Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Matalan A/W '12 Press Day: Womenswear

I recently visited Matalan's autumn/winter '12 press day. Matalan have really upped their game in the style stakes these last couple of years, their stores are full of on trend pieces mixed with great classic styles all at affordable high street prices!
There's so many lovely things to share from their A/W collection rather than bombard you with a photo overload I've decided to split it into categories over the next couple of days. First up: Womenswear! 

Matalan have a range of new key collections and pieces for autumn/winter that reflect the season's hottest trends direct off the catwalks. 

I really liked the blue glittery top paired with the jewelled peter pan collar. They have lots of gorgeous decorative collars ideal for adding to outfits that I'll feature in another post. There were also lots of lovely sparkly sequin tops that look great for party season! Glamour is injected into the new 'Cyber Jam' collection with opulent fabrics embellished with sequins and brocade. All the sparkles and sequins on display almost made me wish it was winter again.. although with the weather recently it kind of feels like it still is!  I'm a big fan of lace and the midnight blue lace top was really pretty, I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for it in store. 

I really like how the recently relaunched Et Vous range has taken staple items and styled them to create a chic minimalist look. The capsule collection features separates designed to be mixed and matched. The new line is on trend for the season with pops of colour and fine sequin detailing.

I loved this horse belt and being Matalan you know it's going to be a bargain! Adding a cute waist belt is a great way to restyle and update an older outfit and cinch in your waist to show off your figure! The 'Wildcraft' collection features pyjama style suits styled with chunky knits and added faux fur tippets. I really liked the combination of colours and textures in this outfit. 

This monochrome dress has a sports luxe vibe to it. I've always been a bit wary of how to wear the sports luxe trend without looking like I'm popping to the gym! but this stylish dress nails it. There were lots of delicate feminine styles for the season too. One of my favourite pieces was this gorgeous nude maxi skirt with layered pleated fabric. 

This cut out detail dress with sheer detailing is another great way to embrace the sports luxe trend.  Add a parka for a more casual style that would make an great festival fashion look!

These bright pink paisley jeans were proving to be a big hit at the press day. They're a great statement piece and only £22! I was pleased to see patterned trousers continue to feature throughout Matalan's A/W collection. I loved the detailing on this black and white pair with gold zips above the ankles. 

I loved the pretty brocade style detailing over the luxurious fabric of this top and skirt combination. The 'Man's World' collection explores androgynous styles and shapes through lavender shades and floral blooms. I loved the floral print cigarette pants and button up shirt, they look great together but also work well as separates and are ideal for introducing a hint of print into your wardrobe. Clean lines, contrasting collars and lapels add a feminine touch to this look.

I loved this simple white shirt adorned with eye catching gold sequins which also edge the cuffs. A white shirt is a wardrobe staple and this one provides that bit of added sparkle! It'd look great styled with some cigarette pants. Houndstooth patterns, monochrome and graphic colour pops give their '60's Gamine' collection a modern twist. If you prefer a more classic look the 'English Heritage' collection has traditional shift dresses updated for the season with leather lapels. The leather dress looked great styled with the vintage silk print scarf. 

They've got jeans in all colours of the rainbow to brighten up those winter days. One of my stand out pieces from the day was the vintage inspired white lace blouse. The lace detail and dainty buttons on it looked beautiful and at only £18 it's going straight to the top of my wish list! 

The heritage theme continued with added pops of colour in rich berry wine shades perfect for winter. I keep seeing lots of tweeds and elbow patch detailing for autumn/winter. I really liked the elbow patches on this blazer and the tweed patterns on show. 

I love fairisle prints. They're perfect for staying stylish when the cold weather hits! Matalan have a range of cute fairisle patterned jumpers and cosy cardigans in a variety of colours. The leather jacket is a classic which has been styled for the season with a fur collar. Matalan's 'Glam Gothic' collection mixes dark furs and leathers.  I was a bit fan of all the faux fur stoles that were popular last season and was pleased to see they're set to be big again this year.  

Do you shop at Matalan? 
What do you think of their autumn/winter collection?



  1. Amazing!

    Lovely Greetings :)

  2. I think I actually want all of the things you just posted about ! :)

  3. There are some really nice pieces! Love the jumper with the skirt, will have to take a trip there sometime soon xx

  4. SO. MANY. PRETTY. THINGS. I want that jeweled peter pan collar soooo bad and the pretty nude maxi!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

    1. They have so many gorgeous collars I want! x

  5. cant belive this is Matalan !! amazing collection ... deffo worth giving a try by the looks of it !! thanks for sharing :)xx

  6. Love that sparkly peter pan collar! We don't have Matalan in Ireland but I must try and squeeze in a visit when I'm next in the UK.

    Emma xo

  7. Oh wow they really have upped their game haven't they! I don't usually shop in Matalan so forgive me if my heart gets stuck in my throat a little! Absolutely have fallen in love with that blue peter pan collar. Best combination of things in clothes ever. I'm loving all the metallic and light shades, adaptable to any outfit! And that leather jacket looks so warm and cosy. Plus the collar means you'll have money on a scarf too! Wish I got to see the clothes in person though, I'd just drool!

    Gemma x

    1. They had so many gorgeous things I want! x

  8. They've some really lovely stuff, have been seeing Matalan items creeping up in peoples recent outfit posts, will have to fit in a visit when I'm over next!

    joanne from


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