Thursday, 29 August 2013

Part I / Your Style Guide To Autumn/Winter

With new seasons come new trends. We say goodbye to our light summer fabrics and say hello to chunky, woollen garments to be equipped for the A/W chill. However, it's not as easy as just getting out our jumpers, woolly hats and thicker socks - oh no. If you want to be prepared, you're going to need to take a short-course in the new A/W trends of 2013 and don't be concerned - they're fabulous. I've done my research for this post; sourced magazines, scoured the internet and overall just been my usual fashion-stalking self. This post took me a good couple of hours, I wanted to make sure that I picked the best of the bunch when it came to getting the look on the high street. So, without further ado, welcome to your style guide to A/W - Part I (Yes, there are three parts, I divided them up because you'd be reading all day otherwise!).


'Pretty In Pink'

Pink is big this A/W! However, pink's not just for your jumpers/tops etc, pink is specifically injected into outerwear this season - think pink coats, pink jackets, pink blazers! On the catwalk, designers such as Saint Laurent, Mulberry, Missoni, Celine and many more, all have the pink outerwear nailed! What about the high street? Fear not, I've made a collection of my favourite and affordable pink outerwear from the top high street stores.

Make sure you nail the pink trend this A/W - injecting colour into the more gloomy seasons with some of these ideas. Here's why they're perfect;

1. Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat -  If you're fearful of looking too much like a piece of candy floss this season, this coat is a perfect investment. The masculine tailoring of this coat with toughen up the softer pink tones making your look not only edgy but powerful and strong. Make pink empowering with the simple purchase of this gorgeous Zara coat. 

2. Oasis Suede Biker Jacket - If pink's not really 'your colour', this jacket is perfect for sporting the 'Pretty In Pink' look with just a hint of pink. Swaying more towards the 'peachier' colour palette, you're not dressing yourself completely pink but you've certainly made the effort! This biker jacket also incorporates another A/W trend (more on that later!) - it's a win-win situ!

3. Topshop Tea Floral Print Blazer - Ease the pink colour block with this Tea Floral Print Blazer. This blazer is perfect for adding detailing to this A/W trend without distracting too much away from the fact that you're wearing one of the best trends this season - pink! The Tea Floral print breaks-down the intensity of the pink - adding yellow, white and blue into the mix! I love this blazer, it's an outfit in itself! 

4. New Look Pale Pink Longline Waterfall Blazer - If you want to go super girly while rocking pink then this is the look for you! The 'Waterfall' effect on this blazer gives you a super chic, super girly look, softening the traditional sharp blazer angles. The overall effect? A dainty, dancer blazer - who knew a blazer could say so much! 

5. Missguided Tiffany Tailored Blazer - For a full on pink injection into your outfit I'd recommend this bold Tiffany Tailored Blazer from Missguided! This blazer is a stronger statement in terms of colour intensity of the pink, making you bold and brave! 

6. Miss Selfridge Beaded Cropped Jacket - This stunning Beaded Cropped Jacket reminds me of the fantastic costumes found in The Great Gatsby. A stunning explosion of sequins and beads - this screams 1920's. This Cropped Jacket will add instant glamour and glitz to any outfit this A/W. Dress it up or dress it down, either way this jacket will look fantastic. The best part? You'll be sporting the colour of A/W all the while - pink! 

7. Boohoo Liza Studded PU Biker Jacket - Perfect for toughening up pink with the addition of the studs and harsh angles of this Biker Jacket. A softer 'peachy' pink if you're not sure you're ready to dress in full-on pink this year! 

8. Topshop Soft Drape Trench - A/W also has weather draw backs so make sure you're prepared for the cold and rain with this stylish Topshop trench. I love the traditional 'trench' coat - it's versatile and practical while being stylish with this pretty pink shade!


The three main trends of your coats this season are; Sleeveless, Tomboy and Oversize. 
Designers who loved the sleeveless idea this season by splashing their A/W catwalks with them include; Victoria Beckham, Rochas and Etro. 
Designers who gave Tomboys some happiness this season by creating awesome A/W tomboy-esque coats include: DKNY, Rag & Bone and many more. 
Designers who went oversized include; Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and many, many more!
What about the high streets? Well, they're loving the trends too!

Firstly it was sooo hard to choose my favourite coats this season - there were so many to choose from and so many that I loved. Here are the coats that I narrowed down as my favourites!


1. ASOS Ganni Sleeveless Jaqueline Jacket - This tailored sleeveless number is a perfect addition to your A/W wardrobe. Sleeveless coats may sound stupid in missing their sleeves, defeating the purpose of a coat - to keep you warm, but this ASOS Jacket doesn't need to be justified. Layer up with this sleeveless jacket and you'll barely feel the chill. Think jumpers and long-sleeved tops to keep those arms warm! Stylish and instantly adding fashion to any outfit, just make sure you don't wear this on a super cold/rainy day.

2. New Look Jumpo Black Sleeveless Stud Jacket - Adding an even bigger edge to an already edgy sleeveless jacket, those studs totally work with the jacket. Adding subtle glamour to a coat - can't go wrong, right?


3. River Island Orange Jersey Oversized Unfastened Jacket - This oversized jacket has a neatly-tailored look despite its oversized dimensions. This jacket would be perfect for petite figures not wanting to get swamped and lost in an oversized jacket! Inject warmth into A/W with the rich orange tone of this jacket. I simply love this. 

4. ASOS Maison Scotch Oversized Coat - Be snug-in-a-bug with this oversized coat! Warmth is on everyone's agenda in the colder Autumn winds and Winter snow. Achieve that warm and cosy feeling with this snug oversized coat. Practicality wrapped up with fashion. 

5. Next Oversized Check Coat - If you want to be completely practical and actually buy a 'coat' with sleeves while keeping one of the major A/W trends - oversized - then this is the coat for you! This Oversized Check Coat from Next is perfect for wintery days! 

6. French Connection Wool Oversized Coat - You'll be right on trend with this French Connection number. You're incorporating the 'Pretty In Pink' trend with the 'oversized' look - thumbs up to you fashionista. 

7. ASOS Fur Collar Oversized Coat - Petite while being oversized - how can it be possible? Well, with this ASOS Fur Collar Coat it is! If you want an oversized coat that won't bog you down with material then you'll simply love this coat. Also adding that warmth with the rich orange like River Island's Oversized Jersey (above), it's a perfect buy ready for the fast-approaching Autumn! 


8. ASOS Esprit Parka - Parkas are everywhere this forth-coming season and I love this ASOS parka. Comfy, casual yet stylish? What more could you ask for! 

9. Puffa Jacket - Keep warm and cosy with this Puffa Jacket! The jacket has a wide hood which gives it extra fashion brownie-points because not only were wide hoods plastered over the A/W catwalks but this Puffa Jacket has also nailed the deep pockets trend for coats! Plus, you'll be really warm with all that thick lining - a perfect coat for the practical and fashion forward! 

10. Diesel Relaxed Parka at ASOS - A lighter layer for the transition from Summer to Autumn. It's casual yet ticking the fashion boxes if you want to achieve the Tomboy look. 


1. 'A Marilyn Moment' 

It's finally time for you to have your very own Marilyn Monroe moment with these flared skirts! Knee-length flared skirts are all the rage and whether you'll be wearing them or not you can't deny that they're awesome. Designers such as Dior, Prada, Michael Kors, Prada and Nina Ricci are just a handful of designers whose collections included the flared skirt for A/W. 

Have your own Marilyn moment with some of my favourite flared skirts out there. Here's why I love them:-

1. Topshop Checked Organza Insert Midi Skirt - One of the reasons that I love this Organza Insert Midi Skirt is its patterned panelling. The panelling emphasises the flare of the skirt, drawing eye-attention to not only the patterning but also the edgy flare. This skirt is a bold statement and you will get looks of admiration in this - guaranteed. 

2. French Connection Flared Midi Skirt at ASOS - If you want to be bold wearing a flared skirt this A/W without drawing too much attention to yourself - this is the skirt for you. Plain and simple but with the flare tailoring you'll be chic and fashionable all the while. This skirt is versatile and perfect for if you want to be casual while wearing one of the bolder trends of A/W.

3. Topshop Marigold Printed Calf Skater Skirt - This skirt is fun, bright and most importantly flared! The skirt itself is quite a statement - the patterning is bold and bright and the flared construction adds even further detailing. 

4. Zara Studio Skirt With Slit - Plain and simple. This skirt is perfect for either dressing up by adding statement jewellery to create a bolder look or for dressing down with its minimalistic feel. 

5. Topshop Vinyl Calf Skater Skirt - This is my favourite skirt. It's rebellious and bold. The black colour block is powerful, toughened up further with the Vinyl sheen - you'll be sporting another A/W trend with this skirt (keep reading to find out which one!). 

6. La Redoute Anne Wayburn Softly Draped Flared Skirt - Simplistic but perfect. This skirt is fantastic as it will go with most things you pair it with!

2. 'Pristine Pleats'

Miss your school days or dreading to return to them? As summer's over you'll either be loving this trend for its nostalgic school skirt pleats or be hating it for reminding you that your days of summer are over and it's time to wear pleats outside the school hallways! Fashion makes pleats fun and flirty on the catwalk with designers such as Ralph Lauren, Daks and many more mixing them with their A/W collections! 

Here's what pleats the high street has to offer you:

1. Topshop Blue Jersey Pleated Maxi - Long skirts are another skirt trend this A/W so combine the longer lengths with pleats and you have one on-trend skirt! I love the blue colour block of this skirt, adding a bold, fun vibe into an already flirtatiously tailored skirt! I love! 

2. Boohoo Lois Ribbed Ponte Boxed Pleat Skater Skirt - This skirt is currently on sale so go and scavenge while you can!! This skirt is a great buy - you have the pleats and you have an injection of colour to brighten up your day (literally). 

3. Boohoo Zoey Pleated Chiffon Skirt - Again, this is a sale item so go grab it while stock lasts! The bold pleats in this Chiffon Skirt take traditional 'pleats' to a whole new level. Ambiguous and fun, this skirt is a statement with its sharp angles!

4. Warehouse Pleat Front A Line Skirt - The studded detailing down the sides of this gives it something edgy and rebellious. So, if you want to add a pleated garment to your A/W wardrobe without it just being plain pleats, mix it up with this studded piece! 

5. Topshop Metallic Pleated Mini Skirt by Lashes Edit - Are you a self-confessed attention seeker? If yes then you'll love this skirt. This skirt has a 'disco-fever' injection that will literally draw the attention of anyone you encounter. There's one word for this skirt - F.U.N, so express yourself and buy the boldest skirt in the world. 

6. Zara Coated Pleated Skirt - This skirt is simplistic but is perfect for day-to-day wear. Pair it with a jumper and ankle boots and you have a perfect A/W outfit. This skirt is chic and screams 'pristine pleats!'

'Punk It Up'

Full of rebellion, spikes, lace, studs, leather, chains and more - this A/W will convert you into one stylish punk! Whether you'll be sporting the look subtly or go all-out, designers such as Versace, Chanel and Saint Laurent toughened up their catwalk collections with this major trend. Here's what the high street has to offer you:

Above are my top fave's for the 'Punk' look. Here's where you can get them:

1. Rosie PU Coated Seam Detail Skater Dress - You can be girly yet rock'n'roll with this punk-esque Skater dress. You can dress this up with heels or dress it down with fashion trainers (not your P.E. trainers  - obvs).

2. Topshop Lace Racerback Push Up Bra - If you're going to go all out punk then you'll need to be dressed head-to-toe and that means underwear! I love this Lace bra, it's perfect for keeping in with your punk themed outfit.

3. Topshop Lace Detail Crop Top - This crop will add a nice touch of punk to any outfit. It's versatile and will go with almost anything. 

4. River Island Red Check Contrast Sleeve Jacket - I love this jacket. The jacket could also double up as a shirt or tie it around your waist to achieve a casual look. The contrasting textures make this jacket fun and lively. A must-buy if you're totally into this 'punk' look! 

5. New Look Leather-Look Leggings - These leather-look leggings are perfect for if you want a casual, everyday punk look. These leggings are versatile and you can pair them with a t-shirt, shirt and jumper - the list is endless! 

6. Topshop Moto Leather Denim Mix Kilt - I love this Denim Mix Kilt. It's such an edgy piece so I know that it also won't be everyone's cup of tea but I literally love it. I love the mixture of Denim and Leather fabric and the buckles at the side. It screams punk and is perfect for the fashion courageous! 

7. Topshop Paisley Jaquard Tee - I know this is another Topshop piece that I've put in this collection but they had such amazing 'punk' stuff that I got carried away and put my favourites in!  This tee is one of my favourites, I actually tried on the yellow version of this top in store a few days ago and didn't like it once it was on purely because the yellow looked a bit odd on me. However, if I'd have known that they did the top in this colour, I would've gone gaga and got it on the spot! I love the detailing of the top and the colour adds warmth to an essentially 'tougher' look that is the 'punk' look. 

'90s Flashback 

If you're a 90's kid like me then you'll be excited to know that they've returned! '90's fashion is awesome and here are some fabulous 90's pieces you can find in stores near you!

The 90's trend is one of my favourites and I've started wearing it already! Here are my top high street picks for the 90's. 

1. Urban Outfitter's Vintage O&O '90's Button Dress - I'm loving the button dress comeback! I'm also loving this Urban Outfitter's button dress - fun, girly and very 90's. 

2. H&M Cotton Shirt - A plaid cotton/flannel shirt is absolutely essential this A/W. Whether you're actually wearing it or just tying it around you waist as an accessory, you'll need this cotton shirt. Alternatively if you don't want to splash the cash on a shirt, steal a plaid shirt from your Dad/Boyfriend!  Either way you'll need a plaid shirt! 

3. River Island Mickey Mouse Sweater - I know I featured this in one of my recent wish lists but I can't help it - I love this sweater! I loved it originally because of the '90's vibe that it radiated and that reasoning hasn't changed! I really want this sweater! 

4. ASOS Denim Overalls - I think NSYNC when it comes to '90's Denim Overalls. Well, whatever you think when you think of Denim Overalls, whether it's garages or NSYNC, you'll need your own pair for this season! Denim Overalls are back and they're way cooler than when ex NSYNC member Justin Timberlake wore them (thankfully)!

NSYNC and their denim overalls..
Photo taken from Google Images.
5. New Look High Waisted Jeans - High waisted jeans were a staple and a must-have for the '90's, which means one thing - they're a staple and a must-have once again. Go get a pair! 

6. River Island Blue Jersey Sleeve Hooded Denim Jacket - Yes, that's right, another denim piece for the '90's section of your wardrobe! This Blue Jersey Sleeve Hooded Denim Jacket is perfect for being the essence of casual! 

'Glitz and Glamour'

Sequins, brocade fabric, sparkles, gem work - these are all just some of the sparkly detailing added to the 'Glitz and Glamour look'. Designers that sparkled on the catwalks include Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Givenchy and many more! High street stores are also loving sequins and jewels - check it out:

This is another one of my favourite A/W trends. It's very fairy tale which brings out the inner girly side of me! Everyone girl deserves some glamour in her life - treat yourself to these amazing clothes!

1. River Island Black Ombre Fringed Flapper Dress - I immediately thought of The Great Gatsby film when I saw this gorgeous Flapper Dress from River Island. This 1920's inspired dress will give you an instantly vintage look while giving you the A/W trend of sequins and embellishment.

2. ASOS One Teaspoon Ride The Wind Trousers With Embellishment - These trousers are perfect if you want to look casual while wearing sequins and jewels! These trousers can be dressed down with trainers and a simple t-shirt/crop top or alternatively they can be dressed up with the simple addition of heels and a few accessories.

3. Topshop Tall Embellished Knit Sweater - This Knit Sweater is also a perfect addition to your wardrobe if you want to go down the casual route while dotted with sparkles! This knit will not only keep you sparkly but it will undoubtedly keep you warm.

4. Topshop Embellished Cobweb Cami Top - This top is really versatile - pair it with some high-waisted jeans or a skater skirt and you'll be looking casual yet smart. However, to dress this top up, team it with a long skirt or leather leggings and add heels. The heavy embellished detailing will give your look instant glamour. Accessories should be very minimal to avoid sparkle overdrive!

5. ASOS Frock And Frill - This is encrusted with sequins and jewels and I just love it.

6. Urban Outfitters April May Oria Embellished Shirt - The reason I love this shirt is because it's not obvious, 'in-your-face' glitz and glamour. The subtle addition to the detailing at the shirt's sleeves gives it a glamorous edge without it being full-on.

7. River Island Black Bead Embellished Cami - Again, very 1920's. You may as well be living in the 1920's with this dress. It's got a super vintage feel like the other River Island Flapper Dress and injects sparkles right, left and centre!

So there you have it - Part I! Phew! That took a very long time! So, I hope you've learnt a few things - I certainly have! Make sure at least some of these items are on your wish lists this month and in your wardrobes in no time, to ensure that you'll have a fantastic Autumn/Winter! Look out for Part II and Part III / Your Style Guide To Autumn/Winter!

Part II / Your Style Guide To Autumn/Winter includes the textures and patterns of Autumn/Winter that you'll need to be wearing! 

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