What are the key pieces that will update you wardrobe this Autumn? Here’s my roundup of things you can add now to show you follow the trends but aren’t a slave to them.
A Leather skirt
If you haven’t dared to venture into leather skirt territory this is the season to do it because there is so much variety. Show off slim hips in a pencil skirt or choose an A-line version if you are more pear shaped. The most versatile will be black or brown but there are some fabulous coloured versions around too. I’ve chosen four options a pencil, a full version, an A-line and a shorter wrap version. I’d wear the shorter version with opaque tights and flat shoes to ensure there was no danger of “mutton!” The A-line skirt I’ve picked would be a little high maintenance because of the colour but I have to say it’s my favourite.
Cream cable knit Nougat, Cream paneled leather skirt Reiss, Fairisle knit Toast, Brown leather skirt Hobbs, Grey cable jumper Boden, Wrap skirt Mint Velvet, Grey polo neck Havren, Full leather skirt Somerset.
The Chunky Weekend Knit
Who needs an excuse to buy a cosy jumper? If you are just going to buy one, indulge and buy a cashmere version. Alternatively one (or two) of the options above would sit happily in my wardrobe and be versatile as a partner to the leather skirt, jeans or cords.
The Red Dress
I’ve mentioned this before but a red dress is a great item to have in the wardrobe. Pull it out on those days when you need energising or confidence. Just add a slick of red lipstick.
Choose from a ponte version from Boden to wear with heels for work and boots for the weekend, a print version from Lauren, Ralph Lauren or a shirt dress style in a soft fabric, great for curves, from LK Bennett. And one for the evening, make an entrance in this gorgeous dress from Hobbs.
Add a touch of sophistication to your outer wear with a hat. There really are some great felted Fedoras and Trilbys to choose from in all price ranges.
The bag to go for now is the large envelope clutch which you tuck under your arm, as frequently demonstrated by Mrs Beckham.
And with the C word approaching, the must have shoe is overloaded with sequins or sparkles. Just look at these – I’m just trying to work out what sort of cost per wear I can get from the red sparkly slippers, would they be out of place in Waitrose? In fact see below I may well have found my Christmas Day outfit.
Finally how I would wear a couple of my favourtite items:
Will you be updating your wardrobe with any of these – and is just me who has fallen for the red shoes – please leave one pair of size 7 for me!