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Fashion Bite: Autumn Staples

Fashion Bite: Autumn Staples

Now that i’ve got my Autumn/Winter colour palettes down, it’s got me thinking about the staple pieces and looks for the new season!

My first priority when the weather gets cooler is always warmth. I get cold easily and nothing makes me more miserable, so staying toasty and warm is my main priority; but I like to look good whilst doing it! I could get all bundled up in ski-gear and not dive a damn, but I’d rather not…so I’m looking at ways to layer and cover up whilst still looking good and stylish!

I have my colours…now I need the Pieces!

Cable-Knit

I’m loving cable knit this season, and it’s everywhere and in every fabric and style. You can get thick, chunky cable knit pullovers, or fine, fitted cashmere. There are cardigans and v-necks, crew-necks and roll-necks, but whatever your weave of choice, cable knit is a must!
Cable Knit
Open Cable Knit Cardigan in Grey – Massimo Dutti. Carrie Jumper in Cherry – Crew Clothing. Cocoi Cable Knit Top in Dark Grey – L.K.Bennett. Classic Cable V-Neck in Cerulean – Crew Clothing.

The Jumper-Dress

I’m sure you’ve all caught on to my love affair with Hush by now, and they have a gorgeous selection of jumper-dresses, in all shapes, fabrics, styles and colours, so you’re spoilt for choice. But it’s not only Hush, they’re being featured in many a line this season, and it’s not hard to see why. We all want to be warm and cozy, but why stop a sweaters and jeans? You can be feminine, chic and still stay warm with a cute little cashmere tunic and some thick tights and boots. Super chic and still toasty warm!
Dress
Felted Wool Dress in Burgundy – Hush. Cable Knit Maxi Sweater in Natural Cream – Massimo Dutti. Long Sweater Dress in Dark Charcoal Marl – The White Company. Bobbina Pointelle Knit Dress in Cobalt – Reiss.

Corduroy

I used to be against corduroy, but I’ve grown to love it recently. It’s thicker and therefore warmer than jeans – why do you think farmers wear it? – and this season it’s available in a huge variety of styles and fits as well as a great range of vibrant tones that have turned it into a statement piece and a staple for this season!
Cord
Skinny Cords in Ecru – Hush. 1969 Real Straight Cords in Ruby Wine – Gap. Skinny Corduroy Jeans in Charcoal – Jaeger. Cord Skinny Trousers In Ink Blue – Toast.

The Ankle Boot

I adore ankle boots and they’re all over the place this Autumn. In leathers, suedes, velvets…and with buckles and cut-outs and high heels and flat heels. It’s almost worth getting them in every colour and style imaginable as they can be the focal piece of any outfit. Just make sure you wear ankle-crops to really show off your boots – chelsea, cut out, jodhpur or side buckle. Whatever your look, there’s a boot to go with it!
Boots
High Heel Ankle Boot With Straps in Black – Massimo Dutti. Leather Ankle Boots in Blue – & Stories. Carnaby Boot in Praline – Boden. Leather Ankle Boots in Red Dark – & Stories.

Masculine Tailoring

Especially with the monochrome colour palette, a sharp cut shirt with fitted blazer and straight leg trouser is a look with which to make a statement. Be bold and ultra-chic with hard lines and crisp, contrasting colours. It’s all about the shirts and the jackets; tuxedo, blazer, crop or a full-on overcoat can be the item that brings an outfit together and sets you apart. There’s a reason that men’s suit’s have never gone out of style, a classic look shouldn’t be messed with, but why should the boys have all the fun?
Masculine
Straight Wool Trousers in camel – Massimo Dutti. Tulip Snake Silk Print Shirt in Indigo – Reiss. Bethany Jacket in Mulberry – Hobbs. One Button Blazer in Black – & Stories. Classic Drape Shirt in Cream – Jigsaw.

Accessorize, Accessorize!

It’s all very well layering up, but they accessories are what finishes the job. Scarves, wrist warmers, snoods, hats…well they’re all seasonal musts, but this season, make them the statement piece…the central focus of your whole outfit. Wear a vivid-red scarf and wrist-warmers with your monochrome shirt and jacket…throw on some animal print to liven up your neutral look or even just focus on the details and ensure that your belt matches your shoes and bag and that each different element fits in seamlessly with the rest of your outfit. Whatever you choose to do with them, just remember that the accessories are the key to staying warm and looking good this Autumn.
Accessories
Textured Knit Mittens in Ecru – Hush. Erin Hobo Bag in Oxblood Red – Toast. Narrow Leopard Print Belt – Massimo Dutti. Tuck Stitch Snood in Taupe Marl – The White Company. Leopard Contrast Scarf in Blue – Anthropologie.

Cover these simple staples in a variety of this seasons colours and you’ll be sure you have a wardrobe where you can create a thousand outfits with the minimal effort. Classic looks are classic looks for a reason, but you can always make them your own!

Fashion Bite: Casual-Smart Workwear

I’m working as an intern for a PR company at the moment, and the office ‘dress-code’ is ‘casual’…
…But then, we’re often going to events or meetings with clients at the last minute, so I suppose it’s really ‘smart-casual’.

Now, I’ve always hated the ambiguity of this term, but it is the only term that fits: so I need to find a way to bring some ‘smart’ to my everyday clothes, so that I can go to an event at The Guardian, or whatever, and not be completely underdressed.

So, I’ve got three basic looks that I go with for work, and I can mix and match and wear different combinations but I know I always look professional but understated and I’m not over-dressed for a casual day at the office!

OUTFIT 1

I love this outfit because it’s fun, it’s relaxed and soft, but with the silk shirt, heels and blazer it still looks smart. It’s versatile; I can wear some grey suede flats which makes it much more casual, and put on the jacket and boots for an instant lift to the outfit. The coloured jeans add a sense of fun and keep it low-key, but the silk shirt gives a proffessional air, and I think that cardigan just brings the whole outfit together – and it’s cashmere, so it’s been keeping me warm in these past few Autumn weeks!
Jacket: Massimo Dutti Cardigan: The White Company Shirt: Reiss Jeans: Boden Scarf: The White Company Boots: Boden

OUTFIT 2

This is another of my favourite outfits. It’s a little more masculine than the last outfit and has a more ‘stylish’ look, rather than ‘pretty’. It’s a classic combination of jeans, shirt and jacket, but it’s such a great combination with thousands of ways to go. Blue jeans automatically say casual, so the black chelsea boots give it a more dressed up look and the patterned silk shirt, tucked in with a nice belt smartens it further. I specify tucked in because I feel that untucking the shirt immediately brings it back down to casual; another demonstration of the versatility of this outfit! Once again, the cardigan brings the whole outfit together, tying with the black boots where the blue shirt ties with the blue jeans. Then throwing a nice black blazer over the top brings the whole thing to a more professional look, as well as adding those all important thermal layers!
Jacket: Massimo Dutti Cardigan: L.K.Bennet Shirt: Reiss Jeans: Gap Scarf: Crew Clothing Boots: Boden

OUTFIT 3

Once again, I find this to be such a versatile outfit. I would wear it on a lazy sunday around the house, but I can so easily dress it up to be suitable for work and anything else that may come my way! The tan jeans with the simple white camisole and pale jumper are very simple and casual, but with the addition of my favourite boots and a nice necklace the whole outfit has a much more put together and smart look to it. Add the jacket and, although it’s still quite casual, it gives a more polished look to a comfortable and casual outfit. Then add the scarf for a burst of colour to lift the whole outfit!
Jacket: Massimo Dutti Jumper: Massimo Dutti Camisole: Banana Republic Jeans: Boden Scarf: Zara Boots: Boden

As you can probably tell, I’m big on staples. I don’t think anyone can have too many pairs of jeans, shirts, cardigans, jumpers, jackets, boots or scarves. And with a variety of styles and colours in these few items, you can put together a thousand and one different outfits!

I tend to find a good thing and then keep going with it: I love Massimo Dutti jackets, and know they are well cut and fit me well, so I get them in a whole load of varied styles and colours!…I loved the style and feels of the Boden Chelsea boots, so I buy a different colour every season! (Or so it seems; I got the black ones last winter and the grey this summer in the sale.)

I have real problems with jeans; I have very narrow hips, so finding a well made pair of good-fit jeans is tricky for me; 7 For All Mankind, Levis’s, Gap and, I’ve recently discovered, Boden are the only places where I can get decent fitting Jeans. So I buy them in all colours!

With a few staple items: Jeans, shirts, jackets boots and an assortment of accessories, you can create hundreds of different outfits to suit every occasion, whether it be a casual day around the office or drinks event with clients. By mixing and matching, you can suit every need and turn an everyday outfit into a smart, stylish and professional look. A classic combination is classic for a reason!