Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to start saving for all those special gifts. Don’t worry though, that doesn’t mean it’s time to start scrimping on your wardrobe.
To make things a little easier we’ve put together three looks using the same statement dress – one for the office, a second perfect for a party, and a final look suitable for a family day out.
Creating three individual looks that stand out from one another requires a versatile base, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring.
We’ve gone for this black lace dress from Next priced at £60 (that’s just £20 a look). The sheer lace detail is perfect for the party season, while the modest length means in will also work in the office.
Look one – Work wear
To ensure this look is office appropriate we’d layer the dress over some black or tan tights. Go for a slightly structured jacket like this one from mango – the tweed fabric will also add some texture to contrast with the lace. Pair with some smart black boots and you’re good to go.
Look two – Party wear
The sheer lace sleeves on this dress are perfect for a night out and show just enough skin. The detailed ruffles and high neck mean there’s no need for too many fussy accessories, so keep jewellery minimal. We’ve chosen a gold clutch and shoes to add some glamour to the look.
Look Three – Day wear
Although this dress looks great with heels for a night out, it also looks amazing dressed down. Pair it with a chunky knitted cardigan in a lighter colour to soften the look, and layer over some black tights. Finish the look with some on-trend knee high boots and you’re set.
We think our Day wear look would be perfect for a romantic winter weekend away. Why not head to Britain’s smallest city, St David’s, and explore the historic cathedral? Stay close by in the Crug Glas Country House and Restaurant and enjoy the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside.
We bring you the most useful (yet stylish) bags and jackets from Melin Tregwynt for Your Mini Break in Wales.
When going on a weekend break it can sometimes be a little stressful packing. From what type of bag to take with you that fits all your essentials in, to trying to find the perfect outfit that keeps you warm yet remains fashionable, there are lots of tough choices to make. Our friends at Melin Tregwynt woolen mill offer a range of bags to make your weekend break stress-free, along with a range of jackets and accessories to keep you cosy when exploring Wales’ beautiful scenery. All of the bags and jackets are ideal for travelling light yet stylishly for weekend-length breaks.
The Weekender offers plenty of room for all of your belongings. It has matching leather handles, a carry strap and internal zip pocket. This is the ideal size for a mini-break in the stunning countryside of Wales.
This classic zipped handbag is fully lined and long enough to fit over the shoulder. Featuring two internal leather pockets and a leather base for protection, this is the perfect size to accompany you to the local pub while discovering Wales’ fabulous food and drink.
Spacious and satchel-style, this shoulder bag made for the office is roomy enough for a laptop and all your office essentials. The laptop bag has a leather base, leaving you with no worries about how many important files you may need to take away with you on a working weekend in Wales.
Ideal for an evening stroll along the picturesque Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire, this clutch can be used in a larger handbag or on its own as a versatile little clutch bag or purse. Using the wrist strap in coordinating leather adds elegance to any outfit.
Melin Tregwynt’s range of clasped and zipped purses are ideal for some change, credit cards and your go-to lippy. An essential for any trip you may take during your relaxing weekend away.
The following bags are still available from Melin Tregwynt but are limited in stock, so hurry if you want to get your hands on them:
A cleverly designed shoulder bag that turns into a backpack by a simple adjustment of the leather straps, this is an ideal day-to-night accessory.
Cross Body Bag
If you are looking for a smaller bag, this shoulder bag is a neat option. With a long adjustable cross body strap, the bag allows you to keep your essentials on you but not be weighted down.
With Wi-Fi now available in most hotels, a tablet is ideal to take away with you on a weekend break. This pouch will keep your tablet protected with its padded cover and leather trim.
This everyday carryall bag is made from upholstery fabric and bridle-leather trim, making it strong and sturdy for all of your needs.
From exploring Wales’ historic scenes to strolling along the coast, Melin Tregwynt has got you covered with its range of jackets and coats.
A simple sleeveless jacket in semi-plain fabric with fleece-lined mandarin collar, this will quickly become one your wardrobe favourites It is practical, easy and warm while effortlessly chic.
An understated classic jacket, in a fitted ¾ length style that finishes low hip. This is a versatile jacket that will go with pretty much anything.
A single breasted, belted and fully lined long jacket with roomy expandable pockets, shoulder reinforcements and storm collar, this is the perfect jacket to explore Wales’ varied scenery, even leaving you room for your camera and binoculars.
This draped coat with a flattering fit is ideal for a chilly stroll along any of Wales’ picturesque beaches. The generous and relaxed collar fastens with a large single wooden button. The inside has been left unlined apart from the sleeves to show off the beauty of the double cloth weave.
Melin Tregwynt also offers a range of beanie hats, scarfs and arm warmers to keep you extra toasty in the coming winter months. These are made by Robert Mackie of Scotland, inspired by Melin Tregwynt’s fabrics.
Melin Tregwynt is based in a historic woolen mill on the Pembrokeshire coast. All its bags are treated with Teflon to make them water and stain resistant, are trimmed or finished with leather and come in many different colours/patterns.
To fall in love with this traditional Welsh brand, head to the Melin Tregwynt website to explore their full range of products: www.melintregwynt.co.uk