Faux fur, sheer floaty fabrics, decadent lace with embroidered embellishments and dark gothic florals, this season is all about vamping it up and retaining lots of glamour as we head towards Winter!
Roberto Cavalli A/W 16
I absolutely love Autumn, when you can dig out your chunky jumpers and knee high boots but aren’t yet shivering in the cold of winter!
This year there are rich, berry tones everywhere in both Fashion and Beauty – from deep wine burgundy to bright scarlet red, along with beautiful embroidered embellishments, mixed with lace and dark winter florals.
I’ve put together a collection of affordable pieces from ASOS and New Look that can be mixed in with wardrobe staples to freshen up your style as winter draws near (click pics to buy!):
Capes are everywhere for a second year running and bring a splash of colour or texture to an outfit in such a simple, relaxed way. I love that they can be used over different combinations of layers right through into the depths of winter and they look fantastic teamed with a Trilby or Fedora hat:
This aztec print, 70’s Blanket Cape from Mango @ASOS is a thick, woven fabric that has a ton of texture and its rich warm tones with a pop of dark orange will look equally good with jeans in the daytime and leather leggings with killer heels of an evening.
The orange could be further accented with a bright clutch – this weekend I saw a stunning, tasselled suede Biba bag which would go with it perfectly and the deeper, red tones can be reflected in your make up to really vamp it up!
Layers: For smarter wear, sleeveless blazers are perfect for layering with and this burgundy, felt-like fabric piece from New Look is super chic worn with cigarette trousers and a high neck blouse for the office, or layered over a knitted dress for a more casual look:
To embrace your inner 90’s grunge chick, a velvet wrap style dress is very flattering and looks fabulous with one of the many chokers that are around at the moment:
ASOS have a great range of inexpensive chokers.
Lace is pretty much a staple for A/W and this year the Victoriana trend is huge. I absolutely love it as it’s striking whilst staying refined and feminine.
A midi skirt is flattering for many body shapes and this piece is very versatile, looking amazing over a black ‘bardot’ body and heels or dressed down with a roll neck and knee-high boots. I love mixing textures so throwing a leather biker jacket or tweed blazer over the top would look fabulous too:
The ever popular skater dress with a lace twist gives a luxe feel with its sheer lace sleeves, but will help keep you warm on a chilly Autumn evening plus it looks great layered up with a faux fur gilet and thick, patterned tights:
There are many other lovely pieces available, ASOS in particular has a fantastic choice whether you prefer more a refined look with just a hint of embroidery or lace, or all-out vintage Gothic glamour:
My last suggested item is a lace bralet, for pretty texture under pieces such as a sheer blouse. If you’re feeling particularly sultry, this burgundy number peeping out of a velvet jacket and worn with skinny coated jeans, long scarf and a smoky eye with a feline flick is the perfect, edgy ‘Kate Moss-esque’ look:
If you prefer to keep your wardrobe simple and reflect the latest trends in accessories, there are a ton to choose from.
For me, this clutch epitomises A/W 16 – dark but still feminine, embellished but not overly sparkly and the amount of beading and detail on this piece from Accessorize is simply stunning:
There’s also a great choice in both New Look:
And finally, if your wardrobe is full to the brim and you fancy reflecting the Autumn trends in your make up instead, there are plenty of ways to do so!
From changing up a standard smoky eye by adding cranberry and gold tones with the ‘Demise’ palette from Illamasqua:
or the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Modern Romance’ palette which has rave reviews all over YouTube:
…. or berry nails and lips which are a striking and easy way of reflecting the latest trends – a favourite polish of mine is Nails Inc’s ‘Savile Row’, which looks super smart on short nails as well as long.
Dark lips look amazing with a matte face and lashings of mascara for day or night and I always find the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams very affordable and comfortable to wear. The rich, dark tone of ‘Transylvania’ makes a real statement – apply one layer for a pretty Berry stain and two for full-on vampish impact: http://bit.ly/2cgXhNI
Worn with a high neck or dark floral blouse, a dark lip totally embraces the Gothic but feminine vibe of this autumn!
Next time… Vintage Style for your home.