Yes, it’s (notionally) still summer, but the new season stock is trickling into the shops and our consciousness. You hesitate now and that chunky knit will be a lost love after which you will pine all winter. And the weather has gone all crazy on us (grey but warm/raining/downright chilly), so what better excuse for easing your wardrobe gently into autumn? Here are five key pieces to update your wardrobe for autumn. (You know the drill: buy now, wear now, feel smug, add a sweater as the chill sets in.)
A statement dress
It’s not a new thing. The wheel is not being reinvented here. But there are some great ones out there. When Alex and I hit the Monsoon press day, I earmarked a floral number with ties at the wrists (I’ll let you know when it’s available). In the meantime, how about this Stories dress? H&M have done a sterling job on this front – how about this instafamous number? Or the one Alex picked up yesterday (and plans to wear with a leather jacket – once she justifies/acquires said jacket)?
If you can get your head around the backless factor – this Warehouse dress is a peach.
The high waist trouser
Ah, remember the days of the low slung hipster skinny? It was so great…if you had the abs of Jessica Ennis/a 17-year-old. This autumn I will be happily tucking my tummy (two kids, a chocolate habit I am unwilling to kick, intermittent exercise) into the high waist of the season. I love these pink peg trousers from Toppers (also see this pink pair from Asos as an affordable ‘in’) – ditto these pleated trousers. I love the ruffle waist on this pair. Or go for checks and you’ve got two trends ticked off. I love this khaki pair [below]: buy now, wear with a tee! Then add a jumper cometh autumn. This paperbag style (again, an Asos bargain) will just keep giving, too.
I love a wide-leg trouser – but being petite, I’ll opt for cropped length. If you have the height, these ME+EM trousers are The Dream. Yes, they cost a bit more but the quality and fit is amazing: the designers are scrupulous about getting the right flattering fit.
This is the kind of thing I mean (courtesy of Hush and – top of post – Happily Grey). Wearing maybe-clashing-definitely-complementary colours together. I am all over this like the proverbial rash. As also seen at Zara [below] and Mango.
I’m not sure I am ready for head-to-toe velvet quite yet, though. I am more likely to opt for pink trousers (see above) or maybe something burgundy? If you’re super organised, pick up this coat now and then feel smug when winter hits and you whip it on. Alex has her eye on Hush’s Love jumper – worn here with their burgundy leather leggings, see also their Helen jumper and the C’est Si Bon sweatshirt (the best!) I also love this Stories sweater, which effortlessly combines tonal dressing in one simple piece.
You think velvet’s just for Christmas parties, right? Wrong. This season you will find it creeping into daywear, too. Get in early with this Mango blazer (reduced to £24.99 in the sale: 50% off, people!) See also this blouse and these palazzo trousers. This velvet kimono also ticks the kimono box (another big trend this season). I also lo-ove this velvet dress from ye olde faithful Zara [below]. M&S has a velvet midi dress if the idea of above the knee inspires shivers down the spine.
Keep your eyes on Monsoon – who have this trend nailed: we loved a bottle green blazer and trouser combo, a red velvet bag which could totally pass for designer, a black jacket bestrewn with stars, and one with a deep crimson frill jacket – all dropping soon. Here’s a little taster….
Get the check
Who knew HRH was such a style influence? I love this whole outfit (from Zara, obvs), although I think I might not be able to carry it off, lacking the whole model stature thing. These Asos trousers are pretty fabulous – check and a side stripe. Or try these from Topshop – where I also spotted this fabulous flute sleeved tee. Now that’s an easy way to update your look for autumn, no?