The Trench Coat Autumn Style


Few items tick quite so many sartorial boxes as the definitive trench coat.  However, for a timeless style that’s been around since the 1850s, the onus falls very much on the wearer to add a contemporary touch. Enter the M&A Cashmere Oxford Trench – Autumn’s hero fashion arbiter.

The chicest way to tackle the tricky trans-seasonal period. The Oxford Trench is made purposefully from the softest cashmere, consequently being lightweight but also substantial enough to keep out the autumn chill. As the lines between traditional finite seasons are increasingly being blurred, the longevity of a tenacious investment trench has inevitably become inherent.

Its relaxed fit is far from scruffy, tailored yet not overtly formal. Like a big neutral blanket, you can throw the Oxford Trench (with its unbiased tonal ease) over anything. Being not too heavy or stiff (avoid looking like go-go-gadget) with its wide lapels and longer length, the Oxford Trench is bang-on this season! For those of us who are several centimetres short of super model status, the flattering mid-calf length results in an ultra-modern look.

You won’t be falling victim to the wrong shade of beige, with the warm neutral chequered tones of the Oxford Trench keeping you on the cusp of chic transition between the seasons.

School yourself in these crucial trench teachings - whether you are wearing it oversized and deconstructed or cinching at the waist with its self-tie belt, the Oxford Trench flatters all shapes and sizes.

Pair with a feminine embroidered blouse to cleverly temper the sharpness of the trench coat, or wear over florals to soften a classic black/navy ensemble. Better yet, layer utility-inclined basics for a new season take on double denim.

Circle Bag Trend

Think Outside The Box With This Season's Circle Bag Trend


Circle Bag Trend

Embrace the season’s rainbow hues by adding a whimsical note to your winter wardrobe. The Circle Bag trend makes a playful statement like no other, with its fun circular structure and gloriously vivacious fur outer - and now available in a multitude of fabulous colours.

Perfectly sized for all your “essentials”, this instant mood-boosting accessory exudes absolute confidence with its standout colour and design, providing maximum style credentials with this Circle Bag Trend. 

Dial up the saturation of a classic all black ensemble with a pop of lipstick-red or brighten up a neutral outfit when working with a roster of grey and white staples. This bag packs a suitably rebellious result.

What could be more joy-inducing than a sunny Yellow Circle Bag trend swinging nonchalantly by the detachable wrist strap as you twist and shake-it on the dance floor. Alternatively, this bag delivers hands-free ease with a removable gold shoulder chain, offering both style and function… who says you can’t have it all!

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta at New York Fashion Week


Oscar de la Renta

The elegance that once filled the runways of the Oscar De La Renta show is no longer. The glamour now comes in the form of drama and sex appeal: high slits, low v-necks, fringes, feathers and soft forms.

For the ready to wear day look, Moroccan silhouettes and vivid colours are reflected in sarong –style wraps, pyjama co-ords and languid lines. Patchwork scarf prints blended with warm neutrals create a story of exotic travel, especially through the movement of these beautiful pieces.

The evening pieces are far less formal than they once were. From structured skirts-suits and fit-flare dresses, Oscar De La Renta has turned towards dressing the real woman. A feminine line, natural beauty and confident, who doesn’t need a man to feel sexy.

Ball gowns are no longer, instead they are replaced with flattering separates – cascading feather bustiers, wide leg trousers, fringed jackets and asymmetric tops.

A gorgeous feather skirt, was spotted being teamed with a structured strapless bustier. A feather coat, worn to give the illusion of feather cuffs. Then to top it off a flowing A-line gown with feathered detailing at the top, falling down the side of the dress, providing a dramatic and sexy combination.

What we just adore about this new collection is the perfect balance of structure and softness each look encompasses. The added detailing of feather and fringe, create character and movement, flattering the female body.


Get the killer Oscar De La Renta Look:

Our Delphine Ostrich Feather Skirt or Mini Skirt - simply teamed with a structured strapless bustier or a silt blouse.

Our Peggy Gown – to be worn over ANYTHING! From sequins to denim, it will take your everyday look to a new fabulous level!

Our Ostrich Feather Boleros – delicately cover the shoulders and add some serious feminine drama to every outfit!


Jacquard: The "must have" Wardrobe Addition

The re-emergence of the Jacquard fabric is something to get excited about. With its rich history, it is only fitting that it exudes luxury and opulence. The texture and shine of Jacquard creates such intricate detail, making the fabric alter in tonal colour depending on where it catches the light. The fabric has been seen trickling back onto the streets of fashion week, in the form of shirts, skirts and coats, but regardless of what this gorgeous fabric is sculpted into, it will without a doubt turn heads and we cannot get enough!! 
With that in mind, here is how we would style such a statement Jacquard piece:

1. Duster Coat
As the Jacquard Duster Coat demands attention, keeping your outfit simple is key. Choose colours that reflect the tones of the coat – if it is Spring/Summer, opt for lighter colours and in Autumn/Winter lean towards the darker tones. Here at M&A we are OBSESSED with our Darlington Duster Coat in Rose and Onyx! Bold and detailed, The Darlington Duster Coat is a coat for those looking for some adventure. It boasts trimmed edges of luxurious fur (that are detachable), and has a gorgeous a belt to cinch in the waist, you can opt to wear the unique piece kimono-style, or open to style a more casual street look.

2. Dress Shirt
The structured shirt in a Jacquard fabric is bold and edgy with feminine flare. You can tone it down by wearing a simple high-waisted skirt or light jeans; or you can add to the fabulousness that is Jacquard by teaming it with matching Jacquard pants or shiny leather to step out into the “Pajama wear trend” we have mentioned in an earlier blog post (see here –  Pyjama Suiting Trend). With this detailed fabric in such a simple day-to-day form, it makes it attainable to both the fashion novice and fearless.

3. The Pant
Patterned pants should be a closet staple. Timeless and effortlessly teamed with a blouse, it can be the easiest go-to when it comes to a cocktail event. When Jacquard is added to the mix, the outfit is immediately lifted! Not only patterned but textured, a simple blouse is all you need to compliment the piece. If you add a Jacquard blazer to the outfit, you will be the most stylish fashionista in the room!
Teddy Jackets

Teddy Jackets

Teddy Jacket

A playful take on fur, the trend hitting our wintery streets are Teddy Jackets.  This 90’s grunge-vibe-on-steroids has been seen in the form of a bomber or the shape of a trench. The “Teddy” name comes from simply fact that it’s texture is quite like that of your childhood teddy bear. Oh so warm and cuddly, don’t be surprised if you spend most of the day hugging yourself. This tedd jacket is very practical, keeping you uber warm and stylish. Made with the softest of Merino Wool, of which can easily be dressed up or down, this is how the team, at Mode & Affaire, would style it.

Three Ways to Wear Teddy Jackets;


LOOK 1: Casual 

For a off duty look, team the jacket with some denim jeans, a casual tee & sneakers. As it is the current trend, purely by slipping the jacket on over your outfit will guarantee you will feel just like a Fashionista fresh from the streets of London Fashion Week.


LOOK 2: Day or Night

 The best thing about the texture and style of teddy jackets, is that it surprisingly compliments all textures. By pairing the coat with a simple silk slip and ankle boots, you can go from day to night, or warm weather to cold in the blink of an eye, while still remaining as in-vogue as ever.


LOOK 3: From Work to Wine

To go for that corporate look, which you can then easily take to after work celebrations, team the Teddy Jackets with a wide leg pant, turtleneck sweater, riding boot. You will be the Queen of the CBD, not only is this outfit warm and snug, it screams style! You can laugh in the face of that old saying, “suffer for fashion”, as you turn heads in complete stylish comfort.

Pyjama Suiting

Pyjama Suiting; Where Style Meets Comfort

Pyjama Suiting

With the likes of Athlesuire being the biggest style trend since the transition from a corset to a flapper dress, it is no wonder today’s fashion icon’s moved into the world of comfort and style with Pyjama Suiting. As the weather takes a chilly turn, this cosy trend is hitting the streets just in time. 

How to confidently wear pyjamas to your next event without other guest batting an eyelid!



When looking for a matching pyjama suiting set, make sure the top either finishes just past your hip.

The pants should appear tailored, lying flat at the front and elastic only around the back.

Darker colours are easier to style, but as long as you feel confident, the bolder the better.

The Co-ord needs height so pair it with your favourite heels. Add a touch of femine curve by synching it in at the waist, then team this look with your fave M&A Fur Piece and you have a glam black tie look! Pour the Champagne please!



If you aren’t ready for the full style trend, just wear the pyjama suiting top.

Style it as you would a silk shirt: roll up the sleeves and team with jeans or a tailored pant skirt. Synch in the waist for a formal look or the asymmetrical tuck into the jeans for added chic’.



If you want a more versatile look, the silk robe is your go to!

Team your robe with a wide leg pyjama suiting pant and a casual tee - you have a look that can go from day to night!

Get the look :

Our M&A Peggy Robe in French Navy  

Who likes nothing better than slipping of those shoes and sliding straight into bed? Stylish and practical, this trend can stay around!

How To Wear An Ostrich Feather Skirt

How To Wear An Ostrich Feather Skirt

How To Wear an ostrich feather skirt

Many women have come to us and asked how to wear an ostrich feather skirt. They say they simply adore the look of an ostrich feather skirt, but are unsure of how to style it. At Mode & Affaire we believe feathers make an every day outfit a refined statement ensemble. There is something so frivolously fun about them. We see feathers on the catwalk, covering dresses, skirts and coats, from soft feminine colours to bold decorations. Plumes dancing from hemlines and wispy tendrils floating delicately from shoulders, feathers that go hand in hand with a playful soul ready for an after hours soiree. Feather skirts are trending on the streets of fashion festivals all over the globe.

"So how do I wear an ostrich feather skirt?"

We get this question all the time. The fabulous thing about these skirts is that you can dress it up or dress it down and still feel glamorous. Below are three styled“looks”you can easily achieve with the feather skirt, which show just how versatile this piece can be!

Look #1

To dress down the skirt for a day of school pick ups, coffee dates and maybe a cheeky afternoon champagne, team the piece with a vintage band T-shirt and lace-ups. These items can be found in most wardrobes and are the perfect way to create that trendy-yet-casual look.

Look #2

For a high tea, winter soirée, or simply to recreate the impeccable and classic look of Charlotte York (from Sex in the City), focus on the voluminous texture of the skirt. Pair it with a cashmere sweater and simple heels. This style will stand the test of time!

Look #3

Want that touch of playfulness? Team the skirt with a blazer. Pop the collar for an added iconic look. The structure of the blazer alongside the movement of feathers is such an underrated way of showing the best of both!

Next time you think how to wear an ostrich feather skirt, use these simple rules. This eye-catching piece is a fabulous addition to your wardrobe. Versatile and fun, you simply cannot go wrong.