Regular readers will know that I'm a big fan of the traditional trench coat. A staple of any wardrobe, it epitomises the term 'classic' and it really is a wonder garment.
Its structured and clean design adds a polish to any outfit, to the extent that it almost doesn't matter what you're wearing underneath - the trench does all the work. Wear it with trainers for a casual, boyish style, brogues for a simple take on geek-chic, or up the ante with knee-high boots for a sassy look.
The autumn/winter catwalks for 2015 offered a new take on the humble cover-up. The trench has so long been the calling-card of Burberry that it's perhaps no surprise that they made us rethink the iconic piece with all manner of paisley and floral prints and mirror embellishment. Their water-repellent cotton tailored trench (pictured below) features an intricate wood-cut floral pattern that's screen-printed onto the lightweight fabric. It's combined with heritage-inspired details, including epaulettes, a storm shield and cuff belts to catapult the classic into 2015 and beyond. Meanwhile, Dries Van Noten created floor-sweeping, full-length styles that engulfed the body - all the better for Irish weather.
Question: I seem to be endlessly searching for the "perfect" skinny jean. I am relatively short so I usually opt for a cropped leg. I am willing to pay for a quality jean that flatters the bum and thighs. My preference is for dark washes or black.
Darren replies: Californian brand Paige Denim launched back in 2005 and over the past decade they have established themselves as a firm favourite with celebrities and denim-lovers alike. Every style is wear-tested multiple times with founder Paige Adams-Geller completely "obsessed" with designing pieces you'll live in, jeans that you'll wear from morning to moonlight. For instance, the (1) Verdugo Sateen ankle jeans (€270, Brown Thomas) have a mid-rise, slim fit and are tapered at the ankle, creating a shapely silhouette. Made from a cotton blend, they are sumptuously soft with a velvety touch. For something a little more 'fashion', the (2) Verdugo jeans (€335, Brown Thomas) are customised with hand-painted stripes at the ankle. The three white stripes are strategically positioned below the knee to flatter the slimmest part of the leg. This heritage-inspired denim is woven to offer superior elasticity and comfort. The result is authentic, tried and true denim that lifts the bum and lengthens the legs. Heatons recently launched its new 'True Denim' range with the focus on a collection of new cuts and styles. Their denims have been reworked and include new styles with high waists, flared leg, and (3) skinny leg with prices starting from €22.50. River Island has also reworked its denim this autumn moving on from the classic with new fabrics, textures and silhouettes. I know you're looking for skinnies (4) but it would be remiss of me not to mention flared and wide leg styles. The 1970s are huge again this season as seen in this (5) wide leg denim (€50, River Island).
Valentino My Rockstud stripe bag, €2,380, Brown Thomas