... to lengthen the life of your jackets. Or even better, to justify the purchase of a new one. Instead of a new Winter coat (I'm not going to say "as well as" but if you'd like to..).
However my clever idea for today is one that I've stolen from someone else. Actually it was something that I read last year (so I'm not sure she even still agrees with it, so I feel I am perfectly justified in mentioning it) that Polly Vernon wrote in her Grazia column. In lieu of a coat, just make your biker jacket work harder during winter with the addition of a fur scarf (pretty sure she put it a lot better than that - it's not verbatim - but that's what I remember).
Genius or what? I "indulged" last year in one from New Look which I remember cost about £18. And I still wear it. I LOVE it. I ordered a fair few from there (and elsewhere) and what I discovered was that the key to these looking good isn't in fact the fur - these days, even a super reasonable fur is mostly great quality. No, it's the backing. A nasty, stiff "don't stand too near a naked flame" satin really lets the scarf down.
Most I tried had that sort of backing but the one I kept (which is also a stripy fur - don't judge me, it works), has a velvet backing which is simply ace.
Alas I can't comment on the backing of this year's selection from New Look, but I would definitely say they're worth a try, says one who is over the moon with the quality of hers from last year.
Navy Faux Fur Stole from New Look £19.99
Although I have to say I do think the mink might look slightly more luxurious.. (that's not real mink by the way!).
Alternatively, if you're looking for more of a collar then they have them too.. I am loving the green. This against navy or black would be divine.
Dark Green Faux Fur Collar from New Look £14.99
Other bargains I've found at Tesco - yes, Tesco. This one from Florence & Fred looks superb. And if not for you, would make a fantastic Christmas present.
F&F Faux Fur Stole from Tesco in cream was £20 now £16
Upping the budget slightly in a different shade at John Lewis.
John Lewis Faux Fur Scarf in Silver £35
And yet again in the green which I am being more drawn to by the minute.
These I have seen in the flesh and can completely vouch for their quality and totally luxurious feel. I would have said they were a lot LOT more than this.
Faux Fur Scarf in burgundy £55 from hush
In the green
Or the blue..
But for full on luxury in navy, it has to be the one from Me+Em in faux fur. AND 20% off everything with the code NOV20.
Faux fur Collar from Me+Em £99
And finishing with a couple of off piste numbers. If one colour doesn't float your boat and you're looking for even more statement, then these are the ones for you.
Leopard. Need I say more?
ASOS Long Faux Leopard Scarf £35
A smaller collar style version also at ASOS.
7X Faux Fur Leopard Scarf was £20 now £12
Stitches and Pieces Khaki Stripe Faux Scarf £21
Do you have a plain black or grey coat? (I DO....) Then this could solve all your problems.
Faux Fur Scarf in multicolour from & Other Stories £39
So here I am yesterday, regretting not having a scarf as it was very very very chilly. This is the one item I bought from Kenzo at H&M. I have ZERO make up on here - a total rarity for me...
Red and Black Tiger jumper - Kenzo at H&M
Faux leather joggers - ASOS
Black Double Faced Coat - Jaeger
Black grab bag - Gucci
Copeland Trainers - Air & Grace
So I have had the busiest weekend doing pretty much nothing. Ever have one of them? Running around after children, but for once I actually enjoyed rugby. YES, you read that right, it was marvellous. Nothing to do with the sun shining, some of my best friends being there and a cold beer afterwards. I also had a huge sort out of my wardrobe this afternoon which was cathartic to say the least. I can now see the wood for the trees and have a really good idea of my winter capsule wardrobe. Not forgetting party season... I have outfit ideas and present ideas a plenty coming up.