What’s New On The Highstreet #1

The colder months for me has always been about warm cuddly clothing that makes me feel good wearing it. I’m talking sweaters, oversized jumpers, double layered leggings, and chunky boots. I’m talking cute outfits which hide all our additional lumps and bumps from our over excessive eating- which is only going to get worse with Christmas on the horizon.

This week I’m looking at what’s new on the high street, what has been begging me to add it to my collection, and a few outfit ideas to inspire you.

For your reference, I am a UK size 10-12 (8-10 US & 38-40 EU) in most clothes. Personally, I find it interesting to see models across a variety of size and shapes try on the clothes and would love to work with others to style and try on clothes for a comparison guide. (If this is you then please get in touch- find me on my socials).

What’s new on the high street?


Now for those of you avid readers, you know I’m a big fan of Primark fashion so it’s no surprise it’s a shop on my list. There are a few new items that I want to show you because I think they’re such a steal and they’re so cosy, warm and a fashion statement.

First up we have jumper one: a lovely multicoloured stripe pattern in a UK size 10-12. For £13, this thick jumper is soft and cuddly and for those of you living the #pastellife then this jumper is definitely for you.

Second jumper (size UK 10-12) of today’s collection is the orange version of my cream knit and is a mere £12. This jumper would pair well with dark bottoms, like a black skirt and knee high boots, or for a more relaxed feel, it could be paired with light blue jeans for an autumnal vibe.

For a break from jumpers, let’s dive into another outfit which paired together wonderfully and was cheap as chips! A simple £2.50 tee (size UK 10) and £15 jeans (size UK 12) made this whole outfit affordable and very wearable. The olive ‘LA’ t-shirt was comfortable and slightly stretchy and is one of this season’s top colours.

I paired the tee with some simple mid rise, straight legged boyfriend jeans with distressed ankle cuffs. Although these fit lovely and had a stretch to them, I feel as if they could have been slightly higher waist so that they could be paired with cute crop tops and other simple tees.

This outfit would be complete with the under £20 boots (size UK 6) I saw on my way out of the shop and nearly braved the queue to get them. They are a lovely pastel take on the traditional Timberlands and are practical for the cooler months of the year.


Although majorly disappointed with their new store in Eastbourne, rummage around a bit and ye shall find!

It wouldn’t be a autumn/ winter haul without a mass of jumpers, so obviously, diving straight in, I found this lovely grey and burgundy knit which was lovely and soft and under £25, making it affordable- as a present for a loved one for Christmas, or for yourself.

As I continued my journey around the shop, I found a few party pieces I wanted to share with you. Party season is upon us and there are often times we need several party pieces.

The biggest fabric trend I’ve seen this season is the use of velvet. Trousers, t-shirts, and dresses adorned with the fabric line the clothing rails. Of course, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

The first piece I found was a red high neck skater dress for under £10. Although it was a little see through (not so see through you’d see a bra) it seemed worth the money for a small piece to throw on at the work Christmas do.

It also comes in a dark green colour but we’ll see another dress later on with this colour.

For those of you who prefer something a little bit more sparkly for this season then there were a few pieces that also caught my eye: an Art Deco inspired crop top & a spaghetti strap sweetheart dress, both of which were affordable.


I’ve never really been a huge Topshop shopper. The prices have always seemed a bit expensive for what you’re getting and the fit has always been a bit off. I surprised myself when I found a couple of velvet numbers, a slinky green dress and a wrap around style blue velvet dress, both of which were affordable and similar in price to top end H&M.

Personally, I feel as if I could have sized up to a UK size 14 in this olive velvet piece as it did not allow room for my hips and kept riding up. This is the kind of dress where you would need larger breasts to match wide hips to fill out the chest or a slim straight figure so it effectively hangs off you. The back was a beautiful open style with a tie bow for that little bit of added detail so you’d need a stick on bra for this piece.

River Island

For those of you who read my Religion Clothing post, you will have seen a variety of warm coats and one particular model in their range The Succession Coat, has a beautiful soft faux fur lining. Unfortunately the price tag is just under £200 which for me, and probably a few of you out there, is a little much to spend. For a budget friendly option, River Island do a similar taupe coat for £85.

I would class my personal winter style as quite monochromatic and classic. I wear a lot of creams and whites with blacks, especially for work, as it’s classy and simple. For that reason, a pop of colour is a must and this bright mustard yellow coat for £65 fulfils that need.

This coat would even pair well with blue denim jeans and a simple long sleeved black turtle neck with chunky black heeled boots for a style for the weekend.

Final Thoughts

So I had a fun day out finding new items to style with my existing pieces. I hope that you have been inspired by a few of these items.

Of course, I have not been sponsored by any of the above brands and all thoughts are my own.

If you would like to get in touch to collaborate on future style blog posts then either tweet at me @kirstyawriter or pop me an email roamblogger@gmail.com as I’d love to work with others with a similar passion.

Which pieces were your favourites? Do you own any of these items, what did you think? Drop me a comment below.

Until next time.

Published by Kirsty Allen

Kirsty Allen is a writer who specializes in lifestyle blogging & fiction writing. 'The Ramblings of a Madwoman' can be found at her website theroamblogger.com

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