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)…