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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Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

I can’t remember when my obsession with jewellery started, I think maybe I was born with it. As a little girl I was mesmerised by¬†sparkly necklaces and rings. Over the years I’ve acquired quite a collection, mostly costume jewellery which is fun to wear, but I really treasure the special pieces.¬†This Eternal Collection¬†Akoya pearl and black Cubic Zirconia necklace is one of those pieces. When Eternal invited me to choose an item of jewellery to review I browsed the website for ages, wondering how on earth I was going to¬†choose from so many beautiful pieces. However, after much deliberation I finally decided on the Akoya pearl and cubic zirconia necklace. It will go with so many outfits and I love it’s understated elegance.

Pearls are incredibly flattering to all skin tones and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

Pearls are incredibly flattering to all skin tones and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. The single Akoya pearl sits at the centre of the flower, surrounded by jet black Cubic Zirconias. The pendant hangs from a sterling silver diamond cut box chain with a hallmarked lobster clasp fastening. I chose a simple black dress with a deep v-neck to wear with it so I could show it off to full effect.

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

The Eternal Collection costume jewellery online store was established in 2007 and is owned and run by husband and wife team, Paul and Pauline Buttress. Paul and his team make about two thirds of the jewellery, while the in-house ranges are complimented with beautiful items sourced from around the world, including a stunning range of Murano glass necklaces and earrings.

The team will adjust lengths of necklaces on request, fit alternative clasps and change types of earring fitments.

The necklace arrived in a beautiful box with a lovely handwritten note.¬†I thought that was a lovely gesture. In fact Eternal have been an absolute delight to collaborate with. Pop over to the website and have a browse, I guarantee you’ll love the jewellery!¬†The team will¬†adjust lengths of necklaces on request, fit alternative clasps and change types of earring fitments.

Standard UK delivery is only £2.50, which I think is very reasonable. You could start your Christmas shopping early!

Do you love to wear pearls too? Let me know in the comments!

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace

Eternal Collection Akoya Pearl and Black Cubic Zirconia necklace Ganni dress Carvela silver shoes

Necklace : Eternal | dress: Ganni | shoes: Carvela

 

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Bonmarche Floral Sateen Dress

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing with you another¬†dress from¬†Bonmarch√©’s¬†new arrivals. In my last post I wore the¬†jersey floral tea dress¬†that’s featured in the new TV advert. Staying with floral print, I also chose a more formal dress from the new collection. ¬†This pretty¬†floral sateen dress¬†is perfect for¬†a party or a wedding. It’s a very flattering length ending just below the knee. I find some fit and flare dresses are too short for me but this one is just right.

The deep V at the back offsets the high neckline nicely, and makes it very easy to zip up without dislocating your shoulder!

The dress is really comfortable and feels very light. It’s made of cotton sateen with 2% elastane for a little bit of stretch. The deep V at the back offsets the high neckline nicely, and makes it very easy to zip up without dislocating your shoulder! You could really show it off to maximum effect by wearing your hair up and adding some drop earrings.

I chose a¬†red beaded bib necklace to break up the top half because a high neckline can look blocky when you’re busty.

As I have a long torso and very big rib cage (thanks for that mum!) the waistband of the dress sits quite high on me, so I added a belt for extra definition. I chose a¬†red beaded bib necklace to break up the top half because a high neckline can look blocky when you’re busty.¬†To avoid going over the top with accessories I decided on simple red suede court shoes¬†and a roomy bag¬†rather than a clutch.

The print is a navy base with peach and coral flowers so accessories in either of those hues would look good with the dress. I tried a few different colours but preferred the contrast of red.

How would you style this dress? Let me know in the comments!

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Dress: Bonmarché | shoes: old (similar) | bag: eBay (similar) | necklace: Mikey (similar)

 

I was gifted the dress in exchange for a review. All opinions are unbiased and completely honest.

 

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SheIn Wishlist skirts

If you’re looking to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank¬†then SheIn is bound to have something to fit both your style and your budget. The choice is phenomenal…I could (and often do) spend hours¬†browsing the website. A way to really make an impact is with a statement skirt. I love a flared midi skirt: elegant and flattering, they define¬†the waistline creating an hourglass silhouette and show off your shoes perfectly! I’ve picked my favourites from the SheIn website.

Floral print satin bombers are everywhere at the moment…Wear one with a pleated midi skirt and trainers for a casual chic outfit.

An easy¬†way of pepping up a plain outfit is with a jacket.¬†A classic blazer can really ¬†pull an outfit together, whether it’s a classic jeans and T-shirt combination for off-duty chic, or paired with tailored trousers for the office. You’ll get plenty of mileage from a tweed, military or tuxedo-style jacket. For a more casual option the bomber is both practical and on trend right now. Floral print satin bombers are everywhere at the moment. ¬†Both casual and feminine, they are the perfect Autumn wardrobe update.¬†Wear one with a pleated midi skirt and trainers for a casual chic outfit.

SheIn wishlist jackets

SheIn wishlist jackets

I’m really tempted to order the leopard print biker jacket…animal print never goes out of fashion! You can see me wearing the navy and white striped jacket¬†here.

SheIn wishlist tops

Ruffles, bell sleeves and appliqué tops are also big trends this season. I love the gingham top with ruffled sleeves, and the lips shirt is a funky twist on the classic white shirt.

SheIn wishlist tops

When ordering from SheIn it’s worth checking the size chart¬†– I usually have to go up a size. You can get 40% off your first order of over $55 US, and free shipping on orders over $99.

 

What are your favourite items from my selection? Let me know in the comments!

 

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RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

On the eve of the Autumn Equinox it’s sadly time to bid farewell to Summer.¬†I say sadly because it’s my favourite time of year. Even if the weather is disappointing at least we have the light well into the evenings, which makes taking blog photos so much easier! I decided to make the most of the late Summer/early Autumn sunshine by wearing yellow. A lot of yellow. In fact I could have worn even more if I’d chosen my bright yellow bag but I thought that’d be overkill. When I first got this¬†yellow floral print skirt¬†I wanted to wear it with an emerald green top to pick up on the green in the centre of the yellow poppies. I trawled the internet but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.

The skirt is very flared so it needs to be paired with a fitted top to get the proportions right.

The skirt is very flared so it needs to be paired with a fitted top to get the proportions right. I have a black top that is the perfect style and fit for this skirt Рa snug-fitting vest with a deep V neckline Р but I just felt that black was a bit heavy. I wanted something more colourful. Eventually I found this dark yellow Jane Norman top at House of Fraser, which is a pretty good colour match for the flowers. I still managed to work a few specks of emerald green in with the ring and bracelet, which I bought around 25 years ago! I just love these yellow patent shoes with the jewelled ankle strap. The pointed toe is perfect for a flared midi skirt, and they are quite comfortable too!

Are you still wearing your Summer wardrobe or are you embracing the new season? Let me know in the comments!

RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Michelangelo white leather bag Romwe RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Kenneth Jay Lane ring

Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Green and gold bracelet

Jane Norman yellow top Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Yellow jewel strap Carvela shoesRomwe RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Skirt: Romwe* | top: Jane Norman | shoes: Carvela (similar, and I love these too) | bag: Michelangelo (similar) | ring: Kenneth Jay Lane (similar) | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli (similar)

 

*I was gifted the skirt, all opinions are honest and unbiased.

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