• Mid-Season Midis – How To Wear A Midi Skirt In Autumn

    July 30, 2018
    As the warm days of summer draw to a close and the rustling of brown leaves can be heard underfoot, temperatures cool and we start to make changes to our everyday clothing. When autumn arrives, we swap shorts for trousers and layer cardigans with t-shirts, as mid-season weather dictates our wardrobe choices.
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  • From Office to Off-Duty: Our 5 Favourite Men’s Shirt Styles

    July 19, 2018
    Whatever your day holds, there’s something reassuring about slipping on your favourite shirt. Whether it’s to feel empowered for an important work meeting, to feel confident for a dinner date, or comfortable for a day of recreation, a shirt is a man’s armour.
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  • Our Pick of the Best Wedge Sandals for Summer

    June 27, 2018
    There aren’t many styles of ladies’ footwear which are as perfect to pair with a maxi dress, as they are to pair with laid back linens or crop shorts. Nor are there many that offer all day cushioned comfort and cooling, with the height of heels, but the stability of flats. But there is one piece of summer footwear that ticks all of these boxes – step forward wedge sandals.
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  • The Best Women’s Lightweight Jackets to see you from Summer into Autumn

    June 21, 2018
    A jacket isn’t likely to be high on your list of summer wardrobe priorities, but the volatile nature of British summertime means that a lightweight waterproof has to be considered a summer staple. But the very best summer jackets are those that can provide a little extra cover in the summer, and make you glad you bought them when it turns to autumn.
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  • Back to Basics: The Basic Clothing to Stock Up on Today

    June 14, 2018
    Not much in life is predictable. From the weather, to events and the people we bump into, we don’t always know where the day will take us. That’s why it can be reassuring to have something you can always rely on - whatever your day involves, whatever the climate, you can feel confident and comfortable in our hard-wearing, easy to wear and versatile collection of unisex cotton basic clothing
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  • Beyond Breton: How to Wear Stripes This Season

    June 12, 2018
    If you fancy adding a striped top to your wardrobe this summer, we say go for it. Stripes are a fantastic way to add style to an outfit and help you stand out from the crowd. But don’t just assume you have to choose a classic Breton stripe (unless you want to!). There are plenty of great options out there. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite stripey tops and we’ll help you work out what to wear with stripes once you’ve taken the plunge.
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  • Our Pick of the Best Polo Shirts for Summer

    May 23, 2018
    We have a huge soft spot for the good old-fashioned polo shirt. It’s a timeless classic that never goes out of fashion – even James Bond has been known to don one. And why not? The best polo shirts can be extremely comfortable and easy to wear, as well as maintaining a smart-casual look when chosen carefully as part of the right outfit.
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  • 5 Ways To Tie A Summer Scarf

    May 13, 2018
    When contemplating accessories to complement your summer outfit, a scarf might not be the first thing that springs to mind. But don’t pigeon hole scarves as a solely winter staple. A lightweight summer scarf is a highly versatile option, and not just because of the vast collection of styles, lengths and patterns available. It’s also because there are so many different ways to tie a scarf, which when done correctly, can really enhance your outfit and complement your body shape.
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  • Summer Style Staples – Our 5 Favourite Cool Cotton T-Shirts

    April 13, 2018
    It’s no style secret that a cool cotton T-shirt is a comfortable choice for the summer. But we’d ‘stick our necks out’ and say that there are some shapes and neck styles out there which you have never considered, or weren’t quite which cut could help you shine when the sun comes out. Here we reveal our top 5 favourite cotton T-shirts from our women’s collection, from boat neck to square neck T-shirts, relaxed to fitted, you’ll find the right high-quality T-shirts for your body shape.
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  • 5 Ways to Wear Tunic Tops and Dresses This Summer

    April 12, 2018
    If you’re looking to introduce some seasonal style this summer, why not invest in the humble tunic dress?
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  • How To Wear Chinos For Classic Summer Style

    April 9, 2018
    When it comes to choosing a smart but casual trouser, many of us dive in to denim. But as the weather gets warmer and we become more active, we demand more robust and hardwearing fabrics which are comfortable, lighter and can keep us a little cooler.
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  • The Best Men’s Summer Shorts For Beating the Heat

    April 8, 2018
    As the temperatures begin to rise, so can the hem of the garments on your lower body. With an array of men’s summer shorts for you to choose from, we’ve reviewed the best men’s shorts for beating the summer heat, including cargo to chino and poolside to pique. And if you thought shorts were just for the beach, think again, as if you need something a little more smart-casual for a summer gathering, Cotton Traders have all your knee-length needs covered.
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  • This Season’s Best Women’s Sandals By Style

    March 26, 2018
    Few things make you feel as summery as slipping on a comfortable pair of sandals. This versatile, lightweight summer favourite is a great addition to your summer look, but with so much choice, which pair is right for you? With a wide range of comfortable sandals in our collection, here we review the best summer sandals for you and give you some handy tips on how to choose your ideal pair when you want to free your feet, on the beach or the streets.
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  • Stand Out This Season: How To Wear Floral Print

    March 13, 2018
    It’s the season of brightness – with clearer skies and lighter evenings, it’s the perfect time to brighten up your wardrobe. The warmer seasons provide the perfect backdrop to floral print garments, and whether you want to go full meadow or delicate and understated more akin to a window box, our versatile collection of floral print has something for everyone. Read our top tips on how to wear floral prints, from colour combinations to the best accessories to complement your floral print dress.
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  • Introducing The Chino Trousers You Need This Season

    March 12, 2018
    Chino trousers? Travel trousers? Or something else entirely? When it comes to choosing trousers, how do you decide which are the most useful pairs to have in your wardrobe? As we head into spring, we look at the best jeans alternatives that are light, practical and perfect to take you comfortably through the new season.
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  • Keep Your Cool This Season with Our Linen Clothing

    March 7, 2018
    It may not have got off to the warmest start, but spring is officially here. The days are getting longer, the sky a more welcoming shade of blue and the temperatures are on the rise, so it’s time to get your wardrobe ready for the new season. You’ll have more opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort, which calls for cooler and lighter fabrics that are robust, yet easy to care for – step forward our great range of linen clothing.
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  • Easter Holiday Inspiration: Staycation Ideas

    February 20, 2018
    Looking for Easter holiday inspiration? Take a look at our pick of UK holiday destinations that offer something a little bit different for all ages. With spring firmly in the air, and before the prices rise during the summer months, the Easter holidays are the perfect time to get away and have some family fun. No matter what your budget is, have a look at these places to visit in England, and be inspired to find a cosy Easter nest to curl up in and nibble on a chocolate egg or two, whatever the weather decides to do.
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  • Walking Route Planner: 3 UK Walks You Need to Try

    February 15, 2018
    Walking is one of life’s simple pleasures. You don’t need much in the way of expensive equipment or specialist knowledge, just a love of exploration and an appreciation of a great view. Getting out in the fresh air and taking a brisk walk has been proven to not only help with weight loss and general fitness, but to have a positive impact on mental health too.
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  • The History of the Rugby Shirt

    February 14, 2018
    Here at Cotton Traders we’ve long been fans of the vintage rugby shirt – well any kind of rugby shirt really. If you’ve browsed our site recently you’ll have noticed many different shapes, colours and designs in classic, contemporary and retro rugby shirts styles.
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  • 5 UK Walking Trails & Scenic Stop-Offs You Need To Explore

    January 23, 2018
    When it comes to exploring the great outdoors, there's nothing like a good UK walking trail. And better yet, these UK walking routes all have an extra something special to view along the way, making the route that much more worthwhile.
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  • 5 Hot Places To Visit This Year - Cotton Traders

    January 21, 2018
    As the chill of winter sets in, do you find yourself turning your attention to sunnier thoughts and starting to plan where to go on holiday this year? Well, we thought we’d do the research for you, by finding 5 of the top holiday destinations for 2018. Discover where we’re recommending as the best places to travel to, and why we believe this is the year to visit them. We might even give you some new ideas and inspire holidays to places you’ve never considered before…
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  • 6 Six Nations Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

    January 15, 2018
    Rugby fans throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy are donning their rugby shirts, dusting off their national flags and clearing their throats in anticipation for some rousing national anthem singing. That’s right, the 2018 Six Nations kicks off on 3rd February.
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  • Suede Footwear for Every Outfit

    January 4, 2018
    Suede is a material that’s often misunderstood. People sometimes wonder how to wear suede shoes, worrying that they are difficult to pair with outfits and high maintenance to look after.
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  • Comfortable Winter Loungewear

    January 3, 2018
    Who doesn’t love comfortable loungewear? Cosiness, warmth and relaxation guaranteed. And when temperatures drop and you know you’re not leaving the house, you can wear your winter loungewear all day long! To get you into the spirit of ‘lounging around’ this winter, we’ve had a rifle through our stocks and pulled out a few of our most comfortable lounge clothes to see you through the colder seasons.
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