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    Shop our Spring Sale with savings of up to 60% off.

    Remember to take a look at our exclusive online selection, as well as our clearance section with items from as little as £20.

     Treat yourself and refresh your wardrobe with these amazing offers!

     Please be aware that stock is limited across all our sale items and that we may not have a full range of sizes in each garment.

    Shop by your size in our sale category: for an easier way to shop our sale simply select your size from the bar above the sale items (for example in a size 16 and size L). This will then show only the items with your size in stock.

    Please note: when ordering online, anything left in your basket for a long period of time is at risk of being lost due to high demand during sale day. Avoid disappointment and process your order all the way through as quickly as possible.

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    Waffle Day

    International Waffle Day falls in the middle of this week, Wednesday the 25th, which is a lovely tradition that began in Sweden as a result of confusion with the words Vårfrudagen (Our Lady’s Day) and Våffledagen (Waffle Day). This day traditionally marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by eating waffles. It also follows the same day as the Feast of Annunciation; a holiday that celebrates Jesus' conception, this takes place nine months before Christmas.

    The best way to celebrate Waffle Day is enjoying a nice plate of them, with these delicious and inspiring toppings. The scrumptious waffles can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert.

    Go savoury for lunch or dinner with waffles topped with fried chicken or ham and cheese with any sauce of your choice.

    Enjoy a waffle coated in chocolate, almonds with fresh cherries and blueberries.

    Try the classic waffles with butter and maple syrup with a strip of bacon for a twist.

    These strawberry waffles smothered in chocolate sauce then topped with fresh strawberries, are an easy breakfast option!

    We'd love to hear what you'll be topping the waffles with! Let us know in the comments...

    What to wear: Mother's Day

    With Mother’s Day approaching soon, we have collected some lovely, hassle-free and comfortable pieces to suit all activities! Whether your day is about being treated to a delicious meal with the family or enjoying a spa day, let us inspire you with our favourite outfit ideas to help you feel stylish for the special occasion. 

    Spring walks 

    If you’re going for a country walk with family to explore the great outdoors, stay warm and protected in our classic coat with shower resistant and windproof qualities. This coat works wonderfully when paired with our jersey top, made for us in Portugal and our gorgeous classic trousers. Add the finishing touch to this look, with our newly designed and versatile crêpe-de-chine scarf.

    Spa day

    Being treated to a spa day calls for pure comfort, opt for our superbly soft jersey jacket paired with our chic striped top and matching trousers for a comfortable relaxed look, that is easy to wear. 

    Family meal 

    If you're spending Mother's Day at home with family, ensure you look stylish and feel comfortable in our knitted textured jacket, inspired by classic French design. Simply style with a pair of plain trousers and jersey top for a classic and chic look. 

    Afternoon tea

    If you’re heading out to a family brunch or afternoon tea, our fresh cotton floral print blouse in a gorgeous spring colour makes a perfect choice for the occasion. Pair with our classic lilac trousers, and wear your blouse tucked in or loose for more a causal look. 

    Evening dinner

    If you’re being treated to a dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day, make a statement in our elegant ensemble that offers luxurious comfort. Featuring an elegant botanical pattern and contrasting tones, our soft pleat skirt can be paired together with our Italian knit top and silk scarf for a perfect evening outfit.

    Day out

    Whether you’re going shopping or on a family day out, this chic and causal look will suit any plans. Our gorgeous floral jacquard cardigan paired with our knitted skirt and textured top will make a perfect outfit for the day. 

    What are your plans this Mother's Day? Which outfit will you be planning on wearing? Let us know in the comments...

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    Dress for your shape this spring

    Everyone's body is wonderfully unique. Embracing and accentuating your beautiful features starts with finding garments that fit your frame correctly. As a result, our team carefully considers the fit and shape of each garment to help create a piece that is incredibly comfortable and flatters your figure with classic timeless styles designed to last a lifetime.

    We have created a style guide to help you discover the different types of clothing and how to choose flattering styles for your body shape and feel confident. There are five well-known body shapes, each has its own individual traits: Apple, Pear, Column, Inverted triangle and Hourglass. Often, we are a combination which means it’s valuable to understand the guidelines for each shape to figure out what works for you.

    "Apple" shapes are usually defined by a rounded shoulder line, fullness around the tummy and shapely legs.

    Our relaxed pull-on jersey dress with a figure-flattering mock wrap front is wonderful for this shape as it draws the attention away from your waist and highlights your legs. Furthermore, this flowy and printed style is made in easy to wear crush-free jersey and is perfect for day to night dressing with our glass bead necklace.

    "Hourglass" statures are similar to Pear Shape but with a fuller bust.

    To dress for the hourglass body shape, your aim is to find clothing that accentuates your shape. Our fabulous fit and flare, comfortable jersey dress will follow your natural silhouette and flawlessly highlight your waist and hips.

    The "Column" figure is characterised by the top and bottom halves of the body being the same measurements with little waist definition.

    Create the illusion of curves and highlight your upper body with our vivid seasonal floral print jacket. This gorgeous jacket paired with our jersey top and navy skirt with lovely movement will add some curves to the top and bottom part of your body.

    An "Inverted Triangle" body shape is identified by having a smaller bottom half than your top.

    With the inverted triangle body shape, opt for our gorgeous spring ensemble to draw the eye downwards to your lower half. Our floral spring skirt that flares into graceful movement with our jersey top and red bead necklace will help balance your beautiful frame.

    "Pear" shapes tend to have a small upper half, with a defined waist but carry weight on the hips and thighs. 

    Show off your chic shape and make a statement in our floral print jacket paired with our jersey top, classic trousers and Italian bead necklace. This gorgeous floral jacket made in superb floral velveteen will add definition to your slender upper half along with your defined waist.

    Dress for your shape with confidence, knowing that all our clothes are expertly designed with you in mind. Made using natural fibres which hold their shape well and are more forgiving than their synthetic counterparts and in premium quality fabrics, our garments are guaranteed to give you a confidence boost for years to come. 

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    A Weekend Away: Cambridge

    With spring fast approaching, make memories by travelling to Cambridge and chase away those gloomy winter days leaving you feeling refreshed. Join us in exploring somewhere new!

    Explore Cambridge's historic sites

    Cambridge is a small city surrounded by beautiful landmarks, historical sites and picturesque streets. Take a walk around the prestigious University of Cambridge dating back to the 12th century with 13 colleges, to view the incredible architecture.

    One of our favourite sites to see is the wonderful and best-known King’s College, famous for its Gothic Chapel where you can see the world’s largest fan-vaulted ceiling, Ruben’s masterpiece (Adoration of the Magi) and stunning stained-glass windows. You can also see an exhibition of the history of the College.

    St John’s is another Cambridge University college with beautiful grounds to wander around and includes the wonderful covered bridge of sighs named after the one in Venice. The bridge is best viewed on a punting tour on the River Cam where you can sit back and experience the eye-catching views of the picturesque Cambridge Backs, an area where some colleges, including the King’s College and St John’s of the University of Cambridge back onto the River Cam.

    Nature

    For a calm and relaxed feel, explore Cambridge University's botanic garden with 8,000 plant species from all over the world in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses. Take a break from walking and relax in the garden café to enjoy freshly made food.

    Museum

    If you have more time to explore or if the weather conditions are poor, visit the Fitzwilliam Museum with free admission. This museum is one of Cambridge’s most remarkable landmarks where you can see famous collections of art and antiquities.

    What to wear

    If you’re thinking of visiting Cambridge, but unsure what to pack, we have some lovely pieces selected for you. Our fully reversible quilted jacket is perfect to accompany you on this trip. This gorgeous jacket has a warm hood with wonderful insulation and can be reversed to a dark navy layer. It can also fold into a compact space for travel. It looks fabulous paired with our pima scoopneck jersey top and classic navy trousers, available in three lengths. For a late spring visit, our floral print blouse in a fresh cotton print is fantastic for light layering. Match with a plain top underneath and our classic lilac trousers.

    Have you visited Cambridge? What did you do while you were there and what would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below…

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    The Essential Edit

    We are excited to unveil our new versatile essential range, including every piece you’ll need to build your trusted, timeless wardrobe. Designed in complementing tones and comfortable styles to suit every occasion, these essential pieces can be worn throughout the year to coordinate with all of our collections. Our luxurious range contains T-shirts, turtlenecks, trousers, cardigans and skirts, all of which are available in a variety of colours and lengths and are machine washable.

    Mix and match effortlessly with the essential edit and tie your look together with the beautiful coordinating heritage silk scarf. All of the essential edit garments are designed in the UK.

    T-shirts

    Build the foundation of your wardrobe with our pure 100% cotton T-shirts, available in five colours over three styles and two lengths; regular and tunic. Our practical and stylish collections of T-shirts are made in easy-care natural fibre.

    Pima crewneck top
    Our superior pima crewneck cotton top is styled with three-quarter sleeves and is available in snowdrop, navy and natural.

    Pima V-neck top
    Our 100% pima cotton top is styled with a bound V-neckline, three-quarter sleeves and is available in natural, snowdrop and navy.

    Crewneck top
    Our short sleeved cotton top is styled with a bound crewneck, and is available in mid blue and white.

    Turtlenecks

    Our soft turtlenecks are fully fashioned, made in quality Italian-spun merino wool and are available in mid grey, blue and pebble mélange.

    Cardigans

    Our classic cardigans are the perfect layering piece, made in 100% extrafine merino wool with real pearl buttons. These stunning cardigans are fully fashioned and available in mid grey, pebble and blue mélange.

    Trousers

    Our soft tailored trousers are made using easy-care fabric and yarns, accessible in navy, grey and mocha. The elegant trousers are lined to the knee and available in length 27", 29" and 31.5".

    Skirts

    Our fully lined essential skirts have ten gently flared panels in a soft easy-care fabric. These beautiful skirts are available in three colours; mocha, grey and navy and length 27", 29" and 31.5".

    Take a look at the full essential edit to enhance the foundations of your year round wardrobe. 'Click here'       

    Buyers favourites from our Spring 2020 Collection

    If you're unsure of which items to add to your wardrobe from our spring 2020 collection, our buyers have shared their favourites to help you decide... 

    “Our relaxed textured jacket and trousers in a beautiful shade of sand can be dressed up or down for versatile styling. This effortlessly chic jacket can be paired together with our classic trousers and contemporary striped blouse for a perfect day outfit. For stylish holiday dressing, you can combine the jacket with casual coloured trousers and a plain jersey top”.

    “For a comfortable relaxed look, our superbly soft jersey jacket with luxurious fleece lining is my ideal choice for spring layering. This elegant jacket works wonderfully when paired with our chic striped top and tones perfectly with our trousers and skirt”.

    “I enjoyed working on the colour layout of this patterned stitch on our tonal knit jumper. This top truly reminded me of 1940’s knitwear/Land girls. The two fresh shades of eau de nil are highlighted through the Ivory and it has a soft mélange dove grey added into tone. It looks fabulous paired with our matching bottoms for a wonderful casual outfit or wear head to toe with our soft jacket”.

    Working with our Italian hat factory on an extremely hot day, we came up with a wider brimmed hat based on our usual small summer woven hat. This new style offers a little more protection from the sun. It also has a wonderful soft stiffened edge to the brim which you can style in many flattering ways. The gorgeous hat is made from concentric woven braid, becoming a packable design to put in your handbag for travel”.

    “Newly designed and made for us in England, our luxurious and versatile silk crêpe-de-chine square is printed with a classic spot pattern with a twist of different sizes of polka dots. This beautiful scarf will make an elegant addition to your accessories collections”.

    “Pastel shades are still enjoying a spike in popularity. One shade that is on-trend now is lilac, which will bring a soft side to spring and summer looks. My favourite head to toe outfit in this very flattering and popular hue is our cotton textured stripe jumper paired with our classic lilac trousers”.

    Which is your favourite piece from our spring collection? Let us know in the comments below...

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    This Season's Must Have Prints

    Welcome spring into your wardrobe with this season’s must-have prints including eye-catching spring florals and contemporary abstract prints. Transform your collection with our latest pieces that have been designed with the perfect smart and feminine prints.

    Floral print blouse

    In a fresh cotton flower print, this charming notch neck blouse in a gorgeous spring colour is perfect for every occasion. Styled with three-quarter raglan sleeves, buttoned cuffs and bust dart shaping. Pair with our classic trousers, worn tucked in or loose for different looks. 

    Printed Jersey Skirt

    Covered in a smart contemporary abstract print, this easy-care skirt is ideal for travel being crush-free. With bright splashes of colour, this skirt can be dressed up or down, worn with the matching top or with complementing plain tops.

    Floral jacket

    Make a statement in our luxurious jacket made in a floral velveteen Italian fabric. The vivid print portrays gorgeous blooms bedecking a dusky pink base, in soft taupe and pink hues. Each jacket is unique due to the distribution of the pattern.

    Leaf print Jersey scarf

    Featuring a pretty tropical leaf print, this double-sided jersey scarf is the ideal finishing piece for both casual and occasion looks. See our matching separates in the same striking pattern. 

    Wrap front dress

    This stunning pull-on jersey dress with a figure-flattering mock wrap front is the perfect day to night dress. The uplifting bold print in a deep colour will add a touch of brightness into your wardrobe. Made in easy to wear crush free jersey, this three-quarter sleeved dress has a scoop-necked front under-piece.

    We'd love to hear which is your favourite print from our spring collection, let us know in the comments...

    Season trends - Spring 2020

    The spring breeze has arrived here at Cotswold Collections with the introduction of our most recent range.

    Springtime brings a fresh, new collection and striking trends to refresh your wardrobe. From feminine florals, pastel hues, statement accessories and stunning patterns, find all your spring outfits here. Get ready to be inspired by this season's trends and styles you will want to wear for the months ahead.

    Pretty Florals

    We all like to add a feminine floral touch into our spring wardrobe. This season’s florals come in soft, vibrant hues and delicate patterns. Make a statement in our printed jacket featuring a vivid seasonal floral print, or go for a delicate look such as our popular liberty print tunic and skirt.

    Pastel colours

    This season our collection features a selection of soft pastel separates, allowing you to mix and match effortlessly for all occasions. Our matching separates, in the gentle shade of eau de nil, can be a refreshing addition to your wardrobe.

    Beautiful beige

    Tonal dressing using a soft colour like sand is a trend that is stylish and versatile for all seasons. By combing different shades, this style can make any outfit look chic and luxurious. Wear the look head to toe with our textured jacket and the matching trousers.

    Delightfully Dotty

    For a modern take this spring, make polka dots your choice of print. Whether your preference is perfectly round or more of a 'splatter', make a statement with our stunning designs such as figure-flattering mock wrap front dress or in our wonderful spring weight printed skirt.

    Statement Additions

    Beautiful and sumptuous accessories will complete your look perfectly. Add an element of personality to your outfits with a statement necklace, scarf, hat, earrings or even a mixture of them all!

    Which trends are your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

    Look forward to Spring 2020 with our new collection

    Our stunning new collection for Spring is exclusively designed in and inspired by the delightful Cotswolds. This gorgeous new collection has all the dresses, skirts, trousers, knitwear and tops to help you layer up or pair down to suit the elements. 

    Feminine, flattering, well cut shapes in fresh, clean shades are enlivened with bold pops of colour and patterns, both floral and geometric, with lovely textures and details. Created with your comfort and style in mind, there are complementing coat and jackets, both casual and smart, to weather proof your look for warmth and elegance. Beautiful accessories will complete your look. Have a look at our new collection to get the spring feeling with our newest styles and trends. 

    Start building your spring layering pieces with our light and elegant warm jacket with gentle body shaping shown below. 

    Inspired by classic French design in a tweed-effect textured basket stitch, our elegant knitted jacket is the perfect transition piece to bring into your spring wardrobe. This textured jacket works wonderfully when paired with our superior quality pima cotton interlock top, made for us in Portugal and our beautiful trousers made with a hint of stretch for comfort.

    In a lovely spring green leaf print, our stylish three-quarter sleeved princess line dress skims the body and finishes with a pretty flared hemline. Add the finishing touch to this dress, with our gorgeous hand-knotted amber-effect necklace, made for us in Italy.

    Our fully reversible seasonal jacket is perfect to accompany you on rainy days. With chic and sophisticated styling our wonderful quilted jacket is also extremely practical, being fully reversible to a pretty printed option. It looks fabulous paired with our cotton textured knit top and classic smart taupe trousers, available in three lengths. 

    Discover more of our wide array of easy-wear, figure flattering arrivals that you’ll want to wear time and time again. Take a look at the full collection and find that must-have item | Click here to view the new arrivals >>                                                                                                                            

    Watch our Spring video for some wonderful outfit inspiration.

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    Exclusive Preview of our Spring 2020 Collection

    We're revealing an exclusive preview of our Spring 2020 collection. Take a first look at the newest trends below.

    Our Spring 2020 collection features feminine spring patterns in a beautiful mix of both cool and warm tones. Revealing layering pieces and essentials to take you through to the next season.

    Watch the exclusive preview of our Spring 2020 video above.

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    A day in the life of our Mail Order and Customer Services Manager

     

    Our Mail Order and Customer Services Manager, Paula, started with Cotswold Collections 15 years ago as a part-time customer services operator when she had two young sons at home. Today, she oversees the operations of the department and says that “no two days are ever the same! They are as individual and unique as the customers that call”.

    Supporting her in the day-to-day running is her Assistant Mail Order Manager, Natalie and Assistant Customer Service Manager, Sharman as well as a loyal, helpful and diligent team of 18. First thing in the morning, after grabbing a cup of coffee, Paula ensures that all the team members of the day have arrived and are organised for the expected days calls.

    Once everyone is happy and settled, Paula then begins her days tasks, including responding to any emails as well as reviewing the previous days sales to see if we have reached the daily target. Although each day is never the same as the last, Paula has a variety of tasks to undertake; from creating and managing ever changing rota’s, overseeing department operations, reviewing timesheets, liaising with all other departments, training on new system procedures, responding to enquiries and queries, and of course, answering incoming calls.

    Each member of the team also has their own individual tasks along with answering calls and these can include: responding to customer emails, requesting catalogues and arranging postage of them, processing returns and exchanges including the paperwork as well as requesting alterations and organising shipments of customer orders.

    Paula says “within each role here you have to be adaptable and versatile as each day brings new challenges and you can have requests of any sort arise at any moment. Every phone call can bring a different challenge to an operator, they need to have the ability to respond and adapt effectively and efficiently. Having good, reliable product knowledge and being up-to-date on product availability is vital to the smooth running of the department”.

    In customer services, as the first point of contact for many of our customers, the philosophy is ‘a smile within a voice’. This means providing friendly and welcoming first-class customer service to every individual. Whether they’ve been purchasing from Cotswold Collections for many years, or if they’re a first-time customer. Paula says “we want everyone to feel happy, confident and assured during every call. It’s important to us to identify with customers to provide a personal service and we pride ourselves on our fast response time, so our valued customers aren’t kept waiting even on our busy sale days! I’m very lucky to have such a brilliant team that are lovely, diligent and believe in our ethos”.

    The department has recently experienced exciting new challenges as Cotswold Collections has launched in America. Changes have included the growth of the team to include staff who work remotely in order to accommodate the time difference. “This has posed lively challenges for us as a whole and it’s incredibly exciting to be part of a new venture” says Paula.

    When asked what the best part of her role here is at Cotswold Collections, Paula responded “simply, it’s the customer. They are at the heart of what we do in every department. I love being one of the first points of contact for our lovely ladies and speaking to the vast range of customers we have. I  always enjoy being able to sort out any concern for them efficiently and promptly too”.

    Is there something you’d love to learn about what we do here at Cotswold Collections? Let us know in the comments below…

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