You will no doubt have noticed that the High Street Is starting to launch its Autumn ranges, with the Next catalogue dropping through my letterbox only this week and what they call in retail “pre-collections” being the full priced items amongst the sale rails.
While I doubt any of you are in the head space to start thinking about Winter coats (as you’re likely packing your swimsuits for your summer holidays) I do urge you to start thinking and planning your Autumn wardrobe. The best way to do this is to look at what you already have in your wardrobe, decide upon the key pieces which will need replacing or updating and then look at the forth coming trends to see if there are any you wish to follow and which you prefer in order to make those essential purchases.
For me staple pieces include a good coat, boots, jeans and layers (shirts & jumpers), I look for classic pieces for coats (camel coats are a fave of mine) and boots (short suede ones and tall riding boots). I focus on trends with less expensive pieces that can be worn to death throughout the season before being replaced the following year, Zara do fab cashmere esque jumpers which wash well for a season but don’t last too much longer than that. When looking at trends choose wisely, I have put together some trend led pieces which can easily mix in with your current wardrobe which are reasonably priced.
Luckily for us some trends have remained steadfast such as the 70’s Boho trend which was popular in the summer meaning that with a slight update or addition of a layer you can carry through that favourite Boho piece into the Autumn. The focus for this trend as the colder weather descends is a focus on a more folky theme rather than the glamourous edge we saw in the summer months. Think fringing, poncho’s and ditsy floral prints and you’re on the money.
Big bold graphic prints featured on the Dior catwalk, those who like to remain true to the trend need to take it head to toe. But for those of us who just like to hint towards it there are some fantastic seperates around which will allow you to update your wardrobe and stay ahead of the curve.
Checks will be really popular as they are so easy to wear, distorted or stretched and featuring in knitwear on the Bottega Veneta runway, it can be a real statement piece to your outfit when styled with more neutral colours such as black or nude.
Red is the colour of the season whether it is pillar box, scarlet or traffic light red there is a shade of colour to suit you. Be bold and wear it head to toe. Not that trend focused? You can always make a statement by including it as an accent within your outfit. Wearing a colour so bold as red can be off putting for some but a colour analysis with me will help identify the shade of red which best suits your skintone and colouring, ensuring your skin looks great, your eyes dazzle and you eliminate dark circles. No need for lotions and potions! For all bookings in July & August there is a 10% discount, just quote Summer Offer.
Oasis Amber Dress £48
A perfect piece for the Boho 70’s trend, style it with thick tights and these Mink Suede Boots from Next. Its perfect for those conscious of their boobs as the print draws the eye away from that area by creating a focal point on the shoulders and knee. Always remember to wear tights in a toning colour to your boots to avoid looking shorter than you are.
Next Mink Suede Boots £120
Debenhams RJR John Rocha Skirt £45
The Bold Graphic print of this skirt creates a real statement, this trend is great as the size of the print will make you look smaller. Wear it all over and feel tiny!
House of Fraser Linea Geometric Shirt dress £69
Shirt dresses are a great item to own as they can be worn both in the autumn layered up with tights and on their own during the summer months. This bold graphic print is mainly vertical which will elongate and make you look taller
Debenhams Betty Jackson Black Checked Coat £75
Hitting the right note for the Check trend this coat will easily work within your current wardrobe as its monochrome colouring will work with most things.
Next Camel Check Skirt £28
Style this skirt with a neutral top and knee boots and allow it to be the focus of your outfit, its A-line shape best suits those with shape to their hips.
Marks & Spencer Per Una Red Coat – In store NovemberOne to look out for, this statement coat will turn heads for sure. Best suited to those with shape to their hips, who like to be noticed
Dune Cristina Red Shoe £79
If wearing the red trend head to toe is daunting, why not add a splash of colour with a bold red heel which will make any outfit bang on trend