Aside from the past few days when here in London the temperature has hit the mid 20’s, mid afternoon, autumn feels like it has truly arrived. Time to finally pack away all this years summer gear - which increased considerably during this summers heat wave - and say hello to trans season dressing. For many of my personal shopping clients the sheer quantity of new styles can feel a little unwieldy (Where to start? What pieces will stand the test of time?), so I decided to put my experience to good use to bring you some easy style hacks of the season that will instantly refresh your wardrobe.
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The volume of animal print available to buy right now is unprecedented! However it is no longer just about leopard print, snakeskin prints are also proving hugely popular with customers and retailers alike. Just a small touch will add an instant edge to an outfit.
Standout pieces include a Marks and Spencer leopard print midi dress, a pair of snakeskin boots by Topshop and a side split midi skirt from Zara. There really is an item that will work for all personal styles and you can go as subtle or as wild as you'd like.
When it comes to fail-safe outfit formulas, many of my personal shopping clients will have opted for a blazer and jeans combo. It's a simple, chic wardrobe formula that never lets them down and a combination that can be worn on repeat.
Up the anti this season with an oversized blazer worn with printed midi dresses, slinky midi skirts and wide leg trousers. To make an impact go for a check blazer with matching wide leg trousers –Whistles and Mango have a great selection. When it gets cold throw a long length wool coat over the top for winter layering!
Brown Is The New Black
Yes you heard right this autumn ‘brown’ is the colour of the season, but don’t just think Brownies, Boring and Bland! Autumn/Winter 19’s is a sophisticated brown palette incorporating all tones: from chocolate to taupe, camel, rust, gold and toffee.
Aside from the odd pair of boots I have never ventured into brown territory, but I am now the proud owner of a rust satin skirt and golden brown satin dress – the choice of fabrics can make a big difference and elevate a colour. With the plush quality of the brown corduroy suit from & Other Stories being the surprising hit of the high street.
If head-to-brown feels a little overwhelming, then there are plenty of other clever colour pairings available. From oranges to a range of blues, mixing it up is easier than you'd think.
If you want to extend the use of this years summer dresses well into winter, don’t layer over, but layer under instead as seen below on Victoria Beckham.
The turtleneck with a second-skin fit is a key wardrobe piece for the colder days ahead. It can be layered under pretty much everything or worn on its own with skirts, wider leg trousers and jeans. It's a perfect relatively inexpensive wear-anywhere staple that can add pops of colour to update your wardrobe this winter.