Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:35

On-Trend Winter Coat & Accessory Guide

The weather is getting colder, and we are all looking for ways to stay warm, and look great at the same time. Fashions Finest has put together some of the most on-trend winter coats and accessories to keep you looking hot this season. Keep scrolling to find our recommendations, and how you too can get the look.

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We have chosen a few popular and easily accessible brands to help you begin your search for your winter wardrobe, and we have included a range of styles to suit every look, from day wear to evening and work attire too.

On trend colours this winter are darker colours including the timeless shades of black and grey, but a very popular colour this season is navy blue. Expect to see fiery bursts of brighter colours as well, such as reds and pinks to brighten everything up.

Primark

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Primark are a major retailer on many high streets, and Fashions Finest loves the affordable and bang-on-trend looks their clothing offers us.

This warm and cosy oversized and super long coat £35.00 offers great protection from the elements. It looks fantastic when paired with a cosy knit jumper and boyfriend jeans, or a pair of timeless skinny’s. Add a pair of classic trainers, or even heavy boots to achieve a street smart look, or wear it over a dress and add knee high boots for a smarter look. This coat has a good amount of versatility, and lends itself easily to both day and evening wear.

Oversized scarves are fashionable this season, especially when worn wrapped over the head. Primark have a great selection of oversized scarves which are made of recycled materials for only £6. Wrap this over the top of any coat to stay warm and add to your on-trend look this winter.

Military Coats styles are up there with the seasons most on-trend looks this year and they look great layered over a dress and boots, or a top and skirt combination. This Primark military style coat for £35 works well for daytime work wear, and evening wear too. Add a hat and scarf in a brighter hue to add a pop of colour to your look.

Head on down to your nearest highstreet store to grab your gear today.

Debenhams

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Teddy bear coats are still in style for winter 2020/2021 which is great news if you still have one in your wardrobe from last winter. Team your coat with a warm and fluffy bucket hat to complete the look.

Debenhams are both an online and high-street store, and Fashions Finest loves the fantastic range of quality brands and variety of styles Debenhams gives us access to.

This fantastically soft and warm teddy coat from Principals is available at Debenhams for £65, and totally on trend. Hats are also on trend this winter, with the traditional beanie hat coming top of the list. Bucket hats and fedora style hats are following closely behind, and Debenhams have a wide variety of hats in different colours and styles for us to choose from. Fashions Finest loves this simple pale grey cable knit Beanie hat from Faith. At only £10, it will finish off a winter outfit with a timeless feel. Alternatively you could opt for this Black Fedora Hat, from Quiz. At £15.99 it will add an air of style to your winter wardrobe, while keeping you warm, and won’t destroy your hairstyle as much as a traditional Beanie could do. A fabulous choice when paired with this Wallis - blue faux wool funnel neck coat £65, over a suit or short skirt, an worn with boots with a higher heel.

Topshop

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Topshop offer great accessories for every season, and you can guarantee they are on-trend and great quality. Fashions Finest love this biker coat, which Topshop offer in several different styles for £65.00. Choose a faux fur lined jacket, and go for a few sizes larger than your usual fit, and your biker jacket will fit perfectly over a warm woolly jumper. Perfect for the cold climate, and easy to dress up or down, this jacket will look just as good worn over your comfy jeans, t-shirt and heavy boots, as it will worn over an evening dress and heels!

Alternatively choose this beautiful deep red velvet faux fur coat for £75.99 which will add that special something to your outfit, when worn over a blouse and mini skirt, or a dress suit.

Brighten your ensemble up a little with this warm and colourful burgundy brushed grid check scarf, £20.00 which can be worn in a variety of ways. Add a bucket hat to keep your hair dry on wetter days, from £16.00 at Topshop.

Zatchels

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Every woman needs to carry a bag of some kind, to house everything we may need throughout the day, or carry our work gear. It is time to finish off your outfit by adding a timeless bag and Fashions Finest recommends the one and only stylish Zatchels bag to complete your look this winter.

Zatchels offer an exciting array of bags in various styles and colours, including over the shoulder bags, hand bags and back packs at their online shop. We have chosen this plus size handmade leather sugarcube handbag, in black and gingham £110 which we love because of it’s nice size, and on-trend look which will complement all of the winter accessories we have looked at in this article.

Zachels have only been around since 2011, but since their first re-boot of the classic satchel they have grown to become the essential ‘go-to’ place for on-trend leather bags and accessories that are available in a myriad of colours and finishes. Fashions Finest loves Zatchels for its high quality bags which offer a sense of fun, a pop of colour and the latest fashion styling in equal measure. A must have this season and beyond. Choose the colour and style that expresses your inner-you the most today. You can even have bags personalised, adding your name or nickname to the outside, or inside the bag, giving these bags a fun and useful bonus!

A Note To Finish

Everything we have discussed above is currently on sale because of Black Friday deals and early New Year sales. The likelihood is that you will find them at much cheaper prices than we have listed, so click the links to find out if you can grab a bargain now, and Happy Shopping!

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Friday, 13 November 2020 10:06

Phase Eight November Deals

 Fashions Finest says - watch this space throughout the month of November for fantastic deals online from Phase Eight!

With 25% off everything in store, including sale items from now until the end of the month, you can get yourself winter ready, or re-stock your wardrobe for 2021 from the comfort of your sofa, and save money at the same time.

25% off everything

Click on the picture above or visit Phase Eight online to get the latest deals and offers, before 30th November.

Happy Shopping Everyone!

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Monday, 02 November 2020 15:38

Men's Winter Warmers From Dune London

Keep him warm and cozy in the cold weather to come with this soft fleece lined beanie hat from Dune London. £18.

Made of wool, with subtle branding on the fold over, this hat will keep him looking cool and feeling warm all winter long.

Pair with this scarf £25 from Dune, with a cozy knitted finish and the minimalistic designs will work together well to complete the Dune look of effortless style throughout the winter.

Fashions Finest loves the sophisticated and timeless look and feel of the fabric, as well as the colour - which will look great, layered up with many different colours and styles of coats and jackets. 

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With 2019 well and truly here, there is no better time to update your wardrobe.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:02

How To Wear The Velvet Trend During Winter

After what felt like an endless summer, the autumn and winter fashion season is well underway. Velvet comes in and out of fashion each winter, but this year it is getting serious.

There are many reasons why you should be loving this classic winter fabric - it can be dressed up, styled down, looks great on accessories and is also perfect for the festive season.

Adding a splash of velvet to your look can instantly transform it and make it feel so much more romantic and glamorous without being too over the top.

For a more casual look, pair the velvet element with trainers, chunky, glamorous jewellery and statement bags.

The material is super cosy and warm, which is perfect for winter.

There are so many ways to style and shop velvet this season, from chic velvet sets to long robes.

Here are some simple ways you can wear the velvet trend this winter.

Rich Colours

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Velvet fashion is perhaps the most elegant and sophisticated when in rich jewel tones, but that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t find some lighter tones which are chic as well!

If you are ever in doubt when it comes to wearing velvet, stick to the deeper and darker shades. They are going to be your safest option if you don’t want to get it wrong.

Black velvet is a classic go-to, but don’t be afraid to play with the jewel tone department - think emerald greens, deep blues and bold reds.

Seek The Smooth Velvet

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It’s very easy to find pieces made from crushed velvet, but you should always be wary. It is easy for even the most expensive designs to look cheap if the velvet is crinkled and ruffled, so look for smooth velvet which speaks to you and your styles.

It is easy to differentiate when you are looking at different velvet designs as the right fabric will feel and look great. By pairing together the right jewel shades with smooth velvet pieces, you will create the perfect basis to start your search.

If you don’t want to add a velvet piece to the main bulk of your wardrobe, take a look at investing in some velvet shoes. They’re sure to add a splash of style to whatever you are wearing.

Add It To Your Professional Wardrobe

Suits or blazers made from plush fabric may sound a little strange, but it can make for a great look. If you opt for a velvet blazer paired with a silk top, then you’ll have two extremely luscious fabrics next to one another, giving a rich and luxurious style.

Velvet fashion is also wearable as other pieces of outerwear. Coats are a great piece to invest in if you don’t want to wear velvet throughout the day and it is one of the most luxurious and striking iterations of velvet you can add to your wardrobe. It’s easy to style, as you can wear it over pretty much any style of outfit without having to worry about it overpowering anything.

Wearing A Velvet Dress

You may find that a velvet dress is one thing you are missing from your wardrobe, especially during the winter.

Velvet dresses are seen at their most feminine when styled on the runway, as they can show just how versatile the fabric can be.

You can go playful and short with dresses which contain velvet ruffles or you can even go more luxurious with velvet making up the body of the dress. Either way, velvet adds so much to even the most standard of dresses which come in similar styles or designs.

If you do wear a velvet dress, let that be the main star of your look. You don’t need to worry too much about accessorising a velvet dress as the fabric speaks for itself. Simply add a pair of complementary shoes, a simple bag and maybe a piece of jewellery and you’re ready to go no matter the time of year.

Accessorise

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Whilst velvet chokers have been in style for a while now, this winter is the perfect time to add to your velvet accessory collection. Velvet scarfs look amazing with even the simplest of outfits, especially if you are looking for ways to stay warm and stylish this winter.

One of the best velvet accessories you will be able to find is a handbag. A lot of the top designers and fashion houses have recently focused a lot of work on velvet handbag designs and styles, so you’re sure to find your dream bag in no time if you have a browse around.

If you don’t want to go that bold, why not start off your velvet collection in the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of women's sleepwear sets that come with velvet styles, so you can see if you like the style and feel of the material before you invest in something a little more daring.

Plus, they’re warm to get cosy in over the winter!

It’s extremely easy to add velvet into your everyday looks, and you’ll find just how well even just a splash of velvet can completely transform your outfit from day to night.

Velvet is a winter trend which everyone should get behind.

Written by Natalie Wilson

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:00

Take Your Winter Look From Day to Evening

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When talking about winter fashion, most of us gravitate to oversized sweaters, thick coats and bulky scarves.

It’s important to have stylish pieces that not only keep you warm, but also express your personality.

With these women’s winter fashion essentials, you can easily go from running errands during the day, to a night on the town without having to stop at home.

The Classic “Little Black Dress”

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Most women have the classic little black dress tucked away in their closet. In the past, this timeless piece was saved for only the most important events. However, in recent years, the 'LBD' has become a more transitional wardrobe staple.

A unique little black dress can take you from the office to an evening soiree effortlessly. While at the office, try wearing a white button down blouse underneath or a bolero jacket over it. Remove the blouse and add jewellery to dress it up for after hours.

Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts are the perfect way to look polished and put together at the office, but sleek and sexy when out with friends.

I recommend wearing a slim turtleneck with your skirt during the day and adding chic bomber jacket at night. Look for pencil skirts with lace cut-outs or classy embellishments – these additional details will add interest to your garment and make your overall outfit 'pop'.

A Silk Blouse

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Silk blouses work at the office, on a date, at happy hour, and even at a Christmas party.

Just like the pencil skirt, a silk blouse masters the ability to make polished look sexy.

Keep it professional by wearing a tailored blazer to the office. At night, throw on a leather jacket to take the blouse from professional to flirty. Top it off with a pair of studded heels for the perfect combination of chic and edgy.

The Jacket

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Everyone has their winter coat, but the key to women’s winter fashion looks going from day to night is the right jacket.

From bombers to blazers and everything in between, the right jacket can add the perfect amount of flare. Some jackets everyone loves are navy blazers, camo jackets, and moto jackets.

So which jacket style do I recommend? It’s always going to be the jacket you feel most confident in because that’s the jacket that’s going to look best on you.

The Right Accessories

Even the chicest outfit needs a little bit of accessorising. Sometimes, simply adding a necklace or a different handbag is all it takes to go from daytime chic to night-time edge.

Accessorising can be hard. Over accessorise and you could look a little costume-ish, but under accessorise and you’ll look a little bare. Here’s a roundup of the perfect pieces to add, so that you look stylish, classy, and perfectly fashionable.

The Perfect Clutch

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The main difference between daytime and night-time looks is the bag you’re carrying.

During the day you want to keep all your essentials with you: your planner, lipsticks, laptop, tablet, and everything else but the kitchen sink, right? However, at night, you probably only need some lipstick, powder, a mirror, credit cards, and cash. Carrying less means you don’t need a large purse.

A clutch is the perfect size to hold all your night-time essentials while keeping the focus on your outfit. Swap out your daytime work tote for a smaller bag like this classic clutch.

Statement Jewellery

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During the day, you want to keep your look focused on the business. This means you don’t want people distracted by your outfit. So, when the sun goes down, that means it’s time to play.

Swap out your simple pearls or studs for some eye-catching statement earrings. These look great with your unique 'LBD' or your silk blouse.

Jewellery is a quick, time saver when you’re trying to go from the office to happy hour.

Scarves And Wraps

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It’s cold outside and you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. In fact, scarves and wraps encourage style. You’ll love the way your jacket pairs with a cashmere or infinity scarf. Wrap yourself in soft cashmere for warmth, style, and comfort.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to choose dark colours. Don’t let the world forget about colour with winter styling.

Printed silk scarfs can add both colour and intrigue to an otherwise plain outfit. Don’t be afraid to switch out your daytime scarf for a fun night-time scarf.

Women’s winter fashion looks are loaded with ways to keep your spirits high even when the temperatures are low. Stay warm and happy shopping!

Written by Tess DiNapoli

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:04

Fresh Off the Runway: Winter Fashion Made Affordable

Summer is quickly becoming a distant memory, and the weather is reminding us daily that it is time to ditch the summer wardrobe and say hello to a new season of fashion, cosy nights in and an abundance of chocolate.

Although it can often be difficult getting into the swing of things after a seemingly endless summer, particularly when it comes to transforming your wardrobe from bikinis to jumpers. No need to stress, you’re top 2018 Winter trends are coming your way making your Christmas that little bit easier!

Boots

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We all know Winter wouldn’t be Winter without a great pair of boots (or three) and it’s no secret that Alexander McQueen’s Winter boot collection is breath-taking. The collection hosts an array of gorgeous styles ranging from chunky ankle boots to sexy leather thigh-highs. Or nod to the 60's with the beautifully elegant leather mid-calf length boots with a round toe and block heel.

Luckily, such pieces haven’t gone a miss, and high-street retail has brought out their own interpretation of boots, saving you a whole load of money this Winter.

Pair your thigh-highs with an oversized knit for a cute yet effortless look which is often modelled by Ariana Grande. Or if the thought of bare legs is making your shiver, you can wear with jeans or tights. In the Style is a great place to look for affordable boots that are inspired by the catwalk.

Coats

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Being cold is not an option this year, as an over-spill of coats from the runway take over the high street in an abundance of styles, you are sure to find one that suits you! A particularly popular trend this Winter is the shearling jacket that has originated from the Stone Age where sheepskin was used to protect and insulate. Almost 2.5 million years later, this historical classic has made it onto the 2018 runway, being interpreted by a range of designers in a host of different styles including; leather, denim, suede and bomber, all combined with essences of Shearling. A piece we cannot ignore is by Giorgio Armani which contained a mix of brown suede and leather giving the jacket texture and detail, costing a total of £2900.

If that’s too hard to swallow, the high-streets have brought out a range of heavy-duty faux shearling jackets that look good enough for the runway at totally affordable prices making it a worthwhile investment this Winter. This smart sophisticated jacket looks super cute worn causally with a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and some casual shoes, adding an essence of boldness and grunge to a ‘made no effort’ outfit.

Alternatively, a statement coat is a perfect way to effortlessly add a pop of colour and texture to a neutral or black outfit, making you look like you are fresh off the runway. Oversized bomber jackets are super on trend this season as well as faux fur and long trench coats. The options are endless, and each are a great way of making a statement as well as staying warm and comfortable this Winter.

Home Comforts

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Fashion doesn’t always have to leave the house, particularly during the cold festive months of Winter. Keeping up with Winter trends begins at home.

Although it may not seem obvious, sleeping trends are a thing and are becoming increasingly popular, particularly on the high-street. Women's sleepwear is a forever expanding category and is being payed more attention to in the fashion industry with an abundance of styles to choose from. You can now find over 1000 sleepwear styles online making the perfect necessity for a cosy night in, or a great stocking filler for your loved ones. A popular sleepwear style this year is the traditional shirt and trouser set that you can find in an array of different colours and fabrics.

Oversized Sweatshirts

This trend is a definite favourite as it offers comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with anything. You can find these sweaters anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top trick is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your sweater with some thigh-high or ankle boots or some Mum jeans and trainers for that super cute 90's skater look. If you want to dress this look up, then switch the sweatshirt for a chunky knit. The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark weather with a pop of vibrancy. You can find affordable pieces like this in River Island, Primark and Topshop.

Written by: Poppy Jones

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