So much to look forward to this Autumn

Summer is almost over, but don’t fret, there is a lot to look forward to in fashion this autumn. From hats to tights, dresses to jeans, you will love what is in store. I have been overseas for the past three weeks [hence there not being any posts] and walking around the shops, it was to my surprise how many great items I have found and what looks seem to be trending for autumn 2012.

While pursuing my retail research I have seen a lot of use of colour. In the way of, plumb, blue, mustard, grey and black. I have also seen a lot of velvet used in clothes and shoes, felt, and fur [faux of course]. So here is a brief outline of what to expect this coming season.

Skirts

Expect to see a lot of pencil and tube skirts. These skirts come in a range of autumn colours like blue and mustard. These skirts are not just for the office. Wear them day to day with a cute knitted sweater or a loose fitted blouse.

 

 

 

 

 

Coats

Coloured coats are a great for those cooler nights in autumn. Coming in a range of colours like red, mustard and black. These coats are seen in wool and felt. Faux fur coats are also back this year but also available in some great colours like green and blue.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeans

Everyone needs a pair of jeans in autumn. But there is no need to stick to the plain blue, be adventurous there are plenty of colours to choose from. From deep reds, pinks and dark greens. These jeans will brighten up those autumn days.

 

 

 

 

 

Leggings

Brightly coloured and patterned leggings are going to be big this coming season. And it is always great to have a pair of leggings for those more relaxed occasions or god forbid those fat days… Leggings are great with an oversized plain top and a scarf if it is bit chilly.

 

 

 

 

 

Dresses

It’s a more relaxed approach to dresses this autumn. I have seen a lot of block coloured shift dresses as well as a few lace cut out dresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweaters

There are a lot of sweaters/jumpers in store for autumn. Knitted, fancy designs, colourful and very cosie. A great staple for an autumn wardrobe!

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to accessories…

Jewlery

Big chunky metal, what I call cuff necklaces [because they remind me of the cuffs you wear on your arm]. Coming in rose gold and metallic. As well as cuff bangles and chunky metal rings.

 

 

 

 

 

Bags

Satchels look like they are here to stay. Available in some fantastic autumn colours.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes, Belts and Hats

In the way of shoes I have seen a lot of velvet coloured heels in plumb, black, brown and green with block heels and a bit of a platform. Ankle boots are also looking to be a bit of a trend with a kind of a country vibe to them.

Seen a lot on the red carpet at the SAG awards this year is the warrior belt. Coming in sliver, gold and rose gold. I have also seen a lot of skinny belts in multiple colours.

I have so many hats and I added to my collection today… The panama is making a huge come back this season. Available is many of the fantastic autumn colours also.

Tights

A good pair of tights can last you years. This autumn tights are in a range of colours from red to blue. Pattered tights are also back, with some great designs to choose from.

 

So prepare to break the bank [again] this autumn. With all these amazing pieces, how could you not.

Photos taken from sportsgirl.com.au shop online now. Thoughts are my own.

-J

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MAXImise your wardrobe

One of the biggest trends for Autumn is the maxi skirt. It’s the perfect trans-seasonal piece. It keeps you legs warm, but not so warm that you’re sweltering, during those cooler days leading up to full blown winter. They also work right now, with the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing in QLD, because they allow some air flow.

I have been searching for the perfect maxi skirt on a budget, but have yet to find the ideal fit. I did however, discover that you can fake many of the looks achieved with a maxi skirt by wearing your maxi dresses with a slight twist. And let’s face it, after years on the catwalk and in the stores, who doesn’t have a maxi dress or 8 lying around.

So the key to transforming your maxi dress into a “maxi skirt” is to layer.

Firstly, try putting a boyfriend or any old button-up shirt over your maxi dress and tying it at the waist. This way, no one really knows if you’re wearing a skirt or a dress. Button the shirt up so that you can’t see the top half of the dress. Either that, or keep the neckline open and pile on the necklaces so that the top of the dress is obscured.

Your other option is to layer a crop tee over the dress and belt it so that you don’t see where the two meet. Add a little edge to the look and only tuck the front of the shirt into the belt (as seen below). It still looks like you’re wearing a skirt but ups the fashion cred of your outfit.

And when it gets really cold (somewhere other than QLD), just layer a jumper or leather jacket over your maxi dress. Add a scarf, tights to keep your pins toasty and some edgy boots (heeled if you’re on the shorter side, flat if you’re tall and want to avoid looking like you’re on stilts) and you’ve got something new and different to wear this winter.

Whether you think this is a lasting trend and choose to invest in the maxi skirt, or if you see it as more of a passing fad, you too can pull off these fashion-forward looks without forking over too much of your hard-earned cash. -C

What I’ll be wearing this Autumn/Winter

As the days start to finally get cooler I can start to plan out my cold weather outfits. Winter is my favourite time of year because, let’s face it, there is so much more you can do with winter clothes – the layering, accessorising, the cool shoes, socks, scarves. So here are a few of the outfits I will be wearing this winter. I’ve tried to keep everything fairly cheap and base the outfits around items most people will already have in their wardrobes.

Blake Lively, as much as I can’t stand her as an actress, knows how to do the perfect casual look. Keep it simple with leggings and a denim jacket, keep it on trend with combat boots and keep it fun with some cute and kitschy accessories. And the best thing about this outfit, besides the fact that it’s incredibly comfy? If you don’t own a denim jacket or if you want to mix it up a bit, simply swap the leggings for skinny jeans and the denim jacket for leather or a blazer. Presto! New outfit.

SPORTSGIRL Motorcross Panel Legging $49.95

WITCHERY Side Twist Tunic Tee $69.95

JUST JEANS Denim Jacket $89.95

PAYLESS SHOES Trench Black Boot $49.95

SPORTSGIRL Erin’s Check Scarf $24.95

BLUEBIRD Tapestry Lock Shopper $24.99

ASOS Eclectic Wristwear Pack with Leather Barbed Wire Bracelet $17.93

DIVA Black Timekeeper Ring $16.99

DIVA Silver Rings $12.99

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Rachel Bilson knows how to do casual with style. This is her version of an airport outfit, but I definitely think it translates into the perfect all situation winter wear. Of course, Rachel is about a foot shorter than I am so I might not be able to get away with wearing towering heels in an everyday situation, but replace the heels with some cute tan flats and it’s still a very stylish casual outfit.

SPORTSGIRL Cable Speckle Dress $89.95

JUST JEANS ‘SS’ Zip Hem Super Skinny $79.95

SPENDLESS Spice Boots $59.95

BLUEBIRD Wash Flap Pocket Hobo $29.99

DIVA Alex Perry Jewelled Timepiece Necklace $22.99

SPORTSGIRL Rodeo Sunglasses $39.95

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Every now and then you come across a picture of some incredibly fashionable girl wearing an outfit that is the epitome of style. And you wish you were anywhere close to that level of stylish so that you could wear that outfit with any amount of confidence. I found this picture from Stockholm Street Style of the perfect way to wear light colours in winter. It’s all about mixing textures. In this case, the delicate lace of the dress with the soft fur gillet and buttery leather jacket. -C