Autumn is the time when materials become heavier and colours darker and there are still many fantastic items to be bought to ensure you look good for the season.
A piece that really caught my eye was a dress in DKNY. It had a black jersey top with a black stretch charmeuse bottom and inverted pleats around the waist. The fabric and pleat combination is an ideal silhouette to flatter the fuller figure; it is a good cut for those with a chest or hips.
Menswear’s was set for a shakeup with Nicole Farah, Paul Smith and Paul & Joe all offering double breasted hip line wool coats that are a perfect update for your smart casual wardrobe. Dr Martin had some of the best urban walking shoes with style that will keep any man looking younger and hip.
If anyone had been shopping in the high street during the early autumn you would have no doubt noticed the eighties revival was still going strong. The trend of oversized jackets, cardigans and blazer are fantastic for the English autumn weather. They are that perfect magic third piece to cover up with but keeping up to date with what the style of the moment. The secret is to team it with a slim leg: ideally a slim trouser, opaque tights, or mid-calf legging. If you are not a fan of jackets or blazers then cardigans are definitely for you. There are a few that stood out in Joseph, silver and black sequined as a perfect staple piece.
Denim jackets were also going from strength to strength this season. If you still own one at the back of the closet then it is time to revive it. A vintage denim jacket would look fantastic with all the distressed leather that is in the stores. There are however a few guidelines for the denim jacket to ensure it looks the best.
When you go out in search of the ideal denim jacket make sure the material is pliable and the collar able to stand up. Fastening the 3rd and 4th buttons only creates a waist illusion. I suggest distressed denim for a daytime look like the one from All Saints or a deep indigo, black or fine gauge corduroy for the evening. There was a jacket out there to suit everyone.
Now that there was a chill in the air and the odd drizzle of rain it was time to start building the layers. For most the first focus would logically have been a good pair of trousers. Denims this season were focusing on the extra thick waistband. This was great news for those women less confident about their waistline. Reiss had a fantastic collection of denim from their 1971 range. There was also a new brand to Fenwicks called Nobody Jeans, an Australian brand known for their 12-inch waistband rise. Other jeans to have had a look out for are J Brand, Acme and James. However if you are not fond of denim was is the perfect time to invest in a good pair of fine gauge corduroy or velvet denim styles.
It was also a time to search for that great pair of winter boots. There were still some great wedges to be found, however the trend it iwas all about structured heels and leather distressed boots. The tough look, edgy, distressed style leather boot was the buy of the season and Venon by Kurt Geiger had one of the best. It could be worn with a straight skirt or trouser and would have gone really well with the oversized jacket. If you are not a great fan of distressed, Kurt Geiger also had a fantastic range of suede stretch boots in both black and taupe and the only wedge style I had seen.