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My tips on how to dress for the party season

This time of year is always crazy busy, just navigating your way through the diary is enough to drive you to alcohol before 10am on a weekday! Let alone having to think about and plan what to wear for the many events or night's out you have in the coming weeks.

So, in effort to avoid the pull towards buying new elaborate party pieces that only make an appearance in the festive season, I have vowed to not buy anything new and re-use what I already have in my wardrobe. If you invest wisely in your wardrobe throughout the year, there should be plenty of style staples that can be pulled out time and time again and updated with accessories or pulled together in different ways that it looks fresh again.

Read my top tips below in what to invest in and how to pull the look together for an altogether stylish party season...tell me what your favourite piece is?

1. THE JACKET

I have to confess I love a good jacket! I have lots of them in my wardrobe that transcend any trend, any season and any style in the calender. From a black tux to a printed cropped jacket, a mannish blazer and an all over sequin number, I'm always on the lookout for one that's versatile for my wardrobe. In summer, pair over a t-shirt and come winter it’s the perfect party cover up. You can throw it over a shirt or statement top, alternatively, as I’ve done here, smarten up a basic slip vest and jeans. I like the way it nips in my waist and covers my arms no matter what I am wearing underneath.

2. THE JUMPSUIT

Jumpsuits have been my party-wear favourite for the past couple of years and it doesn't look like the trend is slowing down. So if you haven't 'jumped in' head first and invested in one yet, now is the time to do it, as you will get loads of wear out of it this party season and throughout the summer teamed with flat sandles and a denim jacket. Jumpsuits are universally flattering and I guarantee you'll find one to suit your body shape. Also – and this is a massive plus – wearing trousers in a room full of dresses makes me feel kick-ass.  For this look I am wearing my @topshop boutique black belted jumpsuit with metallic accessories to style it up for evening.

3. THE FUR COAT

I got my faux fur coat from @riverisland about 10 years ago now and every year I bring it out in the winter. Every winter the catwalks and the high street bring out fur in volume so I never feel like I am out of style when I wear it. It is the warmest coat I own, so perfect for those freezing cold nights out and walks home! Plus it adds just something else to your outfit, it can be used to dress up any look such as leather leggings, boots and a white shirt, or can be thrown over a dress with thick black tights. I even layer mine up over my black leather biker jacket as below.

 

4. THE ACCESSORIES

A great pair of heel's, a fab clutch bag and a bit of sparkle round your neck never goes out of style! Clutch bags really help 'finish off' an outfit and I think you can be as daring as you want with adding that extra pop of colour to contrast your outfit, bringing it all together with matching tones or adding bling for the evening. Every women has a secret (or not so secret) obsession about shoes, and that feeling that you get when you buy a new pair will never get old! I love spicing up my outfits with my leopard print heel's @topshop or bringing out the glitter @reiss and sparkly numbers @kurtgeiger out when I want to dance the night away. A new necklace or earrings is a very inexpensive way of updating your outfits. The large necklace trend doesn't seem to be going away but it's all about balance. A big necklace, earrings and cuff will look too heavy and ruin your style, make sure it's all in moderation and you can't go wrong.

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Wardrobe essential- Edits guide to winter coats 2014

Winter coats are a wardrobe essential when the weather cools down, and what better time to get one than now, is the heating on yet?

See my gallery of the best winter coats to buy now and why they keep you on trend this winter season.

1. Pink is sticking around - Whistles Ira textured coat £325

Oversized pink coats make us feel a bit like a heroine in a Sixties kitchen sink drama. This one is a thick wool blend and has that fluffy boucle effect which always looks so good with a bouffant, kitten heels and swingy nana handbag.

2. Check this out - Hobbs Raven Coat £289

This check duster coat gives a slightly preppy, slightly tomboy vibe and I love the boyfriend shape. Turn up the collar and off set with jeans and a plain knit.

3. Going Glam - Unreal Fur £ 185 - The Dressing Room

Nothing says American Hustle chic meets a/w 2014 like groovy faux fur. Sure, it’s fairly useless in the rain – but whenever you wear it you will look utterly fabulous. Sometimes, that’s all that counts.

4. Pale and Interesting - French Connection £195

This colour will go nicely with crisp autumn skies as well as the greys that abound in the shops just now. We do love the way a cocoon coat instantly fashions up an outfit, even if it’s only jeans, a jumper and brogues.

5.  The 90s DB - Topshop £95

The 90s double breasted coat is back on the scene again this season. Be sure you belt up so you aren't swimming in excess fabric. Fashion continues its snuggly love-in with fluffy, furry and fuzzy and brings this style bang up to date.

Please follow my pinterest board for further AW14 coat inspiration - http://uk.pinterest.com/EditsStyling/aw14-coats-jackets/



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Edits 5 essential winter pieces

Edits list of 5 pieces that you need for winter to update your wardrobe.

1: The Bag

The backpack has made a comeback this year. Not only are they stylish, but they’re great for back health too. We all know that we carry everything we need, what our kids need and what we don’t need, and this often leads to heavy bags. A backpack will distribute the weight evenly over the shoulders, as opposed to one arm or shoulder taking the load. So, really it’s a matter of health that you buy a rucksack this season. This Reiss Iris Shearling Rucksack is black and made of gorgeous soft leather. This stylish bag has a drawstring top, folds over and secures with a gold metal plaque and popper. It has a single shoulder strap to the top and detachable double straps to the back.

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    See Fern Cotton rocking this trend with her  Beara Beara  rucksack.

See Fern Cotton rocking this trend with her Beara Beara rucksack.

2: The Fur Coat

Just as the name suggests this Furry Floss Jacket in Chocolate Raccoon by Unreal Fur is made from a soft modal blended fabric but has the same appearance and feel of real fur. Wear yours over your LBD for a sophisticated evening style or for a casual look with Jeans and biker boots. This will keep you warm all winter long.

Furry Floss Faux Fur Jacket. Available at The Dressing Room

3: The Boots

The biker boot is this season's choice for everyday wear. Studs and zip detailing make these boots even more desirable. Team with skinny jeans or add an edge to your look with tights and winter dresses.

Sam Edelman Black Bevin Biker Boot available at Anna

See how the celebrities are wearing them on the elleuk.com blog

4: The Skirt

This is the new must-have shape; this circle skirt in faux leather is the perfect wardrobe update. Leather Luxe is one of this season’s hottest trends. This midi length skirt will look great with any bright coloured tee, shell top or knitwear piece for daywear. Alternatively it can be dressed up for evening with a glam top, statement necklace and high heels. Wear this essential skirt shape season after season.

See the catwalk inspiration for this season’s hottest piece of clothing on the Guardian fashion pages

5: The Scarf

Becksondergaard Supersize nova scarf available at  Atterley Road

Becksondergaard Supersize nova scarf available at Atterley Road

A BeckSondergaard scarf has become an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe and addition to any look. Dappled in oversized stars, this burgundy Supersized Nova scarf instantly injects a new season feel. Bang on trend with the colour combination of maroon and grey this can make any plain top look exciting. Wear in the daytime for a stylish injection of chic or wear for an evening with friends and I guarantee everyone will ask you where your scarf is from.

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