1. Denim Shirt
This is my favourite item this season because of its sheer versatility. Anyone whatever your style or age can wear them, they can easily be layered and great for transitioning weather. Most importantly they never go out of style. I am loving this figure fit H&M stretch Denim Shirt @ £19.99 a pop available in a light and darker wash.
- Go for a shirt with a little bit of stretch as this helps it fit better.
- All washes don't work for everyone- Find a wash that suits your skintone and hair
- Don't buy till you find the perfect fit (you will :)).
2. Tote BagEvery woman needs a tote bag, perfect for work, shopping, diapers and the even gym; the Tote is officially the most practical bag ever. They are available in different material and styles, they are big enough to fit all your
Upgrade your wardrobe this season with a simple tote bag. I am currently loving this simple bag from Zara. I like the clean lines, leather, lots of pockets and elegant look. It is available in black and brandy, and retails at £39.99.
- When buying a tote bag consider its purpose and chose a suitable size for your needs
- If you plan to use it as a handbag or work bag go for leather and if you would most likely use it for shopping then a canvas bag might be better.
This is one of those simple wardrobe refreshers. I believe accessories are the perfect way to show your personality elegantly. A 'you' scarf is the scarf that expresses your personality perfectly, something that will make your friends will say 'this is so you'. It could be plain, patterned, floral, bright coloured or pastel(yes pastels can work in Autumn). The important thing is that you love it and it is durable as you will most likely wear the life out of it this season and maybe the next.
I like the collection of Autumn and winter Scarfs from Zara this season, I am loving this Soft scarf, so simple, looks warm and cosy at £25.99 a pop.
- Skip the discount (3 for £10) bin and go for a high quality scarf something around £20-£40, a nice scarf can easily upgrade an outfit and is long lasting.
- Go for a heavy weight and a wide width scarf that can double as a pashmina and cover-up. Ted Baker has a range of 'Kimono like' cover ups for winter, I will do a DIY on how to make one, no sewing and in no time. Leave a comment if you would like me to.
4. Double Breasted Trench CoatDo you know? The first trench coat was designed in 1912 and adapted in 1914 for officers to be worn in the trenches. Well that explains the name and the numerous pockets(for guns and grenades) the typical trench coat has. It has been 100years and the trench is still stylish and a wardrobe staple. Perfect for the unpredictable weather of the season, you could wear rags or nothing (I don't approve ;)) and still look fabulous with a great trench. While a typical Burberry trench retails for £995-£6000 you can get one for as little as £100. I recommend this Zara Double breasted trench coat, I have had mine for a couple of years and stills looks as good as new.
- Go for quality and as you want something long lasting.
- Dry clean instead of washing
- Change the buttons every year to freshen them up.
5. Ankle BootsThis is another Autumn must-have I love love love! Again anyone can wear them and they are easy to style. You can pair them with skirts, shorts, legging and dresses, they are great for transitioning weather and can be dressed up or down. Ankle boots all they way!!
Marks and Spencer have an amazing shoe/boots collection this season, with half sizes and wider width. I am loving this Suede Side Bow Ankle Boots an absolute bargain at £55. It has underfoot padding and nice comfy soles, I walked over 3miles in these boots last Friday night, no blisters and no pain the next day! Winner!
- Go for fit and comfort over style
- I have found low to mid heel ankle boots look best
- When looking to buy, find out if the shop reheels (Reheeling can extend the life of you shoes and save you money)
6. A Fresh pair of black Jeans
Most people already own a pair of black jeans but what they don't know is that most jeans have a shelf life (say what?). Black jeans especially begin to lose their fit and colour after 6 months to a year, blue jeans are different because they come in different washes. If you are one of those gorgeous ladies that love a nice pair of black jeans with loafers, flats or pumps then you would need to replace them every now and then. You would be surprised how something as simple as a new pair of jean can update your wardrobe this season. Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself; also you don't need to buy a super expensive pair; a good fitting H&M pair for around £20 looks and feels great.
I am currently loving this Henlow Skinny Jean from Jack Wills. It sits low on the rise, slims through the hips and thigh and tapers at the ankle to a super skinny fit that feels really comfortable thanks to the denim’s slight stretch. This is perfect for dressing up or down with your favourite tees.
- Wash jeans inside out and in cold wash to avoid fading
- Never dry with a dryer it ruins the shape and fades jeans
- Hang on a line to dry inside out
This my cheat sheet to a fabulous and stylish Autumn wardrobe, hope it inspires your next shopping trip.