Key Pieces for an Autumn Wardrobe


The summer dresses, the sandals and the sunglasses can all be packed away for another year, for the arrival of autumn is well and truly here.  Now is a time to embrace the (faux) fur, the chunky knit and the sturdy heel.

There are certain trends to keep in mind when creating a perfect base for a stylish Autumn/Winter wardrobe and within this selection of staple pieces you’ll be creating several looks adapted from main season trends, which will see you through well into the next year, with some even working well for SS12.

*Click on the images to be taken to the websites for purchase and scroll to the bottom if you’d like to see how I’d style these pieces into looks.*

Start your search with a coat.  A coat will be worn every single day now the colder months have arrived and so it’s important to get it right.  This one here is from Topshop – a simple shape, lending itself to the androgynous trend, with pleather detailing on the collar.  Dark in colour, smart and long enough to keep you warm – a fantastic investment at just £85.  If you can, also think about investing in a warm jacket too – a bit of a pricey one, this is £395 from All Saints, but timeless and will last you for a good few years, looking better over time.

A good pair of boots is another first buy.  French Connection shoes are of great quality, and these sturdy heeled biker boots (£180) are no exception.  With a good grip and metal detailing they are the perfect compromise between comfort and cool. I own them (as you probably are aware, considering I keep harping on about them!) and I absolutely love them.

Get yourself a pair of jeans too.  Skinny jeans aren’t everyone’s preference but if you like wearing them, they’re great under higher ankle boots or rolled up at the ankle to wear cropped with loafers.  These ones, pictured, are by Citizens of Humanity at Harvey Nichols (£210).  If you don’t fancy the super skinny option, go to the other extreme and opt for flares.  Very on trend and perfect at balancing out the body shape.  I’m pretty tempted to get some bell bottoms to go with my floppy 70’s style hat.

A chunky oversized knit is essential to a wardrobe, whether a man or woman, and one like this would be my choice.  A vintage knit is a way to keep your wardrobe unique and will keep you cosy and stylish, like this one from online store, Yayer (£35), whether worn with skinny’s and loafers (a great casual option, seen below – Hunters by Office £80), or under a winter woollen coat.

To build on these staple pieces, acquire yourself a Breton long sleeved tee like this one from Jaeger (£80)– timeless, classic and great for layering, a chunky knit scarf in red – the colour to be seen in this autumn (H&M £6.99), a faux fur collar – dress up your coat and jacket for snug glamour (H&M £12.99), a yellow silk top or blouse – the colour will continue to reign in SS12 and this is perfect to use for colour blocking (Reiss £90), and some metallic accessories – metallic is a key trend for AW11, so these will jazz up your jeans and allow you to shine into the new year (Belt £22.99 and Clutch £59.99 both Zara).

And finally, to complete your AW11 wardrobe, a dress like this one pictured (Topshop £50)) is a fabulous way to enhance your evening or daytime options.  Winter florals in red and brown hues are so pretty, and if it’s too girly for you, toughen it up with the chunky knit scarf, black opaques, boots and leather jacket and grunge it up with lots of silver chunky jewellery.  The midi length is also very much on trend.  The one below, the maxi ($214), is from Spanish Moss Vintage – my favourite online store.  A maxi is a great transitional piece through to the new season.

You don’t have to follow the fashion trends as they are on the catwalk, adapt them to your body shape and skin tone.  Don’t wear a colour just because it’s in trend, it may not suit you.  Add in accessories to introduce micro trends, build on your staple pieces and voila – the perfect winter wardrobe!

And here’s how I’d wear these key pieces (as well as piling on the silver and gold jewellery)… 



My ‘Edited’ Space from Topshop….


The Edited space at Topshop, is an excellent idea.  Hats off to the Topshop Marketing team.

Everyone is always interested in what industry professionals, celebrities and models would choose when they’re out shopping, and here Topshop gives you the opportunity to see exactly what Katie Shillingford – top fashionista/leading lady of the über cool fashion pack/Fashion Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine – would wear.  So up until 16th August, in Topshop flagship Oxford Street store, we can get to see just what Katie would buy.

I’ve scoured the website, and come up with a selection of items, which I suppose compile a personal wishlist, but also doubles as my own Edited space – what I think should be the key pieces in the transition from summer (if we can call it that) to winter this year.

Hope you enjoy my selection ladies!

 These Boots (£140) are simply amazing.  It was love at first sight.  Mega high, chunky and fabulous detailing.

 Well, it wouldn’t be my Edited space without a black garment.  This sexy little number (£36) combines my love for this sombre colour, as well as AW11’s trend of spots.  Spots will be everywhere.

The colours in this tee (£32), are just perfect for autumn.  I’m loving silk at the moment, and in this fabric it instantly adds class and sophistication – perfect with skinny trousers. 

 Again, another silk option (£40).  The shirt will be a staple item for AW11, as well as the shirt dress.  The colour is beautiful, soft and mellow but can be hardened up with a black high-waisted pencil skirt or toned down with jeans at the weekend.

 These little fishnet socks (£4) are a great way to add a style statement to a pair of heels, worn with black cigarette trousers or shorts for the summer.


Everyone needs a big chunky knit in their life, even now during the ‘summer.’  This (£50) is great for when the evenings get a little chilly – and in these autumnal tones, it’s perfect for the coming season. Love these shorts (£38)!  Aren’t they the cutest?! In brown suede, they are just great for this season and next.  Reminiscent of 60’s and 70’s trends, they would look super stylish teamed with black opaques and chunky heels.

I can’t believe this is only £39.  There’s so much you could do with this.  Add a jumper – and you have a pair of trousers, add heels – perfect for a night out, add brogues and a skinny tee underneath – great for the weekend.

I never wear pink.  But these would be an exception!  I’d wear these with my black skinny jeans and a white shirt done up to the neck. I love the tassles! (£30)

The androgynous trend is huge for AW11, and therefore it’s a perfect excuse to relieve your feet from the pain of heels and get yourself a fine pair of sturdy brogues.  These are just perfect (£55).

 I wouldn’t normally opt for something like this, but in the way of accessories, this would would transform an outfit (£32).  Wear with a little white vest or LBD for a night out.  This also comes in other colours.

The extremely fashionable Rumi Neeley of Fashion Toast wore this (£100) recently in one of her snaps but in a blush pink colour.  Now, my wardrobe consists mainly of black so I felt this would be a great addition.  In silk, and very much like a dressing gown, I guess you’d feel very comfortable but sexy! Great to dress up a pair of jeans. 

I had to throw this into the mix!  This is so cute, and in cord too – just like the items I used to wear when I was a child.  I’d personally wear this (£32) with opaques, biker books/brogues and a little vest top.  

The colour of this is (£48) is just gorgeous, and with a floral/leafy design, lends itself to autumn quite nicely.  Sixties shift dresses are very on trend for AW11, but in a summery colour, this will follow the transition into AW11 just nicely.


Prada AW11: Mix it up


So below is the AW11 Prada campaign video shot by Steven Meisel.  Just a tad different from the energetic colour-popping bright – verging on trippy – video for their SS11 campaign, which you can see here.

But good news for the English roses amongst us (including myself) – there’s not a tan in sight.  No need for the St Tropez, it’s all about looking pale and mysterious, almost transparent in fact.  Put all the emphasis on the colour in the garments, the texture combinations of fur, leather and perspex and the geometric print.

It’s a culmination of the minimal modern and plentiful pasts of fashion, combined with a seductive eerie sound track and hauntingly beautiful models – yet an altogether much calmer outlook for the new season.


We Are Handsome AW11


In one of my earlier posts, you may have seen what Aussie swimwear brand, We Are Handsome, had to offer for SS11…  I personally wondered how they would be able to better themselves and move forwards from an already amazing collection that oozed coolness and glamour to poolside flaunting.

But, they haven’t failed to impress me on their newest collection for AW11, entitled The Memoirs, as now the collection isn’t just destined for the beaches of Byron Bay, or the über cool pools of Sydney.  The range features items which are easily added to your wardrobe to create that statement outfit, pool or no pool, beach or no beach, Australia or no Australia.

And in my case, I am without a pool and being in the middle of the UK, as far from a beach as I could possible be.

However, with printed leggings featuring the wild face of a wolf, bodies featuring the whimsical image of a hot air balloon floating right across your bosom, or a body-con dress featuring the portrait of a wise old owl, each will add super cool sexiness to your outfit and allow you to become a walking piece of art, whether you’re in a city or on holiday.

All pieces are produced in We Are Handsome’s trademark fabric of lycra, but now the collection has moved forward, expanding the range, giving you the ability to add even more animal magic to your wardrobe.

I don’t know about you but I am completely in LOVE with this collection.

Available at The Coggles.



The Fantastic Miss Fox – Mulberry AW11 Campaign Video


Here is the AW11 campaign video for Brit fashion brand, Mulberry.  An eccentrically British animated production by the legendary Tim Walker, in which our eyes are treated to a somewhat trippy display of wild animals, rich autumnal colours and textures, and easy-to-wear musthave pieces.

The collection has a playful ‘young at heart’ feel.  It’s girly yet classic, cute yet sophisticated and it’s plain to see that long lengths and seventies influences are here to stay for yet another season in this wonderfully whimsical world of Mulberry style.

Music: Miike Snow ‘Animal’