Sensible take on new season trends

Sad as it may seem, summer’s nearly over – if it was ever really here – which means it’s time to turn our style thoughts to the new autumn/winter trends.

Woman in a red cape in natureIf I tell you that Glam Geek and Metallic Disco are hot on the catwalk, you might be a bit put off. They do sound a bit out there, and I certainly don’t fancy looking like I’ve been attacked by granny knit whilst tottering around in thigh boots that cut off my circulation.

But as with all things style, who says you can’t tweak them sensibly so still feel ‘with it’?

There are a lot of trends out there and here are some of the more ‘workable’ ones…

Key pieces

Capes/wraps

We can really get our teeth into this look. The cape coat is still around, but I think a gorgeous knitted wrap does the job better.

They look fab with fitted jeans/jeggings and even dresses. Great for comfort too, nice and cosy. A wrap covers a multitude of sins and you can even add a vintage brooch for extra chic – yes nana’s bling is back.

A neutral shade would work hard with the rest of your wardrobe but why not climb one more rung up the fashion ladder and make it plaid/checked – uber trend ticks.

These are easily accessible on the high street and a great alternative for when you’re not quite ready to get out your winter coat.

 

Wrap skirts

A great alternative for a night out or office separate (a faux wrap might be better here to avoid the odd leg flash). If you love a pencil skirt, then try this style.  You can pair it with heels or boots and go for patterned or plain, very versatile.

After browsing the high street and online I’ve found some lovely staple pieces in Whistles and Mango, while Warehouse stock some more vibrant prints. I suggest pairing with cleaner simpler lines on the top half to keep the look chic.

Long waistcoats

Another outerwear good buy. Wear with polo necks for a laid-back look or with a fitted skirt or trousers to look more ready for the office.

Culottes

I know I know, most of you weren’t sure last season, but if you pair with longer boots we start to think maybe yes. Especially with a fitted jacket/top/shirt or a light polo neck.

Themes/looks

Gothic lace

Ok so sounds a bit Vampira, but if you just inject a bit of dark lace here and there, maybe a blouse or even a shoe, you’re still on it and it makes for a great evening look. Black lace and chiffon will be everywhere! Go steady with it head to toe unless you feel confident and your colouring can take it. Karen Millen has some great pieces.

Metallic disco

This is an 80s-style take on disco. No tiny bum cheek shorts, tinfoil jackets or roller boots here, we’re talking a bit more ‘sweetie-wrapper’ ruffles and lamé.

Think tailored metallic with bit of glitter.

Use the look and fabric in bags or look for hints in a skirt, dress or jacket. Minimal is chic. You could push the brights in your jewellery or shoes for instant impact with a little black dress.

Metallic hues are very versatile and act like a neutral so will go with most colours.  If you’re quite warm in colour go for golds and coppers and cooler palettes silvers and pewters. Check out Julien McDonald for some ideas.

Glam geek

Block heels are great for curvier calves and lovers of a sturdier heel. River Island has some great loafers.

From pussy bows to tweed and loafers to block heels, it’s like your nan’s wardrobe but with a masculine tweak and a bit more colour. Flats, block heels, separates and tweed is where it’s at. High necks are a must, but beware if you’re big busted.

Oh, and twist your pearls, ladies. Sounds painful but I’m talking tying a knot in your necklace or doubling them up as bracelets. Simple but effective.

Prints

This season’s prints are a lovely mix and there’s definitely something in there to suit most tastes. Unless you’re a master at print mixing I’d suggest less is more. Go for accents if you’re not sure.

Wallpaper-esque florals                     

To get a feel of if think William Morris style, quite an antique and ornate-looking pattern with lots of colour, leaves and scrolls in a myriad of scales,

It’s been used in a bohemian style following on from the festival vibe but I like the grown-up look such as those at Massimo Dutti.

Plaid/check

The Celtic weave will be everywhere, so if you’re a fan, fill your boots from kilts to coats – go with as little or as much as you feel comfortable wearing. Just beware of putting it where you feel larger and keep the scale reflective of your size… smaller checks for petites, for example.

Snakeskin

Yes, this season’s animal print takes on the python! A great one for accessories – jewellery, shoes and bags – as it’s a neutral print that will pep up any plain canvas.  If you want to be bold add a colour pop and go for it. There’s a rainbow out there to choose from.

Accessories

Tassels/fringing

Saddle bags and trims are a sensible style nod.

Shearling collar edging

Don’t go full on ‘Del Boy’ if you’re larger scaled as it’s a tad too bulky, but try it in edging to add interest.

Curvier girls can go lighter and drapier in ‘sheep-like’ fabrics with a belted waist.

Pointy toes

Not only are flats taking on this look but so are ankle boots. Points give the illusion of longer legs, especially if they’re heeled. Boden does a good job for these

Colour

The shops will be bursting with deeper, richer colours as is usual for autumn. Keep your eyes peeled for light greys and a few pastels, too, particularly mauve and dove grey.

Red gets a push in all forms from scarlet to brandy wine and winter-white from head to toe is looking popular despite being not very practical – stain alert!

Cobalt blues and mustards keep the bolder statements alive too.

Tah dah! Now go out there ladies and make autumn and winter dazzle!

Sara MARSDEN-SHREEVE

About Sara MARSDEN-SHREEVE

I’m an image consultant which means I get to help women look and feel great – it’s my dream job! I became tired of seeing so-called ‘perfection’ portrayed in the media, and it’s my aim to help women feel confident whatever their body shape. You can find out more about how I can help you by visiting my website.

  • Helen Miller

    ….and I was sooooooo looking forward to wearing tiny silver bum cheek shorts again :-))

  • Ah, nevermind Helen, maybe next time 😉 Thanks for your comment x