A few outfits for this Autumn

Autumn 2013

1. In the winter, most of your wardrobe will be covered by your coat, so why not make it a statement?  Oversized outwear is in, and I love it. So, embrace the cocoon and 80s boyfriend-coats and stay warm this season.

I’ve paired this oversized coat with leather skinnies, a statement T and my favourite boots this season (As worn by Lucy Liu in Elementary).

  • Dust Bowl Coat, Rag & Bone
  • Decadence T, AllSaints
  • Leather Skinnies,  Saint Laurent
  • Harrow Boots, Rage and Bone

2. Punk is in but, to wear it without looking like an 80′s street crawler, wear it classy.

  • Blazer, Mango
  • Black Cami, French Connection
  • Patent Skirt, Asos
  • Ash Titan Biker Boots, ASOS
  • Neckless, Pull & Bear

3. This autumn, work-wear has gone casual. Team big jumpers with above-the-knee skirts and an oversized tote.

  • Floppy Shaker Hat, River Island
  • Liberty Leather Tote, Victoria Beckham
  • Ribbed-knit and angora-blend top,Giambattista valli

  • Reptile Jacquard Jersey Mini Skirt, Kenzo
  • Anouk patent-leather pumps, Jimmy Choo

 

Balenciaga, From Catwalk to High Street

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I absolutely loved these Balenciaga ruffle dresses and skirts. These pieces are so elegant and figure flattering.  To my delight Miss Selfridge has created their own version at a fraction of the cost. Just £59.

The Miss Selfridge dress has the same simple black bodice, huge frilled peplum and oversized ruffle trimmed skirt. Although you sacrifice in the detailing, you’ll save possibly in hundreds or thousands. But if your handy with a sewing machine or superglue, you can add some of the detailing they missed yourself.

Miss Selfridge Ruffle Dress

http://www.missselfridge.com/en/msuk/product/dress-shop-299048/view-all-299126/ultimate-ruffle-dress-1865737?refinements=Colour%7b1%7d~%5bblack%5d&bi=41&ps=40

Festival Glam

The festival season is well and truly underway, as the clouds of Glastonbury begin to gather together, it’s time to start preparing those show-stopping, sun-worshipping outfits! Or, looking out of my window, perhaps rain proof would be more suitable. The most fashionable event in the music calendar kicked of the festival season in April. Coachella, the A-list festival, saw some of the red carpets best dressed flocking to California to break out their bo hoo and some of the outfits were fantastic.

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Above; the Victoria’s Secret girls looking awfully good in their festival chique. Hot pants, ankle boots, big hats and even the classic Siena Miller look waist coat. It shows you can always rely on crochet, fringing and denim to create the ultimate festival fashion look, no matter what’s on trend.

And here are a few of the other outfits I’ve drawn inspiration from.

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For the unpredictable weather and slightly less glamorous UK festivals there are a few essentials that are a must. First and foremost, wellies are essential to ensure you can survive the entire weekend warm and dry. Hunter have so much selection that there’s a welly for everyone. The truth of festivals is that at some point we’re going to want to cover up our unwashed locks, for this a stylish hat will do the trick. So pick a Panama or a big floppy to stick don on sunday.  A plain black dress or one with a nice print can hide a multitude of sins, from beer stains to mud spears. Accessories can make all the difference when you are up against the elements for a long weekend, adding layers of bangles, necklaces and bracelets can add personality to your plain black dress and be chopped and changed for reuse. Lastly, in case you see any sunshine, a nice pair of Raybans will finish off any festival look perfectly.

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1:

  • Glasses-Ray Ban Wayfarer
  • Pattie textured leather jacket-Whistles
  • Ruche dress -Baukjen 
  • Fringed suede bag- Zara
  • Leather thong sandals- Aldo

2:

  • Rabbit felt wide brimmed hat- Maison Michel 
  • Print T- Topshop 
  • Aged denim shorts- Allsaints
  • Biker boots- Jimmy Choo

3.

  • Glasses- Carrera 
  • Dip dyed dungarees- River Island
  • Tie dye crop top- Asos
  • Water proof studded traines- Hunter 

The Sun is Coming (Spring/Summer 2013)

It’s been a long cold winter and it seems an eon since we saw the Spring/Summer catwalks in September but spring is finally here and it is on the high street.  The fashion trends we are seeing this season are boundless and so, so varied but some of what’s hit the high-street is an upsetting portrayal of what the catwalks displayed. However, fear not the bright colours and plastic clothing displayed in many a shop window, there are some great garments to be found. Fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2013 promise to be bright and sharp, so your bound to be able to find something to match your style.

Prints 

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Prints this season are huge and bird prints and bright tropicals seem to be favoured by the high street. They’re available in bright lively colours and playful patterns, all of which have a delicate air of femininity. This outfit shows a hint of this trend perfect for the arrival of sunshine and festivals.

  • Bird print trousers @ Ted Baker 
  • White tank top @ H&M
  • Cat eye sunglasses @ River Island
  • Swallow chain @ River Island
  • Straw brim bowler @ Asos
  • White thong sandals @Asos

Whites & Lace 

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We saw allot of delicate whites and lace on the catwalk in September and there’s plenty to choose from. The original outfit I put together was a lace skater dress with white accessories but then I saw this dress. It has a low cut back finished with a bow, very girly yes, but so classic and eye catching.

  • Dress, by Jones & Jones @ Topshop 
  • Red clutch by Lulu Guinness @ John Lewis
  • Cat eye sunglasses by Thierry Lasry @ Net a Porter
  • Cut out ballet flats @ Oasis
Florals
I was glad to see that floral is in for another season… well it’s in every season but I love it.  This season’s florals come in soft pastel colors and vibrant hues. We saw Christian Dior and Giambattista Vali showing some garden inspired floral appliques in soft pinks which were just beautiful. A great way to add this trend to your wardrobe without forking out the pennies is through accessories. There are a number of floral hair garlands and handbags on the high street which would work well with lace.
Monochrome 

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There are some great monochrome pieces on the high street. Topshop having an array of body con dresses inspired by the 60s and 90s. Above, I’ve put together an easy way to wear the classic stripes, which would suit the majority of figures.

  • Striped bat wing top @ Zara 
  • Black cropped linen trousers @ Asos
  • Clutch also @ Zara
  • Cut out suede sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti @ Selfridges

Whether skinny or fat, minimal or psychedelic stripes were all over Spring/Summer 2013 runways. It’s easy to wear them and always look comfortable and chic. I’ve broken up the outfit with a small splash of colour by adding in the geometric clutch. If you’re tall you may favour some simple ballet shoes with this outfit but cropped trousers and heels are fantastic for accentuating the length of your legs.

Metallics

Last spring, designers showed allot of metallic in their ranges. This season it’s back again. Burberry and Alexander Wang have expanded their ranges this year to sparkling colours and shining fabrics as well as a number of pieces with a metallic sheen. Go for a pencil skirt with a metallic sheen or a blaser with a mirror shine. This trend is to be worn  minimally.

Ruffels, Pleats and Peplums 

They’re standing strong again for the seasons to come.  The pleats we’re seeing all have a sense of 20s and 70s hollywood glamour. Wear this trend as a knee length skirt or go maxi for the full effect.  There were a few flamenco style looks on the catwalk with ruffles appearing on blouses, skirts and dresses. This trend is very striking and feminine and does well at highlighting your assets.  Peplums were huge last year and they’re huge again. Expect to keep seeing them on feminine dresses, blazers, blouses, skirts and more.

Wrap up for winter

With this bitterly cold weather, it’s hard to go out looking good and feeling warm.  I tend to go one way or the other. Either going out with too few clothes on or with endless amounts of layers and looking like I’ve just fallen out of a jumble sale.

This season on the catwalk we’ve seen the comeback of the oversized 80′s coat, with tailored masculine coats and puffers dominating. So there’s no reason not to dress well and stay warm this winter. Here are a few outfits to give you some inspiration.

  1. Ralph Lauren denim supply Parka
  2. Ripped look tights at Asos
  3. Big gem jumper at Topshop
  4. Pure Collection pashmina
  5. Woolly Knit mittens at Pieces
  6. Original gloss Hunter wellies
  7. Zara oversized woollen boyfriend coat with quilted sleeves
  8. Black skinny jeans from Zara (great fit)
  9. Russell & Bromley’s  50/50 leather boots
  10. Oversized scarf at Asos
  11. Chain bracelet by Mango
  12. Leather Gloves at M&S
  13. Cashmere polo neck at Pure Collection & chain by Asos
  14. Celtic Sheepskin boots, I’ve had many a pair and they’re so comfy
  15. Obi Belt at Isabella Olivier
  16. Chocolate suede shearling gloves by Ralph Lauren
  17. Leather overnight bag, at Les Envers
  18. Oversized Jumper, at Celtic Sheepskin
  19. Aviator Jacket, by Mango.  This outfit would also work with a chocolate puffer jacket check  out VeraModa
  20. Beanie at Warehouse

The Little Black Dress

So far this month we’ve seen some great metallic dresses, Kate Moss, Cara Delevinge and Kristen Stewart all showing some seasonal glitz.  But for most of us a gold maxi dress with a split to the thigh may be seen as overdressing.  A nice LBD can be worn time and time again and there are some lovely little numbers on the high street.

  1. I love this little Ted Baker dress. It’s classic shape and silk textured panels on the sides create the illusion of a tiny waist.  It would work well with a  studded or embellished collar.
  2. This coast bandeau dress is beautiful as is. It’s structured bodice adds a touch of elegance to the dress. Great for boyish or pear shapes.
  3. This French Connection dress is lightly flared and has great movement. You’ll look great on the dance floor. I tried it on, and it’s a tad stretchy so fits to perfection.
  4. Another French Connection. This body con dress has a very feminine bateau neckline and is easy to wear.
  5. Peplum Dress by Mango.
  6. Allsaints collar embellished body con dress. I recommend wearing with big heels and cuffs.
  7. Love these jewelled Kurt Geigers.
  8. Diamante-embellished pointed court shoes by Dune.
  9. I think these Jimmy Choos speak for themselves.
  10. Ted Baker fur jacket. Great for cold evenings.
  11. Both blazers by Topshop.
  12. Elastic embellished belt at Accessorise. Great for clinching in the waist of your LBD.
  13. Swarovski for French Connection.
  14. Accessories.
  15. This cute little bow suede bag by Mango.
  16. Clutch at Zara.
  17. Little enveloped clutch by oasis .

  1. Kate Moss wearing Marc Jacobs.
  2. This 70′s inspired Temperley dress is Oscar ready.
  3. Strapless metallic dress at Coast.
  4. This dress at Very, could have been plucked right out of essex but hey its Christmas.
  5.  and 6 , Both by Isabella Olivier, my favourite label this year.

I would love to see any photos of you donning these outfits.

Oh I do love tartan

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I so look forward to this time of year simply as I’m able to pull the tartan from the back of my wardrobe.  This autumn/winter the catwalks at Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Chloe and numerous others have been rocking the tartan, and the highstreet has some amazing pieces to brighten up your winter wardrobe.

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I’m a bit of a Morticia Addams when it comes to colour in my wardrobe, so this Zara scarf is a great piece to throw on to break up all the black.

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This season, one of my favorite pieces from Ralph Lauren are these cashmere trousers. But slightly out of my price range, so thank god for their denim supply range.   Topshop and  Henry Holland also have some nice statement trousers this season. These will work great with a plain shirt and heeled Chelsea boots. I also have in my sights this Urban outfitters skirt.  I think it will go great with a leather jacket and DM’s.  So look out for uploads of outfits to come.