I did this shoot before isolation, and while I’m definitely holding out hope that I’ll be able to wear this outfit under normal circumstances this season, it’s also the kind of look that’s classic enough to be able to work in the coming years. I’ve found that a great leather skirt is always a good piece to have around, as I can dress it up for work or an event, but I could also pair it with a tee and flats. Meanwhile a metallic long sleeved funnel neck top is the kind of reliable basic that can be worn in myriad ways, and is definitely something I can easily wear while I’m working from home.
I wanted to work within the same colour palette, and decided on pairing this look with block heel Louis Vuitton ankle boots. I’ve always found ankle boots to be a constant in my wardrobe during the cooler months, and I like the fact that the subtle monogram gives it a point of difference without being overwhelming. While they’re not entirely suitable for working from home, I’m looking forward to giving these boots many an outing, hopefully sooner rather than later!
If the word suit conjures up images of corporate offices and board meetings then you might be pleasantly surprised at the current offerings available. Continuing on from suiting’s ascension as a modern, fashion forward staple of seasons gone by, this season suits are very much one of the most on trend items any woman can have in her wardrobe.
Banish thoughts of traditional cuts or boring hues, it’s time to think bold. Suiting colour palettes are very much adopting rich autumn/winter hues, think berry shades and forest green, while winter whites are also very much on trend.
While the classic suit silhouette has been reimagined with slit sleeves, cut-outs, and finishing touches including feminine bows and embellishments all featuring in new season drops. Also don’t limit yourself to ideas of a simple jacket and pants. You can do everything from tailored shorts and midi skirts to cropped tapered trousers and culottes. While there are also different iterations of suit jackets such as a kimono style coat or long line blazers. The sky is the limit and there’s plenty of experimentation to be done.
If you’ve never considered adding a suit to your wardrobe because it seemed too stuffy or boring, then it might be time to revisit the concept because there are so many gorgeous options now that will most definitely convert you.
I wholeheartedly admit that I’m in jeans a lot of the time but there are times when I look in my wardrobe and think that I want to be comfortable but I just don’t feel like putting denim on. A great pair of jeans is always a failsafe option, but sometimes I just want to mix it up and try something else without having to compromise on comfort. So, what do I do then? Well I have a go-to alternatives to jeans that are equally as stylish, effortless and perfect for days on the go…
I’ve found that the billowy, relaxed silhouette of a pair of culottes such as the pair above is one of the comfiest things you can wear. Wear them with a shirt or tee, tucked in or out, and pair with everything from sneakers to heels, slides or flats. So versatile and effortless too.
Chinos have always been a handy staple to have but a cropped version of the style feels a lot fresher and more modern. You can easily dress them up or down which makes them ideal for workwear or a relaxing weekend.
These have all the comfort of a pair of tracksuit pants but infinitely more stylish. A tapered jogger looks great for days when you want to wear something simple and unfussy yet remain stylish and comfortable at the same time. You can easily throw on a great knit or pop on a casual trench over them and look put together.
I live in leather leggings throughout winter as I’ve found them so easy to wear with everything in my closet. I can easily pair them with a blazer or a knit and be ready to walk out the door with minimum fuss. If leather leggings aren’t your thing, I think the silhouette is still great in other fabrications, just be sure to look for a thick, sturdy material that will retain its shape. If there’s one thing that’s a no-no it’s saggy leggings.
When I’m in the mood for something a little more feminine but still equally as comfortable I opt for a midi skirt. One of my favourites is a knitted midi skirt which I’ve found to be really wearable and perfect for days on the go. It’s a great way to do casual dressing in a more elevated way.
Wide leg pants
I’m a huge fan of wide leg pants simply because they’re effortlessly stylish, making them an easy option when I want to style an outfit quickly. That said, there’s nothing quite as comfortable as a pair of billowy pants so I would definitely recommend them when you want something super easy to wear, that still looks polished.
A new season calls for a wardrobe refresh and I had a thoroughly great time daydreaming about a few new pieces I want for autumn/winter. This time of year can be tricky simply because it can still go from hot one minute to cold the next so I’m after clothes that can work for varying temperatures. I wanted to play with different textures, including luxe tweed and sleek leather plus standout accessories that will steal the show. Here’s what caught my eye…
I’m often on the look out for bold new jewellery that will be the perfect full stop to an outfit. This bracelet definitely fits the bill. It’s big and bold enough to hold its own but also versatile to work back with myriad looks.
I’ve had my eye on this clutch for the longest time and I think I’ve finally decided on this neutral hue. It’s perfect for the working back with virtually my entire wardrobe so I know it will be on high rotation.
I often wear dresses in autumn and throw on a jacket whether it be a leather bomber or a denim number when temperatures cool. Once summer hits then it’s always worn on repeat, and I have no doubts this Ganni piece will be just that.
When it comes to kids’ wardrobes the start of a new season always requires a number of updates. Given children grow out of clothes unbelievably fast, I always find myself having to shop around for new things for the girls to wear when the weather starts to change. It’s a fun exercise because everything is incredibly cute, but I’m also mindful of choosing pieces that are well made. I like to ensure that both Sophia and Grace can wear the pieces I buy, and they can withstand the wear and tear that the girls put their clothes through and as such I don’t mind investing a little bit more for them.
Having perused several of my favourite brands and stores, here are a few pieces that will look really cute in any kids’ wardrobe this autumn…
Planning a few wardrobe purchases that will see me through this trans-seasonal weather is tricky at times. I’m constantly asking myself is it a good cost-per-wear purchase? Is it appropriate for the is-it-or-isn’t-it-cold temperatures? However it’s also been fun to start planning for the cooler months to come. I love the general polished vibe of autumn/winter fashion, and I can’t pass up a great statement coat. For the meantime however I’m all about finding great long-sleeved tops, dresses that are ideal for layering and stylish tailored pants that I can get easily dress up or down according to the day ahead.
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.
Now that it’s officially autumn it’s time for trans-seasonal dressing which can often involve having to dress for weather that’s neither summer-y hot or winter-y cold. My failsafe solution to this weather dilemma is often to layer. This ensemble from Life with Bird’s latest collection allowed me to take separate pieces and work them together to create a look that’s easily adaptable to changing or dipping temperatures. I paired a long sleeve top with an A-line skirt but popped a cropped jacket over the top to give myself a little extra warmth. I often like to formulate a look using similar shades for an outfit that’s cohesive in that it stays within the same colour family but still packs a punch in its uniform appearance. I popped on a pair of black heels with a crossover strap to dress up the ensemble and provide a contrast of colour. This look could easily take me to a work event or meeting without missing a style beat.
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Credits: Top (worn underneath), jacket and skirt, Life with Bird; Heels, Mimco