My wardrobe tends to be full of staple items; so when the seasons change I find myself only topping up my looks with key, on trend accessories to keep my style fresh. Here are some of the item’s I’ve fallen in love with and highly recommend this season:
Leather Gloves- I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of leather gloves,I’ve always opted for knitted, woolen types that offer some, but very little, protection from the elements. After purchasing a pair and realising I CAN pull it off,I am officially a leather glove convert; particularly as not only is leather weather resistance (and therefore more durable), it is likely to better protect and keep your hands soft. Moreover, as leather gloves are made with several layers this is going to provide you with better insulation and warmth. I like these M&S gloves for the edgy zip at the side as it’ll mean you can roll up the cuffs for an alternative look; available at M&S online at £39.50, click on the image to buy.
We can’t step into the new season without a new coat; it’s almost criminal! An advantage I guess is that coats generally last for life so it’s always good to look at a new coat as investment. The question is, what look do you want to rock this year? There are so many beautiful coats out this season that I could not just pick one to feature so here are several that have recently caught my eye. Each coat will bode well for different weather temperaments. The French Connection mac (£225) is, as you expect, perfect for those rainy days; it’s waterproof but super feminine with the lace detail. The Camel Waterfall (£65) coat from Next is ideal for those much colder and crisp, chilly days; layer up or wear thick knits to stay snug. As a soft material though it will not cope well in the rain. For the days we’ve had over recent weeks, Zara’s loose fit trench (£79.99) is perfect. As we move into the colder days, bulk up with layers without looking like the Michelin man!
If you like to avoid coats or just like to layer up, then a blanket is a must for you. I’ve been pining for one of the monogram Burberry blankets since Cara Delevingne stepped out onto the catwalk at the premiere of the AW14 look, if like me you love the look but just can’t justify the price tag (£895), don’t fear, the high street retailers have beckoned to our call and now there are a whole host of retailers who’ve followed in Burberry’s footsteps and brought us affordable, stylish and comforting blankets. This M&S blanket (£45) is full of Autumnal colours and takes on that colour blocking element, much like the Burberry poncho. This Topshop cape (£32) will go with everything and will continue to look great in winter.
New boots- this is my biggest seasonal challenge as I have very bony feet- I therefore need a boot that can offer me great support, look super stylish and not rip my heels apart; enough of my feet issues! Although Clark’s are the shoes of
your childhood, I feel they are making a comeback statement that they can and will be on trend, not only that, their reputable quality ensures your feet will be well looked after, well supported and you’ll have a pair of shoes to see you through the years! As we know our typical British winter is pretty wet (well our entire year), it is a MUST that we are properly equipped for, well, pretty much every single day. That is why I highly recommend these supper cute rubber boots by Aigle, the Miss Juliette (from £69 available from Surfdome) range has a gorgeous, signature red rim; I particularly love the suede toggle on the zip- they look like wings.
In the winter months, you’ll never see me without a scarf. I am absolutely loving camel colours (I am desperate to get a camel skirt in a skater style, do you know where I can find one?); it is a colour that will go with practically everything! When it comes to scarves, for me, it is the longer, the better; it’s also nicer when they are super fluffly but have to steer clear of mohair, I am just too sensitive to it. So when I found this beauty in Topshop, I just had to have it; it’s super soft, has a great length (so can be worn long or wrapped around several times for super warmth) and that favourite camel colour of mine. Cost: £16