Here Comes The Rain Again: Trench Coats For Men

One of my first posts on The Domestic Princess was my selection of trench coats for women, and I promised to come back with my edit for men, so here it is!  As I said in my post for the ladies, a trench coat should be a staple in everybody’s wardrobe, as it never goes out of fashion – the trench coat has pretty much remained unchanged for over 100 years.  I still firmly believe that a trench is an investment.  Oh, and if you’re wondering….I’m still lusting after a Burberry one, but am unlikely to be the proud owner of this little gem whilst I’m residing so close to the equator!

  1. Mid-length cotton trench coat, £595 from Burberry (also available in black and taupe)
  2. Long cotton gabardine trench cost, £1,095 from Burberry (also available in black and honey)
  3. Double-breasted trench coat, £79.99 from Zara (also available in brown)
  4. Full length trench coat, £75 from Topman
  5. Wedgewood trench, $213*/£175 from J Crew 
  6. Cotton trench, £119.99 from Mango (also available in black)

*The J Crew US site has free shipping and 25% off for orders over $150.  Enter code STYLE25 at checkout.

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Buy the best you can afford.  I know people who’ve had their Burberry trenches for over 10 years.  Think of it as an investment.
  2. Decide on the length you’re after.  The length you opt for will depend very much on your stature.  If you’re on the smaller side, a longer trench will just drown you, and likewise for taller men, a short trench will just emphasise your height.
  3. Your trench should be big enough to give you enough room to wear it over a suit or thick sweater.  Opt for a generous fit.  You should be able to button it up comfortably, without looking like you’ve been crow-barred into it.
  4. The sleeves should be around 2 to 4 inches longer than the sleeves on your suit jacket.

So lovely readers, have you invested in a trench?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

 

Perfect Swimwear

If you haven’t already booked your summer holiday, I expect you’ve started thinking about where to go.  So, with that in mind, I thought I’d help you figure out your perfect holiday wardrobe, starting off with swimwear.

Most people are filled with anxiety when selecting their beach attire.  Not surprising really, as you’re going to be exposing a lot of flesh and who doesn’t want to look their best?  So, here’s my guide on choosing the perfect swimwear for your holiday, including the hottest styles currently available.

Before even stepping foot into a shop, you need to know your body shape, so you can select the most flattering bikini or swimsuit that works for your type.  There are several categories of body shape to consider; in fact, most people fall under two.

Determining your shape

  • Little or no waist, with your shoulders approximately the same width as your hips would be classified as an athletic figure.
  • Narrow hips, coupled with noticeably wider shoulders will make you a triangle.
  • If you have a slight upper body with substantially larger hips, this is known as pear shape.
  • Below 5ft 3ins with everything in proportion would classify you as a petite.
  • If you have an ample bust, generous hips, but a smaller waist, then you are blessed with an hour-glass or curvy figure.
  • If you’re carrying weight around your middle with a generous bust, then you’re probably going to fall into the apple shape category.

Selecting Swimwear

Athletic Shapes

Girls with this kind of shape can afford to be plucky in their choice of swimwear.  If this is your shape, you can pretty much wear anything.  So, choose styles that are bright, bold and make people look at your amazing figure!

If you’re athletic shape, you’ll want to try and create a waist, so look for bottoms that have a belt.  And if you’re looking to boost your boobs, opt for a halter-neck style top.

  1. Colour block bikini, bikini top, £26 from Next
  2. Baku Suit With Frilled Deep Plunge & Padding, £85 from ASOS
  3. John Lewis Bassa strip top, £10 from John Lewis
  4. John Lewis Bassa stripe bottoms, £8 from John Lewis

Triangle Shape

As a triangle shaped woman, think about drawing attention away from the shoulders and towards the lower half of your body.  Look for bottoms that have embellishment:  ruffles, a skirt, rings, a belt, ties, bold prints.

  1. Plain tie-front bikini, £10 from Warehouse (also available in black and aqua)
  2. Resort ruffle bandeau swim dress, £29 from Very.co.uk
  3. Melissa Odabash Paris bikini, £212 from Net-a-Porter

Pear Shape

Around 60% of women in the western world are pear shape.  Pears are complete opposites of triangles, so what we’re looking to do here, is distract attention from the bottom half and draw the eye up the body. A pear shaped lady needs to look for a top with lots of detail, padded cups to boost your boobs and balance the body out, together with bottoms that offer full coverage and a high cut leg.

  1. Orange Seafolly Goddess bikini, £97 from Selfridges (also available in indigo, black, lapis, sable and white)
  2. Blue ruffle bikini, £22 from Next
  3. Ted Baker one shoulder swimsuit with buckle £65 from ASOS

Petite Shape

This is another shape that is quite easy to dress.  What you’re looking to create with your bikini is a cleavage and to lengthen the body with a high cut bottom.  Avoid large prints as these will just overwhelm you.  Petite ladies can get away with triangle bikinis and should look for vertical stripes to elongate their bodies.

  1. Geri floral bikini, £38 from Next
  2. Striped swimsuit, £109 from Harrods
  3. Ruffle bikini, £59.99 from Mango (also available in coral)

Hour-Glass or Curvy Shape

The majority of bikini and swimsuit styles available will suit the curvy girl, the exception being a bandeau top, as it lacks the necessary support a curvy girl needs.  Hour-glass girls typically have a bra size exceeding a C cup, so you should be looking at tops that have under wired support and / or side boning, which will help give you a lovely shape.  This is one of the categories that I fall into and since discovering Heidi Klein about 6 years, I have been a loyal devotee to their fabulous bikinis for girls with more up top!  This is the bikini I’m currently sporting when needing to don swimwear.  They’re not cheap, but I’ve still got my first ever Heidi Klein bikini that I purchased back in November 2006 and it’s still got plenty of life left in it!  Freya and Fantasie also have good options for the hour-glass girl.

Halter-neck tops, or wide-strapped tops are also very flattering on hour-glass ladies.  Look for good coverage on the bottom and go for plain dark or bright colours.

  1. Laguna wide strap bikini, £210 from Heidi Klein
  2. Black Goddess bikini, £22.98 from New Look
  3. White halter-neck swimsuit, £149 from Harrods

Apple Shape

An apple shape lady is looking to disguise her midriff and to make it look smaller than it actually is.  Look for swimwear with a high percentage of Lycra, which will help hold you in and smooth out your silhouette.  A new trend this season is the ‘70s “blouson” swimsuit or blouson tankini, as they don’t cling tightly to your tum, but blouse over; it’s really quite flattering.  Also, choose a top that either has a built-in bra, or one that lifts and supports your boobs.

  1. Resort shape wear bikini, £30 from Very.co.uk
  2. Black Bondeye Nip Tuck one piece, £56 from Sand in my toes
  3. Leopard print blouson swimsuit, £35 from ASOS

Maternity

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish by the pool or on the beach.  Firstly, you’ll need to decide if you want to expose your bump, or cover it up.  Whether you choose a one-piece or a bikini, ensure that it provides plenty of support up top.

  1. Navy spotted bikini, £24 from Marks and Spencer
  2. Love Boat swimsuit by Pez Dor for Figleaves, £60 from Figleaves
  3. Dark pink tankini, £34 from Next

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. Determine your body shape before buying.
  2. Always rinse your bikini / swimsuit after swimming to remove salt or bleach – this will prolong the life of it.
  3. If you find a bikini / swimsuit that you love and fits like a dream, if you can afford it, I’d suggest buying a couple of them.
  4. If buying separates, buy the bikini bottoms one size up, to avoid creating extra lumps and bumps where it may cut in.
  5. Never be tempted to buy a thong bikini – leave these to the Brazilians!
  6. Do not contemplate wearing a string bikini top if your boobaloobs are larger than a C cup.
  7. Identify parts of your body that you would like to accentuate.
  8. A tightly tied halter-neck will create a deep cleavage.

Finding the perfect bikini or swimsuit can take time and needs a bit of perseverance. If you apply these simple rules and try on different styles and brands, be assured, you will find your perfect swimwear.  Do you have any other tips on buying your perfect swimwear?  Which shops are your favourite ones for beach attire?  Please share them with me!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

Xoxo

PS Look out for a forthcoming post to help the gents with their swimwear dilemmas.

Drip Drip Drop Little April Showers

Hello!  And welcome to Wednesday’s post.

With the weather in the UK this week truly embracing the “April Showers”, I thought today’s post would be very apt!  And if I wasn’t sweltering in 97F heat in India, I would absolutely be hot-footing it to the mecca that is Harrods and quite frankly my spiritual home, to pick-up either of these Burberry trenches (1 & 2 below), which I have been lusting after for many years.

My desire for a Burberry trench has been building for sometime.  Such a classic item is a wardrobe staple and will never go out of fashion, so I don’t really have a problem splurging on it.  In fact, I think I can go as far as saying it’s an investment!

I know not everybody shares this view, so I’ve had a wander around the virtual shops to find some other cheaper, but no less stylish alternatives.

  1. Burberry London short camel garbadine trench coat, £750 from Net-a-Porter
  2. Burberry London short black cotton double-breasted trench coat, £750 from Net-a-Porter
  3. Jigsaw khaki trench coat, £185 from John Lewis
  4. Hobbs Corrine trench coat, £149 from Hobbs
  5. Aigle double-breasted navy trench coat, £210 from John Lewis (also available in stone)
  6. Phase Eight Madison ecru cape trench coat, £60 down from £120 from Phase Eight
  7. NW3 by Hobbs Wentworth ink trench coat, £189 from Hobbs
  8. Mango short double breasted stone trench coat, £49.99 from Mango (also available in navy and red)
Domestic Princess tips for buying a new  coat:
  1. Always buy the best coat you can afford.  You won’t regret it.  Sometimes buying cheaply is a false economy.  I’ve had many a cheap coat fall apart on me!
  2. Forget trends and what is currently the coat of the moment and go for what suits you.
  3. Buy a generous fit.  Remember, you might be wearing this in the depths of winter, so you want to make sure it’ll fit nicely over your many layers.
  4. A lighter weight  coat will show up any lumps and bumps, so keep this in mind when choosing.

So, what do you think?  Is a designer coat worth splurging on?  Or do you prefer to buy from the high street?  Do any of the ones above take your fancy?  And which item of clothing do you think is worth splurging on, if any?

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

PS look out for the men’s edit of trench coats coming soon!


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