We give our verdict on Debenhams’ new ‘designed by women for women’ own-brand collection of everday wear.

DEBENHAMS is determined to drag itself out of the red. In a bid to woo customers from competitors like Marks & Spencer the chain has this week launched its first own-brand collection of versatile pieces for everyday wear.

The collection has been designed “by women, for women” and prices range from £20 to £220. But could Kley at Debenhams claw back customers for the chain? Here stylist Abby McHale rate looks from the range out of five.

 Pair a pleated skirt with this mac for a stylish autumnal look

Pair a pleated skirt with this mac for a stylish autumnal look

ABBY’S VERDICT: “This mac is excellent value for just £69 – its hood means it will keep the rain at bay, and it’s still stylish as well as functional. The pleated skirt is a classic – it’s been on trend for years and won’t go anywhere soon. The shoes aren’t real leather and may not last very long, especially in wet weather.”

Rating: 4/5

 Add a pop of colour to this look with leather animal print boots

Add a pop of colour to this look with leather animal print boots

  • Silk shirt, £69 - buy now
  • Faux leather trousers, £39 - buy now
  • Leather animal print boots, £69 - buy now

ABBY’S VERDICT: “I agree that the trousers don’t look right. They don’t fit properly around the knees and stick out at odd angles.
“The price is excellent for the 100 per cent silk shirt, and the flared sleeves are a nice modern touch.”

RATING: 3/5

 This grey ensemble is perfect for all occasions - add colour with the small red bag

This grey ensemble is perfect for all occasions - add colour with the small red bag

ABBY’S VERDICT: “The fabric does feel very luxurious, and is good value. The shape will flatter most body shapes, thanks to the tie waist detail, sleeves and longer hem. It does risk putting off younger shoppers though, who may be looking for a more vibrant and on-trend dress.”

Rating: 3/5

 Layer up this season in a selection of autumnal hues

Layer up this season in a selection of autumnal hues

ABBY’S VERDICT: “The coat is a real hero piece and has a nice faux suede lining.
“Though its price looks steep, I think high street competitors would charge the same for a product that isn’t as good quality.
“And £62 is a great price for stylish leather boots. The soles feel sturdy and like they would last.”

Rating: 5/5

 Wrap up in this cosy two piece and stylish coat

Wrap up in this cosy two piece and stylish coat

  • Dark green wrap coat with wool, £110 - buy now
  • Camel knitted top, £39 - buy now
  • Brown jumper, £55 - buy now
  • Trousers, £39 - buy now
  • Shoes, £35 - buy now
  • Belt bag, £25 - buy now

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ABBY’S VERDICT: “The wool blend mix of the coat justifies the slightly higher price tag.
“And I like that the top and trousers are knitted – this makes them a premium feel. The wide-leg trousers might not flatter all figures as they would be clingy around the waist and hips.”

Rating: 4/5

  • All items credited in pictures are from the Kley at Debenhams collection


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