As if today marks the first day of Autumn, where has that time went to. I swear it was only yesterday we were in work, prepping for A/W’16. As much as I’m sturggling to believe that summer is over, at the same time I love Autumn/winter, the dark nights, the layering up, it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I find that in winter you get more wear out of your clothes, so it makes it easier to spend the money on staple pieces. So I thought I would share with you my go to pieces for the upcoming season. This capsual Wardrobe is made up of pieces that will bring you right through the season.
Coats have naturally a starring role this season and for Autumn/Winter it’s all about the wool coat, puffa jacket and trench coat. All can we worn dresses up or dressed down. I loved this grey coat with a black flack effect running through it from Topshop petite. I’m a big fan of grey as I think it is so versatile and goes with most things. For me I find it a nice alternative to black. However being a petite lady I’m also conscious of long coats in case they make me look smaller so I 100% recommend buying any long line coat in the petite section if you have a smaller frame. I know that sounds pretty obvious, but with oversized coats like that, they are obviously made a little bigger, the shoulders are usually fallen and the back a lot broader. Therefore if you want that street style vibe without looking like you are wearing a coat of someone that is 6ft then buy it in petite because then you know it’s been made (with all the added quirks that you want) but with the petite lady in mind. How I would style it? I would layer a fine knitted jumper, in a contrasting colour, some black boyfriend jeans and heels. Next, The puffa jacket, one of my favourites. I just think it is a really cool versatile jacket. I loved this oversized one from ASOS. It looks so cosy and definitely will be on my list of things to bring to NYC. I would wear it with a sweatshirt, skinny jeans and some trainers, for the amount of shopping I’ll be doing I will certainly need to be comfortable. I also think it would be great to through on over your gym gear in the colder months. Finally the trench coat is just a classic, isn’t it? I find it a great every day coat, you can wear it to work, out for dinner, it’s just that garment that adds a touch of class to an outfit.
Wheather it’s v-neck, crew neck or polo neck, jumpers are a staple for any Auntum/Winter Wardrobe. My top tip is invest in several fine knit polo necks, like these ones from M&S, they come in a variety of colours and can be worn with anything. However if you aren’t a fan of such a high neck, then opt for a more causal neck line such as a v neck or a crew neck. I loved this one from ASOS, bell sleeves are still as hot for A/W as they were for summer. The key for styling your jumpers this season, buy them a few sizes bigger. It’s all about that oversized, ‘borrowing your boyfriends clothes’ look. I would style it with leather skinnies and some boots. The v-neck is one of my favourites, simply because I feel it the most flattering on a woman with larger boobs. I find some chunky knit wear can be quite frumpy on me so I tend to stay away from them. I love styling a v neck jumper with a pleated skirt and some trainers for a really cool vibe or for a more dressier look, I would team it with a pair of heels or kitten heeled boots.
Leather skinny jeans are my favourite trouser of this season, they can literally be worn with absolutely everything. I love styling mine up with a quirky top and heels, or dressing it down with a sweatshirt and trainers. My faves are the coated jeans from New Look, however they have been sold out for ages, so I’m patiently waiting for the restock. However I have noticed Riverisland also do a great pair too. They have brought out their “Molly” jean in a coated “leather” version and they look just as good (so I might give them a go). I have the regular black “Molly” jean and I love them. Another jean that was gracing the catwalks for A/W was the high waisted straight jean. When it comes to cut, this is the sillhoutte that is coming out on top. This retro jean is major for A/W. Think a young Cindy Crawford and style with an oversized silk shirt and mules. Jeanious! 😏
The mini skirt is here to stay. It’s all about short hem lines this season. Wheather you brace the cold in bare legs and a sock boot or team it with a pair of funky tights, you won’t be throwing them summer skirts out any time soon. I’m also loving anything A line at the minute. For example this long black denim skirt. How nice would it be styled with a band tee and some mules. So cute! Another popular skirt for this season is the pleated skirt. Now I’ll hold my hands up and say part of me is a wee bit scared of them because of their fullness versus my small frame…. would it overpower me? But I love styling them in work, imagine with a cosy cashmere knit, a pleated skirt, some vintage trainers and a cross body bag, gorge! (Some inspo front my Pinterest board to your right).
Boots are one of my favourite things to look for when it come to A/W. with so many different styles, they usually become the only footwear you end up wearing during the season. So these are the boots that are hot to trot this season. The Ringo Boot from Kurt Geiger are like a dream. The patent snakeskin body complimented with the gold buckle and contrasting wooden heel, it’s safe to say I’m in love. They don’t come up too high on your leg either and would go with anything. I think these would be an amazing investment piece. Next up we have the over the knee boot, another boot I love! Mainly because they make my legs look longer…winning (when your small you take what you can). Remember earlier when I was saying about the short hems? Well over the knee boots are what you’ll be wearing with them. I think Short dresses and over the knee boots are going to be a winner this season. Another popular heel this year is the kitten heel. Giving a nod to the 80s, these quirky little boots (M&S) are fun and will make a fashion statement with any outfit. I would style these with a subtle tapered grey check trouser, an oversized shirt and a pullover for a cool city vibe. Finally the western studded boot. I have seen these all over my instagram, making me think these will be big for Auntum/Winter. A more casual boot, I would keep the outfit subtle and let the boot do the talking. Team them with a fine knit jumper and a suede biker jacket.
From baker boy hats and fadoras to bull ring hardwear and structured bags, it’s all about how your accessorising your look. Matching your hat and bag to your outfit is just as important as matching your outfit. Tip… buy your accessories in neutral colours such as black, white and greys, this way you will get more wear out of them and they will co-ordinate with a lot more.
So I hope enjoyed reading my Auntum/Winter styling guide. I really enjoyed writing it, mainly because this is my favourite season. I would love your feedback, if your enjoying my posts or if there is anything that you might want me to blog about, feel free to message me on my instagram.
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