It seems we’ll all be embracing a little frill this season with ruffles emerging as a major trend. Prepare to see it on everything from dresses to shirts to shoes and bags. It’s ever so feminine so if you don’t want your look to be too girly try to complement it with more structured pieces such as jeans with a ruffled blouse or a blazer worn over a dress with a frilled finish. As anything with a ruffle is already quite the statement piece keep the rest of your look quite pared back so as not to overwhelm.
I love the start of a new season as it means getting to scope out what’s available out there and pinpointing the purchases I’ll be adding to my wardrobe. Autumn is always a tricky time of year as it requires being prepared for both cool and warm days and also any last minute changes in the weather (this is why I always love to layer) however it’s also a nice transition into being able to wear gorgeous knits and deeper, richer colours. Here’s what’s currently on my autumn shopping list.
Camilla and Marc Bowery Cami: A great black cami is always a versatile piece in any wardrobe and I suspect I’ll be getting plenty of use out of this piece as I wear it under my jackets and blazers.
Emporio Armani zip top large tote: A woman can never have too many handbags and I love anything that’s roomy enough to carry all my essentials plus my girls’ things. I love the gorgeous mushroom colour of this particular bag as it will be easy to work back with numerous outfits.
Isabel Marant blouse: This is totally a statement blouse and I love the fact it will work back with jeans and slacks and really give the look some oomph.
Siren wide leg pant: A wide leg pant is always a great anchor if you want a dressy, elegant look and a beautiful white pair will look sharp and polished when worn to an event or to a meeting.
Balmain sweater: Cosy sweaters are a must and this particular one by Balmain will definitely be making its way into my wardrobe due to its versatility. Logos are also making a comeback as far as tees and jumpers are concerned so this is right on trend.
Sonia Rykiel earrings: These are a great nod to the statement earring trend but I also love their simplicity which is definitely more in keeping with my style.
Le Specs sunnies: Sunglasses are a weakness of mine and I love collecting different styles in various shades as they’re such a simple way to update an outfit. This pastel pair are a fun addition to any look.
Bec and Bridge dress: The LBD is great but I’m really loving navy dresses at the moment. This one is so simple in its cut and style that it will definitely be a chameleon in my autumn wardrobe and will work back with several looks.
Preen ruched dress: I love wearing dresses throughout autumn as I find they’re a great starting point from which to start layering. A big tick of approval for the stripes and ruching on this dress.
Alexander Wang boots: A great pair of ankle boots is one shoe style I add to my wardrobe every autumn/winter season. Love the cut out heel on this pair by Alexander Wang.
Gucci trainers: Sneakers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so I’m investing in a new pair this season. The traditional Gucci stripe keeps it classic but the stars add some fun.
Acne skirt: The rich hues of this asymmetrical skirt will provide a pop of colour to more sombre looks throughout the cooler months.
Adam Lippes midi skirt: I really rate midi hemlines as they’re so classic and elegant. The pleating and trumpet silhouette give it a nice point of difference.
Sophie Hulme mini box bag: Mini bags may not be the kind of throw-it-all-in bag that I’d carry for everyday wear but this bag’s size is perfect for a night out. I love the additional strap as it gives me a hands-free option if I’m at a function and need to leave my hands unemcumbered for holding a drink or grabbing a canape.
If there’s one item that seems to have become the must-have piece of late it’s a Gucci logo tee. From fashion editors to bloggers, it seems this simple tee has been the designer purchase to make to instantly make your outfit right on trend. However, its not only Gucci that have dipped their toe into the land of logo t-shirts this season. Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Givenchy have also released their own versions, too. Go forth and fly your fave brand’s flag proudly.
When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.
I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…
The humble button down shirt was once simply known as a staple of the corporate wardrobe given its quite conservative nature, however its current incarnation is anything but. From cut-out shoulders to asymmetrical cuts and tie details the button down has become a fashion forward force to be reckoned with. If you’re planning to try this trend this season be sure to allow the shirt to do all the talking so keep all other elements simple and streamlined. A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer however a pinstripe is also worth adding to your shopping list and is easily worked back with everything from skirts to jeans and slacks.
Ready to try this trend? Get inspired or shop up a storm with my top picks below…
Ingrid Bonner is the founder and creator of Homebodii, a brand that built its reputation on its gorgeous range of bridal loungewear but has since expanded to sleepwear and occasional pieces. The range is now stocked at Revolve Clothing, The Iconic and Anthropologie and will make its New York Fashion Week debut this month. Here I chat to Bonner about what inspires her, the challenges of building a brand and her best piece of fashion advice…
How did you grow your business?
At the age of 30 I decided to make my Homebodii dream a reality. Being new to the industry and without a design background all I had was my own determination and having to juggle with a toddler on top, I needed every bit I could muster. I first launched at a local market with the help of a dressmaker. The direct feedback I received in these humble beginnings was the best market research I could have asked for and as a result Homebodii began to mature into something very special.
With determination and perseverance, Homebodii went from our spare room to a small factory and now bigger factory with our own showroom and leading national and international stockists. I managed the business with my sister Marianne for the first two years. What we did in our early days was to listen to what our customers wanted and offer an excellent personalised service. Organic growth and word of mouth has been a big factor in the success of Homebodii, coupled with being picked up by international stockists including Revolve Clothing and Anthropologie put us on the map globally.
What is it like to own your own label?
I have always been creative and I was initially inspired to start my own label because I wanted to create sleepwear that was feminine yet functional. Having your own label gives you the flexibility to express your creativity through the designs and not be constrained. Working for yourself can be challenging but the rewards outweigh the demands. I am fortunate to be able to drop and pick up my children from school.
Where did the inspiration for Homebodii come from?
I would have to say my mother, like many young girls my childhood was full of tulle and tutus, but unlike many of these girls I came away from those dance lesson days with something infinitely more powerful than fond childhood memories. You see as those ballerinas danced across the stage I watched my mother pursue & revel in her life’s passion every single day. My mother had followed her own childhood dream to become a ballerina. By making a life out of her passion my mother, showed me the joy of following your heart and own path in life.
Why do you think lounge/sleepwear has become such a big trend?
With multifunctional loungewear, you can take pieces from the bedroom to the Barre class. Loungewear has transitioned to pieces that include cami and pjs tops which can be worn as outerwear like what we have seen lately in the Pyjama luxe trend.
What tips do you have for wearing sleep/lounge wear?
Our collection is designed to make you feel sexy! We have functionality and femininity in mind with our sleepwear and robes. We suggest choosing a set of pyjamas, slip or robe that appeals to you. Ultimately we spend half our life in bed so why not be comfy but look great also?
Homebodii’s design ethos is all about feminine looks that are still high on functionality
What is your favourite product from your range?
Often when a new custom print or design is created it becomes the favourite. However, in saying that it is very hard to choose a favourite as our original designs have evolved over the years and have a close place in our hearts as they were the loved pieces that originated the brand.
What is your best piece of fashion advice?
Knowing what suits your body shape is a great tool, so try to choose pieces that not only suit your frame but also make you feel beautiful. When you put on something that makes you feel great, that feeling translates into confidence and a confident woman is sexy.
What are you most proud of with your brand?
Our Instagram is filled with photos of women wearing our garments It is very pleasing and the compliment is never lost on us. We love seeing Homebodii being worn for memorable occasions including bridal parties, Sunday lounging, on holidays and or at the races. It’s a great feeling knowing that our customers feel beautiful in our garments because we truly believe what we wear is a reflection of how we feel. We are also very excited to take Homebodii to the catwalk at NYFW this month [and be able to] showcase Australian designs on the international stage.
What are some of the struggles with having your own label?
There comes a time when your business becomes a brand. This meant for us investing in more staff, bigger infrastructure, implementing procedures and surrounding yourself with people that can elevate you and your brand. Personally when you hand over the decision making process to those in your team you have to have faith in their abilities and implementation of your vision for the brand. The future is not certain and making smart sensible decisions is vital to the health of your business.
If there’s one winter staple that your wardrobe won’t be complete without it’s a great pair of ankle boots. A classic pair of boots will go with virtually everything and provide a plethora of outfit options. It also offers the added (and practical) benefit of keeping your feet nice and toasty as temperatures start to drop. Whether you’re looking to invest in a designer pair that will last you season after season or just want an instant fashion fix there’s a pair of ankle boots out there to suit every taste, budget and outfit. And I’ve rounded them up for you!
While white shoes are not for the faint hearted these shoes are just the kind of purchase that will make ‘70s styling fans smile. The wooden heel and pristine leather would make for some sweet pairings with everything from skirts to dresses.
If you’re going to drop some significant cash on a pair of shoes you want them to work with a million different outfits in a million different ways. These suede boots with a comfy block heel will become your winter mainstay.
When the days are dreary and rainy it’s a perfect time to step out in a pair of rain boots. This stylish pair with a patent finish are a step above your usual rubber wellies and can definitely be worn as everyday wear. And your feet are guaranteed to stay dry!
Yes, there is such a thing as a casual sneaker and a dressy sneaker. I find the classic white leather Adidas Superstars or Stan Smiths are a little smarter and can work with dresses, playsuits and skirts for a more polished look while a sports shoe such as a black pair of Nikes work well with denim pieces such as shorts and jeans. You could opt for something slightly more classic and go for a canvas sneaker such as those by Superga which would work with a sweet sundress or a classic pair of denim shorts and a white tee a la Alexa Chung.
Clean sneakers regularly
If you’re going with white sneakers be sure to keep them clean so they don’t look like you’ve just pulled them out of your gym bag! Having pristine, crisp white sneakers is all part of the polished effect. If you opt for leather sneakers they can easily be wiped down and the laces can be put in the washing machine.
Keep it cropped
If you’re planning to wear your sneakers with pants make sure they’re fitted (skinny jeans are perfect) and cropped so you can see a flash of ankle. This is more flattering when you’re wearing a chunkier shoe as it draws the eye to the narrowest part of your leg.
Add feminine touches
Sneakers have quite a utilitarian look so it’s good to soften the look by teaming them with more feminine garments. Think pieces like a black slip dress or an A-line skirt. It’s all about maintaining balance with your outfit.
Go for streamlined
If a pair of sneakers looks like something you could run a marathon in then they’re probably best left for doing just that! Casual sneakers should be quite simple (think neutral colours like white or black) and looks more sleek and streamlined as opposed to the kind of style you would have worn to PE back in the day.
The cyclical nature of fashion means that we often see colours have a moment one season, then disappear, only to make a triumphant return a few years later. Which is why we’re once again saying hello to khaki as a major colour trend this season. It may initially seem like a daunting colour to try at first glance, however if you know the colours that complement it, you can incorporate it into your wardrobe quite easily. Try these khaki pieces to instantly update an outfit.
While you might not be so daring as to wear a skirt split to there a simple A-line or pencil skirt in this shade works well with white, black and grey. You could get away with it for work as long as the hemline is quite modest.
If you’re not ready to make a big fashion commitment to this trend, you can incorporate it into your wardrobe quite inexpensively with a simple khaki tee. It works well with culottes (as you can see on the only and only Margaret Zhang) and by adding an unexpected pop of colour with your shoes, you give the outfit a focal point.
A button down shirt in this shade can work with shorts for a casual look just as easily as it would a pair of jeans or a black skirt for evening attire.
A jacket in a khaki colour is the perfect piece to match with jeans and sneakers for a day that’s spent out and about. Keep the material lightweight for those cooler summer evenings and go heavier once we head back into autumn.
A mid length khaki dress is an easy option for daywear or evenings. Team it with a pair of heels for a dressier look or a pair of tan sandals for the perfect summer outfit.
A khaki vest works well with a pair of leather shorts and a tee (you could even work it with denim if you wish). Whilst you might not want to go the heels route a la The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, you could easily just pop on a pair of flats or sandals and keep it quite laidback.
Photography: Love Shop Share, Style by Yellow Button, The Man Repeller, Just the Design, Pinterest
One of my fave trends this season is the fashion’s 70s flashback. It’s all about voluminous silhouettes, slightly chunkier platform heels and adding a touch of glamour to an outfit. As I mentioned in this post, I’d wear an outfit like this to the races but it also makes a great party ensemble once the festive party season is well under way.