These boots are made for…

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Many of you will know from reading my blog, that I love a good pair of boots.

Ankle boots, shoe boots, tall boots…but mostly black boots.  I think it stems from a love of the ‘Kate Moss’ uniform of skinnies and ankle boots back in the day, but this has now evolved, and whilst Kate will always remain in mind as she looked in her heyday, I have now moved on to new style icon, Emmanuelle Alt, so currently I’m coveting these from Topshop…

Topshop £68

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Stylistpick were lovely enough to send me a pair of over-the-knee boots. I absolutely love them.  At first I was a little weary due to them being made of PU leather – a bicast leather (also known as bycast leather, split leather or PU leather), which is a split leather with a layer of polyurethane applied to the surface and then embossed.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received them, and to be honest haven’t stopped wearing them since!  They certainly don’t look ‘cheap’ and they’re super comfy and extremely versatile.  They also keep my legs rather warm in the cold weather.

Faria Boots – Stylistpick £48

Faria Boots – Stylistpick £48

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Having rather skinny legs (which in this case, isn’t a blessing) I also thought that the fit may be on the large side.  I have a problem with all knee boots usually, so tend to select other styles because of this. However, they are designed to be loose around the leg and the buckle at the back of the knee enables you to tighten them.

They are the first pair of over-the-knee boots I’ve owned and this has (unfortunately) for my bank balance developed my love for boots – but in a different direction.  This is quite a trend this year, and celebs worldwide are sporting this look, as are catwalk models for AW12.

Alexander Wang and Vera Wang 2012

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These are next on my wish list. They are AMAZING.  I must have a bit of a thing for tassels at the moment…

Ash Boots

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Over-the-knee boots can been seen as being rather on the slutty side (think Pretty Woman), and so it is important to wear the appropriate clothing with them.  For example, leggings and a slouchy knit jumper look great, as do tights and a jersey t-shirt dress…

Here I’ve teamed mine with a black slouchy knit, tassel bag, skinny jeans and red lipstick.

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My Reiss AW12 Favourites

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Here are some looks from the current Reiss lookbook…

As you can see, Reiss have delivered yet again. They never fail to impress me, and it’s my go-to place when I need something high in quality, edgy in design and grown up in aesthetic.

The look this season, I feel is slightly different to past seasons in terms of it’s direction. Some pieces are more ‘mature’ in style but the cut and texture has been played with, and when certain items are combined, it results in looks like these.  Elegant and fashion-forward.  They seem to have reinvented the classics here, keeping their offering fresh.

Below you can see what I have my eye on this season – especially the first two dresses. Just beautifully structured and textured.

My love affair with Reiss continues…

£149

£179

£125

£29

£110

£135

£55

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Those boots are made for…

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I love when the season changes to autumn winter in the fashion world, for one main reason. Black boots – flat boots, heeled boots, shoe boots, knee-high boots…

To some people they all look the same, to me, they are all works of art, architectural beauties which elevate you and are the perfect finish to an otherwise casual look.

Here are my top choices for the season ahead…

Topshop £120

Chloe at Farfetch £395

Stella McCartney at Farfetch £590

Zara £59.99

Reiss £195

Madonna at Selfridges £130

I really can’t decide which ones I like best – maybe I could get them all at a reasonable grand total of £1,489.99…?  Think I’ll be purchasing a few scratch cards tomorrow…

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Zara – My Top 10 Pieces for AW12

I just love Zara, every season they just get better and better for me.  Their retail stores just prove to me that I find online shopping much more convenient and enjoyable.  I will never know why they don’t choose to hang the t-shirts that are folded at the front of the store. Result, a messy first impression. Whereas the website is simplistic, beautifully presented and easy to navigate.

Plus, the beautiful Freja Beha (my favourite model) stars in their AW12 campaign, which you can view above…

Here are my top 10 picks for AW12…

If you need the perfect item, outfit or even complete wardrobe sourcing, please take a look at JonesLoves Styling… I take the hassle out of scouring the internet and present the finds in your own personalised Style Guide.

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Your Key AW12 Wardrobe Pieces

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I’ve gone through this season’s key AW12 trends and picked out one item from each, which will allow you to incorporate them into your wardrobe without trying too hard/overdoing it.  No one likes a try-hard in fashion. Keep it simple, elegant and effortless.

Here’s how….

LEATHER

Opt for a pair of pointed shoe boots if you like to keep it classic.  Pointed shoes/boots are the style to go for this season.  If feeling brave, opt for a leather peplum skirt.

Reiss £189

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DIGITAL PRINT

Wear a striking skirt in a digital print with a plain t-shirt tucked in and some sky-high heels. Also team a jeweled necklace with the look.

Helmut Lang at My Wardrobe £260

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PURPLE

Purple is the colour to be seen in for AW12.  Opt for a complete colour block in a figure-hugging dress for the party season.

Donna Karan at Harrods £1,250

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MILITARY

Burberry reigned with their country classics and military-inspired looks this season.  Invest in a military inspired jacket.  Zara also does a great option.

Burberry Prorsum at Matches £1,495

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OPULENCE

To add luxury and opulence to an outfit, it’s easier to do with accessorising.  Choose beautiful jewellery to update LBD’s and staple basics like grey marl t-shirts.  Eastern influences were also heavily apparent within prints.

Zara £29.99

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OVERSIZED

To introduce mannish, boxy, oversized pieces to your wardrobe, I’d start with a coat. This coat from Chloe is an investment but also a true style statement. This will look beautiful with dark navy skinnies and tan leather boots.

Chloe at Harvey Nichols £1,380

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WAISTED

The feminine peplum trend continues.  This simple top is an easy way to bring this into your wardrobe. Team with cropped trousers and loafers to go for a more androgynous look, or a pencil skirt and heels for the office.

ASOS £25

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No Sweat…

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A basic staple item of your AW12 wardrobe should be a sweatshirt – preferably graphic-printed if you’re keen on staying up-to-date in terms of key trends.

It’s an easy piece  to throw on with cropped chinos and lace up pumps, or even a pair of skinnies and heels, accessorised and glammed up with statement jewellery.  You can embrace the sportswear trend (showing a little stylish support for the Olympics) without donning the Nikes or jogging bottoms.

Here is a selection of my current favourites available to purchase online…

Karl at Net-a-Porter £115

ASOS £45

American Apparel £33

Balenciaga at Farfetch £334

L’Agence at My Wardrobe £180

Emma Cook at Start Boutique £195

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Must-Haves…

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If you’re going to invest in any clutch bag this season, make sure it’s this little beauty from Reiss.

One of my favourite brands, Reiss, always deliver when it comes to staying on trend with a clean, edgier direction.

Moving into AW12, this bag (£120) works well into next season’s colour palette, as well as the bold print trend.

This dress (£60) is perfect under a blazer of an evening, or in the daytime with studded flat sandals…

Topshop Boutique is my go-to for simple wardrobe basics, which flatter your body shape and look beautiful with denim.

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I just love this necklace (£85) from Gemma Lister at Farfetch. It’s delicate, feminine, yet adds a sense of masculinity with it’s strong cubic lines.  Again, perfect for the upcoming geometric digital print trend.

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No Fuss Prints

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Moving into AW12 we can see a trend for print, but moving away from the fussy floral prints of summer, AW12 brings clean lines, geometric patterns and no fuss looks.  Prada, Johnathan Saunders and Holly Fulton all created collections mirroring these attributes.

Go minimal but add colour, wear print but simple bold patterns, and if you’re feeling brave, clash these prints to channel the ultimate style statement…

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Cami: Reiss £29, Print Skirt: Clover Canyon at Oxygen Boutique £150, Shoes: Christian Louboutin at Browns £525, Sunglasses: Illesteva at Matches £160

Swimsuit: GOTTEX at pret-a-beaute.com £79, Trousers: Chloe at Net-a-Porter £610, Flat shoes: Calvin Klein at The Outnet – reduced to £132, Black Clutch: Jimmy Choo at Net-a-Porter £595

Jumper: Farhi by Nicole Farhi at mywardrobe.com £150, Trousers: MSGM at Matches £180, Sunglasses: Cutler & Gross at Net-a-Porter £340, Shoes: YSL AT Harrods £385, Black Clutch: Jimmy Choo at Net-a-Porter £595

Jacket: Vanessa Bruno at Matches £440, Jumper: Richard Nicoll at Net-a-Porter £445, Trousers: Michael Kors at Harrods £379, Sunglasses: Stella McCartney at mytheresa.com, Shoes:Maxmara at Matches £335

White T-Shirt: Zara £7.99, Print Skirt: Topshop £40, Sunglasses: Illesteva at Matches £160, Bag: Pierre Hardy at Matches £115, Shoes: YSL at Harrods £385

 

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Burberry at LFW – Nothing Short of Amazing.

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So I’ve just watched the Burberry show through live streaming thanks to Stylist Magazine...

It was nothing short of amazing, truly inspirational.

I took screen shots from the show for those that missed it below…

For girls like myself with fairly straight up/straight down figures, the clothing at Burberry will add curves to the body.  Emphasis was made to the hips, either by peplums, cocoon shapped pencil skirts or oversized coloured pockets creating a beautiful hourglass figure.

I loved, loved, loved the look for AW12.  A very British affair, using beautiful autumnal tones and heritage shapes. (I also loved the fact that my latest crush, Eddie Redmayne, was sat on the front row).

These design elements particularly stood out to me…

  • Tweed flat caps
  • Belted coats (with the added peplums)
  • Vertical lines on oversized bags (giving the illusion of height) and studded clutch bags
  • Gathering and draping on pencil skirts
  • Feminine waist bow belts and Owl prints (elements easy to copy on a budget)
  • Tartan
  • Short puffa jackets
  • Slouchy jumpers tucked in to feminine longer length skirts
  • 70’s fabrics and cuts
  • Sumptuously soft corduroy, rich velvet, tweed, tartan, cashmere and iridescent shine
  • Studded leather gloves (favourites!!)

The finale was nothing short of amazing. Rain magically appeared on the outside of the impressive glass building, (yes, no word of a lie!) whilst snow/confetti fell onto the catwalk (covering front rowers too) and the models walked out together holding various striped umbrellas. Stunning.

Christopher Bailey done good.

   

  

  

Bad luck to put up your umbrellas in doors?  Well, bad luck never looked so stylish.

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