This week we’re all about mid-August sunshine (Saturday is going to be HOT, Sunday not so much) and new season style. We may still be rocking sandals and shorts, but we also know that cooler temperatures are around the corner, which on the plus side will give us a chance to dip our toes into the autumn/winter trends. The fact that we’re mothers, in our 30s and no longer possessed of the desire or midriff to wear crop tops means that we’ll be taking the trends and working them in a way that fits with our lifestyles and our current wardrobes. One such place we’ll be doing this is as Topshop, which under Vogue’s Kate Phelan is just the place to try out trend-driven pieces without busting the bank (just take a look at Natasha’s fab find from earlier in the week). From a beautiful while blouse that we both have our eye on to the shoe of the season, here’s what we’ve found…
Victoriana is one of those trends I forsee we will fall in love with. It’s pretty, it’s not out-there (unless you go crazy and come over all Miss Havisham) and it’s easy. Wear this lace trimmed “Poet” blouse (I can see that – it would make you feel a little Romantic?) or this adorable ruffle trimmed one with, well, pretty much anything. Although denim definitely dials down the batty-woman-in-a-big-house factor…
Prints were liberally sprinkled all over the catwalks for AW15 – and Boutique has totally nailed the bold floral look. Just looking at this Hatty velvet tee cheers me up – imagine what it would do for you mood on a chilly autumnal morning. You know my abiding love for the simplicity of a dress – and this one is one of those ‘problem solved’ instant style solutions. The midi was the skirt length of the season (again) – team it with a bold daisy print and you’re backing a sartorial winner. Just add cashmere for cool days (or a leather jacket to toughen it up). If you prefer your prints a bit more on the sharp, graphic side, this zig-zag pleated skirt is ideal.
The 70s and the 90s are the style decades du jour. And, whilst I love them both (I was a teen, gap yeared and went to university in the 90s, what was there not to love?), the 70s wins when it comes to style inspo. This beautiful blue dress has a very seventies feel with its fluted sleeves, high neck and midi length. Natasha tells me that two of Glamour‘s fashion team have already snapped it up. This dark floral smock top is also highly covetable. I’m a sucker for an interesting sleeve and a dark print, so it’s definitely going into my shopping basket. Fringing is pretty 70s isn’t it? These heels are fab and not dissimilar to the much more expensive Chloe version.
Red is the colour of the season and whilst it’s easy to shy away from such a vivid hue, it can be surprisingly versatile. I really like the flattering cut of this tunic dress. Yes, it’s bright and no, I wouldn’t wear it on its own unless I was on holiday and very tanned, in which case I’d layer on the jewellery and dress down with flats. However, in winter over jet black tights with a black leather jacket, it could look fab. Or layer a dark tunic knit over the top with sleeves and hem poking out, which would also work well. Then there’s this bell-sleeved red dress, which has a slightly 60s feel. If that is just too much red for you to contemplate, then how about nodding to the trend? These gorgeous Ghillie flats (above) are just the way to do it – the lace up style is the shoe story of the year, while the ruby colour would add a pop to any outfit. Available as flats or heels. Finally, this zig-zag red and grey cape is the perfect autumnal addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Great for long walks, days sat at a cold computer (or maybe that’s just me?) or times when you just want to snuggle up in something chic and cosy.
This post was in collaboration with Topshop, although each pick was completely ours.