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It’s come to that time of year. You want to wrap up well and keep warm for your night out, but who wants to be dealing with bulky, unfashionable jackets?  They get in your way the whole night and look well…just a little too functional for a Christmas night out.

Lucky for you, we’ve gathered together some of the best functional AND fashionable coat and jacket finds, in Ireland and abroad, so you always have the option to support local! Browse away and find your dream match for this season.

Pretty Little Thing ‘Camel Faux Leather Drop Arm Midi Trench; (RRP €78.00)

Make a statement this season with this camel midi faux leather trench coat. A trend that’s hot everywhere right now, this sleek trench coat design isn’t going out any time soon. Style it over jeans and a nice top and complete the look with some gold chunky accessories.

 

Empress.ie ‘French Connection Ricio Platform Wool Cocoon Coat’ (RRP €255.00)

 

 

Set yourself apart this season in the Ricio Cocoon Coat in an eye-catching rose pink. Fastened with a single button front, the cocooned fit adds an oversized style to your collection, with two exterior pockets and warm wool mix fabric ensuring you stay warm, whatever the weather. For effortless style, layer yours over smart and casual outfits for a layer that pulls all your looks together.

 

SB ‘Black Long Faux Fur Coat’ (RRP €105)

This totally chic longline faux fur coat in black is a style you won’t want to take it off. Stay cosy whilst still looking fabulous. The perfect piece to take you from day to night, whilst adding glamour to any outfit.

 

Vila ‘Faux Fur Collar Coat’ (RRP €89.99)

With a flattering tie waist and removable faux fur collar, this elegant and eye-catching coat will turn heads this winter. Padded shoulders add shape and chicness and create a look that is timeless. Who says you can’t be warm AND glam?

 

Tommy Hilfiger ‘Wool blend classic coat’ (RRP €299)

Stay chic and warm this winter season in a classic wool-blend coat from Tommy Hilfiger. This tan winter warmer will dress up any outfit and keep you nice and toasty throughout the colder months. Pair it with your favourite leather boots and a colourful turtleneck for the ultimate cosy look.

 

New Look ‘Mink Leather-Look Long Aviator Coat’ (€89.99)

Introducing the mink aviator coat that's about to make all your other outerwear jealous. The collared neckline, soft, faux-fur lining and long sleeves will keep you warm through the long winter months, but also keep you stylish with the buckle strap cuffs and slick coated leather-look finish.

 

Oxendales.ie ‘Leather Biker Jacket’ (RRP €225)

This premium leather biker jacket in classic black will instantly update any outfit and give it a fashionable edge. Featuring classic biker zip and buckle details, simply throw on over any outfit to complete the look.

 

The Loft Wexford ‘Fun Faux Jacket’ (RRP €89.00)

This funky standout number will allow you to show off you unique and luxe style. It’s lined inside too, which means it can keep you warm – and gorgeous – all winter long!

 

SB ‘Brown Faux Fur Teddy Coat’ (RRP €82.50)

This brown teddy fur coat is a must have. In an updated flattering shape and new super soft teddy faux fur, this coat is perfect for cosying up this winter. Layer over almost any outfit as your go-to winter coat.

 

Si Jolie Wexford ‘Black Vinyl Belted Trench with Over-sized Pockets and Winter White Piping’ (RRP €310.00)

Not your everyday coat but a great investment nonetheless! This is a piece you will covet (and wear) for years to come! Chic, functional and statement, this coat will complete any look.

 

Pretty Little Thing ‘Cream PU Borg Reversible Trench Coat’ (RRP €98)

Add some neutral tones to your new season wardrobe with this cream PU borg coat with a reversible design. Layer this over your outfit of the day to earn some serious style points.

 

Next ‘Teddy Borg Coat’ (RRP €78.00)

Embrace the borg trend this season with this soft-touch cosy borg coat. This perfect cold-weather staple can be dressed up or down, making it the ultimate investment piece.

 

Oxendales.ie ‘Vero Moda Agnes Parka’ (RRP €57.50)

This fur-hooded jacket from Vero Moda on Oxendales.ie is an easy way to warm up your winter wardrobe. For every-day chic style, wear with jeans and a chunky jumper plus footwear or your choice and stay stylish and cosy this season.

 

H&M ‘Wool-blend coat’ (RRP €59.99)

Calf-length coat in soft fabric containing some recycled wool with a brushed finish. Notch lapels, buttons down the front, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, and a single back vent. Lined.

 

Tommy Hilfiger Wool blend pattern coat (RRP €329)

Everyone will be wanting to ‘check’ you out in this gorgeous wool-blend coat from Tommy Hilfiger. This gorgeous check-patterned coat is a timeless edition to your wardrobe that will never go out of style.

 

Harper.ie ‘Plaid Coat’ (RRP €100.00)

This gorgeous over-sized coat is free size and fits a size 8-14. With a chic print and fab cut, it will look amazing over any outfit this season.

 

Lanidor.ie ‘Woven Coat with Classic Collar’ (RRP €178.99)

Turn heads in this sleek and stylish woven coat with classic collar this Christmas. This Irish-owned brand has loads of other gorgeous clothing collections and are well worth checking out.

 

White Feather Boutique ‘Oversized Faux Fur Teddy Coat in Baby Blue’ (RRP €75.00)

Be stylish and cosy in our oversized faux fur teddy coat! This coat of dreams comes in three colour options- baby blue, cerise pink & blush pink! The coat has two front pockets and two tortoiseshell buttons. Layer over everything in your wardrobe to make a statement this winter!

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There are so many things I ADORED about Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The feel-good musical inspired by the music of ABBA was everything I wanted and more.

 

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I was surprised by just how good the soundtrack was considering they sang most of ABBA's greatest hits in the original film. However, it's been a week since I first watched the movie and Cher’s version of Fernando is still stuck in my head.

One thing that really stood out for me (apart from young Bill aka the man of my dreams) was the young Donna’s style.

The main focus of the movie was young Donna’s journey from graduate to mum, but I couldn’t help but swoon over her outfits. Her quirky boho style was simple, but striking.

 

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Obviously, we’d never get away with wearing outfits like Donna's here in Ireland- thanks rain- but I thought I’d gather up some of the nicest pieces inspired by young Donna.

Sure, it may not be sunny enough to rock these looks in reality, but you can wear them, stick on the soundtrack and pretend you’re frolocking around a Greek island in the 1970s.

New Look Denim Dungarees €20
Forever 21 Orange Maxi Skirt €16
Monki White Tunic Dress €30
Revolve Aquarius Jumpsuit €92
New Look Mom Shorts €24.99
Forever 21 Yellow Belbottoms €17.40
Boohoo Star Print Jacket €36
Dorothy Perkins Platform Boots €16

 

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2016 definitely won't go down as anyone's favourite year ever, with some shocking political plot twists, the death of some of the world's most beloved icons and the rise of kale, it seems like everyone had a negative experience in the year just ended.

Poor life choices weren't just confined to the polling boots and salad bowls, 2016 was the year of unwearable fashion choices and done-to-death trends.

Here's a few of the most overdone, out-dated and insipid trends that need to stop passing for vaguely trendy in 2017. 

1. Lace up everything

This trend, much like the creepy guy at the late bar, came on far too strong.

From the Kardashians lacing up everything from their corsets to their thigh-high boots (more on those later) to the fashion blogging scene adopting the trend at an exorbitant rate, this bondage-esque fad was chic for five minutes and then tired for the rest of the year, though that didn't stop the lace up becoming the most popular detail on our social media feeds.

2. "Instagram make up"

 

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Instagram is a place of beauty extremes and "eyebrows on fleek," but a specific type of "Instagram face" has become unique to the beauty bloggers and micro-influncers who inhabit the social media site.

Boxy, blended brows, acres of contour, matte, thick foundation, lashings of lashes, a ice white highlight and lips over lined with a Kylie lip kit are the hall marks of the "Instagram face," which has become far too popular.

Whether you're scrolling through your feed or strolling down Henry Street, you will more than likely come into contact with the high maintenance look that launched a million beauty bloggers.

3. Juicy tracksuits

The noughties revival was kind of amusing in an 'it's never really going to happen" kind of a way.

Keeping with the plot twist theme of 2016, noughties style actually made a somewhat chic return thanks to the ironic styling of couture house Vetements, but when the Kardashians started donning Von Dutch trucker hats and Juicy Couture brought back it's classic velour tracksuit, we knew were were just one bare midriff and chunky highlighting job away from sartorial disaster. 

4. Off the shoulder everything

 

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Yes, we loved this top back in Spring 2016. It was without a doubt the it-piece of the moment, and everything from it's stylish off-the-shoulder cut to it's semi-professional pin stripe called out to us.

However, this piece became another done-to-death trend that spawned multiple copies that trickled down through every high street store the world over, and somehow, in the first freezing days of January, we're still seeing it on Pinterest. It needs to go. 

5. Chokers

 

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Chokers are one of the more stubborn remnants from the 90s revival.

A grown-up take on the choker is more than acceptable, but any elasticised bits of plastic we would have worn while listening to our No Doubt CD and playing on our Tamogotchis is a no no.

6. Bomber jackets

 

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For some reason, bomber jackets are clinging on by their fingernails to their on-trend status.

Now the uniform of all teenage girls, the khaki green and pastel pink editions of this classic jacket style are officially over. Especially is they are made of a cheap, satin finish fabric. 

7. Celebrity "tour merch"

After Justin Bieber did a sell out run of Purpose World Tour themed merch with Forever 21, the world went crazy for paying homage to the pop stars with over sized (and over priced) hoodies featuring their favourite famous faces.

While there is nothing wrong with showing off your musical loyalties while giving your idols some royalties, some stars created "merch" when they have no tours, or discernable musical talents, whatsoever (we're looking at you, Kylie Jenner)

8. Over lined lips

 

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We're all guilty of going a tad overboard with the lip liner in pursuit of a perfectly plump pout. 

However, there is a certain art to the overlined lip that unfortunately most of us mere mortals have yet to perfect.

We've been obsessed with big eyebrows and big lips, can we move onto something else? Big noses perhaps? Please?

9. Thigh-high boots

 

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While there is no doubt that Julie Roberts is a style icon, her over the knee, lady of the night, pleather boots have no place on 2017's fashion rota.

Another victim of the lace up trend, the Kardashian's obsession with intricately laced, impossible to navigate bondage boots spurred the trend onto the high street, where a plight called "muffin thigh" then outraged those of us without model pins who wanted in on the trend. 

10. "Festival fashion"

 

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Festival fashion has become a whole category of it's own, and what was once a smorgasbord of creative and artistic means of dressing to express your musical tastes has become a montage of fringing, crop tops and facial stickers that are officially basic. 

A rainbow crochet crop top and arms decorated with flash tattoos might have been fabulous for Coachella 2012, but looks rather tragic in the rain at Longitude 2017. 

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Ah, the days of Britney Spears and collecting the S Club 7 magazine. 
The early 2000’s was full of, er, dramatic trends. We loved them at the time, but looking back now…mother, how could you …

1. Flared jeans
Once you go skinny fit, you never go back. Couldn’t be dealing with the stress of those ripped ends dragging behind me anymore.

2. Butterfly clips
“What have you done to your sisters hair?” “Mum, this took us all morning”

3. Denim mini skirts
These actually can still be quite cute, just maybe not teamed with leggings and a pair of Uggs…

4. Fishnet tights and studded belts
“But dad I want to look like Avril Lavigne?”

5. Playboy stuff
Particularly those velvet tracksuits… #SoVogue

6. Chokers
We’re so glad this trend came back because let’s face it, it never should have left.

7. Bandanas
They’re fine now, we just wore them all wrong ways in 2002…

8. Crop tops
"What do you mean I'm not allowed to get my bellybutton pierced?!"

 

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It looks like the eighties are back with a tie-dye bang!

And the latest fashion trend to hit is not something that we have gotten on board with, just yet! It may take us a bit of time.

Thankfully, it has come back with a bit of a more sophisticated  vibe, and the Clarissa tie dye style is long gone. Phew!

Celebs are already in on the trend with the likes of Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Ambrosio being spotted rocking the tie dye. Kate took on a denim shirt and Alessandro channelled the summer in her tie-dye maxi.

However, the key to working the new trend is less is more. Avoid overloading your outfit with too much dye.

Match tie-dye trousers with a plain white tee or colourful tops with plain shots. If you’re not feeling the vibe, a handbag is a great way to incorporate a trend without it taking over. Or you could always invest in a tie-dye bikini for your holliers.

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