Our scrummy summer continues and here I am viewing the new season’s Autumn Collections! Am I potentially jinxing a good thing? I certainly hope not.
Whilst new seasons might deliver a different weather package, they’re also the arrival of new clothing and accessories to add to our gorgeousness.
I’ve been browsing through the latest EziBuy catalogues and I’m in love with these wee delights…
What’s not to love about this sexy wee number? I particularly like the floaty chiffon sleeves; a lot of woman have a thing about their upper arms and this is a soft, delicate way of giving you some cover, whilst still leaving an open, airy feeling. This is a very flattering, slimming style. This dress would be great for work, evening-wear and special occasions. Add a splash of colour through your shoes – yellow, orange, pink, red, purple… Add a fine necklace or a chunky bangle.
Layering is a really important aspect of styling. Here we have the effect of a shorter top that helps balance our top and bottom halves but with the added length and comfort of the black under layer. Whilst this top is loose fitting, the slim leg-line of the trouser gives an overall slimming look. This gorgeous top can be worn at work and on the weekend. Add a blazer, waterfall jacket (as shown) or cardigan for cooler months, or a fine merino knit underneath (just ensure that the necklines of the top and merino knit complement each other, same shape/outline). I’d add a delicate long pendant necklace as a finishing touch.
Winter Pastels were all the rage in the northern hemisphere for Autumn/Winter, particularly pale/blush and dusky pink. The colour was a hit for coats and jackets. The long-line of this jacket is very slimming. Don’t feel you have to button it up, wear it open with a cream, navy, aqua, black or chocolate coloured top.
This jacket would also look great with jeans. I’m loving the pants they’re showing here.
I’ve got one word for this – YUM! What more can one say! If the length is a little too risky for you, you could wear with tights, leggings or fitted trousers with it. You don’t have to wear the dress buttoned to the neck, leave one or two buttons open if you wish.
This overall look is bang on-trend, complete with fringe tassle bag and trainers. Transition the whole look easily into work wear by wearing ankle boots or a dressy shoe and replace the t-shirt with a dressier top.
I love the striking print, in classic black & white, and the slimming line of this tunic top. You can wear this top with leggings and heels (as shown), or a slim line trouser, something at your comfort level. Some may feel comfortable wearing it as a dress. For cooler months, team with a tailored blazer or a more free-flowing jacket. Wear a dressy heel or an ankle boot with your leggings or trousers.
This is classic styling that won’t date and I can imagine it being a firm favourite in most wardrobes.
Capes are very popular this season. This version is worn as a top and looks very stylish. I’m very very tempted, very.
This jacket is GORGEOUS. We can see here how fabulous it sets a casual look but imagine replacing the tee with something a little dressier and there you have your work wear sorted. It would work really well with the tunic tops listed above. The softness of the chiffon means it would look great for evening too. I can imagine this being a very versatile piece that you’ll wear time and again.
Bomber jackets and jogger pants (as shown) are also bang on-trend this season. They were introduced last season and proved popular, though some women have yet to get their head around wearing a cuffed pant. It’s all about the shoes you wear with them – trainers (sneakers) or other casual flats (as shown), or depending on the pants themselves, they look great with a heel (see below). I’ve encouraged women to wear this style of pants to evening functions with a heel – they’re fabulous.
The cuffed pant is better suited to a woman of average to tall height, the cuff itself can cut the visual leg-line making legs appear a little shorter than they are.
Back to the bomber jacket, the khaki colour is a fantastic alternative to black for those in the Warm Colour Palette.
Chunky, oversized knitwear is one of the key trends this Autumn/Winter. And Winter Pastels (as seen in this fabulous sweater from Next, right) are all the rage too. Consider going up a size so the sleeves are longer and it’s even more slouchy. Combine your chunky knit or cardigan with leather pants or skirt, jeans or a soft, flowing skirt.
The deep V in this top is very flattering and will work exceptionally well if you’re big busted. The sleeve length is also great for covering your upper arms if you’re conscious about them. Wear with a straight or flared skirt or with trousers, either full or straight.
Must dash, off to try on some new clothes 😉
Lisa Lyford is the Founder & Stylist of Gorgeous Me, personal styling and makeovers – styling advice, tips, ideas and makeovers of everyday women. Gorgeous Me, because every woman deserves to look and feel fab.