Q. What do we want now that autumn has properly arrived?
A. Layers! But we are reimagining layers and layering in a fresh way for A/W16 thanks to all the great layering pieces at Debenhams.
And, of course, we want coats and jackets. And not just any old coats and jackets but statement coats and jackets that make us feel fabulous the moment we shrug them on. And will make us feel fabulous when we wear them for weekends, for work or for hanging with friends.
Layering has become both more intricate but simpler. More intricate, because it has moved on from jeans-plus-long-top-plus-short-jacket; but also simpler because there are so many more pieces that are perfect for layering.
Here’s some of our favourite layering pieces, along with coats and our styling ideas…
From Red Herring, this elegant dress is perfect for day-to-evening styling. In a shape flattering A-line design, it features a feminine V neckline and a button fastening for a secure and comfortable fit. Wear it over a roll neck jumper or plain tee for a work-appropriate and off duty-take on layering.
Add a stylish top layer with this on-trend bomber jacket from Red Herring. This is the perfect piece for creating a casual layered look. In dark red with a ribbed trim it has three zip pockets. This brilliant transitional piece in a very on-trend colour, will work right now while the weather is mild. Then when it gets really cold, it will be perfect worn on top of a chunky jumper.
This effortlessly chic backpack in this season’s perfect burgundy shade from Red Herring, will provide an immediate accessory update. Perfect for a stylish daytime look, this dark red bag features a structured finish with a spacious interior with two pockets, making it ideal for organising everyday essentials.
This long sleeved, grey top from Red Herring, ribbed and with a frilled trim at the shoulders, is a clever and versatile piece that will instantly update your weekend wardrobe. Team with slim denim and a pair of ankle boots and layer under key statement pieces.
And when layering skirts or dresses a vital element, of course, is opaques, so Debenhams’ Pack of Two black 40-denier opaque tights at £7 are great value for money. (Also available in navy and chocolate).
And while we’re talking great basics, do let us tell you about this long sleeved black roll neck top from Red Herring, at £12. This is a black polo-neck sweater by another name, and indispensible in any contemporary winter wardrobe.
There was a bit of discussion about this piece at SoSensational HQ. Was it a blouse, was it a sleepwear piece? You know that pyjama style blouses are a hot trend for the new season. We think this silky, pyjama blouse from Red Herring makes a stylish addition to a daywear wardrobe. In a pretty charcoal grey-and-pink print, with black tipping-trim, the loose-fitting shirt shape means you can layer it over a plain top or jumper for a perfectly on-trend work-wear or weekend look. Or wear it alone over slim trousers or tucked in to black palazzos, plus statement earrings, for an equally on-trend and infinitely glamorous party look.
This animal print coat from the exclusive Preen for Edition Collection, is a true statement coat and an object of lust for the whole team at SoSensational. The clean collarless design is crafted in a soft wool blend and has contrasting colour-block detail on the sleeves. It fastens with a zip and has discreet side pockets. Shrug it on over denim, or going-out outfit, and style with black knee-high boots, like this gorgeous pair from Red Herring.
We were not quite sure whether this luxurious all-leather investment jacket from the ‘Nine’ collection by Savannah Miller was a layering piece or a statement coat. It is made from gorgeously soft and supple black leather in a classic biker design with quilted detailing and epitomises the designer’s effortlessly cool aesthetic. So we decided it is both: it is a layering piece and a statement coat. As a layering piece, shrug it on over denim and a long-line jumper, while as a statement coat, wear it with anything – especially over midi-skirt or a print midi dress.
A generously proportioned, detachable faux fur collar transforms this full-length, classically-inspired coat into a true statement coat. From Debenhams exclusive Principles range by Ben de Lisi, this beauty will elevate your coat collection. Available in sizes up to 24, the checked fabric is in a rich colour palette combining navy and red, while concealed button fastening and a wide notched lapel plus that faux fur collar ensure you stay warm on the morning commute.
With its sublime cut, volume and gorgeously on-trend military details, this stunning black cape coat from the Star by Julien Macdonald Collection, is perfect for creating effortlessly chic layered looks during the colder months, while also perfectly fitting the description “Statement Coat.” Ideal for teaming with smart-casual outfits or over work-wear, it has concealed fastenings to ensure that as well as looking amazing it will also keep you warm.
Do you love layering? Which is your fave from the Debenhams collection?
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