Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

I’ve featured leopard print a lot lately, so in the interest of balance I thought I’d wear a bit of snake print. When I pulled out the leopard print skirt for the Style Not Age August theme I also rediscovered this old H&M one. It’s funny really because I used to wear pencil skirts a lot for work, and then I totally lost interest in them. The new season has revived my love for them, particularly the stretchy variety!

The snakeprint skirt, statement sleeves and red coat is a simple but effective formula that’s both classic and on trend.

This outfit is actually very similar to the Wild About Animal Print look, although this time I chose a top with sleeves that fit under a coat or jacket. The snakeprint skirt, statement sleeves and red coat is a simple but effective formula that’s both classic and on trend. The flared sleeves of the top balance out the close-fitting skirt, while the black tights and boots have a leg-lengthening effect. The coat is a nice length that works well with knee length dresses and skirts.¬†Nothing in this outfit is new, in fact most of it is years old. Rediscovering old pieces can be just as gratifying as buying new ones ūüôā

Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

The weather here in the UK is very changeable at the moment so it’s tights and boots one day, T-shirts and sandals the next!

Wearing a pencil skirt and a top with flared or ruffled sleeves also works for warmer weather if you swap boots for mules as I did here. The weather in the UK is very changeable at the moment so it’s tights and boots one day, T-shirts and sandals the next! Yesterday I went to London (you may have seen why on Instagram stories!) and I definitely had one too many layers on. Catching a very early train meant I needed a sweater and a jacket, but it was in the low 20s in London by the time I arrived. My goodness the tube was hot! Trying to take a jumper off on a bumpy and crowded Northern line train required every bit of my core strength! I’ll be sharing more about my fun-packed day in South London soon ūüėČ

Are you finding the fluctuating temperature a challenge too? I think I’m becoming obsessed with the weather app on my phone!

Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

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Snake print pencil skirt, black top with faux leather statement sleeves

Snake print pencil skirt, black top with faux leather statement sleeves, Mila Blu black bag

Snake print pencil skirt, black top with faux leather statement sleeves, Mila Blu black bag, Pia long owl necklace

Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

H&M skirt (old, similar) | Zara top (old, similar) | J by Jasper Conran coat (old, similar) | Mila Blu handbag (similar) | Pia necklace (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Tina of¬†Tina’s Pink Friday, Amy of¬†Amy’s Creative Pursuits¬†and Ruth of¬†My Little Nest!

 


 

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Five major fashion trends for A/W 2018

I’m now fully in A/W dressing mode and loving all the new season stuff that’s hitting the rails. On the high street, Zara and Mango are really knocking it out of the park, with animal and check prints featuring heavily. Some trends seem to come around every year, which is great because you don’t have to buy anything new. But fashion always throws up a few surprises and these can really divide opinion.

…I’ve picked out five major fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 that you’ll wear over and over again.

While I keep up to date with fashion trends I’m not interested in one season wonders. I prefer to invest in the styles that have longevity, which benefits both your bank balance and the environment. So if you’re looking to¬†update your wardrobe for the new season I’ve picked out five major fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 that you’ll wear over and over again.

Animal print

Five major fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 , leopard print outfits

Arguably the most prominent trend for Autumn is animal print. While it never goes out of fashion, suddenly it’s everywhere; leopard, snake, cheetah and zebra prints are BIG this season! I’m certainly not complaining ūüėČ I’m sure most of us have some animal print in our wardrobes, even if it’s just a bag or belt. That’s the beauty of this particular trend, you can go as subtle or as bold as you fancy. I’m more in the bold camp, but if you want to dip your toe in the water, then accessories are a good starting point.

Five major fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 , animal print outfits

Tartan, plaid, houndstooth and check print

Five major fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 , check, tartan and plaid print outfits

Another group of prints that are popular right now is what I’d loosely term check. Tartan, plaid, houndstooth and Prince of Wales check prints seem to feature every A/W. This year they’re bold, colourful and guaranteed to brighten up a dull Winter’s day. If wearing head-to-toe tartan is your thing then Zara has some great co-ord sets. But if understated is more your style, opt for houndstooth or a more desaturated check print. A big tartan blanket scarf is one of my favourite accessories when the weather turns really cold. I wear it doubled up around my neck outside, and use it as a shawl indoors.

 

Trouser suits

No longer confined to the boardroom, trouser suits (or pant suits) have made the transition from office wear to street style. They definitely don’t have to be dull or boring, not when there are so many colourful ones to choose from. (And don’t forget that you can wear your suit as separates for multiple outfit options). Go for full on glamour with a silky pussybow blouse and heels, or for a smart casual look wear with a slogan T-shirt and some classic Stan Smiths.

For an edgier option team your suit with another of this season’s big trends: chunky trainers. I decided not to include these on my list of major trends because a) I think a lot of people find them quite ugly, and 2) I suspect they’ll soon look a bit dated. (You just watch me be proved wrong now!) They’re certainly not as versatile¬†as simple white tennis shoes. But if you haven’t got upwards of ¬£500 to drop on a pair of Balenciaga Triple S trainers, there’s always good old Zara with some budget versions (which I actually prefer). I don’t yet own a matching jacket and trousers set, but it’s top of my list of new season purchases.

Cowboy boots

In my late teens I had a pair of cowboy boots that I wore pretty much every day. I’m sure I even wore them all through Summer too. They were so comfortable, and as I lived in jeans they were my go-to footwear. Back in those days I only had a few pairs of shoes and boots (hard to imagine, I know!) so by the time they had to be retired they were like old friends. In fact, the only reason I stopped wearing them was because they got wet and went mouldy, otherwise I’d be digging them out and wearing them now!

If the traditional cowboy boots are are a bit too “yee haw” for your taste, try a pair of Western style ankle boots. I like the ones with buckles, but there are plenty without, in various colours and prints and finishes. The shorter styles look great with jeans as well as maxi dresses for a boho vibe. The boots in the photo below are really comfortable, and and even though I’ve had them a while they’re still available in most sizes from Asos.

Five major fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 , LOTD red faux fur coat, Truffle Western ankle boots

 

Scarf print

Remember when the Queen¬†made a surprise visit to London Fashion Week in February where she sat on the FROW of British designer Richard Quinn’s show? Well, that might give us a clue as to why scarf print is making such an impact this season. Her Maj presented¬†the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn, who is an emerging talent celebrated for his screen printing. The show featured outfits made in a patchwork of silk¬†scarves and models wearing headscarves. But Quinn isn’t the only designer to showcase scarf prints; they also made an appearance in the Versace, Balenciaga and Vetements A/W 2018 collections.

As with all catwalk looks, scarf prints have trickled down to the High Street, so you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy into the trend. A maxi dress and boots makes for a stylish outfit, which you can layer a biker jacket over. Or team palazzo trousers and a silky blouse or camisole for an evening out, topped off with a velvet jacket. If neither of those take your fancy, a scarf tied at the neck instantly elevates a plain shirt or T-shirt. You can even tie it around your handbag for a more subtle option.

Which is your favourite trend for the new season? Are you buying anything new or shopping your closet?

 

 


 

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Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara cropped tartan trousers, Zara camel turtleneck sweater, Zara red belt bag

Although it’s only the second week of September it seems we are done with the warm weather here in the UK. There’s a real chill in the air, and we’ve even debated turning the central heating on! One consolation for the dip in temperatures though, is rediscovering jumpers and boots that have sat unworn for months (as well as buying a few new pieces!). This week I’m fully embracing the new season in tartan trousers¬†and a turtleneck sweater – both new purchases from Zara.

I don’t have much tartan in my wardrobe so it’s a bit of step outside my comfort zone. But that’s usually where the fun starts, right?

When I popped into the store to collect my leopard print shirt dress I had a little browse (as you do) and immediately spotted these cropped tartan trousers. I picked them up and put them down a few times before deciding to buy them. I don’t have much tartan in my wardrobe so it’s a bit of a step outside my comfort zone. But that’s usually where the fun starts, right? There is a matching top which I’ve pondered buying (especially after being so pleased with the mustard co-ord), but I don’t think I’d get much wear from it. It’s short sleeved for one thing, plus it’s quite long. But we’ll see, I might go back and try it on – just to satisfy my curiosity if nothing else.

Holding them up together I realised that the classic camel hue is just what these bold trousers need to tone them down a bit.

However, I didn’t have to look far for an alternative option because I found this camel sweater in the same section of the shop. Holding them up together I realised that the classic camel hue¬†is just what these bold trousers need to tone them down a bit. To top it all off (quite literally) I found this baker boy hat to compliment the sweater. All I needed to finish off the look were shoes and a bag.

It feels strangely liberating to not carry a shoulder bag! In fact I’m now such a fan of them I’ve bought a couple more…

The tartan print incorporates two of my favourite colours: red and mustard. As I’d yet to wear this red bag as a belt bag (I’ve worn it with the shoulder strap here and here) this outfit seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it. It feels strangely liberating to not carry a shoulder bag! In fact I’m now such a fan of them I’ve bought a couple more, including this same one in¬†black. I mean, why spend big bucks on a Gucci one (not that that’s an option for me) when you¬†can get a faux leather one that looks just as good?

Sock boots¬†are¬†a big trend again for this A/W, which is great news if¬†you love them as much as me! (Not that trends should dictate what you wear of course).¬†Last A/W I bought several pairs in various colours, some of which I haven’t even worn yet. The stretchy fabric makes them ideal for people with¬†bunions (provided they have adequate support)¬†as they don’t rub.¬†These red boots were the first pair I bought and kick started my obsession. They match the belt bag and¬†bring everything¬†together nicely to welcome the new season!

What are your favourite new season trends? Do you love dressing for the cooler weather?

Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara cropped tartan trousers, Zara camel turtleneck sweater, Zara red belt bag

Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara cropped tartan trousers, Zara camel turtleneck sweater, Zara red belt bag

Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara cropped tartan trousers, Zara camel turtleneck sweater, Zara red belt bag

Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara camel baker boy hat

Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara cropped tartan trousers, Zara camel turtleneck sweater, Zara red belt bag

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Embracing the new season in tartan trousers and a turtleneck sweater, Zara cropped tartan trousers, Zara camel turtleneck sweater, Zara red belt bag

Trousers, sweater, belt bag and hat all from Zara | Raid boots from Asos

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Audrey of Five Foot Nothing Shopping, Darlene of Aquamarina Style and Linda of A Labour of Life!

 


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Stripes, polka dots and frills

I’ve had to force myself to step away from the leopard print (albeit momentarily) and wear some of my other recent sale purchases. Even though I already own a pair of silky black culottes I couldn’t resist these with the frill on one side. On paper they don’t make sense – I mean who would want to add width to their hips? But the unusual design spoke to me, and I figured that if I kept the top half fitted they might not make my hips look mahoosive.

Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!

I’d intended to pair them with a stretchy close-fitting T-shirt or vest, but this striped top was already laid out on the bed. You know how it is when an outfit comes about by fluke rather than planning. The top is quite long, but it doesn’t ruin the line of the frill; if anything it improves it. I can’t tell you how comfortable this top is, it just feels so lovely to wear. It’s lightweight and super stretchy, plus it doesn’t crease! The knotted detail accentuates the waist, balanced out by the flared sleeves. I also like the high neckline, as I’m not really into low cut tops any more. Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

I don’t think I’ve ever worn stripes and polka dots together, so it was high time I put the two together! This black and white outfit just needed a little colour, which I added with the faux leather bag and red statement earrings. The detachable strap means I can wear it as a crossbody or grab bag. It’s a practical size too, great for days out because it holds all my essentials without weighing me down.

Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?).

I actually hurt myself when I went to France by carrying my heavy rucksack on my shoulder. In hindsight I should have worn it on my back (well, it is a backpack!) but you know how it is in airports when you need to keep getting documents out. For weeks afterwards I had a numb patch and frequent pins and needles. Lesson learned! For my next holiday I’ve bought a slimline beltbag that is just big enough to hold my passport and boarding card. I always think it’s ridiculous that you have to show your boarding card just to buy a magazine!

Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?). For warm evenings I’ll team them with a camisole and flat or wedge sandals. And for a different take on wearing stripes, polka dots and frills I could combine them in a dress like this one from Asos.

Do you love to wear stripes and polka dot prints together? What’s your favourite pattern mix?

STRIPES AND POLKA DOTS

Laura Ashley orange grab bag, Marks & Spencer polka dot slingback shoes

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Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Asos frill culottes | River Island top (similar) | Marks & Spencer shoes | Laura Ashley bag (similar) | Zara earrings | Missoni sunglasses (similar) | Pia ring


 

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Zara leopard print shirt dress, Marks & Spencer ochre high cut court shoes

Two major trends I’m loving for A/W are animal print and shades of deep yellow. In fact I wore both of my latest obsessions in last week’s Style Not Age and Style With a Smile¬†posts. It’s true that I’ve always been a fan of animal print, particularly leopard…it’s never not in style is it? Wearing it head to toe might not be to everyone’s taste but I have no such reservations!

I do have another leopard print shirt dress, but it’s shorter than this one. Plus, it’s more of a grey than a true leopard print. When I saw this one on the Zara website I suspected it might sell out quickly so I snapped it up right away. I collected my order in store and one of the assistants was wearing it with white trainers, which I thought looked fab. I will have to try that for a casual look. On this occasion I opted for a pair of high cut faux suede court shoes in the shade of the moment: ochre. At ¬£25 they are a total bargain, and really comfortable too. The high cut design is bunion-friendly, and as they are from the Insolia range at Marks & Spencer, they provide fantastic support.

A black biker jacket would look fab with this dress too, especially teamed with white trainers for a casual look.

This time of year is all about the transition from warmer Summer temperatures to cooler Autumn weather, and finding outfits that fit the bill. Shirt dresses are ideal because you can layer with them. Wearing them unbuttoned with a vest underneath (as I did here) is one option. Or you can add a gilet on top (or both if it’s really cold). A black biker jacket would look fab with this dress too, especially teamed with white trainers for a casual look. Tights and ankle boots will take this dress right through the Winter months. The buttons end above the knee so you might find it more suitable to wear with tights.

Zara leopard print shirt dress, Marks & Spencer ochre high cut court shoes

Zara leopard print shirt dress, Marks & Spencer ochre high cut court shoes

Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring

Would you believe, this bag was a gift from my mum when she went to Venice in the 1990s…and I’d never used it before?

Keeping with the animal theme I’m wearing my Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring. It’s quite old now but I’ve found a similar one for only ¬£12 from Urban Outfitters. Would you believe, this bag was a gift from my mum when she went to Venice in the 1990s…and I’d never used it before? At the time I didn’t have the occasion to use it (being an impoverished student) and so it just sat in the cupboard. It’s such an ususual design with the red lining. After all these years it was just what I wanted to go with this dress, being predominantly neutral with a flash of bright colour. After hoarding it for so long I think I can now call it vintage, right?

Are you going wild for animal print and hues of deep yellow like me?

Zara leopard print shirt dress, Marks & Spencer ochre high cut court shoes

Zara leopard print shirt dress, Marks & Spencer ochre high cut court shoes

Zara leopard print shirt dress

Zara leopard print shirt dress. circle earrings

Zara leopard print shirt dress, Marks & Spencer ochre high cut court shoes

Zara dress | Marks & Spencer shoes | vintage bag | Kenneth Jay Lane doorknocker ring (similar)

 

Last week’s favourties were…

Amy of¬†Amy’s Creative Pursuits, Jen of Librarian for Life and Style¬†and Ada of¬†Elegance and Mommyhood!

 


 

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