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5 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Autumn

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.)…

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Get the Realisation Look on the High Street

Realisation Par makes the perfect, flirty summer dresses for long, sultry nights dancing under the stars. But if you’ve always hankered after the look, I might just have found you an excellent alternative.…

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Florals. For Spring. Yes, we’re going there…

I know, I know. In the words of Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada’s titular devil: florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. But, passing Zara the other day, I stopped short. There was a line-up of floral skirts which made my heart beat just a little bit faster. …

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The Buys of Summer: Planning Ahead

At this rate, summer will be upon us before I’ve finished the last of the children’s Easter eggs. I swear it was January about five minutes ago, and now it’s Easter and we are very much hoping for sunshine and chocolate for everyone. (Mine’s a packet of mini eggs or a Buttons egg #retroandunashamed.) And so we can all get ahead, I’ve rounded up some gorgeous early summer buys you need to get your hands on right now.…

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Spring Style: Spring Jackets

Oh, what to wear when it’s too warm for a coat but too cool to go without? Why, a Spring jacket of course. This post is a better-late-then-never. I started it about five times last week – but then things got in the way (like falling asleep/piles of domestic admin and ironing etc). Which actually might have worked out very well.…

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Zero Time, Max Style

I am not recommending that you wear a hat. No, no, Not when the sun has finally shown its face. No, here I am merely illustrating the fact that you can totally mix and match patterns to great effect. Perhaps not quite Cara Delavigne and co at Glastonbury, but in the style of Tory Burch in the top picture? Oh yes. You may have noticed that Alex and I both have a bit of a Thing about printed trousers. This pair are box fresh new to Topshop this week – and very natty they are, too. Your instinct with trousers like these might be to team them with a very simple grey or white tee. Go ahead, by all means – chic, simple, very French. However, you could be bold and opt for a contrasting pattern. (I know. Call me crazy.) This, however, has the makings of the perfect t-shirt, so you’d be forgiven the investment (and will wear it with oodles of other things). Alternatively, really shake it up with lemon and white stripes. This gorgeous number from MIH Jeans would work beautifully. Let’s finish where we started, with Tory Burch, and accessorise with one of her bags. I…

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Zero Time, Max Style

Okay, brace yourself, this skirt is the starting point for today’s Style/Time post. I know, bright is the word. (And perhaps a little Doris Day….) But bear with me. It’s not as scary as it looks, colour-shy readers. AND you can wear it for work (unless you work in a mega-corporate environment) and it’s a shoo-in for the wedding season. For everyday wear, think Carolina Herrera (the woman has about a gazillion white shirts – I know this because when I interviewed her, years ago, she was wearing said shirt with a fabulous gold skirt, and confessed she had lost count of the number of white shirts she possessed) and opt for a classic, crisp, white shirt. This season, when it comes to shirts, it’s all about buttoning them right up to the top. (All part of the modesty movement i.e. fashion has turned its back on flesh-baring.) Here are two options: investment versus high street steal: Carven white shirt, £230, my-wardrobe; formal clean structured shirt, £32, Topshop                                           I’d probably opt for a simple shoe, here. The skirt does all the talking…