It’s alright, I’ve accepted it, we’re not going to have a Summer this year, and that’s okay, sort of. Instead of dwelling on what might have been, I’m starting to get Autumn Winter ready and to be honest I was getting a bit bored of seeing the same things again and again in the shops anyhow So it’s goodbye to dip hem skirts in floaty lightweight fabrics and hello to knits, tweeds, and leather with plenty of fab embellishments.
One magazine has listed the new trends as Femme Fatale, Country Girl, Bourgeois Lady, Art House Aesthete and Edgy Equestrian. Make of those titles what you will but what it translates to is this:
Femme Fatale – This woman is polished and never underdressed. Think pencil skirts, corset belts in fake snakeskin, killer heels and layers of chiffon worn underneath a sharp, crisp cut cape. Amazing on the catwalk, but for a look that’s more accessible, try wearing a chiffon blouse (deep purple or mulberry coloured would be ideal) tucked in to a pencil skirt and belted, and if you can manage it, heels.
Country Girl – A more relaxed look with cosy tweeds, earthy colours and lots of rustic references. This is much easier to interpret, add a faux fur collar onto an old coat or jumper. Alternatively pair a tweed jacket with a pair of khaki jeans
and woolly knit. To edge it up, belt your jacket with a mustard coloured bow belt as seen on the Burberry Prorsum catwalk. And to top it off, wear with a flat cap in tweed, suede or velvet.
Bourgeois Lady – Embrace your ladylike side and wear skirt suits, peplums (they get even bigger this season – great for defining a waist and hiding a tummy) lace and belted wrap coats. This is a trend that’s been around for a while. Lace
pencil skirts and dresses were everywhere this season as were peplums which were seen on tops, skirts and dresses. So don’t put these items away just yet as they’re going to work a little bit harder for you over the next few months.
Art House Aesthete – This is for those of you who like to wear clothes as art. It’s a head to toe clash in retro prints – not for the faint hearted and to be honest not for most women. If you like the idea of wearing print but find it a bit daunting, start off by accessorising with a geometric scarf, belt or printed bag and build yourself up to something a bit bolder when you feel more confident.
Edgy Equestrian – Neigh I hear you say but this is a really easy look to interpret. Knee length riding boots with jodhpurs, or if you don’t like the idea of literally looking like you’re going riding, skinny jeans or leggings. Tailored cropped
jackets with a defined waist and buttoned up to the top worn with a crisp high-collared shirt underneath will give the pristine look that this trend is all about. Add a saddle bag and off you trot. If it all sounds a bit too gymkhana, simplify it by wearing a horse knit jumper with some simple trousers.
So there we have it – Autumn Winter or a snapshot of it. However, as with the tide (reference to how much water we’ve seen this Summer!) fashion and trends come in and out and the above is just a guide for you to intepret in your own unique way. However you choose to wear a horse, a bit of snakeskin or a peplum dress, always wear with confidence and let your personality shine through.