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So Last Season

Is glam your jam?

Thursday, 18th July, 2019 10:30am

Last week my schedule was packed with photoshoots, and even though it’s a tricky time what with the shops still being full of sale stock, there are also some transitional pieces available that will definitely see you through to autumn/winter.

This is especially true when it comes to the colour palettes in most of the shops at the moment with deep golds, greens and browns giving a strong showing on various prints and in light silk and chiffon fabrics. They’re the kind of colours that you can wear now but that are easily transitioned in to your wardrobe when it gets a little chillier.

It will come as no surprise that I’ve been keeping a particularly keen eye on jackets and have spotted at least ten different ones that I would not be upset if someone bought me as a surprise present. One is a rich tan colour from Penneys that’s quite long and has a slouchy feel to it. I’ve styled a gold version of it before over a white linen dress and it’s the kind of jacket that looks good over dresses or with jeans and a tee.

The tan is perfect for now with creams and white jeans but also looks luxe with black or animal print come autumn.

I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve also become alarmingly attracted to cream jackets, in particular those of the linen variety. I blame the light linen blazer I bought on holidays which has acted like the gateway jacket to the harder stuff. That being a long line beige linen jacket from River Island and a cream corduroy blazer from H&M.

The cord jacket also comes with a matching a-line mini skirt and I don’t mind telling you I am more than a little tempted to invest in both. Who even am I?

I also find now is a great time to look for an outfit if you’ve got an occasion coming up as the swimwear of high summer make way for the more dressy pieces. Again it’s all about the colour palette and I’ve spotted a number of great dresses that won’t break the bank and aren’t just one trick fashion ponies.

A deep green maxi dress from H&M could easily be dressed up for a wedding with gold heels and a beautiful blow dry but neither would it look out of place with flat leather sandals and could easily be packed into your suitcase for hols.

There’s also a beautiful printed dress from boutique Silk Peaches that is super flattering with a nipped in waist and cool cacti and floral print that you could wear all year round for work or play.

You could wear it with heels, boots and just pop a leather jacket over the top. It’s predominantly pink but it’s that shade of pink that works for both summer and winter.

It’s these kinds of multi-functional pieces that we all need in our wardrobe. There’s also a bit of an 80’s vibe going on in the high street for next season. Is this to do with the Netflix hit Stranger Things which is set in the decade that gave us the super bitch - step forward Alexis Carrington Colby and the power shoulder. I don’t know but I do know if glam is your jam then there is no better decade to reference. Prepare for an onslaught of ruching, asymmetric shoulders and just a hint of velvet. It remains to be seen if taffeta will make a comeback.

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