fur vest & grey maxi: As you know from previous blogs I am a great fan of the sleeve. How many of us feel their arms need to be slimmed down or have bingo wings? How many of us have gone to a dinner dance during the winter and have frozen or had to invest in a pashmina to cover our arms and keep us warm? I can see you all putting your hands up, me too.

In the past there have been campaigns by well known magazines, asking manufacturers to put sleeves in garments – and are they? No they are not. I was out personal shopping with a client recently and I could only find one evening dress with sleeves.

So, this season is no exception and it is not only relevant to dresses and tops, we see the return of the Gilet in the fashion stakes and the sleeveless coat! (It reminds me of a recent genius piece of marketing I saw in a sandwich chain – the breadless sandwich – isn’t that a salad I thought to myself? They were selling like hot cakes!)

Both are an anomaly to me. Jackets and coats should have sleeves just by their very nature – right?

The Gilet is often seen as a garment worn to give extra warmth to the core of your body leaving your arms free for practical tasks. Forget practical, this is now to be a core fashion item in your wardrobe.

This season you can choose denim style or be a biker babe. The dedicated denim lovers can ‘rock’ their jean jackets without sleeves. They can be thrown over anything and worn with white shirts to sequinned pencil skirts. The biker babes are wearing theirs to toughen up summer frocks or layering with winter knits. The best bit though is you can DIY the look and cut off the sleeves of an old worn jacket.

OK, I’ve been won over on the Gilet front!

So what about the long sleeveless jacket? Long lines, fluid tailoring and premium fabrics are essential for a chic sleeveless jacket. Style with a super-slim polo top and skinnies to keep it current and casual. Top tip: if you buy one in neutral colours you can mix and match for work to achieve a tailored, sophisticated look.

Sleeveless jackets and coats may not deliver in terms of warmth but they are certainly this Autumn/Winter’s hottest trend!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best style coats for you, contact one of our consultants to book a style consultation. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

Check out our Pinterest board for some more inspiration https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/to-sleeve-or-not-to-sleeve-that-is-the-question/

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Street Fashion - FASHION WEEK DE MILAN.  #fashion  #street: When I work with my clients giving them advice on what styles/colours best suit them, the major thing we need to take into consideration is their personality and lifestyle. As well as chatting through their preferences and asking about their lifestyle, I also ask them to complete a style personality questionnaire which defines whether they are creative, dramatic, romantic, classic, natural or city chic.

Ladies whose top score is classic, love to match, they like to look smart and elegant but their main priority is to co-ordinate. They will always wear the same items in their wardrobe with the same things and probably hang their clothes in outfits rather than separates. So anyone out there who is classic will love what I am going to say next and can interpret this fashion in a more pared-down way. However the dramatics, romantics and creatives can make this fashion their own. So get out there!

‘The two-piece’: ‘be it a twin-set, a trouser or skirt suit’ underwent a dramatic make-over last season and it is here to stay. Banish the notion of twin sets and pearls from your mind. The two-piece has undergone a dramatic make-over and we are all seeing double.

Co-ordinates, or ‘co-ords’ in fashion speak, are the instant cheat to a ‘put together’ look. The matching is ready-made for you and the top-to-toe look makes for a slimming silhouette which makes you look taller. Great if you are petite in height.

Statement print or colour blocking, sharp tailoring or loose jersey, trouser suit or skirt set; there are no ‘co-ord’ rules, just make sure they are matchy-matchy.

Tailored print suits can take you from boardroom to bar stool. Black and white (monochrome) makes its biggest impact with a stark silhouette. There are floaty and floral ‘co-ords’ to be found too with flowers going supersize in jumpsuits and playsuits. Or the Global Traveller inspired look will take you into festival territory, just add a fringed bag. Finally, if you like to keep ‘in-check’ and have more of a boyish figure go for the classic check look which is more tailored with a fitted blazer or long waistcoat, as it will suit your body shape better.

The great thing about this trend, of course, is you get two outfits for the price of one when you wear them separately.

So clash it up or wear them together for a statement look that’s guaranteed to turn heads and give you double for your money.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best way to wear your co-ordinates, contact one of our consultants for a style and image consultation. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

More ideas on how to embrace this trend can be found at https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/seeing-double-the-return-of-the-two-piece/