So the calendar may claim it’s August, but the view outside our windows doesn’t appear to agree. It may seem a little premature to start seriously thinking about your A/W wardrobe – but due to good old Blighty’s varied summer, clothes that can be worn now and also throughout the next season are what everyone’s after… it’s not about replacing your wardrobe entirely, but rather working with what you’ve got and giving it an autumn twist.
Make sure you have these key pieces in your wardrobe:
A must-have pattern for the summer season, but can easily be worn into the next season. A brilliant way to wear this pattern is with printed tea dresses. These are all over the high street at the moment and can be worn with bare legs (when the weather permits), then layered with opaques (high denier or woollen tights) when it turns cooler.
The A/W catwalks channelled the elegance and prettiness of the 40’s silhouette – these tea dresses are a nod to that whilst also taking inspiration from designers like Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou et al who were heavily influenced by floral prints.
Seen on Alexa Chung and others this season, the classic cover up mac, a British staple, can be worn with any outfit in case you get caught in a shower. While the weather’s still warm(ish), but very unpredictable – the lightweight mac is the perfect stylish alternative to a heavy winter coat. Tan and brown colours will look great for this autumn.
Peter Pan Collars
The Sixties vibe is everywhere this season, with the A/W catwalks bursting with trends of the swinging decade. The high street has picked up on this with Peter Pan collars appearing in a big way. This collar looks great on blouses and dresses – pair them with sandals and cardigans right now, then with opaques and boots once the rain sets in.
The high street have picked up on the catwalk’s boy-girl flavour with sheer androgynous shirts, chinos and brogues appearing in stores everywhere. While the androgynous style has been popular for the past few seasons, A/W sees the trend return in a big way. Light button-up shirts are perfect for the current inbetween weather and will become a staple of your A/W wardrobe. Chinos in a range of colours can dress up any outfit and are warmer on your legs than the floaty pants of the current season. Brogues are a very versatile shoe and can be worn with bare legs and pretty dresses or paired with tights or trousers as the weather changes.
Check out these pretty high street buys which will take you from this season into the next…
|Peter Pan Collar Blouse – £22.99, New Look.
||Floral Dress by Rare – £39.00, Topshop.||Chiffon Gold Button Shirt – £36.00, Topshop.||AFRICA Belted Mac – £75.00, ASOS.|
|MARKY Leather Traditional Brogues – £28.00, ASOS.||Belted Twill Chino – £24.99, New Look.||Peter Pan Collar Sheer Dress – £11.99, missguided.co.uk.||Multi Tapestry Brogue Shoes – £32.00, Dorothy Perkins.|