Although the colour red has been big in the fashion world for over a year now, it's still a staple colour for this Autumn/Winter. Personally, I'm a huge fan, and have been trying to incorporate more berry tones into my wardrobe for the season. The great thing about this colour is that there's a huge variety of tones to choose from, and red is great at brightening up even the simplest of outfits. I've been looking for ways to incorporate it into my daily, casual outfits, and the three key things to look out for this season is:
1. Red knitwear. A great staple piece for the everyday.
2. Red stripes. A little retro, a little sailor, and very flattering.
3. Red ankle boots. Something I don't personally own, but would love to. A total statement for any outfit.
After rummaging around our family storage wardrobe, looking for some inspiration as always, I happened to stumble upon three brilliant pieces of red knitwear. Two 100% cashmere pieces from United Colours of Benetton in a deeper, berry shade, and one 100% wool jumper in a brighter, post-box red from La Redoute. All three used to belong to my Mum, and are great, versatile pieces to easily incorporate into an Autumn/Winter wardrobe. So I decided to style all three (and another red piece that I found in the Topshop sale recently) to create four casual Autumnal outfits incorporating this seasons top colour.
1. the cashmere crew neck
Jumper - United Colours of Benetton (old) / Jeans - Topshop (Straight Leg) / Trench Coat - Topshop / Ankle Boots - Office / Belt - Salvatore Ferragamo (similar here) / Scarf - Vintage / Sunglasses - Rayban
Outfit one incorporates this beautiful, berry shade cashmere crew neck from Benetton. It has a slightly cropped length, which is great if you want a fitted jumper to tuck into high waisted jeans- it prevents the unflattering bulges of badly-tucked-jumper poking out left right and centre. And ofcourse, the high waisted straight leg jeans, the easiest every-day trousers. Add some heeled ankle boots, a statement vinyl trench coat, and a patterned neck scarf, and you have yourself a less-than-boring, but still relatively relaxed, outfit - great if you're running errands or going to meetings in the city.
2. the candy-striped shirt
Trench Coat - Aquascutum / Shirt - Topshop (sale) / Jeans - Levi's (outlet) / Slides - Ego (similar here) / Sunglasses - Rayban (same as above) / Bushy Tail - Benjamin the Cat
If, like me, you can't bear the thought of summer being well and truly over, then a red & white pinstripe shirt is the perfect solution. When paired with dark denim, a pair of slides, and a trench coat, it's the perfect way of bringing a little bit of Summer into the Autumn. What I love most about this shirt is the shape of it - the off the shoulder detailing and the versatility of the length is what drew me to this piece most when I found it in the Topshop sale. I found it looked most flattering, and most fun, when tied at the waist, but you can just as easily tuck it in to make it a little smarter, or have one half tucked in and one half out to bring a little bit of Summer relaxation into a simple outfit. Great if you're going for a relaxed weekend brunch.
3. the cashmere roll neck
Blazer - Massimo Dutti / Roll-Neck - United Colours of Benetton (old) / Jeans - Asos (old) / Trainers - Converse (old) / Sunglasses - Rayban (same as above)
I loved piecing this outfit together - the pale blue kick flares against the deep red tone of the roll-neck just gives me ultimate that-seventies-show vibes. Add a checked longline blazer against a pair of checked Chuck Taylors, and you've got a great juxtaposition of The Office meets Skater Girl. A super relaxed outfit to wear if you're going out for a day trip with friends.
4. the wool pullover
Jumper - La Redoute (old) (similar here) / Jeans - Vintage Levi's / Belt - Salvatore Ferragamo (similar here) / Trainers - Adidas (Superstars) / Sunglasses - Rayban (same as above) / Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury (Love Liberty)
And lastly, the outfit that has been my absolute saviour when I have no clue what to wear. I am obsessed with this red jumper from La Redoute - it feels like the ultimate, cosy 'I-just-bought-this-in-Rokit' piece, and it goes with absolutely everything (I even wore it on a night out last week with my vinyl trench coat, some black trousers, and ankle boots). For this outfit though, I've gone for the completely laid-back look by pairing it with my favourite ever jeans, my vintage Levi's, some silver Adidas Superstars, and a deep red lipstick, for that extra, a little bit retro, touch.
October already?! It's crazy to think that we are well and truly sinking into the depths of Autumn, when I'm still only just adjusting to the fact that it is no longer over 20 degrees outside.
Because of this, I've spent the past couple of weeks delving deep into my wardrobe and searching for Autumn-appropriate-attire. In doing so, I've managed to stumble upon a variety of pieces from years gone by that I once didn't care much for, and now am head over heels for. It's ludicrous what time can do to my
opinion on style!
So, whilst bringing a few new additions into my wardrobe for AW17, I've also been incorporating old trends and pieces of mine that I think will work really well within my current style. I hope you enjoy this post, and that it could help any of you who are also struggling with the transitional period!
1. The Suede Jacket (& chelsea boots)
Jacket - Massimo-Dutti (old/rediscovery) / Jumper - &OtherStories / Trousers - &OtherStories / Boots - Kralj (Serbia, rediscovery) / Bag - Vintage / Beret - Paris
I was rooting around our guest-room wardrobe in my house one afternoon, as we tend to store seasonal clothing in there throughout the year. Whilst looking for my beige trench coat, I happened to stumble upon this beautiful camel suede jacket from Massimo Dutti that once belonged to my Mam - she hasn't worn it for years, and I honestly can't even remember her ever wearing it, so I tried it with my outfit of the day - and by God, I fell in love! I adore the detail in the stitching, the marbled buttons, the angled pockets, and the slight flare added to the cropped style - it's somewhat very Parisian, and when paired with an olive green jumper and a pair of black flares, it is the perfect Autumn combination. I also found these high black chelsea boots that I bought years ago from the renowned Belgrade shoe-maker 'Kralj' (translating to 'King') in Serbia, my home country, and I'm so glad I found them - they're comfortable, versatile, and a little edgier than a standard pair of chelsea boots.
2. The Beret & Pie-Crust Top
Jacket - All Saints (Wyatt) (similar here) / Top - Topshop (similar here)/ Trousers - Zara / Shoes - Underground (creepers) / Beret - Paris / Sunglasses - Rayban
I was clearing out my old bedroom just before I moved out of the family home (!) and I somehow came across this beret I bought in a market in Paris when I was much, much younger. I mean how much more Parisienne can one get?! I've really been enjoying styling it up throughout the last few weeks during the cooler weather, and one of favourite things to pair it with is this great pie-crust neck blouse I bought in the Topshop sale at the end of Summer... for a fiver. I'd been looking for a great blouse that I could easily pair with just about anything (a new staple wardrobe item if you will), and Topshop stocked a wide variety of colours in this flattering style, complete with ribbon tie at the back of the neck and a small flute at the bottom of the sleeves. I went for this muted cream colour as it's a great Autumnal update on the standard white t-shirt if you ask me.
3. The Dad Blazer (e.g. 'a boyfriend style coat')
Jacket - / Jumper - Whistles / Jeans - Topshop (old variation of 'Dree') / Boots - Topshop (similar here) / Sunglasses - Rayban / Bag - Coccinelle (similar here)
I have always been a huge fan of the 'boyfriend' style in clothing, e.g. boyfriend jeans, a boyfriend sweatshirt, boyfriend coat etc. My boyfriend coat from Mango which I bought when I was 17 is still a huge staple piece in my Winter wardrobe to date. However, when I'm looking for a boyfriend style coat in the warmer months (aka now), I love looking at mens blazers as an alternative. They're surprisingly flattering, hence this jacket that used to belong to my Dad. He hasn't worn it for years, so I've sortof taken it under my fashion wing as of late. The muted green tone, and general over-sized look is great for Autumn, and when styled right can be far more flattering than you'd expect. My Dad's coats are far bigger than the men's sizes I'd go for considering I'm only 5'2", but even then this jacket doesn't seem to be too over-bearing on my petite frame, so don't be afraid of menswear pieces.
4. The Vinyl Trench
Trench Coat - Topshop / T-shirt - Amazon Fashion (Find) / Jeans - Crew Clothing / Boots - Office / Bag - Vintage / Belt - Salvatore Ferragamo
Ever since Alexa Chung released that infamous vinyl trench coat that sold out in a matter of days for M&S, I've been on the hunt for the perfect shiny coat. I love trench coats as they're flattering, and easy to incorporate in anyone's wardrobe, but something about a vinyl trench coat really appealed to me. There's something very feminine yet grungey about this nineties throwback style. I finally found the perfect one (which is almost identical to the Alexa one) that wasn't overly pricey either from Topshop. The longline straight cut is the perfect length, even for a petite girl like me, and I've really enjoyed styling it up with day to day pieces to grunge up any Autumn outfit. It's also great for the unpredictable London weather!
5. The Check Blazer
Blazer - Massimo Dutti / Roll Neck Body - Wolford (other colours here) / Bag - Vintage / Jeans - Topshop (Dree) / Slides - Ego Official / Sunglasses - Rayban
For a long time, I've been looking for the perfect long-line blazer and a pair of kick flares that are actually cropped on me without compromising the flare. I have finally found both of them, in the space of a few days completely on a whim whilst online browsing. The jeans are the Topshop Dree jeans - I already have a pair that I bought two years ago that are just not flares at all, rather a pair of overly stretchy straight legs. This pair are completely different. The fit is completely true to size for, the length is genuinely cropped, and the flare is in no way compromised. The blazer is one I found on the Massimo Dutti website whilst I was actually searching for a pair of trousers in the same Prince-of-Wales check. The blazer was sold out in all stores so I took a risk and ordered it online to be delivered in store, and again, it was worth the wait. Fits like a dream, is the perfect length for the long-line look, and the colours are perfect for Autumn (and my wardrobe colour palette).
I will continue to rediscover old pieces from my wardrobe to add into my daily outfits for the rest of Autumn, and I'll keep you posted on what I find! X