World Book Day. Whether you’re buying or making that special outfit, we know it can be a challenge. But, when it’s all done, those pics and smiles make it all worthwhile.

And let’s be honest, aside from these two events, there’s always a time for kids to dress up, whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or all the endless parties that seem to come around. That’s why we’ve come up with some quick and easy ways to nail dressing up this March and beyond, whether it’s a full-on outfit, or something more-simple.

1. Shop in advance

World Book Day was a great event. We saw Mario’s, Wonkas and Billionaire Boy. But, hands up who left it last minute and ended up in the shops on the night before? And who decided to order online only for it to arrive and be nothing as described? The key? Think ahead. Many stores stock fancy dress outfits all year round, meaning it’s great to pick one up in the sales, or when one takes your fancy. It’ll save that rush, and double up as a great imaginative play outfit when you’re having a day at home #doubleduty

fancy dress costumes

2. Get Crafty

If you’re stuck with a last- minute request for dress up, don’t despair.  Just think outta the (craft)box. We all have a pair of old tights we don’t wear. Grab them, cut one leg off and stuff it with cotton wool or old papers and mags. Tie a knot at the end and there’s a great animal tail right there. Embellish the look by raiding their craft box for feathers, sequins and, frankly anything you can get your hands on. Then, add the face paints and finish the look with a simple block colour outfit.

child in face paint and blue suite

3. Nailing that Comic Relief Outfit

Here’s a little bit of advance warning. On Friday 15th March, schools up and down the country will be getting into the spirit of Comic Relief and asking kids to dress up for a small donation. And there’s nothing like the present to get prepped. This year it’s all about digging out the reddest t-shirt, hat or silly wig and accessories – including those head boppers. If you don’t fancy going down the official merchandise route, there’s a huge range of stores that sell all the above, from accessories shops, supermarkets and craft stores. Just get your skates on because every parent in the country will be looking for that something red in the next few days.

boy with red teddy bear

4. Be a stress superhero

Ok, so we know this is cheating, but hey, who said you had to play by the fancy dress rules? If you have a kid that hates the idea of dressing up, help them out. A simple mask or cape, whether it’s home made or, bought is a great way to encourage the shy ones to get dressed up without the full shebang. Just team it up with their normal clothes, and Bob’s your uncle there’s some stress-free dress up right there. #yourewelcome.

boy dressed as a super hero

5. Shop sustainably

After World Book Day and Halloween, charity shops are inundated with those costumes that parents had pulled out from the year before, only to find they just didn’t fit their kid. Bad news for us, great news for you as many of these end up at the doors of charity shops. Pop on down and take a look, it may mean you get to grab a fancy dress outfit and be sustainable too!

shop front

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Sports Direct

Lee Cooper 2 Zip Gilet Mens – £13.00

 

 

WHSmith

Let’s Create Children’s Craft Set – £9.99

WHSmith

npw Hair Wraps – £9.99

Boots

ELC Medical Case- £16.00

 

 

 

 

26
Feb

It’s time to spring clean your wardrobe: the season of FUN is here!

You never quite know when it comes to the seasons in the UK but, at this very moment at least, the sun is doing its best to poke through. There are some promising signs of spring, with bulbs starting to peek through the soggy soil and, of course, the resilient and ever-reliable snowdrops are already bobbing their heads.

So, what do brighter days and lighter nights mean for our wardrobes? Well, it’s time to weed out some of the heavier colours and fabrics and embrace the season of choice. But, above all, this spring is all about fun and frivolity.

Oh boy, do the SS19 trends have something great in store for us (if you’ll pardon the pun).

outsized clothes

On the one hand, flowing, unstructured pieces, like the prairie dress, are all the rage, with colour being championed through the use of tie-dye and a sudden flood of what’s being called ‘egg-yolk yellow’.

But, at the same time, the suit is being celebrated with the unmistakable structure of the suit jacket being seen as an influence in many pieces. It seems we’re being invited to play around with styles and looks to our heart’s content.

In the true spirit of springtime fun, bows are playing a massive part in our outfits and accessories, in fact they’re everywhere. This Harper’s Bazaar piece gives us lots of ideas on how to wear them: big, small, in-your-face (or, more precisely, hair) or as subtle as can be. Teamed with this season’s other prerequisite, ruffles, they’re destined to create a floaty, romantic look as we all finally say goodbye to the dark days of winter and embrace the lighter, fun-filled days of spring.

Leopard PrintJust in case you’re not feeling quite that frilly and fancy-free (remember we did say this season is all about choice), here are some great examples of very sensible and sophisticated grown up bows from You magazine.

Finally, if you needed proof that animal print was having more than just a moment, this is it. Not only is it set to stay for SS19, but it’s on the increase. Zebra print and leopard seems particularly popular for spring.

Combine this with feathers, metallics, fringing, mixed patterns and neons, and, of course, those bows and ruffles and there’s no doubt we’re in for a fun and funky spring in the fashion world.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

OK, so we’re traditionalists at heart. Here are some of the more popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas from our love-struck retailers:

Sports Direct

Pierre Cardin Long Sleeve Linen Shirt Mens – £6.00

 

 

Sports Direct

JDY Era Cord Skirt – £21.99

Sports Direct

Full Circle Print Dress Ladies – £16.00

Clarks

Lilley Womens Casual Jersey Ballerina in Black – £4.99

 

 

 

 

Clarks

Black Leopard Printed Purse – £6.99

 

 

 

 

8
Feb

6 alternative ways to spend this 14th February

Valentine’s Day – does it fill you with love or just make you see red? Read on for 6 alternative ways to spend this 14th February.

Often, festivals and seasonal events that started out as deeply rooted belief systems change beyond recognition as time passes.

Imagine what an unromantic life we would lead if Juliet had just texted ‘Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though? Please switch on your Nearby Friends function’. Or, equally, if Cinderella had just checked in, there would have been no lovestruck Prince on horseback searching the kingdom with a glass shoe…

There’s no doubt the majority of the nation throw themselves whole-heartedly (sorry) into Valentine’s Day with gift sales in 2018 topping £650 million. But it’s not for everyone.

So, we thought, rather than tell you where the reddest roses can be found or who’s got the biggest helium balloon money can buy, we’d give you a feel for some alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  1. Ok, let’s start with those of you who aren’t feeling the love. AT. ALL. If you’ve been through a recent break-up, or fallen out over the washing up, maybe you want to investigate the opportunity to name a cockroach after your ex. Yes, you read that right: Hemsley Conservation Centre in Kent have come up with this alternative form of revenge to raise money for their zoo projects. It’s certainly different, we’ll give them that.
  1. Hands up if you’ve heard the saying “the more people I meet, the more I like my dog”? Well, everyone’s a winner if they attend the Chelsea Farmer’s Market event called Speed Dating With Your Dog. Basically, if your date-for-60-seconds is a little boring, you can just love their dog instead.

woman petting a dog

  1. If you’re more uninspired than uninterested, maybe you could make a day of it and take your significant other out to choose their own present. A bit of quality time browsing in his or her favourite shop, and you’ll end up gifting them something they actually want. What’s not to like about this idea? Then you can both grab a coffee and put your heads together about where to go next.
  1. Have you ever sent a true Valentine’s card? You know, the ones that people aren’t expecting? The anonymous kind? If you’re nervous, consider this: According to the Greeting Card Association, a whopping 25% of all cards sent each year are Valentine’s. So, go for it, everyone else is!
  1. Love cooking together? The Cookery School, London is offering couples the chance to attend a sausage making class over the Valentine’s period. Loved up pairs get to taste sausages from around the world, how to fill different types of sausage, how best to cook them and, of course, taste your results at the end of the class. With the opportunity for puns and double-entendres absolutely brimming over, we’re going to play it safe and just leave that there for you to consider…
  1. Finally, a rocking idea for all those bargain hunters out there. Why not shun 14th February completely and head out, partner in tow, to grab the leftover bargains on 15th February instead? A great way to get a quality gift and drink champagne, probably both at half the price!? And, in actual fact, you won’t be going far wrong as regards honouring Valentine’s Day itself. Back in Roman times, the feast widely believed to have been the forerunner of Valentine’s Day took place on 15th It wasn’t around 496 AD that Pope Gelasius I proclaimed it to be a Christian Festival and changed the date to 14th February. https://www.contrarylife.com/2019/01/an-alternative-guide-to-valentines-day-2019-50985/

champagne and presents

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

OK, so we’re traditionalists at heart. Here are some of the more popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas from our love-struck retailers:

WHSmith

Amazing Adventures Two Night Getaway for Two Experience Gift Pack – £119.00

 

 

The Fragrance Shop

BOSS Bottled Night – £57.00

The Fragrance Shop

Ariana Grande – £20.00

Card Factory

“I Love You” Valentine’s Day Balloon Bouquet – £14.99

 

 

 

 

30
Jan

Will it or won’t it? Five winter fashion trends that work; snow or no snow

Everything’s super long and luxurious in Winter 2019: scarves that nearly reach your feet, full length winter coats and an ever-practical (did we really just say that about the fashion industry??) 3 to 5 layer look. So, can you make it work whether you’re on the slopes, sledging at home or staring at the sky wondering when the first flakes are going to fall? We say yes – so read on!

1. A long story

Scarves and coats are long, long, long this season. This is great news for the biting wind and potential snowy days ahead as there’s little or no flesh on show here. Being able to wrap up against the elements proves there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices.

So, go with the flow and simply customise to cope with the weather: long trailing knitwear or wrapped up and cosy; both work equally well.

man and woman in a wood cabin

2. All puffed up

Puffa jackets are still very much with us in 2019 but they’re bigger and more bodacious than ever. Oversized puffas are hugely popular, which is great news if you fancy a duvet day but really have to go out. Wearing one of these is just like taking your bed with you!

There’s a futuristic look emerging too with large collars making a statement of their own and some gorgeous metallic colours to brighten up your winter’s day.

3. Technically, you can wear it anywhere

There’s no doubt about it, clothing is getting clever. With the amount of research and technology that goes into fabrics and design development these days, it’s no surprise that there are styles to suit all conditions. And, because the designers want clothing that’s easy to wear, there’s less and less difference between ‘technical clothing’ and high street styles.

This is all great news for the consumer as it means we don’t need to be heading for the mountains to buy ourselves a high spec ski jacket. In fact, a winter coat purchase is a smart investment especially now that we seem to be seeing more and more extreme weather conditions.

4. Play with layers

The layer look is officially ‘in’ with designers recommending somewhere between 3 and 5 layers. That’s a lot of clothing but, of course, you can mix and match fabrics to create just the right result for the weather. Whowhatwear has some great tips for keeping it trendy with some must-haves, such as a flexible black roll-neck for all occasions and the idea of using jewellery to further enhance your layered look.

Most importantly, stick to one colour palette from head to toe so that your layers hang together. Otherwise you might look like you’ve taken on a ‘wear-all-your-clothes-on-one-day challenge’.

fashionable woman against a blue background

5. Following nature’s example

The rise and rise of faux fur and animal print is a fantastic bonus during the colder seasons. Available in anything from t-shirts to floor-length coats, the patterns are amazing but the faux fur fabric itself is a winner on a cold day. This Vogue article features a wide range of different fabrics on offer this season – leather being another good winter warmer. Be warned though – some outfits are definitely more suited to a windy winter walk than others!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Softlites Womens Black Warm Lined Calf Boot

Shoezone

Softlites Womens Black Warm Lined Calf Boot – £19.99

 

 

Lilley Womens Brown Knee High Boots

Shoezone

Lilley Womens Brown Knee High Boots – £24.99

 

 

 

Sports Direct

SoulCal 2 Zip Bubble Jacket Mens – £32.00

 

 

 

 

Sports Direct

Eastern Mountain Sports Prima Parka Womens – £84.99