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So Last Season

Transition gracefully from summer to autumn

Monday, 31st July, 2017 12:07pm

This time last week I was packing for Townlands Festival and obsessionally checking the weather forecast.

Last year seemed to be the rainiest year ever for festivals, so no matter how bad it gets, it couldn't get any worse than the festivals I attended in 2016. While trying to pack for this festival I realised that I really didn’t buy much in the way of summer clothes this year and nearly everything I have bought has consisted of slogan tees, denim and tassled earrings (which I have an obsession with) but they are also pieces that I can happily bring into the autumn with me.
To be fair I’ve spent most of the summer dressing like its autumn or spring anyway. With that in mind, I got to thinking of all the pieces you can buy now which will transition into the next season with you.  
 Dresses are always a smart buy, a large portion of my wardrobe is taken up with various styles of dresses, particularly floral print and vintage styles. Next season it’s all about floral but what sets this floral apart is not so much the print but the silhouette and style details of the garment.  Thankfully my favourite dress length, mid calf is top of the trend pile coupled with high necks and statement sleeves. If you find it’s easier to change up the look of separates fear not, layer your dresses with light knits on top or roll necks underneath. Add your favourite pair of ankle boots and you’re good to go.
 When it comes to colour, we are really spoilt for choice with millenial pink being replaced by the richest shades of red and yellow and burgundy also featuring heavily. Even so, I have to say I will always feature pink in my wardrobe - it’s one of my favourite colours and I make no apologies for being basic!
I gave burgundy a bit of a wide berth last year but I’m slightly warming to the idea of it again as it makes a great base and contrast for brighter colours in the same hue. Burgundy and fuchsia pink anyone? Burgundy also goes fantastically well with all the light coloured knitwear we’re going to start seeing soon trickling into stores.
Creams, beige, grey and white make for great cover ups when it’s not yet cold enough for those heavy winter coats and there’s a knitwear blend to suit every budget on the high street. I stocked up in H&M last winter and bought a few in the sale in preparation for this year, such is the joy of a neutral coloured knit. Just make sure your take away coffee lid is put on correctly to avoid walking around with stained wool all day, take this from someone with experience on the matter!
Something that you also probably have in your wardrobe from last year are velvet and check prints and if you don’t, then start thinking about how you can incorporate it into your look as these two trends are going to be everywhere.
Velvet seems to be a bit of a marmite texture in that you either love it or loath it. I personally love it but if it’s something you’re not particularly fond of, then try dipping your toe in the velvet water with a well-placed accessory.
A velvet handbag can finish off your look with a touch of luxe as even the cheapest of velvets has a quality feel to it. Check print is one we see year after year in the shops but come the autumn, it’s going to be not just on shirts but dresses and accessories.
One trend I just have to draw the line on is furry shoes. We are not living in the balmy, dry lands of LA where they never see a winter. We live in Ireland and perennial puddles and feathery, fluffy shoes do not mix. Avoid at all costs.  

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