Hit list: for the new now / the weeks when we are (sort of) in Autumn, but we not sure if we’re ready yet!
Here’s what we’re loving for Autumn:
Pencil skirt: We are mainly going midi, so if you’ve just perfected your maxi then you better get moving! The pencil skirt is set to be a season staple and looks best tucked in and experimented with. Different textures and proportions- balance well: use a classic shape flattering full (A.K.A midi) pencil skirt with (a less stretched look and add) a kitten heel, team with a cropped faux fluffy fur jacket for space between pieces. Or to cut a long story short, hitch the skirt to ‘just above the knee’ height and be mix an edgy texture like leather with a feminine tucked in blouse for an adventourous look. A knit cinched at the waist with sexy (on trend) cat eye sunglasses take you back into a different era!
Laser cut andrognous blazers: Really easy to work the andrognous look by mixing a femnine blouse with a masculine shaped piece, so throw a laser cut, or soft pied blazer “over nearly everything” says Caren Downie. Kick in some heritage and wear a tweed blazer instead.
The power jumper: We take a twist on the knit and let the silhoutte say everthing. The slouchy jumper shows only the shadow of the humble figure, who is casually strolling in it, an all over pattern gives a streak of wild-ness to the nonchalant look (see Emma Cook), or for a more childish look, jersey motifs were shown on the basic power jumper (see Givenchy, House of Holland and Rodarte). Wear it with a thin-material and sheer skirt just above the knee, or leg clutching silk/satin pencil skirt, with a watery-style baroque skirt. Even wear a billowing pant and neutral-coloured jumper, for a more minimalistic look.For a more street look have the power jumper with a solgan, or modern eye-catching motif, wear staement done-up shorts and ankle boots. See Asos’s take on this in their style report for A/W11!
The pictures above were not drawn by me, but are out of a fashion illustration book I got from the TATE- the jumper isn’t exactly a power jumper, but i really liked the playful drawings, don’t you?
Experimenting with different types of knits: We love our snuggly knits for winter, but this winter, we’re getting creative, make knits a novelty and add a touch of cutsie cheekiness with a novelty puppy, or bunny. Let some colour flow into life and buy yourself an essential brightly coloured chunky knit to give a warm homemade-folk feel too! See topshop’s knits ——>
Heritage: Here we take a spin on the royal family. Our favourite colours are mustard, navy blue, burgandy and maybe dark carky green, scallop hemmed collars, tartan textures, mixed with feminine done-up blouses. You should know this look well by know- see my post on heritage trend for more detailed info on heritage. Before we leap into our faux fur gilets for Autumn/Winter it’s time to slowly creep into a even cooler season, starting with some less gourdy and colour popping looks.The pleats of spring (Celine, Chloe) are still hangin’ on and contribute to autumn’s preppy heritage look. Paper bag shorts/skirts, ankle grazing trousers and tweed blazers are patterned with tartan, orchecks in the richest colours: navy, mustard and brown. Add a feminine touch and flourish with pussy bows, collars and blouses to channel the classic, but bitterly posh style. Androgyny also leaps to the scene. It’s time to get your lines straight and plant yourself in a precision-cut blazer, some tailored trousers and a buttoned shirt. Sheer gives the look a soft touch, though tight leather adds some boyish charm; pull on high waisted trousers and a boxy collar and you’re good to go (as seen in: Eliot Atkinson and Peter Pilotto’s A/W11).
Ankle grazed and tailor made: We’re having things just above from now on, just above the ankle is the place to be. Geometric patterns, 70s prints and pale colours: sky blue, cherry pinks and greens. Tailor made shorts are bang on trend: smart and preppy! See topshop’s shorts tailored—>
Booties: We can’t take our eyes off our Autumn booties this season and a favourite of ours is the chic chelsea boot – ready for winter, but it’s time to give a twist on the classic styling: studs, tassels and different textures, or patterns give some flavour! See topshop for chelsea ankle boots
Mods mix with boyish charm: I know I’ve been going on about this look, but this and teddy boy are just ever-so me, (just on the note of my style I add a touch of sheer floatiness to that and you’ve got it). I was asking my mum if she liked this heritage-style/with a dash of boyish mod quilted jacket *hint, hint* and was utterly dissapointed when she said she thought it was disgusting- I just don’t understand why some people can’t grasp his style. A favourite of mine are checkered white and black skinny jeans..mmmmm. Crombie coats, punk slims, mix with feminine touches of very little lace and I just think there is something about velvet that is so utterly appealing -that just stands out like: POP!
Prim and polished: I am at the moment thinking this is all abit confusing. First I am told: “Be androgynous, boyish toy and teddy-boy.” Then I am told: “Be vintage, femininly sweet, with cute cuts and delicate pleats!” So at the moment I am rather lost for words…How to style the look:
-Peter pan collars are the easy way to channel the look.
- Knee high socks give statemennt to a shy look and let you show a peek of skin between knitted shorts, or a printed playsuit.
- Faux fur fringed big, warm jackets give shape to the look- add a simple blouse with a printed ankle grazer and a boxy holdall bag.
- Wide leg trousers give a different shape to things and make things much lighter.