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Monsoon A/W 2012

Yes, it might be a bit of a lookbook day – what, I was having a trawl! – so here’s the next on my list: Monsoon autumn/winter. I’m a really big Monsoon fan (two outfits I’ve featured on the blog …

Wed, Aug 8, 2012, 10:30

   

Yes, it might be a bit of a lookbook day – what, I was having a trawl! – so here’s the next on my list: Monsoon autumn/winter. I’m a really big Monsoon fan (two outfits I’ve featured on the blog have been from Monsoon), so it saddens me that (a) it’s just so gosh darned expensive and (b) we get so shafted when it comes to the euro-sterling exchange rate. Now that the euro is a bit weaker the difference isn’t as glaring, but it’s enough to make shopping online really, really worth it.

I don’t feel as if Monsoon ever really shocks or excites, but it is comfortably predictable – you’ll always get some well-cut, feminine dresses as well as some really great quality winter coats. And this season, the Monsoon Fusion line has amped up a bit further, with these great sequinned sweaters, coming in at €75 each (that squirrel one, beautifully named the “Nutkin”, is all mine though). The dress, centre, is called the Tweetie dress (cute!) and the coat on the bottom right comes in a biscuity caramel colour too and will set you back €230 which, correct me if I’m insane, isn’t all that much for a good, lined winter coat. All too often I spy a winter coat I like, only to realise it’s made of paper and about as warm as a dip in the 40 foot.

It may also be a sign of my age, but I’m loving that Missoni-esque knit cardigan! (Do you remember when Monsoon was a shop for “grown-ups”? I surely do – and now I am one! Frightening.)

Do you shop in Monsoon?