Fashion: Five key coat trends for 2017

From trench coats to bombers, outerwear is making a big style statement for 2017. Stephanie Smith picks out the key looks.

PIC: Simon Hulme

Five must-read fashion blogs by Leeds writers

Here is a selection of fashion blogs run by Leeds writers showcasing what style delights the city and beyond has to offer.

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Annice sweater in Yarntelier Cashmere Gilli, cost to knit, from �104.

Fashion: Designer cashmere knits handcrafted ... by you

Louisa Harding has launched Yarntelier, featuring Yorkshire yarns and patterns to guide the stylish home knitter. She talks to Stephanie Smith.

A simple all-in-one with tie front can be worn alone with heels for night, with pumps and a tee for weekends and with jacket and boots for work. Antwerp jumpsuit, �149, from Fenn Wright Manson.

Fashion: Meet the multi-taskers you’ll need for 2017

It’s all about relaxed but glamorous dressing for the year ahead, relying on clothes and accessories that work for different occasions. Stephanie Smith has tips and picks out key pieces.

Jacket, �775; trousers, �325. By Norton & Townsend. Pictures by Dan Kennedy.

Fashion: The true measure of a man

Ilkley bespoke tailors Norton & Townsend shares its tips on choosing suits. Stephanie Smith discovers more about its guide to the language of menswear.

 Alexa Chung - The model, presenter and style icon has impressed the fashion world with her collection for Marks & Spencer, called Archive by Alexa. She visited the M&S Archive at the University of Leeds to create the retro-inspired pieces, many of which were named after streets in the city. She has the knack of being able to wear even quite challenging clothes with flair, as with this sequin mini tunic worn at Burberry's September show. She keeps her hair and make-up off-duty casual, creating an intriguing contrast with the opulence of the sequins. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Fashion: Who were the best dressed of the year?

As the awards season is soon to begin over in Los Angeles, Stephanie Smith takes a look at the standout looks from the last 12 months of red carpet dressing.

His wool jacket, ?329; jumper, ?89.95; her cape, ?249. All pieces from the Winter Tartan collection at

Fashion: Have the most sylish Christmas house party ever

It’s going to be the best Christmas you have ever experienced, full of twinkling lights and stylish dressing. Stephanie Smith has timely advice for festive house guests and their hosts.

Organic cotton bird print PJs, �52, at People Tree.

Fashion: Santa, Baby ... here’s what we really really want for Christmas

There are some pieces that every woman will always need in her wardrobe. Stephanie Smith picks out classic must-have gifts for the stylish.

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Immy Waterhouse at McArthurGlen;s Christmas Jumper pop-up bus, which will be at York Designer Outlet on Thursday.

Fashion: The Christmas jumper is a must-have

Christmas jumpers are on-trend for the festive season. Don’t leave home without one. Stephanie Smith has tips on how to wear with style.

Mulberry  Spring/Summer 2017 runway show at London Fashion Week in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Fashion: Red’s hot for Christmas (but keep it classy)

It may be Santa’s favourite colour, but there’s a more sophisticated side to the festive season’s signature shade this year, says Stephanie Smith.

Maxwell Scott's fashion shoot at the former Robson & Cooper leather shop in York. Restoration work is due to begin on the house, which was built in 1714.  Lucca shoulder bag, �132; Scanno attache case, �465. Dress from Molly Browns, suit from Guards1843.

Fashion: Bags of character by Maxwell Scott

In a shoot capturing the finals days of a historic York leather shop, bag designer Maxwell Scott launches its Christmas campaign. Stephanie Smith reports.

Office party dazzler - Sequin dress from Hotsquash.

... hopefully, for all the right reasons. As the Christmas decorations go up, it’s time to glam up for the office party season. Claire Schofield has tips on how to stand out.

Fashion: Now it’s YOUR turn to shine at the office party ...

All clothes and accessories from John Lewis Leeds. 
Studio printed blouse, �90; Waven Anika regular high rise skinny, �54;
 Unreal fur pastoral ombr� jacket in champagne/midnight blue, �189; all by Loved & Found at John Lewis; Patricia chain crossbody grey, John Lewis, �95.

Styling: Stephanie Smith, Pictures by Simon Hulme, Location: Leeds Kirkgate Market, wiith thanks to R Bethell Fishmongers.

Fashion: John Lewis takes the party to the market

The Yorkshire Post teams up with the new John Lewis store in Leeds for an exclusive Christmas fashion shoot at Kirkgate Market. Words and styling by Stephanie Smith. Pictures by Simon Hulme.

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Fawn original covert coat, �445; house chack jacket, �435; waistcoat, �150; trousers, �175. All from Cordings in Harrogate and at

Fashion: When town meets country

City slickers turn country gents (and ladies) as heritage-inspired dressing brings office wear down to earth. Stephanie Smith takes a look at the trend.

Per Una gold sequin pencil skirt, �49.50; top, from a selection. All at Marks & Spencer.

Fashion: Shine time for the Christmas party season

Don’t let anyone tell you that high-shine and sequins are garish. Stephanie Smith has tips on glitz for the party season.

Havana collection Autograph top, �45; and M&S Collection trousers, �29.50.

Fashion: Time Mrs M&S opened her mind to more than just the £10 meal deals

As Marks & Spencer previews its all-important spring collections, Stephanie Smith gives her verdict on the new direction.

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Top of the tree? Who doesn't want a shiny angel dress this Christmas? Khloe Kardashian attends the Angel Ball benefitting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Fashion: The 10 key looks to go for this Christmas

There’s no time to waste if you want to snap up the party season’s most-longed-for buys. Stephanie Smith looks to the stars to find out what to look out for.

From farm boy to male model

From farm boy to male model

A milk bar owner from Pudsey has shaken up the fashion world after winning a male modelling contest.

Cashmere Arran texture jumper, �299, from Johnstons of Elgin on

Fashion: The knit ‘It’ pieces

Knitwear goes high fashion for autumn / winter with standout pieces to take you anywhere. Stephanie Smith seeks out knits with the power to impress.

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Jaeger has launches its new autumn/winter collection, which features a luxurious pairing of wool tailoring with contemporary print. The dress is �175 and the coat is from a selection now in at the Harrogate store.

Fashion: I need a wear-with-everything perfect coat

Neither too insubstantial nor too heavy, too on-trend nor too fuddy-duddy. Stephanie Smith goes in search of the perfect coat.

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