Saturday, 6 September 2014

September's Here

Having set this blog up at the beginning of August I have really been slacking on the blog-post front so far. However, it is now September and with a new month comes a brand new attitude, and an attitude which includes being much more productive on my blog! I'm hoping to post at least once a week from now on and keep my blog updated with what I'm doing, places I'm going or products I've seen or purchased that have inspired me. I also thought it might be nice to document the next few months, especially with my ever-approaching move to University this month which will begin a new chapter of my life. This new aspect of my life may also interest any readers who are going through similar experiences, whether that's leaving home for the first time, or starting afresh in a new school or job. Lastly, I thought it might be cool for me to be able to look back in years to come and remember my first experiences of living away from home and going to Uni.
Sooo... with that little explanation out the way, I will move onto writing this week's post.

It is now September, and personally, I absolutely love September. September marks the end of the Summer, and the beginning of all things Autumnal, and I absolutely LOVE Autumn. Autumn means cooler weather and therefore cosy nights in with family and friends watching the amazing Saturday night TV, with programmes like X-Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, and lots of returning and new British drama series. I get very excited by all these things, as you can probably tell, especially about The X-Factor- no joke, I can list you all the British X-Factor winners in order of the year they won! Anyway...the cooling of temperatures also mean it's time for a refresh of our Autumn/Winter wardrobes, with the addition of knitted jumpers, thick and cuddly cardigans, winter boots, and staple A/W coats. It's at this time of year that I become very excited about seeing the new season's coats and jackets, and usually end up buying one too! So, for my first September post I thought I'd share some of my favourites available now in high street stores and online. I have tried to show products from lots of different shops at all different prices to cover all different criteria's that readers may have when looking for a new coat.

 First stop-

Asos Trapeze Coat with Faux Fur Collar £80
The red of this coat is such a great Autumnal colour, and the swing trapeze style is a really pretty design and very flattering. The faux fur collar just completes the look of the coat for me and makes it look extra cosy and inviting to wear.

Asos Jacquard Dolly Coat £80
This pastel coral coloured coat is just adorable with it's cute rounded collar and the small pockets. I think the shape is really smart and stylish and the soft touch fabric makes it practical and warm in the colder weather to come.

Asos Faux Fur Hooded Duffle Coat £75
I love the design of this coat so much- from the faux fur hood, to the duffle coat-style, then the length, and the fact it's got a softly pleated skirt - I think all of these features have been combined to make a wonderful A/W coat- well done Asos, I love it!

Next is River Island whose A/W coats and jackets selection is just amazing- so amazing I've had trouble narrowing down ones to put up here, so seriously go check out their whole range!

Black Faux Fur Collar Biker Jacket £65
Leather look biker jackets are not always the warmest, but with faux fur added to the collar, there will be no problem keeping warm in this jacket. Great design with lots of pockets and added quilting for extra insulation!

Black Check Oversized Coat £80 
I think this coat is a really stylish oversized coat, in keeping with this season's fashion. It looks like a lovely texture, especially the silky smooth lining. Also, having just watched Zoella's new vlog post on her 'MoreZoella' channel, I'm pretty sure that lying on her bed with her other recently purchased items was this exact coat, so if you're a follower of Zoe and love her style, this coat is definitely one for you!                                               

I then looked at New Look and found some fashion delights!
 This Cream Borg Coat just looks SO cosy! I personally am loving these fluffy coats and am considering buying one for myself this year!

Although this Blanket Wrap is not necessarily a proper coat, it is very cosy all the same and a fashionable choice for your A/W wardrobe this year. Plus I think the Aztec pattern and the burgundy colour makes for a great Autumnal look.

Urban Outfitters as usual has a wide range of beautiful coats and jackets, and I have picked out a couple of my favourites...
Vintage Renewal Levi's Denim Jacket £55
Urban Outfitters have a really good selection of denim jackets, but this has to be my favourite of theirs. I love that it's slightly oversized, and the rolled up sleeves are a really cool way to style it.  It also reminds me of a denim jacket One Direction's Louis Tomlinson wears regularly, which is another reason why I like it so much!

Vintage Renewal Harrington Jacket £55
This is another from their vintage renewal collection, and although I don't usually gravitate towards bomber jackets, this one I love and would be seriously tempted to buy. I love the flash of red tartan inside and the rib knit cuffs and hem.  I think this would be a really good jacket for the Winter!

Topshop have a great range of parkas this year, some are styled for a festival, while others have been adapted for the Winter months.
The Ultimate Festival Parka by Boutique (£85) is such an original take on the normal parka coats which are much shorter jackets. I haven't seen anything else like this coat on the market and I think, despite it's specific design for festivals, it would be a coat suitable for all seasons and would therefore have a lot of use.

Topshop are also selling lots of parkas with borg lining and faux fur hoods like this Short Padded Parka Jacket (£78).  This jacket just looks amazingly cosy and soft, and I just want to get one so that I can snuggle into it this Winter!

Marks and Spencer's  Petite Tipped Belted Mac (£45) is such a well priced women's wardrobe staple. Everyone needs a mac coat, and this one is smart and stylish, affordable, and suitable from season to season.

I also love, love, LOVE Missguided's  Powder Blue Cocoon Coat !! 
It's furry texture is just going to be so warm to wear and everyone needs to add a splash of colour in their A/W wardrobes, so why not use your coat to rock the pastel colour trend?! However, if you are after a more subtle coloured coat, this cocoon coat also comes in grey.


Miss Selfridge are following the long duster coat/jacket trend this season, and are selling a  Burgundy Long Duster Jacket! I personally love the strong colour of this jacket and think it would be a brilliant Autumnal jacket.

H&M have also produced a brilliant A/W coats and jacket range this season. I especially love their Textured Weave Black Cape! It's such a refreshing addition to this season's coats, and I love the stand up collar and the little pockets they've included.
Also, H&M's Hooded Pile Jacket is such a cute cosy jacket for Winter. The hidden elastication at the hem and the ribbed cuffs will keep warmth in the coat, and the lining looks so smooth and will be soft against the skin. Plus, I love the softness of the pile used on the jacket, and would make it a dream to wear!

Well, this blog post ended up being quite long, so if you've stuck with me this far thank you so much and I love you! Whether you've skim read, read the whole thing or only looked at the pictures, I hope this has been helpful to you and given you some A/W inspiration for buying a new coat or jacket this season. If this is a success, then I might do another sometime soon on knitwear or something like that. If you have any suggestions or want me to do one of these on a certain type of product, or shop, then please feel free to request things in the comments section below.

-- AshCam


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