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The 5 wardrobe essentials to take you into the new season and beyond

As late summer rolls into September, it’s time to turn your attention away from strappy dresses and sandals, and towards clothes that will take you seamlessly into the new season. All being well, you should already have these items in your wardrobe, or maybe just one or two gaps to fill….so you don’t have to worry about spend, spend, spend. This isn’t trend-chasing nor the thrill of the new, it’s about classic styles that look contemporary and can easily be adapted to the season ahead….are you ready?

A Midi-Dress

Was there a time before the midi-dress? If so, I can’t remember it. For what seems like years, a midi dress has been the perfect autumnal item. Although, who am I kidding, it’s basically the perfect year-round item. But, what makes an autumnal dress different from say, a winter dress, is the way you wear it and the pattern you choose. In autumn you can experience the sartorial joy of bare legs with trainers or boots – a look I’ll never tire of – whilst the pattern can either be dark and moody, or Indian Summer light. A ditsy yellow dress won’t cut it in the dark depths of January, but in September/October, nearly anything goes….this Kensington dress (above) by Hush is a great example of a brilliant autumn dress (long sleeved, gorgeous print, great length) as are these below – all of which I have my eye on…..

 

Daisy print dress, £65, Monsoon; Yoke midi dress, £49, Topshop; Denim dress, £69, Black Colour at TAE; Molly dress, £150, Pink City Prints

Judi shirt dress, £79, Hush; below – Vintage Bloom dress, £240, Lily & Lionel

Ankle Boots

A good pair of ankle boots can transform an outfit. So versatile they can be worn with practically anything, which make them a good piece to invest in. I’ve had my red ankle boots for a couple of years now and they’re still one of my favourite pairs of boots. As are my amazing Topshop studded boots, which I purchased having lusted after Natasha’s for some time. Keep the heel low and you’ll be able to wear them all day, all night and all season.

7. Audley Boots, £189, Hush; 8.Mercy western boots, £92, Topshop; 9. Buckle block heel boot, £45, M&S; 10. Snake print boots, £129, &OtherStories;

Cropped Jeans

Are jeans basic? Probably if you ask the FROW, but in real life, jeans are the staple of most women’s wardrobes. A good pair of jeans will make you look amazing, so it’s always worth investing time (not necessarily money) in finding a brilliant pair. My favourites are from the Gap and Me + Em, although others swear by Topshop (which have never looked any good on me). I also have a great pair from H&M, so who says the high street can’t do jeans? If you’re looking to spend, then Donna Ida and MiH can always be counted on for a killer pair. Crop is the style to go for during this trans-season phase as they’re perfect for sandals and flats, but also look great with a flash of ankle above a pair of boots….

Wide leg jeans, £24.99; H&M; Paris jean, £185, MiH;Kitty Kat mini boot jeans, £165, Donna Ida; Balloon jeans, £42, Topshop

A Cool Cardi

Come September, a cardi will be your best friend. We aren’t, of course, talking about a twin set and pearls-type number, but more an oversized, long line piece that can be thrown on over a tee or shirt when the temperature starts to drop. A cardi is something to cosy up in, but it’s also something that really can make an outfit. Take Hayley Menzies’ show-stopping cardi coats, which are investment pieces to last a lifetime or Wyse London’s new style, a stunningly glam cardi if ever there were one. Or for something more restrained, head to Cos – I love Cos – where you’ll find slightly A-line cardis that almost resemble soft jackets and look fabulous when worn with jeans. I can’t see them online, but they come out each season, so keep an eye out.

Angela mohair cardigan, £160, Wyse London; Mixed animal print cardigan, £39, Topshop; Tigress knit, £430, Hayley Menzies; Cardigan, now £314, Sonia Rykiel

A Midi Skirt

Similar to a midi dress obvs. but perfect when teamed with a statement tee or knit. You can also be a little wilder with a midi skirt – go for sequins, ruffles, wild pattern – the kind of things you might not want emblazoned across your whole body. Dress down with trainers and a plain knit and you’ll be good to go.

Check track skirt, £89, Me + Em; Sequin skirt, £59.99, Zara; Leather midi, £199, M&S; Ica peasant skirt, £95, Iris

 

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