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Five of the Best: Cape Dresses

You don’t have to be a superhero to wear a cape…in fact the item itself can come to your fashion rescue when appended to the shoulders of a smart dress. Aside from looking fabulous, they can hide a multitude of sins – especially if you’re not fond of your upper arms. Today, we’re picking out our five favourite currently-available cape dresses.

Self Portrait 3d Floral Cape Dress

3d Floral Cape Dress – £320, Self Portrait

We start with a gorgeous designer piece – this floral cape dress from Self Portrait takes the shape of a classic shift, and is overlaid with floral guipure lace from above the bust to the hem. The top section of the dress has a pale blue mesh overlay, which extends beyond a line of white lace to form a cute cape that reaches just above elbow length. Fastening up at the back with an exposed zip, it has a cream pointed collar.

ASOS T-Shirt Dress With Cape Back

T-Shirt Dress With Cape Back – £22, ASOS

Proving that comfort and style can happily co-exist in one garment, this cape dress by ASOS Collection is made from a black soft knitted fabric with the feel of a T-shirt. The crew-necked dress has long sleeves and a keyhole-shaped cut-out at the back. It’s finished off by a rather dramatic long cape to the back, which has an asymmetric hem and falls to around ankle length at its longest point.

V by Very Frill Cape Dress

Blue Frill Cape Dress – £25 (was £42), V by Very

We love the shiny finish of this blue cape dress from V by Very, which is made from a satin-type fabric in a lovely, almost cobalt, shade. The short dress is finished around the hem with a frilled trim, as is the cape, which falls at elbow length. This gorgeous piece is currently available with for an impressive £17 off its original price tag, so act now if you want to get your hands on this lovely piece in your size.

Chesca Sequin Trim Cape Dress in Silver Grey

Sequin Trim Cape Dress in Silver Grey – £192.50, Chesca

Chesca’s silver grey dress takes the form of a standard shift dress but is topped with a rather lovely cape that covers the bodice and has an asymmetric hem, edged with a broad band of sequinned trim in matching silver. The cape, which ends at just above the elbows, has slit detailing at the front of each sleeve, so you can still show off a small section of your arms –  and the hem of the dress itself is knee length.

Gina Bacconi Melissa Embroidered Cape Dress

Melissa Embroidered Cape Dress – £330, Gina Bacconi

We finish with a real beauty – Gina Bacconi has produced a huge range of stunning shift dresses this season, but this black crepe dress is our favourite by some distance. The simply-shaped, fully-lined dress zips with a concealed fastening at the side and is topped with a long floaty mesh cape that’s embroidered all over with a beautiful floral motif design in shades of green, cream, burgundy and grey.

Stand-out Sale Faux Leather Miniskirts

Miniskirts been a wardrobe staple since the 1960s but have never really been out of fashion since – and leather (or leather-look) versions have remained as popular as ever. Today, we’re looking at five out-of-the-ordinary faux leather mini skirts – each of them scoring highly in the style stakes and every single one currently available at a bargain price!Oasis Faux Leather Chevron Mini Skirt in Black

Faux Leather Chevron Mini Skirt in Black – £28 (was £36), Oasis

We begin with a skirt with a heavy ’60s influence – this black faux leather skirt from Oasis features a chevron pattern, sewn in sections with different (suede and leather-effect) textures and appearing on both the front and the back of the garment. Cut above the knee, this slightly A-line skirt is made from polyurethane fibre, zips up at the back and is fully lined. A timeless piece that can be matched with any colour!

ASOS Bubble Hem Mini Skirt in Leather Look

Pink Bubble Hem Mini Skirt in Leather Look – £10.50 (was £35), ASOS Collection

Faux leather isn’t the first fabric you’d expect to be used in the creation of a bubble hem, but the resulting effect is striking, as shown in this skirt by ASOS Collection. Made from a pale pink leather-effect viscose, it is cut in a slim fit and has a press-studded placket down the front, a wide ruffled bubble hem and a high-rise waistband. With over twenty quid off its original price, it really is something of a steal!

Arianna Leather Look Tassle Mini Skirt

Arianna Leather-look Tassle Mini Skirt – £7 (£18), Boohoo.com

Another texturally-interesting garment, Boohoo’s Arianna miniskirt is made from a leather-effect fabric in a khaki colour. The edge of the top section of the skirt is angled where it joins to a wide fringe. Beneath this is another layer, which has a straight and narrower fringe, so you needn’t worry about it being too revealing. This skirt is also available in black – and both have over a tenner off currently.

Faux Leather Orange Multi Mini Skirt

Faux Leather Orange Multi Mini Skirt – £5, Everything5Pounds

We’re not quite sure how they do it, but Everything5Pounds are selling this faux leather orange multi mini skirt for…you guessed it, a fiver! (They often have half-price sales though, should you be tempted to accuse us of tautology). Fastening up the back with a zip, it features another hallmark of sixties style – colourblocking – and is made up from panels of leather-effect material in red, orange and brown.

Pink Faux Leather Studded Wrap Gingham Mini Skirt

Pink Faux Leather Studded Wrap Gingham Mini Skirt – £7 (was £20), Pretty Little Thing

We finish with an altogether more contemporary take on the trend – Pretty Little Thing’s studded wrap gingham mini skirt. Made from two sections – a pink gingham base layer overlaid unexpectedly by a panel of black fake leather, edged in circular studs – it fastens to one side with a D-ring loop. It’s currently on sale at less than half its original price tag so act now if you want to acquire it in your size!

Seasonal Sale Bargains: Cami Dresses

There might be some, rather sensible, folk among you who think ‘but it’s October!’ when talk turns to cami dresses. For you, we have just one word: layering! A cami dress can be worn with a myriad of other items so mix and match to your heart’s content! Or, alternatively, get a great bargain now – while such garments might be considered out of season, at least in the Northern Hemisphere – for next year’s holiday! If you want to take advantage of those all-important price reductions, here are our five favourite bargain cami dresses:Coast Belize Metallic Cami Dress

Belize Metallic Cami Dress – £29 (was £95), Coast

Party season is hurtling towards us at some speed now…and this stunning asymmetric metallic dress from Coast is a great piece to wear at a festive gathering. Do wrap up with a matching faux fur shrug or similar, though as it can get quite nippy out from this time of year onwards! Available for a frankly astonishing £29, this dress has a relaxed fit, a beautiful draped bodice overlay and spaghetti straps.

ASOS Tie Dye Ruffle Hem Cami Dress

Tie Dye Ruffle Hem Cami Dress – £15 (was £38), ASOS Collection

Our next selection is decidedly more summery, but could be worn with either a T-shirt underneath and/or jumper on top to great effect. ASOS Collection’s cami dress is made from a woven fabric with a tie-dye print in shades of green, pink and inky blue. The V-necked (and backed!) frock has narrow camisole straps and a ruffle hem and is a great buy at less than half its original price.

Oasis Lace Trim Cold Shoulder Cami Dress

Lace Trim Cold Shoulder Cami Dress – £22.50 (was £30), Oasis

Oasis’s lace cami dress is cut in a relaxed fit and made from a stretch fabric that will drape over your curves in flattering fashion. Very much mini in length, it has lace detailing around the neckline and exposed shoulders. With both a detachable self-belt and adjustable straps, it has pretty pleats and is a vibrant red colour. Best of all, it’s currently more than seven quid cheaper than it was mere weeks ago, so it’s a great time to buy!

Tammi 2 Tone Lace Barely There Sequin Slip Dress

Tammi Lace Barely There Sequin Slip Dress – £8 (was £20), Boohoo.com

OK, so this one isn’t for the faint-hearted – or anyone with a less-than-stellar central heating system. In a warm club, though, the Tammi ‘barely there’ sequinned slip dress by Boohoo.com – though it really does live up to its ‘barely there’ billing – could be just the ticket! Made from a sheer lace fabric in an elaborate embroidered pattern, it has a deep V-back and black ruffled lace edging around the front neckline, as well as a slit at the side.

Victoria Beckham Cami Dress

Victoria Beckham Cami Dress – £310 (was £1,150)

Though – out of all of our choices – it’s undergone the most radical price reduction, this cami dress by Victoria Beckham is still far from being a steal! However, these dresses don’t generally come cheap – and that’s a whopping £840 off the original tag! And it is rather gorgeous – with ruched detailing to the chest and sophisticated styling all round. Act quickly if you like this one though – it’s running out in most sizes as we speak!

Oversize Shirts for Women

Once upon a time, ‘oversized’ was a bit of an insult when it came to fashion – that’s before we realised how comfortable it was, and how cool – in a very arty sort of a way – it is. So it’s with great pleasure that we present our five favourite oversized shirts for women – each of them currently available from an online retailer near you.East Silk Tulip Print Oversize Shirt

Silk Tulip Print Oversize Shirt – £49 (was £129), East

We start with a real beauty – this tulip print oversize shirt from East is made from pure silk in a mid-grey colour festooned with floral graphics in shades of turquoise, blue, black and cream. This longer length shirt has cuffed sleeves and buttons up the front and its hem falls at about hip length. It’s currently available at a fairly astonishing £80 reduction, so we’d recommend you don’t hang about if you want to add this glorious shirt to your wardrobe.

Red Baroque Print Chiffon Oversized Shirt

Red Baroque Print Chiffon Oversized Shirt – £25, Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing’s oversized shirt is made from a floaty, silky bright red chiffon fabric with a baroque print in shades of brown, beige and black. It fastens up the front with button and has a standard shirt collar and shape – with long cuffed sleeves – but is best worn as shown, loosely and partly unfastened and paired with jeans or a skirt. The shirt is quite length and rests at around hip height.

La Redoute Collections Checked Oversized Drop Back Cotton Shirt

Checked Oversized Drop Back Cotton Shirt – £35, La Redoute Collections

There’s a definite arty feel to this oversized cotton shirt from  La Redoute Collections. With vents at the sides and the edges of the three-quarter-length sleeves, it has a smart collar, buttoned placket and a bottom-covering dropped back. Made from a 99% cotton fabric (with a bit of elastane for a slight stretch) with small black and white checks, it’s can be paired with black trousers for a smart look.

Kin by John Lewis Oversized Shirt in Green

Oversized Shirt in Green – £55, Kin by John Lewis

In a vivid green-coloured viscose fabric, this shirt from Kin by John Lewis will add a bit of much-needed colour to the autumn and winter months ahead. Cut in an oversize shape, it’s softly draped in style and has a concealed button-up front. The two-section sleeves of this round-necked top are flared slightly at the ends and fall just below the elbows. Two tucks at the back of the top give it an extra fullness.

ASOS White Oversized Frill Shirt with Multi Stripe

Oversized Frill Shirt with Multi Stripe – £55, ASOS White

We end with a real showstopper! This oversized shirt by ASOS White is made from a cotton rich fabric and has a high neck and dramatic, voluminous frill overlays. Below the bust is a long and full pleated section in narrow red and white stripes, whereas above that you’ll a broad frilled band of blue and white fabric applied in a curve. The long-sleeved top zips up the back and is a real statement piece.

Suede Biker Jackets for Men

Although you’d be forgiven for thinking summer never actually happened, autumn is now upon us…the perfect time to get that old vintage motorcycle out of the garage and back onto the sodden streets. What do you mean, you don’t have a bike? Pah, they’re dangerous anyway; far better to take the interesting bits of bikerdom – the superb clothing – and just use the bus. Today, we present you with our five favourite suede biker jackets, each of which is guaranteed to add a bit of texture and colour to your transitional wardrobe.

Superdry Real Hero Suede Biker Jacket

Superdry Real Hero Suede Biker Jacket – £199.99, Superdry

We begin with a real premium piece – Superdry Real Hero suede biker jacket. Collarless in style, this superb jacket has been crafted from suede leather in a rich golden colour, with a contrast lining and single inside pocket. On the outside, you’ll find four pockets – two horizontal ones at chest height and two slanted ones lower down on either side. Zipping up at the front, it fastens across the neck with two popper fastenings.

Black Dust Deer Biker in Burgundy with Borg Collar

Deer Biker in Burgundy with Borg Collar – £145, Black Dust

Black Dust is a company that prides itself on producing ‘toughened-up outerwear’ that channels both Indian and UK influences and this burgundy biker jacket shows how they transform both into London street style. This deer suede biker has an asymmetrical zip-up fastening, as well as zipped cuffs and larged notched lapels. There are poppers on the lapels, as well as fastening on the belt loops, and three slanted zip pockets at the front.

Selected Homme Lean Suede Biker Jacket

Lean Suede Biker Jacket – £250, Selected Homme

This sand-coloured suede biker jacket by Selected Homme has been cut to be a close fit, and it has a number of smart touches, including epaulettes on the shoulders. An asymmetric, slightly slanted zip fastens up the front, and there are two standard waist-height pockets as well as a slanted chest pocket at the front – each of them fasten with zips. If that’s still not enough zips for you then you’ll find a zip on each cuff as well.

Reiss Eli Suede Biker Jacket, Navy

Eli Suede Biker Jacket, Navy – £375, Reiss

Reiss’s Eli jacket is as luxurious as you’d expect from the brand – it’s been fashioned from soft Indian goat suede in stylish navy and is fully lined. This simple and super-smart piece has a press-stud tab collar, and, unusually, two patch pockets at the hip, both of which fasten at the top with zips. There are popper fastenings at the cuffs as well as at the waistband, which makes the item adjustable.

Cobalt Faux Suede Biker Jacket

Cobalt Faux Suede Biker Jacket – £40, Boohoo.com

If you like the look but want to save an animal or two, this cobalt faux suede biker jacket fro Boohoo.com could be the one for you. In a bright, almost electric blue suedette, it as an asymmetric zip fastening at the front, four pockets, an array of poppers on the lapels and epaulettes, and – unlike our other contenders – comes complete with a belt, which fastens around the bottom of the jacket.

Strappy Pleated Dresses

Pleats can often make one thing of regimented clothing and school uniforms, but they’re actually pretty dazzling when used carefully. They can also be really flattering, but the shape of the dress is key – bare arms and or shoulders can make a pleated dress fantastic rather than frumpy! With this in mind, we present our five favourite strappy pleated dresses for your perusal.Whistles Off Shoulder Pleated Dress, Yellow

Off Shoulder Pleated Dress, Yellow – £95 (was £195), Whistles

Yellow is such an under-used colour when it comes to clothing, and it’s a sure-fire way of getting attention, especially in a design such as this off-the-shoulder pleated dress from Whistles. It’s not often that you see floral lace pleated in such a way, and we love the combination of thin straps and a Bardot neckline, complemented by a generous drape around the top that forms ‘sleeves.’ Also available in black and currently less than half price in the sale, it’s a real bargain.

ASOS Wrap Front Pleated Midi Dress

Wrap Front Pleated Midi Dress – £38, ASOS

Made from a rather floaty, smoothly-woven, rose pink polyester, this midi dress by ASOS Collection is a really elegant piece and looks great from both front and back! It has a wrap front with a plunge neckline, whereas the back is open, with long spaghetti straps that cross over and form a halter beck. With a full pleated skirt at midi length, this beauty will take you to the grandest summer garden party in style.
Three Floor Cinnamon Pleat Dress

Cinnamon Pleated Dress – £380, Three Floor

This form-fitting Three Floor cinnamon pleated dress has so many beautiful design details – from its long, tiered asymmetrical pleated drips that form the skirt to the shaped lace bodice – but it’s the straps that win the day for us. Forming a V-shape at the front of the dress, they’re made from broad bands of hand-cut lace. The rust-coloured dress fastens up the back with a concealed zip.Biba Pleated Layered Knee Length Dress

Pleated Layered Knee Length Dress – £99, Biba

Biba’s blue pleated dresses is, as you’d expect from the company, both stylish and fun. With an above knee-length pleated skirt, it has a fairly deep V-neck at the front as well as a V-back. The top half of the dress has generous pleated drape falling from the neckline and thin straps. This fully-lined frock is perfect party wear, and definitely has more than a hint of a1920s flapper style about it.

Petite Fiona Tiered Pleated Dress
Petite Fiona Tiered Pleated Dress – £14.40 (was £18), Boohoo.com

There’s no reason why being slightly smaller in stature should reduce your style choices, which is why we’re such big fans of Boohoo.com’s petite range, which produces great fashion pieces for women under 5’3″. This pale grey pleated dress has slender straps and is formed from three broad tiers. It’s also available in black and rose pink, and all three colours are available in the sale – each is simply a steal at this price!

Five Fabulous Off-the-shoulder Dresses

Summer still hangs on by a thread, and the more optimistic of us are still sporting off-the-shoulder (or, if you prefer, Bardot) dresses in order to get a bit of colour on those upper arms before they get put away for another year! Here our five favourites from the current crop:Maison Scotch Boho Off The Shoulder Dress

Boho Off The Shoulder Dress – £80 (was £160), Maison Scotch

There’s some really beautiful detail on this Boho off-the-shoulder dress from Maison Scotch. Made from lightweight pure cotton in a cream colour, it has a wide band across the top which forms sleeves and is adorned with a beautiful blue floral print alongside and a narrow yellow band in an Aztec-style pattern. The pattern is repeated across the hem. Currently available at half price, we recommend you act now if you want this beauty.

Boutique Eva Embellished Off Shoulder Dress

Boutique Eva Embellished Off Shoulder Dress – £28 (was £35), Boohoo.com

This one’s definitely not a relaxed daytime number – Boohoo.com’s Boutique Eva embellished off shoulder dress is a glamorous piece of evening wear that’s sure to dazzle. In a triumph for modern fashion, the cream dress is shoulderless but has long sleeves! Embellished in a beautiful floral design formed from black beads, it’s currently available at a bargain £28, which is a small price to pay for such a glittering frock.

White Stuff Aspen Bardot Dress, Denim Blue

Aspen Bardot Dress, Denim Blue – £55, White Stuff

We love the crisp and simple styling of the Aspen Bardot dress from White Stuff, which is a loose-fit dress made from a soft-touch denim. Elastic panelling ensures a secure fit around the shoulders, and there’s a wide band of floral embroidering around the hem. The short sleeves of the dress are finished off with narrow lace inserts – a beautiful feminine fashion detail on what’s sure to become a favourite part of your summer wardrobe.

White Broderie Anglais Trim Bardot Dress

White Broderie Anglais Trim Bardot Dress – £35, Missguided

You’re sure to make an impact at any summer gatherine in this one: It’s mini in form, but Missguided’s white bardot dress is covered from top to tail in a beautiful bright red broderie anglais floral design. In 100% cotton, this fun and floaty dress has a scalloped hem and long bell sleeves, which have narrow lace inserts in white at just above elbow length. It fastens up the back with a concealed zip.

R édition Off The Shoulder Dress

Off The Shoulder Dress – £20 (was £25), R édition

We finish with a very simple take on the trend, but no less attention-grabbing for it: just look at that colour! R édition’s off-the-shoulder dress is straight and short, with short sleeves formed by the band across its top, which is finished off with a wide and pretty band of ornate lace. Made from 100% cotton, this dress is also available in a rather quieter black version, but we love this bright yellow – and the reduced price, too!