Pair the trends

There are so many trends that go together so well this season, it’s time to … pair the trends! (Say that last bit in a cheesy game show host voice, it sounds much better!) Anyway, yep, pair the trends. Simple really, and as it says – we’re just taking some of this season’s best trends, and pairing them up – we’re that stylish. And so can you be if you follow this simple guide!

1. Embellished Top + Full Midi Skirt

pai trends embellished midiThe full midi skirt is a winter wardrobe musthave. It’s warm, practical, stylish and looks great in the evening, the day, with boots, with shoes, with wellies, even! Pair the trends by teaming it with an embellished top to add a subtle hint of seasonal glamour to an outfit. Embellishment is huge this season, and perfect for the festive period. We’ve teamed a simple blue skirt from French Connection (£110) with an H&M embellished top (£29.99).

2. Leggings + Oversized Knit

pair trends leggings jumperLeggings have made a reappearance on the fashion scene in the last few years, so embrace them! They’re nothing like the 1980s horror leggings – great fabrics, bold patterns, lots of lycra, less of that ‘kneed’ effect! They look perfect with an oversized swter – another 1980s trend that works well in 2014! We love these leather-look leggings from Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams (£28), teamed with New Look’s 1980s inspired sweater (£22.99).

3. Plaid + Lace

pair trends plaid laceTartan, or plaid, as the fashion world love to call it, goes well with lace. It can go a wee bit fancy dress if you’re not careful, so make the lace subtle; watch how your pair the trends here. We’ve taken a preppy pleated plaid midi skirt, and added a lace-insert sweat top for an updated look. Our fab skirt is from JOY (£45) and lace-insert sweatshirt from French Connection (£49)

4. Belted coat + Winter florals

Pair trends florals coatCoats are huge this year – figuratively and literally. Big 1970s style belted wrap coats are so stylish – and we can’t get away from this red one. We love the winter florals trend-  florals look great on black. So, we love the juxtaposition of florals, with winter coat, get it? Pair the trends perfectly! Our H&M favourite is £99.99, and the gorgeous vintage style dress is £190 at French Connection

5. Statement Necklace + Pastel Knit

PAIR TRENDS JUMPER NECKLACEStatement necklaces are a thing again. They seem to have been a ‘thing’ for a few years now, and we reckon the best way to wear them is to pair the trends with pastel knits. Pastel for winter is big this year. A simple plain crew neck sweater looks so much more with a huge chunky statement bejewelled necklace, agreed? Our pink sweater is just £12 at BHS, and our big necklace is £19.99 from New Look.

That’s how we pair the trends. How would you do it?

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction

The Full Midi Skirt – Three Ways

In this little blog series, we’re going to take an Autumn Winter trend, and show you how to wear it  – three ways. First up, the full midi skirt.

Three ways with full midi skirt

Being on trend is all very well, but getting more wear out of your on-trend piece is better. Its all about being clever with the pieces you buy, and seeing how they can be adapted for various occasions. This week, the full midi skirt – for work, play and a day in the park.

This is how we would style this lovely full midi skirt from H&M (£34.99) for three occasions.

1. At the Office

Three ways midi skirt work

We’ve chosen the full midi skirt from H&M in burgundy – it also comes in black – to add an instant bit of on-trend autumn winter colour to your wardrobe. For work, dress it down with a white shirt, an elegant jacket and some easy ballet pumps, and a roomy bag.

Clockwise, l-r: grey fitted jacket, £38, BHS,  the full midi skirt, satchel, £22.99, New Look, white shirt, £20, BHS, grey pumps, £22.99, New Look

2. A Night Out

Three ways midi going out

You can wear the same skirt out at night with a few simple changes. Big heels, a few pieces of statement jewellery, a bustier top (or a vest if you’re not a bustier fan) and an on-trend leather bikers jacket bring this skirt up for the evening – add a clutch and you’re good to go.

Clockwise, l-r: Leather biker jacket, £149.99, H&M, gold cuff, £9.99, New Look, the full midi skirt, applique detail bustier, £29.99, H&M, chain detail velvet shoes, £60,  Schuh, grey and gold clutch, £15.99, New Look, chunky gold chain necklace, £10, Claire’s Accessories

3. A Walk in the Park

Three ways midi skirt walk in park

Stick one some tights, a vest top or a t-shirt, add your full midi skirt, and then layer up for a walk in the park with style – a sweater, a scarf, a hat, a gilet or a jacket give a cosy but stylish look- and a great alternative to jeans. Don’t forget some fur lined ankle boots, and a cross-body bag.

Clockwise, l-r: Tan suede Day In Day Out boots, £45, Schuh, Sherpa gilet, £94.99, Superdry, teddy and crossbones sweater, £40, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams, scarf, £9.99, H&M, navy cross-body bag, £39, BHS, knitted bobble hat, £7.99, New Look, the full midi skirt

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions