Is it wrong for me to want it to be autumn already? 30 + degree heat has left me resenting the sun and every night when i lay in bed, aka the fires of hell i’m dreaming of cool October nights. Luckily i got a slice of A/W last week when i visited the A/W preview from Peacocks, here’s what they have in store for the colder months:
I’m not saying i’m going in order of favourites but the Winterfell collection grabbed my eye immediately and just happens to be first in the lineup.. We all know if it’s pink and possibly fluffy i’ll gravitate towards it, and the Winterfell collection ticked a lot of my boxes. Think feminine pastel pinks, muted greys matched with distressed denim. The light and flowy florals we’re seeing in summer aren’t going anywhere, in A/W17 they’ll be matched with a thick fluffy coats or a padded velvet bomber for the colder months.
I saw a lot of Faux fur at Peacocks for A/W17, the pieces looked luxurious, thick and expensive. The thing is, these may look expensive but they’re actually quite the opposite; the pink fluffy statement coat pictured above will set you back a mere £45.
I only noticed after taking this photo that there’s actually 5 different textures just in this frame, but they’re all curated perfectly so the tones just work together. Who would’ve thought you could get velvet, sequins, denim, wool and faux fur all in one photo? I wouldn’t suggest piling them all on together though.. well i mean you could in theory but you’d also be wearing three tops at the same time.
Now i know that pink and florals will continually be socially acceptable or “in” throughout A/W17, i will happily dress in them head to toe and i’ll definitely be heading to Peacocks to get my fix.
The future is female collection:
Now that’s what i call a collection name, A/W is the future and the future is female with Peacocks. This collection is basically power dressing but less 80’s and more cool, It’s got structure through the jackets but it’s kept a little more relaxed with slogan t-shirts.
Speaking of slogan t-shirts you may have seen this “the future is female” tee on my insta stories recently, it’s basically become my uniform since i got it at the preview and it’ll translate perfectly into my autumn winter wardrobe. Once again it’s ridiculously affordable at £10, and in a world where people are paying £25 for a t-shirt i think that’s a damn good deal.
The bloomsbury collection is what i would call slightly more classic A/W with it’s darker tones, but it keeps the continuing boho vibes from summer through florals and delicate, sheer fabrics. Also can we talk about this faux shearling coat? I’ve seen these at all the other A/W previews and i’m set on getting one for autumn, in true Peacocks style the one above is only £60 and will probably be one of a few key pieces to take you through autumn winter. Similar shearling style coats that i’ve seen from other retailers have been over £100, Peacocks have really stepped up their game recently but they still manage to keep their price point low, and we all know i’m all for a bargain.
When you see the coat above what comes to mind? I think i’d easily say this was over £100 but like the other coats in question it’s £60. £60 for a long line, autumn winter essential that’ll effortlessly carry you from day to night? Yes please, and because it’s only £60 i’ll probably be picking up two statement coats for the season and still pay less than i would for one from somewhere else. I mean you can never have too many coats right?
Also bees will be a thing in A/W17, mark my words. I saw them at Boohoo, Primark and now here at Peacocks, this little bag is a perfect way to add your own nod to the trend without going too overboard.
Crafted Country collection:
I have a confession to make, although i was born in the city and I’m pretty sure i’ll always reside here, i have a tiny part inside of me that has always wanted to be a country dweller. The idea of morning walks in big coats, and sitting by a fire in a country pub in a chunky knit gives me all types of feels. So when i walked into the next preview room to be greeted by the “crafted country” collection, i knew “wrapped up warm a/w maria” was going to love this one.
Again we have multiple faux shearling coats, see i told you they were going to be in. This time they either take form in all black or in rich warm brown and mustard tones, with contrasting collars. Keeping with the topic of outwear there’s also a lot of suede in crafted country, i feel like suede really completes an outfit and gives it something special. This duck egg blue suedette number fills my autumn winter light jacket search, it’s so beautiful and could be straight out of a boutique but it’ll be sold for £40. This is something that i could see Kate Middleton in, is that weird to say? Either way it proves they hit the nail on the head with the country aesthetic.
Florals and lace complete this collection and act amazingly alongside the thicker fabrics, layering means the looks are practical and sheer fabrics don’t look out of place in colder climates. Who said dressing for the weather had to be practical?
Cocktail hour & La belle époque collections:
I know, i know it’s June and the last thing you’re thinking about is the festive season. However in the world of PR everything is months ahead, and you can’t avoid festive fashion at an autumn winter press day. So naturally Peacocks had the cocktail hour collection, brimming with sparkles and sequins perfect for ..dare i say it? Christmas parties. And the La belle époque collection for your rich velvety formal looks that you could take from desk to dance floor where the occasion doesn’t quite require a dress, just one of those ones for a nice top, you know?
Long sleeved and sparkly is my type of autumn winter dress; i can imagine pairing this black number with one of the faux fur fluffy coats from the other collections, for a chilly evening party ready outfit.
With dresses for as little as £22 and shoes for £35, Peacocks have covered the bases for when you need to start planning your A/W party calendar ..without having to dip into your Christmas presents budget.
Over the knee boots became a thing a few months ago, but i have a feeling we’re learning more towards a mid leg slouch boot for the coming season – there we’re plenty present at Peacocks. There’s something quite “dressed up but still casual” about slouch boots, almost like you’ve planned your outfit perfectly but want it to seem effortless. Either way, if you made a conscious decision to wear them with your cocktail dress instead of heels, your legs will certainly thank you for being slightly warmer, and probably more stylish.
Peacocks have pieced together A/W17 perfectly, i was actually pretty taken aback by how on trend yet affordable everything was. I will no longer be paying over a tenner for a slogan t-shirt that’s for sure, and i’m currently dreaming about the fact i’ll be able to afford more than one statement coat for the coming season.
What’s your favourite collection? – Maria x
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