Summer Blues

8.27.2014

Style Theory: This Autumn/Winter, summer pastels blend into winter pastels with blue playing a leading role. Ice blues are mixed with navys and royal blue....layer upon layer of colour, with lots of texture thrown in for good measure, think furs, leathers and glitter...


So let's start with a pale blue coat, here are some ideas of how to style:
Pale blue look fabulous with metallic accessories
Wear with all black for a sleek look
Wear your winter coat now over skirts, shorts or dresses
Be brave with textures this season..mix them up
Blue on blue looks chic, add a hint of camel to finish the look
All images above from Pinterest

I know it seems early to be looking at winter coats but it is a good idea to buy early as the good ones sell out quick. I also like having a winter coat now as you can throw it over denim shorts, skirts or dresses in late summer evenings (or days when it is this cold), so you can get a lot of wear out of it.
I have been debating between a blue and camel coat, I think a camel coat is timeless but when I was in M&S the other day I stumbled across their duck-egg coat in my size and couldn't resist..here it is and how I have styled it:




Coat: M&S £110
Jumper: Cos
Jeans: Gap (old)
Sandals: H&M
At the moment the M&S blue coat is sold out online but I saw lots in my local larger M&S may be worth checking out if you fancy this one, It is not super thick and the fabric is a little worn looking but I am a sucker for a lovely colour!

Here are some other gorgeous pale blue coats available on the High Street now:
Hobbs Hettie Coat £269


French Connection Skyline Wool Coat £195

New Look Funnel Neck Coat £49

Asos Faux Fur Hooded Duffle Coat £75

River Island Faux Fur (detachable) Oversize Wool Coat £90
This look better without the fur collar.


Zara Coloured Fur coat £69.99
This is a bit of a crazy green/blue for coat but I just think it is stunning and was sooo tempted to get it!

serious face....on second thoughts maybe I look a bit aboninable snowman in it?!
Have you thought about or bought your winter coat yet, are you going for a coloured one or sticking with the timeless and stylish Camel or Black?

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time, Frances x

37 comments:

  1. Sold out already? It took me six months to get the pink one on eBay! It looks gorgeous! X

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    1. I know can you believe it but it will probably be in stock again, you have got to be quick in this M&S game or just live near one that no one goes to! x

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  2. Stunning Frances. Love the pale blue and metallic combo in the picture x

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    1. Thanks Donna, metallic and blue do look great together.

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  3. Looks great on you Frances-perfect colour on you. I tried a warmer blur one on in m&s yesterday and was so tempted but they didn't have my size & I was unsure about styling it but you've done a good job of convincing me! X

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    1. Thanks Avril, they are great coats, I do love the length and the warmer tone is fab,

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  4. I've seen a lovely blue one in M&S but not in my size at the time or I may have been marching home with it. And like you, I've been looking for a camel coat since day dot and not had any luck. But being honest - I'm being swayed by all colours at the moment - I love coats - they conceal a whole lot of sins on the school run.

    Lovely styling by the way - I need to get more wear out of my tan sandals before the weather changes for the worst, once and for all!

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    1. Please please let me know if you find a lovely camel coat Sue, I have wanted one since I started work when I was 22 and stupidly never committed to an expensive one when I was working and could afford it..dah..kicking myself now! x

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  5. I adore this shade of blue, I'm not so keen on the 'dirt' factor it would attract with me though!
    I reckon you should buy that fluffy one just for cuteness factor!

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    1. I know I don't think I will be taking the coat anywhere dirty! I think I may look a little ridic in the furry one although I do love it! x

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  6. Love the mixed blues, can't believe the coat is already sold out!

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    1. I know, sold out pretty quickly but hopefully it will be back in stock soon.

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  7. Have a beautiful MaxMara double sided camel/grey funnel neck - love the blue in you though!

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    1. Gosh that coat sounds like heaven, love the sound of grey and camel and Maxmara are the best at camel coats!

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  8. I purchased a cobalt blue winter coat in M&S last winter so I won't be needing a new winter coat for years now I hope. It replaced a black one I'd had for about 7 years - I'm not the biggest fan of coats as it happens so tend to stick with one until it falls apart!

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    1. That sounds like a good buy, cobalt blue looks fab on, no doubt you will look lovely in it xx

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  9. Love how you've styled it. I tried it on last week but looked like a lab technician! Slight envy at how good it looks on you!

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    1. Ha, I get where you are coming from lab technician-wise...it is a similar shape and colour, I think I just have to wear the right colours underneath to avoid it looking to lab-techy!

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  10. Love the pale blue and also LOVE the green Zara one. I'm just not sure if fake fur is one of those Autumn trends that will be the first things on the sale rack in January. Such a lovely colour though!

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    1. If it is on the sale rails in January I think I may be tempted, but for now I may have to step away from the yeti look on me, although I do love it!

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  11. I am thinking about a leopard coat this year which is pretty radical for me!! Love the blue on you....you have styled it perfectly xx

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    1. Oooo yes, you will rock a leopard coat, it will look fab x

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  12. Not too sure about the fluffy coat but the M&S one looks so good on you, especially with the bf jeans :)

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    1. Agreed, I think the general consensus in to step away from the blue fur (for me anyway;-)

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  13. That is gorgeous on you ... does this mean the pink one has been relegated to the charity pile ? I also think you really rock the fur jacket ... go back! go back!

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    1. Thanks Helen, nope the Pink coat is still out and about just not photographed as I think I may have overdone it last year ;-)

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  14. Love it! You always looked amazing in the coat of last season - the M&S pink one and you again look fab in this one. I have been searching for a camel one but this ice blue works with all the classic colours also I think? Your styling is fab as ever.

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    1. Thanks so much, like Sue can I ask you let me know if you find a lovely camel coat as I know you two have fab taste xx

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  15. You look amazing in your coat, Frances. Just stunning! Lynne x

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  16. Totally stunning, it's perfect for you. I adore this colour as well, still very undecided on which way to go, but boringly I feel like it's just not practical for my life! I love the fur one on you too, colour is just fab!
    Abbi x

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    1. Thanks Abbi, I have also got a puffa coat on my list..practically has to win on the schoolrun! xx

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  17. So many great ideas here! The lovely lady's green fur coat certainly is daring!

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