Whenever I’m anticipating the new season I always get very excited about all the new offerings in the shops and online (especially the boots on sale at this time of year!). Historically, I have often rushed out to buy items that, whilst I like them, might not actually be that useful over the coming months. I guess the million dollar question when doing any clothes shopping is what will I actually wear time and time again and what will go with my existing wardrobe and what trends ,if any, am I going to buy into and what leave well alone? In my case, this season, that will be the folk trend that I give a wide berth to!
During my capsule wardrobe workshops I explained how I operate with a rolling capsule wardrobe which I amend every 3-4 months which comprises of 33-38 items. What I want to be able to do for myself and to share with you is to create a shopping list of 5-8 items that I think are the key items to consider buying for the coming 3-4 months based on what will be versatile, enabling it to be worn several times with existing items of clothing and also with a nod to key trends, as being current IS one of the pillars of effortless style.
Having spent a long time browsing online and in shops I have created my ultimate list for the coming months. I hope you find it useful …. I’ll be using it as a guide for my shopping list! Ideally, if you buy a few items on this list there will be no need to buy anything else, as what you buy should work with your existing wardrobe giving you a injection of freshness that enables you to create many new and different outfit combinations.
Over the Knee Boots
Incredibly elegant with skinny jeans and leggings and even bare legs with skirts and dresses for those brave ones amongst us.. Admittedly not great for those with very short legs but for the rest of us an easy item to wear especially if you invest in some flat ones. Boots pictured are from Carvela but many high street shops are selling similar this year.
Suede Tassel Bag
Tassel Bags have been around for several seasons now, but as suede is so prevalent this season why not buy into the 2 trends by getting a suede tassel bag? An inexpensive one as shown will look amazing and lift your look to Autumn/Winter 2015 without much effort or expensive. The wine colour of this bag from New Look is also a fantastic colour for the autumn!
Again, this has been popular in magazines and in shops for many months but really starting to be widespread in shops over the summer. Zara and Wallis (pictured) both have good offerings at the moment. Really looks fantastic over a simple pair of trousers and top or knit.
Wide Leg Trousers or Culottes
Again, been around for months as a popular trend and still with us for the coming season. These denim ones pictured from Atterley will be so useful as denim can be dressed up or down and will look great with heels or flats. All styles and colours in wide leg trousers are on sale in shops/online so there should definitely be a pair that suits every budget, shape and colour preference.
Perenially classic. If you don’t yet own some it is worth making a purchase, as they will work this year and beyond and being flat, will be comfortable, working with both trousers and skirts. This pair from Boden caught my eye as they are metallic which works with everything.
Everywhere this year and are extremely elegant. Can be worn loose or belted round the waist. M&S has some great options as does Wallis (pictured). Can be worn even from now as the temperature has started dropping to autumnal depths even though it is still only early September.
Floppy Hats & Pussy Bow Blouses
Go on be brave enough to buy a floppy hat and wear it out.. they do look super chic! I have bought one… just not quite got round to wearing it yet! Sold in all high street shops… Not convinced they’re going to be a long lasting trend but they do look great on ladies especially those with long hair (as pictured from Zara).
Pussy bow blouses are everywhere too this season. Don’t buy if blouses aren’t your thing but there are some nice ones around. Again this is a definite trend which may not last beyond this season.
If you’ve always wanted to know how to accessorise and feel confident when choosing and wearing hats, jewellery, belts and scarves then come along to my acceessories workshop on Wednesday 23rd September at 10am. Click on the below link to book.
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