My Savvy Fashion Picks For Autumn/Winter 2020
As I’m sitting here writing this post, I’m looking out of the window and thinking… “Where the heck did Summer go”?
Don’t get me wrong we were lucky with the sunshine whilst we were locked down and thank god, because it saved me from many a stress break out, sitting in my garden and watching the birds in the trees and the bees going about their business. Brings a little grounding!
Obviously, I had still done my seasonal Spring Summer 2020 round up of the trends which, with hindsight, was pretty pointless really… But at least those of us who did partake in the odd wearable purchase, went out with more of a smile.
Now, with the season turned and the high street trying it’s best to recover, let’s hope that the rich Autumnal colours, cosy knits and warm tailoring can bring us a little comfort. I for one, love the colder months because I’m such a coat and boots kinda girl! You see, having a little ginger in me makes me sweat in the shade from May through to August.
Anyhoo, let’s get this wearable trend show on the road and try and get you feeling a little less… meh and apathetic! Flip flops away, shoes that cover toes, on.
As always I filter through the damn right fantasy stuff and cut to the chase with things you would consider wearing next year, after all longevity of clothes in the current world is paramount, no need for frivoloty.
I always like to start with colour because it’s such a mood enhancer, lifting the spirits and bathing you in feelings of “ooh” I like that one and “ahhh” that reminds me of…
It’s also a great way to get you searching your wardrobe for any matches or start browsing the high street or online shopping platforms to fill any gaps.
Maybe you need a new winter coat or a perky piece of knitwear in a new colour? Maybe, Sandra from accounts is always frickin messing with the air conditioning so you need to think layering pieces to stop you freezing or prevent bouts of sweating and you're sick of wearing black?
Whatever colour floats your boat, know this… Red is queen followed closely by any shade or tint of beige or even better wearing them together.
Yes, the neutral everyone usually brands as “boring as hell”, no longer is. In fact, it’s chic and super easy to mix in your outfits as a hard working neutral, plus, it’s a little more stain forgiving than white if you have young kids… or always miss your mouth (maybe that’s just me?).
To be honest, I can’t wait for the chance to be actually invited somewhere to wear some colour, though it’s pretty likely I’ll be donning it on zoom instead. Oh well peeps, let’s make sure they have sunglasses to protect their eyes from my monitor crashing rainbow tops.
If bright colour scares you, then don’t be afraid to try it out in small doses, like in a piece of jewellery, accessory or nail polish. Many a happy time have I spent painting my nails in a wild colour whilst sipping a ‘vin rouge’ and watching a n y t h i n g with Tom Hardy in it!!! Don’t judge me.
Orange with green can be a vibrant but polished hit if tried in a neat print, because the two compliment each other and aren't too in your face. A very grown up way to wear two colours you probably wouldn't think of putting together without feeling like a pumpkin.
Just one last thing I want to mention too, as this covers the festive season, is that the metallic of choice this year is silver. So if you love a glitzy twist to your attire, then cool flecks and additions of the sparkly good stuff will be rife.
Oh and the offering of white in shoes and bags this season does not appeal to my practicality but you may disagree.
Print & Weave
Now, it wouldn't be Autumn or Winter without a check now would it? The "ole reliable" of the print world, once again struts its stuff in the editorial reels bringing you anything from a monochrome houndstooth to a vibrant plaid and even a cheeky gingham.
If you love a cape, scarf or coatigan then fill your trolley because this baby is going to keep on rolling for colder seasons to come. It's the print that just keeps giving, never goes out of fashion and great for cost per wear.
The trick is to find one that goes with all your simple block separates and colour palettes that sit in your drawers and hang in your wardrobe. If unsure, keep it simple and monochromatic.
Next up, is the spot which to be honest is like Marmite, you love em or hate em. Personally, I adore a polka dot because it makes me feel a bit cooky and well… me.
A good style tip is to wear the spot that's in keeping with your overall frame if you want a flattering look… So the more petite you are the smaller the dot and for a larger frame, a bolder and bigger one works better. But, hey, if you don’t care about all that and adore breaking rules, then wear any size you fancy!
Last, but not least, I want to give patchwork a mention for all those boho queens at heart. You can find it in the usual fabric scarf print or mixed pattern or it's also been applied as a technique to a patched suede skirt, boot or bag.
Let’s talk weave now.. So one of the fabrics of choice for those times you want to sexy things up a bit is leather. Whether it’s a skirt, glove, trouser or jacket you just can’t go wrong. Unless of course you’re trying to dust off your shoulder padded lovely from the 80’s, as that won’t quite work this time around.
Before you start shaking your head and thinking “pricey”, don’t feel you have to buy the real thing. There’s many a faux or vegan variety to whet your whistle and help ease your purse strings or ethics, plus the synthetic alternatives are much more pliable and can suit a more curvaceous bod.
Interesting knitwear with a bit of a texture or colour kick is another fabric hit especially if there's any additional decoration or sleeve focus going on, that way you can tick two trend boxes in one outfit swoop.
Our wardrobes can benefit from finer more interesting knits to layer up with or add oomph to a trouser too for those sneaky after work drinks or even better a small party of three (if we're allowed). Save your chunky knits for the sofa or dog walk.
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