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So Last Season

Brace yourself, winter is coming

Thursday, 25th July, 2019 10:40am

So I know it seems like our summer hasn’t really begun. Well it certainly feels that way to me and if you’ve been in any of the shops recently you’d be forgiven for thinking the summer was over, and I suppose in retail terms, it pretty much is. All week I’ve been personal shopping with clients and I’ve really gotten a glimpse into what autumn has in store for us and let me tell you I am very much liking what I’m seeing.

This time of year is very much transitional when it comes to what stock the stores are carrying and in my opinion now is the time to get in there and pick the best bits that won’t be here come September when you’re looking for that perfect mid weight jacket to get you through 'til winter.

I know it can be torture to buy a beautiful piece now when it’s still fairly warm and have to keep it till later but it’s worth it and you’ll be delighted come autumn when you get to wear your new curated autumn winter wardrobe.

Now I’m not one to follow trends but next season is possibly one of the most varied when it comes to new trends so no matter what your style is there are going to be pieces out there that you’ll love. From the pared back minimalist to the out there maximalist the high street has got you covered. Workwear, partywear and chic smart casual looks lead the way to ensure that every part of your day can be a fashion parade.

So far the trends that seem to be leading the charge at this early stage are check print, soft yellows and beiges, dark florals and mini dresses, and I am here for it all.

Check print is hardly revolutionary for the autumnal months but if you haven’t made your piece with this print then do so now because it will be every where in a few months. It’s easily worn as separates and I have been known to be partial to a check print oversized blazer but next season it’s taken up a notch with matching trousers for a tailored suit situation.

If trousers aren’t your thing you’ll be happy to know that check print skirts are also having an autumnal moment and can look great worn with a matching jacket, tshirt and ankle boots or trainers for a modern work wear vibe.

The print also works mightily well with one of the new seasons colour palettes and that’s butter yellow and beige and all the soft tones in between. It works particularly well with minimalist shapes and is a great one to layer with other colours. Just treat it as you would a trusty neutral.

One trend that I am already 100 per cent behind is the dark floral midi dress look and that is because 80 per cent of my wardrobe already consists of these dresses. They’re a wardrobe staple whatever the season as they are just so easy to wear and can look super feminine and dressed up or toughened up and dressed down with boots and a biker jacket. It really is the perfect dress to take you from desk to bar.

While we’re on the subject of dresses let’s have a brief little chat about hemlines. While I’ve been loving the more forgiving midi lengths all summer it’s time to shake it up a bit because hemlines are about to get shorter.

Yes the mini skirt is back for AW19. While some might dread this news I’m actually not too concerned about this because, with the aid of my trusty black opaques, I’m happy to go that bit shorter for winter.

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