With the autumnal weather now kicking in, we’re officially allowed to embrace the chunky knits, scarves and boots again. I for one always get excited about the prospect of updating my wardrobe and getting into the shops to refresh some old looks and find a few new ones. And if I’m really honest- I prefer winter dressing to summer…there is more scope for creativity.
In this month’s blog I want to share some tips on how to get the best out of your current wardrobe and also highlight some of this season’s best picks.
THE WARDROBE WEED
We all know the saying “Prior Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Performance” and this is never more true than when thinking about one’s own wardrobe or next shopping trip. For those that know me, I am renowned for being a planner…I love a list. I love ticking things off it (yes, I even write things down on the list just so I can cross them out). Lists make me feel calm, in control and focused. So, it will come as no surprise that I am listing the VITAL steps to go through pre-shopping or what I call my Essential Fashion Tasks (EFTs):
Most of the consultations I do in the Autumn are spent helping my clients to sort out their wardrobes… a twice-yearly EFT to find out what is past its best, which things are keepers, where the gaps are and what you need to buy. You can then put together a happy list of ‘must-haves’ to either find online or in the shops.
By having a good rummage and sort out of your wardrobe it will become clear to you the items you obviously love buying (for me it’s leopard print shoes ) and items you find more challenging…. such as a causal pair of trousers that aren’t jeans. If you have these repeat-purchase habits you really will end up with annoying gaps in your wardrobe and the very real prospect of having NOTHING TO WEAR for a particular occasion.
Be clear on what colours suit you and how you should wear them. Do you find bright colours make you sparkle or do they overwhelm you? Do you feel you always gravitate towards black as you are not sure of what other colours would work for you?
Be sure about the cuts and fabrics that flatter you, the prints or scale you should look out for and which to avoid like the plague!
All of these EFTs will help you prevent the “trial and error” style of shopping which can be extremely expensive and far more importantly – play havoc on your self-esteem! There is nothing worse than standing in a changing room with your jeans around your ankles and a dress on which is clinging in all the wrong places. There will be a reason why it doesn’t work, so make sure you know this before you take the item off the rail – we’re aiming for you to be skipping out the changing rooms rather then heading straight for the wine bar to drown your sorrows!
THE HOT PICKS
So, now you know what you need, you can have fun finding the items you want. Here are some edited highlights of what is hot this season, that will suit most body shapes and are easy to get hold of on the high street:
These are such a useful addition to your wardrobe, as they instantly make an outfit look cool with very little effort. Here is a suede one from H&M, great with waisted dresses or long, wide leg trousers. There are also so many imitation leather ones out there too which are so practical as they are wipe clean (easy to remove all unwanted traces of the kids) and for the price of a jumper it’s a no-brainer. I like this one from Mango…
Here’s my trusty biker from H&M – I love it and a grey version is good if you can’t wear black.
If you wanted to spend a bit more and buy a jacket made of real leather, I would recommend Hush, All Saints or Baukjen. I got mine for All Saints in Bicester Village at a snip…so would really recommend a trip there as the bargains can be fantastic.
Velvet and cord:
Visions of being dressed in velvet as a child and feeling like a trussed-up chicken have to be banished here as velvet is cool again, as is cord…
This dress from Monsoon:
….is beautiful. A brilliant colour and style for Winter party and could easily be dressed down with a biker jacket over the top. You could also get a cord jacket like this one from Urban Outfitters to go with jeans and over a jumper…adding lots of texture to the outfit.
All things shiny, shimmery and metallic this season- starting with trainers…
Look at these beauties from Pink Boutique
…so easy to wear yet such a great way to add a bit of excitement to a simple outfit.
Or you could add it in embelishment on your boots. These starry gems are from Keith Scarrott:
If you enter “KESHOP” in the checkout- you get free postage and packaging…
This cross body silver bag from New Look also caugth my eye ….paired with checks or velvet- it would really add a touch of glamour without trying too hard!
I would love to know how you get on – tag me on Instagram to share your much-loved purchases! Good Luck!
An Endorsed Blog from Kate Evans
Kate has been a qualified Image Consultant and Life Coach for over 12 years. Her friendly and relaxed approach as well as her understanding of styling means that she knows how to find clothes that truly fit people’s personalities, colouring, body shape and lifestyle. Not only will you look and feel better after a consultation with her, you’ll be able to shop more efficiently and get dressed in the morning without decision fatigue.
Kate works from her studio in Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, but can-do consultations via Skype, online shopping trips and will obviously travel to your home if needed.
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