Purse Friendly Picks For A Stylish Winter 22/23.
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Ok, so Summer has buggered off and the cooler months are here and with them comes the impending darker nights and the expensive countdown to the 'C' word (Christmas). Add to that the financial uncertainty that is currently sweeping the country, it may feel like you're cutting down on the extras and tightening your belt in preparation, and I assure you, you are not alone.
However, chances are that you will still be wanting to have fun, leave your house, go to work, attend festive shindigs and family get togethers so there's no reason why you can't apply some outfit happy and cast aside your joggers.
This blog is therefore not necessarily about buying in the new, unless you can spare a few quid or want to add an item to your pressie wish list, it's also about seeing what's hot and available this season so that you can check your drawers and wardrobe for similar lovelies you already own.
Not only this but you can also enjoy a little styling inspiration and refresh your vibe if you want to.... Cheer yourself up with a smug 'outfit nailed' grin for up and coming events.
You can't beat that feeling of looking and feeling a million quid knowing you haven't spent a million quid As a tight northerner, this is something that runs freely through my veins, and I want to pass that onto you.
So without further ado, I present to you my summary of this season's wearable trends and have picked out my purse savvy picks for Autumn and Winter 2022/23 and beyond..... #costperwear so that you too can reap the same rewards.
So bright saturated hues remain steadfast with statement head to toe colour or if you prefer, quieter little pops of colourful gestures your outfits.
Green and Pink are taking the centre stage this season, from the vivid primary to the light pastel and would make a great staple in a winter coat or quirky knit. There's also the popular jewelled purples, fiery reds and midnight blues that seem to wash the festive season with rich luxe fabrics such as satins and velvets.
Don't worry though if you're sweating at the thought of pulling off all these colours because there is always a route for the neutral lovers and classic followers and this season it takes the form of beautiful browns and creams.
There's no boredom in beige here though because the choices are rich, from caramels to toffees and tans to tobaccos,. Just think chocolate heaven and 'Werthers Originals'... nom nom.
These staple lovelies can be mixed surprisingly well with yellow ochres, oranges, purples and blues, yes indeed, so get out your denims and soft knits and get comfy.
Once again the metallic lovers have a plethora of choice and anything shiny remains steadfast well into spring, so look for it in jewellery and accessories if you're not into the full on high-shine in your clothing .
A neutral metallic such as gold or silver are easy outfit saviours and go with just about everything. Very hard working, especially in a clutch or item of footwear.
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Yes, my friends, trends don't have to be ridiculously loud. This season all things outdoorsy and practical are showcasing highly, from the quilted coat to the checked shirt and all are here to stay so you may well have something already lurking in your wardrobe.
It doesn't matter what colour it is so you can go 'freelance' here and work them into blazers, macs, coats, trousers and skirts whoopee.
For extra savvy style points, houndstooth and gingham check are particularly featured this season.
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Animal prints, particularly smaller spots such as a cheetah print is proving a seasonal returner so get back to nature and pop some faux in your wardrobe or accessorise darling.
Personally, I find less is usually more with this kind of print, so just one piece does the trick else you'll be getting signed up for Lion King productions.
I use animal prints as a neutral accent to lift an outfit or create a focal point and it works with so many colours so has a long shelf or wardrobe life.
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If your tastes are a little more bohemian then bold floral prints and paisley pieces might be more up your street. I saw many a ditsy flower and dark dramatic bloom in my research, which makes the usual upbeat retro theme a little more evening chic,. Always a sexier look, I think, for winter drinkies in snug little corners with your beau.
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Don't forget too that busy prints are a magical friend to your outfit confidence as they can streamline and balance the bodyline as well as giving your less loved areas some camouflaging.
Keep scale in mind too when it comes to print because it can give further flattery points, So, petite frames and height enjoy a smaller ditsier print whereas a larger frame and taller height can work a bigger bolder print.
For the more dramatic and funky types, artsy and 60's groovy prints make an entrance on everything from dresses to knitwear, so your festive jumpers are bound to be a little more interesting this year.
Luxe fabrics such as leather (faux of course) head for the tailoring department and lace and satin become chic pairings.
With themes of equestrian , Americana , 90's party and biker chick taking lead with many outfit inspirations then I reckon you have plenty of ideas to work from.
It would be prudent to note that despite all these genres, the neat and the tailored remain rooted for all those who have simpler tastes, albeit there is plenty of opportunity to throw your hat at a different colour in your basics as well as trying a looser fit in your jeans. The skinny fit is no longer an essential piece of kit.
The trouser suit, is still a welcomed addition to any wardrobe whether you work in an office or not. The blazer and trousers can be worn separately with other items, plus, when worn as a suit, going from work to evening doesn't have to be hard if you swap a blouse to a satin/lacy camisole and a flat to a heel. Love the edgy and savvy take on power dressing in which the trouser suit is no longer solely for the corporate world.
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On the whole, the hemlines seem to be hanging around the longer lengths in skirts and dresses, albeit the mini skirt is making a come-back. Don't panic, when worn with opaque tights and boots with a natty knit, you can still feel confident and warm.
Tops and dresses with interesting cut-outs or sheer peep-age are rife and so a little chiffon or lace can tick this box even if it's just a subtle neckline or sleeve.
It's the Little Things
Ah the hard working accessory, whether it be a clutch, a shoe or a necklace, they are the lynch pins to any outfit and can work magic on the simplest of looks, whether you want to look dressed down or dressed up.
This season they are fun, friendly and practical (for the most part) and can be worked into your seasonal separates.
Let's start with bags.... well they range from the small and structured to the large and slouchy with a considerable revival of the stud and metallic finish thrown in for good measure. Yes metal hardware is key...so buckles, zips and chains can easily add customisable upgrades to shoes and bag you might already have.
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Footwear has stayed sensible with rigid soles and block heels and the chelsea boot is back with a vengeance. The taller boot can be slouchy or structured like a riding boot and either bodes well for a better fit around the ole shapely calves. Look for elasticated segments and wider fits if you have strong calves.
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If you want to add some sparkle to your festive wardrobe though, then crystals, sequins and embellished twinkling is rife and sure to add the Cinderella touch to any shoe, flat or high.
As a nod to the 60's vibe you will find a platform sole or a chuncky high heel knocking about so you can totter about with a little more height if you want it.
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If you love a scarf, I know I do, then get rifling through your drawers for a little silk number and tie it to your bags, round your neck or on your head and you'll be on trend and updated in no time.
Love the little things don't you? Speaking of little, there's not much room for delicate pieces and tiny gems this season, though pearls and charms are super popular in all forms.
For the most part, it's go big or go home, as statement bangles, chains and rings add lovely focal points and make great talking points. Flora and fauna can be seen running through all aspects of jewellery this season from lillies to butterflies.
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Top of the Picks
Ok, so I've blasted through the looks, feely bits and extras, but what about the main purse savvy picks Sara, I hear you say? What should I invest my hard earned dosh into for a well worn Autumn and Winter? Well fear not, I have once again picked out what I believe to be the best pieces to look out for until Summer.
* The Out-Out Jacket
Whether it's a biker, blazer, bomber or varsity style, if you can arrange it chicly over your outfit, then it's as easy as that. Practical and warm outerwear is key going snuggly into the cold snaps but your parka just doesn't cut the mustard when you want to up your look with your evening ensemble.
Therefore, my advice, is to invest in an additional piece that will be versatile for socialising, even if it's as simple as a blanket scarf or chunky pashmina.
* The Ankle Boot
Wear with jeans and trousers or don your pins with opaque tights and dresses/skirts. They look fabulous and come in all sorts of finishes and heels. If you're not sure about what shoes goes with what lengths and styles check out my helpful blog here..
This season in particular I'm putting my money into a pair of chelsea boots but you can wear what you love.
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* A Luxe Lovely
Adding a bit of touchy feely always leaves me feeling special and what better way to scoop up this feeling then popping a bit of tactile interest to your outfit. It can be as simple as a leather trouser, velvet clutch or a bit of satin trim that gives you that 'i'm worth it' factor.
Of course, a quality faux fur is fabulous too if you want a bit of comforting stroke-ability. Anything goes as long as it feels 'extra'. and special.
I'm going with the fluff this season and airing my vintage flying jacket with the shearling trim and donning my fluffy gloves.
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This is one for all those parties and also provides a useful piece to work into outfits that need a lift. A blingy accessory or sequin lovely just keeps giving for eons in your outfits whether it be a shoe, clutch or other accent.
If you don't like sparkle then try a subtle gold or silver staple that's a little different like a handbag or pair of stylish flats and if you do love an eye catching piece of jewellery then treat yourself to a cocktail ring, statement earring or necklace with a focal point or interesting design.
With so many gorgeous separates you want to wear ,as well as your faithful jeans, I think every closet should have a 'go to' staple that works with everything when you need an easy 'dressed up' look.
So riding this season's wave of using the simple white vest or tank for popping under jackets, button downs and cardigans I want to push the vest a little further for evening opportunities.
Therefore, I want to champion the satin/lace camisole or vest because I think they really are a great way to add a bit of under-glam with jeans , trousers or skirts and they don't have to be slinky and strappy or even plain.
Cast your next wide and see what's out there. Just add heels.
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So there we have it, a whistle stop tour of the trends to look out for and weave into your outfits. I've given you my top picks to embrace and suggest that you scour the vintage and pre-loved too for extra purse savviness.
In the meantime, if you have any comments, questions or foibles regarding the new season, please do let me know, it's always good to get in touch and get personal guidance.
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