Each season has its time to shine, autumn’s being when those leaves turn golden shades of yellow, orange and red. The nights pull in and we get closer to those cosy, fireplace evenings watching Love Actually with a hot chocolate. It always takes me a while to get into the autumn vibe after summer, mostly because I’m sad to say goodbye to wearing pretty dresses and sandals. Having said that, once I do get into the swing of things, autumn is always one of my favourite times to dress. I love the cool, crisp mornings which give you chance to wear that chic new tailored jacket you bought, along with those cute ankle booties. It’s just cool enough to add a few extra layers, chopping and changing around your winter basics to create some elegant looks.
Each new season brings with it brand new trends and, so, I thought I’d take the chance to talk about my favourite trends this upcoming autumn.
P A S T E L S
Pastels will always be a trend in my books. I think it’s always a great idea to brighten up your winter wardrobe with some key pieces such as white jeans, cream/grey jumpers and a light or bright coloured coats. Gets you right away from the dowdy, dark colours of winter. The great thing about basic tones such as greys, creams, whites and camels is that they can chopped and changed to match pretty much anything in your wardrobe, so I always try to have a number of pastels in my wardrobe as the basis for my looks.
I chose blue as the pop of colour for this cute pastel look. My cashmere cape is from Winser London who really do the most beautiful materials for their pieces. Cashmere keeps you so warm, perfect for cool autumn mornings when thick coats are a bit too much. I kept things tonal with a grey turtle neck and white jeans but added that touch of navy with my beret and shoes. The block-heeled courts I’m sporting were from Charlotte Mills, who makes the most fabulous wedding shoes and has recently just started a fashion line. All of her wedding shoes come with a sixpence in their sole, the perfect good luck charm on your big day!!
Finally is of course my special beret. This was a gift I received from my boyfriend’s parents, who are Italian and live in Milan. They are friends with this little old man, Lorenzo, who is one of the oldest hat makers in the city. He has, in fact, made hats for the Queen and is the sweetest man you’ll meet, so it’s safe to say this cute little beret has a special place in my heart! If you’re in Milan and would like to visit his shop, you can find it at Borghi Lorenzo, Via Dei Piatti, 5, Milano.
R U F F L E S
The craze this season is detailed knitwear. From ruffled shoulders to bell-sleeves, from pearled knits to colour classes, bolder is better. What I love about jumpers like this is the special something it adds to a winter look. Big, thick sweaters can be so boring at times, so I love the fact that with these unique details you can look that little bit more fabulous as you head out into the winter air. I also love how versatile pieces like this are. Add a pair of heeled boots and this jumper can take you from morning to night. If you start out your day with your hair up, basic makeup and jewellery, then pack in your bag some red lip, fabulous earrings, you’re then ready to head straight out after work. Versatility in London is a must when you don’t always have time to head home before your evening plans!
This Winser London red ruffled jumper is to die for. It was designed by Yasmin Le Bon for her capsule collection for the Brand. The quality of the jumper is so beautiful, you know it will last you for years to come (and keep you warm!). To top off the look I went for a grey H&M beret, Stradivarius pearled jeans and last year’s Celine-esque booties from Mango.
P E A R L S
I heard someone say a few months ago, before the summer, “I’m buying all my accessories covered in pearls, because I’ve heard it’s going to be next season’s craze.” That thought stuck in my mind, so I was definitely looking out for pearled fancies this Autumn…. Little did I realise that literally EVERYTHING would be covered in pearls! This trend has definitely burst onto the scene and I have to say I love it. I just have to keep myself from walking out of the door, covered head to toe in the things…!
My favourite pearled pieces right now are: jeans, berets and jumpers. Granted you don’t wear them all at once, but they are such an elegant little embellishment to a more plain look. As you can see from my style, I tend to keep my looks quite simple and dress them up with accessories. My look here was a combo of: Mango trench, Winser London silk top, Stradivarius pearled jeans and Zara pearled boots.
C H E C K E D
My final favourite trend is the checked jacket. My friends and fellow blogger, Joanne, told me this would be one of the biggest themes for this season. She usually knows her trends well ahead, so I always trust her judgement on what’s to come! Soon after she mentioned that, my Instagram feed was filled with all versions of the checked jacket. I guess it’s one step ahead of the gingham skirt we all loved this summer.
Although it might look current, this jacket is actually from 6 years ago. I bought as a two piece with a stunning pencil skirt for one of my first ever job interviews after uni, then it was left at my parents house until recently. Isn’t it amazing how classic pieces come back into fashion… if your mum has ever given you any timeless pieces such as a classic handbag, or leather skirt, don’t give it away – I can assure you they’ll come back around!
I decided to pair this fitted jacket with a camel polo, burgundy skirt and shoes and topped it off with a touch of navy from Aspinal of London. I’m literally obsessed with their mini-trunks, I love any vintage looking suitcases and this is tiny version takes the biscuit. The stunning crocodile-printed leather gives it that luxe feel and you know it’s a bag that will get you through seasons to come. It comes in a range of stunning colours and can also be personalised, for those looking for a cute Christmas present this coming December 🙂
Photography of me: Nathan Rollinson