Welcome to my column with Caledonista. Each fortnight I’ll be alternating between beauty and fashion; sharing my favourite looks, trends and products with you.
Outfit of the Month
It’s festive season, so that means lots of parties, dinners with friends and entertaining. I’ve been loving teaming an elegant dress with a leather jacket to make the look not so fancy. I love the versatility of a leather jacket and how it can transform an outfit. They are definitely my favourite cover-up of the season.
I’m obsessed with star prints, and there’s no better time to wear them than at Christmastime and New Year. This star-embellished PU Trucker Jacket (£36 from Simple Be) is stunning and looks so festive. An embellished jacket is a great way to update the look of your favourite and trusty little black dress. My dress has a ruffle at the waist, so it’s perfect for those helping disguise lumps and bumps.
Keeping up with the star theme, I’ve finished off this outfit with Simply Be’s Star Sign Clutch (£20), that’s embellished with a range of star signs and constellations. I love that the embellishments on this are gold, but on the jacket they are silver, as I love to mix my metals – I don’t like an outfit to look too put together.
There is little more cosy or more elegant than a faux fur jacket. It’s not a new trend as it appears year after year; but it has become a winter essential and the shops are full of them at the moment. You can just as easily pair one with an evening dress for a festive party, or with jeans for a Saturday shopping trip. ASOS is my favourite store for these, as they have every colour imaginable and also stock a range of high street and independent brands, in addition to their own labels. Add a pop of colour to your outfit, or keep things simple with a grey or cream.
Unreal Fur Unreal Dream Jacket in Pink, £215 | Stradivarius Faux Fur Jacket in, £59.99 | ASOS Chevron Faux Fur Jacket in Grey, £65
One To Watch
If you don’t already follow her, you need to check out the Instagram feed of UK blogger Tasha Steel – she has a great smart casual style, and is a big fan of graphic and slogan sweaters and jumpers. Her feed also shows some great ways to style up a leather jacket and work with floral prints. Her style is very similar to mine and I find her a great source of inspiration.