25 Sep HOW TO GET ON BOARD THE AUTUMN TREND TRAIN
London Fashion Week is over for another season and while we’re still getting our heads around the S/S’16 trends (acid lace and Burberry’s Dickensian capes anyone?) our thoughts inevitably turn towards our autumn wardrobes, or lack of. Fear not, style soothsayer Erica Davies is here with her failsafe new season shopping list… phew.
Autumn seems like the most expensive time of year, sartorially speaking. Apart from requiring *totally necessary* things such as sequin sweatshirts and embellished carpet bags, there are ACTUAL investments to be made – boots to buy, coats to choose. You know the score.
But how do you navigate that terrifying world that is ‘fashion’ so that you don’t invest in the wrong pieces? Easy autumn trend update coming right up.
NO.1 – THE SEVENTIES BOOT
OK, new brand alert. Well newish, because Ted & Muffy is the artist formerly known as Duo (those purveyors of fine leather goods with a wide array of calf fittings). They’ve reinvented themselves as masters of the Fairytale Fit and I have to say, obsessed with these. They are a bit more expensive, but so comfortable and completely nail that 70s vibe that is everywhere this season.
NO.2 – THE ANIMAL PRINT JACKET
Perfect for now, the leopard print coat has never really gone out of favour (fashion déjà vu vu?) so it’s one investment you should make for pure fashion recycling, you’ll pull it out year after year. This one from Mango isn’t too expensive, is a spot-on copy of Kate Moss’s trusty version, plus it will mix beautifully with this season’s dark florals. Speaking of which…
NO.3 – THE FLORAL MIDI DRESS
Moody florals are the way to go if you want to do an on-trend print this season – the catwalk was full of them. This high street version from Zara is ultra flattering, can be worn with heels or boots (or brogues if you fancy flats) and is a great day-to-night dress. Wear with the Ted & Muffy boots for a 70s vibe and throw the Mango coat over your shoulders – er, what decade is it?
NO.4 – THE LEFT BANK POLO NECK
Jumper trends don’t tend to vary much year on year, but this season it’s the turn of Serge Gainsbourg’s fave, the polo neck. Blame it on the all-pervading 70s thang, but rock a polo neck (like this one from ASOS White) under or over whatever you’re wearing and you’re going to look pulled together and totally on fleek, as the kids say. Apparently.
NO.5 – THE SADDLE BAG
At bang on £30, you can’t turn your nose up at this Topshop offering. Saddle bags have made a comeback, but this one gives an effortless nod to the trend without being too OTT. Available in an array of colours, this black one will take you right through until spring.