Autumn is my ultimate favourite season for dressing. I just love to be able to layer up some of my favourite pieces, and really add dimension and interest to an outfit, which is a lot harder to do in the warmer months, when all you want to do is stay cool. However, in Autumn, you have the perfect combination of being able to dress chicly and also not have to worry about being ridiculously cold either. So, you can wear almost anything and make it look beautiful, as long as you layer it up ready for Autumn. It could be a shirt, denim jacket, boots, jumper or even a dress. The key is Autumn colours, patterns and the pieces you love to wear.
This year I really need to invest in some new pieces for Autumn/Winter, as last year I thought I would cope with the pieces I already had. However, this year there’s so many beautiful pieces on the high-street, inspired with some of my favourite autumnal trends. So, I just need to get some new additions to my wardrobe, and I can justify it this year as I do really need some new bits.
So, I’m sharing my favourite picks on the high-street for Autumn fashion 2018, in snake print, colour blocking, stripes, checks and so much more…
Even though animal print hasn’t ever really been my thing, I’m actually really loving it this time around. This leopard print dress from New Look, just looks the perfect way to wear this trend, and I also love the fit of shirt dresses too. This would be perfect for helping to incorporate more sshapes and interest into my autumnal wardrobe, as I get stuck in jeans and a top a lot of time.
Turtle Necks are something I’ve been loving for ages and for me are such a classic essential for your autumn/winter wardrobe. They go with anything and everything and are basically like the classic black cami or tee-shirt for your summer wardrobe. I love the fit of them and also how warm they keep you too. So, i will definitley be picking up some new one for this year, and these two from New Look and Zara, in colour blocking patterns, will be perfect.
Animal Print is one of the biggest trend this Autumn/ Winter, and is plastered across the catwalk and the high-street, as every shop or designer tries to find their unique way to incorporate it into their collections. It could be a flap on a bag, a statement earring or a full on essential piece for the season. It comes in all shapes, styles and degree’s, you can add as much or as little as you like.
Personally, my favourite animal print of Autumn/Winter 18 is Leopard Print, as it’s been brought back in a very classic, stylish and effortlessly chic way to our high-street shops. Whether it’s adding a leopard print heel to their shoe collection, a leopard print suede clutch to their handbag range, or adding a statement leopard print coat to the latest fashion range. There’s a piece of this trend for everyone, and it purely depends on your own personal style and how much you love the print, as to how you can nail wearing it this season.
Stick With The Accessories:
An accessory, for me, is the best thing you can invest in when you want to have a piece of a trend. As you can interchange an accessory with every single outfit and it can stay on trend for so much longer. If you think about what style you invest the accessory in, then you could use it for so many years to come. For example, getting a shoe in a classic court style, or a handbag is a satchel style. They are classic and no matter what print they are in, the style will always be in fashion.
They are also a great way to make a statement in a very plain and simple outfit, such as blue jeans and a white tee-shirt. As you can then pair that look with a statement bag, a cool shoe, or both if they are matching and instantly make the plain outfit pop. So, you could go for a bag, like the one on the left, that’s casual and could be worn everyday. Or, you could go for these statement heels, that would be amazing on a night out, paired with a little LBD.
Make A Statement:
This is the best way to rock leopard print if you’re really into the print and have quite a bold style. As this is where you pick the main piece of your outfit, in leopard print, and that makes it a real statement piece. Then, all the other elements of the look just tone in with it classically and effortlessly. So, when you look at the outfit as a whole, the leopard print stands out, and there is no denying it.
This is also a great way if you wat to invest in the trend heavily, but maybe only in 1 or 2 classic pieces. So, for example, a boyfriend style coat that’s in a leopard print, which is 150.00 or a maxi dress in leopard print, which is 70.00. You’ve spent a lot of money, but chosen to invest it in quality, essential pieces for the season.
If I was going to do this, I would look at brand such as Whistles or French Connection, for classic, items that are on trend but also great quality.
If you don’t want to make the leopard print the focus of your look, then why don’t you contrast it with a different print, colour or graphic. This way the leopard print becomes part of the entire outfit, not just making the only statement. This almost pairs down the strength of leopard print, and also make sit a bit more casual.
If you’re looking to contrast it with another print, you have to be really careful, otherwise it could be total disaster. So, you need to choose your colour palette carefully, and pick classic and basic colours to contrast it with. For example, pick a print but in black and white, like the striped top on the left or choose a classic jean colour to contrast it with instead. Like the picture below. If I was going to do this, I would choose to contrast it with a graphic tee-shirt or a bold colour, as I prefer to play with texture and colour as opposed to print. But it really depends on your own personal style, as to what you would prefer to do.
Play With Colour:
This is the one that is the most bold, and definitley only for the colour and print lovers out there. This one really does make a statement, as you’re choosing to wear leopard print but not in the conventional colour. It could be one bold colour, like the green jumpsuit below, or multiple bright colours like the coat to the right. It’s a trend for people who love leopard and want it in every colour. However, it would also work if you love leopard print, but the colours aren’t really your thing, so you want to change up the colouring.
If you’re looking for pieces like this, I would check out places such as Zara, River Island, Topshop and for a more expensive option, also try Whistles too. It’s all about going out there and shopping the high-street, seeing what amazing pieces they have to offer.
Buying swimwear has always been a huge task for me, as I find it so difficult to find the perfect mix of a comfortable piece, thats also affordable and looks beautiful too. There’s either two ways that it goes; it’s super comfortable but it’s not flattering or particulary pretty, or its on trend but is so super tiny that everything is about to fall out, the moment I move. So, finding that perfect balance is what I’ve strugged with for years, as my body shape has changed and I’m looking for those key, ultimate, go-to pieces of swimwear.
Over the last few years, i’m loving how there’s been such a change in swimwear trends. Not only are we now whole heartedly loving the one piece, we’re also experimenting with shapes, patterns and styles across the entire swimwear industry. We’re no longer just seeing the classic, monochrome all in one, and a triangle bright pink bikini, but now there’s ice cream patterns, sequins, embellishment, high waisted bottoms, cut out’s, and so much more. However, all these beautiful additions come at a price, which makes it harder for us to find beautiful swimwear, when we don’t have £60 to splash out on the newest design.
Where To Shop:
F & F at Tesco – Tesco is one of my favourite places to shop when it comes to swimwear. I bought my whole collection from there a few years ago, and went back again this year to buy this black and rose gold bikini. They’ve really upped their game this year, and has experimented with fit, style, and so many colours and prints. They really have created a piece for every type of woman.
Primark- This is a place that I’ve always known has created beautiful bikini’s, with super affordable price tags. However, I never knew about the quality or fit of the pieces, and if they really were as good as the hype around them was. But, this year i went into Primark just to bulk out my swimwear collection for my summer holiday to Portugal, and fell in love with this gorgeous toucan, all in one costume. The style was beautiful, I loved the playfullness of the toucan and thought the colours would be perfect for a sunny holiday abroad. I honestly couldn’t recommend enough the quality and designs, but i would watch out for the fit. As I’m tall and to avoid any slipping I had to buy two sizes bigger than I usually buy, to make sure the fit was perfect.
“Beautiful additions come at a price, which makes it harder for us to find swimwear, when we don’t have £60 to splash out on the newest design”
George at Asda- George is another super market fashion brand, that actually has some beuatiful swimwear pieces I’ve never bought any pieces from there myself, but I know my boyfriends twin bought nearly her whole swimwear wardrobe from there. They have so many beautiful style’s, they’re really loving the ruffles this year, and their fit is great too. Super markets really are a hidden gem when it comes to swimwear.
New Look- New Look is one of the only fashion highstreet retailers that I really love for swimwear, as they not only sell pieces seperately but also cater to a realistic body shape. They have so many beuatiful, trend lead pieces, yet they make sure they fit like a glove and dont just cater for the woman who want to laise by the pool all day and wear swimwear just to look fashionable.
M & S-This isnt a brand i would go to for on trend pieces, however they are amazing for basics and items that fit amazingly well. I’ve got a simple, black, all in one costume from them, and it fits so well. They’re a great choice for piece to go swimming in or perfect for aqua aerobics.
Finding the perfect swimwear can be expensive and so time consuming, when you’re trauling the high-street and not finding anything that’s got the perfect fit, look and price. However, look a little bit deeper and go to some of the hidden gems of the fashion world, the supermarkets, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find some beautiful pieces that don’t break the bank…
March is the first month that we start to see peaks of spring and summer start to come out, and it always gets me excited for the warmer months ahead. By this time I’m starting to get bored of winter fashion, wearing jumpers and boots all the time and having to always think about a coat. I just want to be able to wear jeans and sandal’s, throw on a dress and a jacket and just head out for the day, without the worry of the cold weather. So, to start getting your spring/summer style juices flowing, I thought I would share 4 pre-summer trends, which you can start to incorporate into your style now and also through the summer months.
RUFFLES: These were a massive trend last spring/ summer and they are having another big comeback. They work best when you keep them simple, on the trims of tops or dresses and look gorgeous on sleeves. They look so feminine and really add a fresh, spring like vibe to your outfit.
LACE: Every spring/summer lace seems to be in trend in some way, however this year it’s all about doing it head to toe. So, whether that’s wearing a fully lace dress or two lace separate’s, to create the all lace illusion. However, you have to really careful and pick your colours and style’s carefully. So think about pairing light neutral shades together, but focus the darker shade on the bottom half, such as a white lace top but a blush pink shirt. Again this looks so youthful and fresh and something I love to incorporate into my summer wardrobe.
EMBROIDERY OVERLAY: Embroidery has come back to clothing with a bang, and this year it’s all about over lays. So, wearing a black vest top with a sheer, embroided lace top over it, or an overlay of embroidery as a feature on a dress, top or a skirt. It looks lovely in so many shades and is available in multiple styles, you just need to find the one that’s right for you!
CUT OUTS: Lace year it was just starting to come through with the cold shoulder top trend, however now it’s all over the body, with cut outs on the arms, neck, waist and stomach. However, you need to play it carefully and make sure you pick an item that still looks classy and chic. You want to look on trend and also up market, not on trend and slightly trashy.
What trends can you not wait for this Spring/Summer?
The transition from Winter to Spring has to my favourite out of all the seasons. I love being able to move away from the everyday jumper and jeans uniform, and into experimenting with bright colours and patterns. There’s something that so exciting about dressing for spring, as you know that warmer days, longer nights and so many adventures are just around the corner. So, today I’m working with Bonobos and sharing my go-to colours, for the spring season; and creating two gorgeous his and hers looks to go along with them.
Red- This never used to be a colour that I gravitated to or that was really even present in my wardrobe, however lately I’m loving it. I think it’s down to the fact that I have a new love for red lipstick, as it’s so feminine and classic. It instantly adds another dimension to an outfit and really pulls it all together. So, my new obsession with red patterned clothing is definitely inspired by my current favourite lip colour. This gorgeous embroided top from River Island is the best way to wear red, as I love the fact it’s still mixed with white and even though the two colours contrast, they work well together to create a beautiful look.
White- Talking of white, this is also one of my go-to colours when it comes to Spring. I love how well it works with my brown hair, and it looks amazing with a golden tan and tan accessories. It’s such a feminine colour, yet it has a real classic vibe and can work for almost anyone in some way. My favourite wear to rock white, during spring is through lace. I love pairing the girly lace with a harsher denim, and creating a really good contrast. I honestly think that’s the trick to white, is to think about how you can pair it will something completely different, or you go for it whole-heartedly and rock the bohemian vibe’s.
Light Blue- I’m all about the lighter denim’s when it comes to spring, and I love being able to pair different lace’s, embroidery’s and textures with a real spring jean. They instantly lift your outfit and bring it bang on trend and in season. I’m really starting to experiment more with blue, as it is supposed to one of my colours I should wear, and move away from my classic black jeans.
Rose Gold- I couldn’t go through this whole blog post without mentioning my favourite metal of all time, and that’s beautiful rose gold. It’s such a feminine metal, and really adds a warmth to your outfit. I love how well it looks with red, white, blue and just my entire spring colour scheme. It’s something different from the traditional harsh gold and silver, and rose gold looks good whether it’s a cheap costume piece, or whether you’ve invested that little bit more for a more luxurious piece.
Blush Pink- Finally, I’ve also been loving blush pink for ages and I’m just going to continue to roll it on into spring. I love how feminine it is, however you can mix it with a faux leather skirt and you’re instantly creating an amazing look. It’s a new neutral, and can almost be worn with any colour and in any way you wish to. It’s the perfect colour for summer weddings, a prom or even just a day out. It’s so super versatile and is a great shade to add to along side your classic monochrome.
This women’s look is a gorgeous formal take on my spring colour palette, with the red prom style dress taking center stage. I love this dress so much it’s even a contender for being my dress for my sixth form leavers ball in July. It’s such a beautiful piece, and creates a real statement being all red. However, the lace pattern makes it much more fresh and spring/summer appropriate.
I’ve then gone along with the rose gold colour palette through out my accessories; with these strappy rose sandals from Pretty Little Thing, and this stunning pearl earrings from Tiffany. I love how these have a crystal encrusted rose gold bar, which contrasts with the pearl and also ties my whole look together. The bag is a unique find from ASOS, and is a little bit of a statement but makes the outfit more casual. However, you could easily swap this with a formal clutch for a special event.
When it comes to the men’s look, I’ve gone for a much more casual vibe that you could wear on a day out or just to have a few drinks at the local pub. It’s super relaxed with this red bomber, from ASOS, that really brings colour to the entire outfit. Bombers are bang on trend at the minute, and are perfect to throw on in the spring when it’s not quite warm enough to just wear a short sleeve shirt. I love how this one is a bit more of a burgundy, which ties in well with all the rest of the muted colour palette.
To pair with the bomber, I’ve gone for a pattern white and navy shirt, with nautical themed sharks on. It adds a bit of pattern and intricacy to the outfit, and I also think that pattern shirts add a bit of fun to a spring/summer outfit. The navy shorts, also from Bonobos tie in with the pattern on the shirt and create an exact colour palette down the centre of the body. Then the bomber is there to bring a more relaxed vibe and style to the outfit. To tie it all together, I’ve picked a brown holdall. This colour looks amazing when paired with navy and would also be a great piece to travel with.
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