Matalan A/W 2010

Matalan’s Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection has really surprised me. If you’re not familiar with Matalan, they have a chain of big retail stores across the UK and offer affordable fashion for women, men and children. Sort of like Primark really, they offer trends at a price that doesn’t make you wince.
Normally I only go there for maybe a few basics for when I’m going on holiday, but after seeing their women’s A/W collection I’m definitely going to be going there more often. I haven’t included shoes in this post, although I would’ve loved to, because I couldn’t find any high quality images of them. The ones on their online store had ‘New In’ in bright green just over the image, ugh! So try and check those out here as there are some fierce shoes for around £20. Their lace-up wedges are amazing!

The dresses always catch my attention first in any collection, because they always seem so wearable. You just add or subtract tights/leggings depending on the weather, put on heels or flats and you’ve got an outfit. These are a selection of my favourite dresses from their collection.

The print on that maxi dress is so edgy and grunge, it would look really cool with my black ASOS Randal wedges or a pair of black military boots. Another favourite is the cream lace dress, it would also look chic with some military boots.

They’ve really thought of everything with their dresses. The nude silky dress would be perfect for that first date or even cocktails with the girls. I also put the lace/netted prom style dress in there, because I thought immediately of Madonna and Lourdes’ Material Girl collection, very 80s.

I didn’t feel they had enough strong separates really, although there were a few I would probably wear. The blue harem pants I loved. They’re not something I could instantly imagine myself wearing, but they  would look chic if I got the rest of the outfit just right.

The lace body, although I have seen this in many other stores, is a good addition to anyone’s wardrobe. You can add it to so many different outfits, changing it up each time. I’d wear it with a high waisted skirt though, on a night out.

Knitwear is essential come late September, through to the beginning of Spring/Summer. I like to be warm and if I get too hot then it’s an easy layer to remove.

I fell in love with their Fair Isle draped cardigan, it looks like pure and simple comfort, without sacrificing on style. Same goes for the grey draped cardigan on the far left, it has little stud details to keep it stylish.

The coats. One of my favourite pieces lies in this section, can you guess which? The denim gilet obviously! It’s amazing, with its little stud details on the shoulders and just the whole distressed look about it. Very biker chic!

The faux fur (the designers definitely took notice at Fashion Week) is another favourite. Loving the faux fur gilet with its hood. The thing I love is that this faux fur isn’t as ‘hey look at me’ as leopard print can be, it’s a lot more understated which I do like.

Anyways, let me know what you all think about their collection. Check it out online in their magazine here, where you can see their shoes and accessories too.

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