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Autumn Transition.

What to wear this Autumn –

Well, by now the sandals have been packed away and we’ve started drawing the curtains earlier…whilst I’ve been resisting autumn for as long as possible and getting as much wear as I can from my summer wardrobe it’s now time to layer up.

The one piece I find so versatile for this time of year is the knitted vest. It’s great for that extra bit of warmth and can work with so many outfits – over your summer dress with trainers or loafers, with a blouse or T shirt underneath, they can also work with smart trousers or go with jeans for a more casual vibe. There are lots of high neck ones around but if you’ve got a generous bust I’d encourage you to look for one with a more open ‘V’ neck.










This is a season of textures, so think about mixing up your fabrics – leather with denim, tailored waistcoat with your trousers. It’s also time when jackets come into their own. There are lots of boxy shapes out there which can work well with the wider style of trouser which are currently very popular.

On a trend note, think about cuffing or turning up your jeans for an extra edge to your outfit. If you struggle with leg length you might be interested to know that M&S now do some of their trousers in up to 4 different lengths! For those of you that are a bit more trend led in your style think chocolate brown as the new winter black, and going oversized, particularly with a blazer.









Selection from Mint Velvet, M&S and Massimo Dutti






Although it might be a bit early for your winter coat, if you do need to invest in one this year, I’d recommend you start looking now. A word of caution though, think about length – the style coming through this season is of a longer length and with the average woman being just over 5’ 3” this isn’t going to work, there will be just too much fabric. Also, lots of styles are belted which for those that have a waist it’s good to show off. However, for me I can’t help feeling like I’m putting on my dressing gown whenever I try one on! But hey, style is very individual and what works for one, won’t necessarily be right for someone else.









Selection from Cos, M&S and Baujen














Selection from Arket  – responsible wool



What about autumn footwear? As footwear can be a challenge for so many of my clients, this is often the place to start. I think trainers can be great for this time of year before we fully embrace our winter boots. Consider investing in some with a pop of colour, especially if you have a very tonal or neutral wardrobe. Some colour detail in your shoes or bag can easily liven up an outfit that you’ve worn for years and make it look more contemporary. Other good news is that Mary Jane’s are making a comeback – so, you’ve got comfort and practicality in one! If on the other hand, you want something with a bit more of a statement, the Western style boot is also making its name this autumn.









Mary Jane’s from Oliver Bonas










Cowboy boots from Isabel Marant and Mint Velvet


If you do need to inject a few new pieces into your autumn wardrobe, remember to have a sort through of your existing wardrobe first to remind yourself what you’ve already got that can work well and give some thought to how best you can style it.
If you’re after something new, when you go shopping make sure you wear the outfit you want it to go with. That way when you try garments on, you’ll get a much better sense if it’s really working in the way you want. And when you get any new purchases home you need to make sure you road test them and they work in the way you anticipate with your existing pieces. Remember my rule of 3:

  1. Will it go with 3 things already in my wardrobe?
  2. Can I wear it to 3 different occasions?
  3. Will it last for 3 years?

Finding a style that’s ‘you’ and making sound investments on a few key quality pieces will mean you’ll be able to make easy wardrobe choices that work so much more effectively.

If you need any help, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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