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October must-haves: aviators, capes & velvet - (archived)

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My lack of enthusiasm for new season fashion has finally started to wane. Is it because I’m getting used to the Winter trends, or have the latest additions to the virtual rails been better than what we got in September? Perhaps it’s just the fact the temperature has dropped and I can finally see the need for a beautiful coat or a fabulous cape. Whatever the reason, I’m finally getting excited about what’s in the shops, and have picked out some of my favourites from a range of retailers. Top of my list is Miss Selfridge’s super-glam velvet coat with fur trim. It may not be the most practical piece of outerwear, but it’s definitely beautiful, and the rich, thick, stiff velvet is far nicer than the cheap stretchy stuff that can be found elsewhere.

H&M’s fluffy, frilly prom dress had me dancing round the changing rooms wondering if I could get away with it. The final decision was ‘no’ (too much netting in the underskirt coupled with a short hemline looked a bit ballerina-ish on my 5’7 figure) but I can’t wait to see it on others.

Meanwhile, M&S come up trumps in the shoe department, ASOS’s cape (in regular and Curve sizing) is a no-brainer winter warmer, and Louche’s cute Bambi-esque jumper is just the right amount of quirky for my liking.

Check out the gallery for all my October faves – shop by clicking the grey links below the images.

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  • Reply Shadow Orchestra October 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Have you seen this dress? http://www.oasis-stores.com///oasis/fcp-product/3170077236#GBPJust bought it – it is AMAZING for curvy girls, great cut and such a bright fun colour. Only downside is that it’s jersey so a bit clingy (get the spanx out…)

    Oops – that’s me, @harpistkat. Pesky Twitter accounts…

    • Reply Gemma October 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      ooh Kat, thank you for tip-off, that dress is fab and totally my style. They have a short-sleeved velvet one very similar that I’ve been eyeing up too. Must resist though. Too many dresses already!

      • Reply kathryn October 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

        short-sleeved velvet you say? may be way too tempting to resist! I agree that september/autumn has been somewhat uninspiring so far.

  • Reply Sallygriffith October 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    That leopard print dress is yummy!

    • Reply Gemma October 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      isn’t it?! Love the Pearl Lowe collection but the sizing is so up and down that I need to try it on and there’s very little stock in London stores. Grrr!

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