Tuesday 28 March 2017

Stylish looks for less as we all tighten our belts

Jude wears a red trench coat and black leggings, Baiba wears a yellow rain mac and jersey skirt,
and Nikki models a grey jersey coat and jersey skirt, all from M&S. JAMES HORAN/PETER HOULIHAN
Jude wears a red trench coat and black leggings, Baiba wears a yellow rain mac and jersey skirt, and Nikki models a grey jersey coat and jersey skirt, all from M&S. JAMES HORAN/PETER HOULIHAN
Right: Heather shows off a green and lemon coat, grey hat with button and a yellow scarf from Tesco. JAMES HORAN/PETER HOULIHAN
Left: Fergus in a Tesco tuxedo while Rodrigo wears a €57.50 suit. JAMES HORAN/PETER HOULIHAN

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Looks for less and every little helps -- those are the buzzwords on the fashion front this season as financial cuts bite hard.

And the designers for Tesco and Marks & Spencer are fighting back by trimming your bottom line.

There's James Bond chic in the satin-trimmed, sharply tailored tuxedo, which costs €57.50 at Tesco, and it proves what sartorial surprises you can find in the supermarket.

Factor in a white pleated dress shirt and bow tie for another €8.50, plus punched detail shoes for €17.50, and that's the boy dressed for the ball for €83.50.

Tesco yesterday unveiled some great value looks for ladies, including a faux shearling waterfall coat in grey for €58 and hugely covetable over-the-knee , faux suede boots for €26.

But it was the men's suiting that left the front row guests at Ely IFSC gasping. Starter suits for the first interview at €57.50 and a shirt and tie set for €7 are, perhaps, nothing fancy but a three-piece in a Saville Row-chic black and white Prince of Wales check with sassy tan pinstripe at €75 made me rub my eyes in surprise. That works out at €40 for a jacket and €17.50 each for the trousers and waistcoat.

Own store labels F&F and Cherokee cover the key trends like military, camel, maxi dresses and knits well but it is in the accessories department that they really excel, with some very fashion-forward leggings, satchel bags and party wear -- and did I mention the €4 jeans for fellas?

Over at the Aviva stadium, M&S invited more than 250 guests to view a very strong, modern collection -- which is attractive not just because of the prices, but because of the 'hero' pieces that allow you to create high-end designer looks on a budget.

With a nod to Prada, stylist Catherine Condell recreated the look at M&S, cleverly using their cable tights to get Prada's must-have cable wool hairband. The grey jersey Per Una coat with pleating detail on the cuff (€109) represents posh 60s style with claret patent shoes, a convincing look when worn with big buns from hairdresser Michael Leong and those geeky glasses.

Wallow in the sexy silhouette of 'Mad Men' with a pencil skirts for €35. The must-grab coat from the show had to be the Portfolio black crepe coat with bracelet-length sleeves for €88.

Rather than taking the conventional route, the red military coat (€135) looked sassy teamed with black leather leggings (€30) and a man's striped tie for €40.

The best bargain buy had to be the Aviator jacket for €120.

Think outside the box and grab a Kelly green tweed jacket (€88), cinch in with a big belt over the matching skirt (€47.50) and the look is four-figure, high-end designer.

Swing jackets in navy or plaid (€109) are core pieces for winter and the surprise hit among the models was the fleece-lined hooded wool cardigan (€80).

For evenings, the two- tone, grey and black one-piece costs €80 and shouldn't make your bum look big.

Irish Independent

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