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So Last Season

Three weddings in five weeks, bring on winter!

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:06pm

I’m in the throes of wedding guest season and with three weddings in the next five weeks, I’m digging deep to be inspired to put together some outfits.

I’m a cheapskate at heart, so I never want to spend a fortune on an outfit that I might only wear a few times; so I like to get creative with high street buys and vintage pieces.

Thankfully, none of my friends got married in the height of the boom where people absolutely lost their minds and to be a wedding guest almost meant taking part in a sort of fashion Hunger Games and where you’d feel obliged to spend a small fortune on a dress.

On Saturday, I was at a lovely wedding in Killashee House and obviously I spent the day snooping at people’s outfits, whilst eating canapes.

It’s nice to see we’ve somewhat moved on from the Self Portrait style dresses that dominated last year’s weddings and there was lots of block colours, snappy accessorising and a surprising amount of hats.

I, as always, left my outfit decision until the last minute and pulled a printed Topshop dress out of the back of the wardrobe that I bought about three years ago and accessorised with a trusty soft cream jacket and gold accessories.

I wore it to a wedding before, but I think I had left sufficient Facebook time pass.

In other news, I’ve been styling a few photo shoots recently and so have been thinking a lot about A/W trends and what I’ll be adding to my own wardrobe.

I’ve pretty much given up on buying anything remotely summery as I still have one or two pieces in the wardrobe from the start of the summer that I still haven’t worn; so my focus is on transitioning over anything I already have, or that I buy, so that it will last me into the winter.

I’m also doing this with my personal shopping clients even though I’m still dressing a few of them for late summer holidays.

It can be so hard to get my mind into holiday fashion mode, especially when I haven’t been on a sun holiday yet this year. Oh, the injustice of it all, I hear you say.

It’s so invigorating to see all the new season pieces starting to drop in store especially boots, jackets and coats; which are pieces I am always drawn to when I’m shopping.

Red is a huge colour story which has just begun to arrive into stores and which we will be seeing a lot of in the coming months.

It was always a colour that I tended to avoid but the more I see of it in the shops, the more I’m getting to like it.

I’ve spotted a pair of red ankle boots in Zara which I think would add the perfect dash of red to my wardrobe and I’ve also got my eye on some red bags from River Island.

Clothes-wise, I probably wouldn’t wear the colour head-to-toe, as we’ve been seeing on the catwalk, but there is a shade of red out there to suit everyone – so experiment.

Can I also just say how overjoyed I am to see knitwear finally making its way onto the shop floor.

I know it’s a bit early to wear it, but stock up now for all the best pieces that you can wear once it gets cooler.

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