A new season is upon us, weather-wise and fashion-wise. We’ve already had a look at key trends for this season on the blog, but here are our AW13 Top Ten Essentials. The things you can’t be without this new fashion season.
1. LEATHER JACKET
This leather jacket – or leather-look jacket – from H&M is a winner because it also covers another trend – animal print, with its leopard print front. Biker jackets are big this season, and are great for autumn, before we need to fully embrace a winter coat. Which brings me nicely to …
2. THE WINTER COAT
Pink if possible – there are a few of them around right now. This one is from Red Herring @ Debenhams (in store later this autumn), and is absolutely beautiful. This vintage-style duster coat shape is perfect for this season, and the paler the pink the better. It’s right up there on your AW13 Top Ten Essentials list – well, it should be!
3. THE BOOT
Always a winter essential, this season there is a big trend for Victorian style buckles, laced up ankle boots. This pair from Schuh (£75) are stunning, and in a very wearable, workable, tan colour. Work brilliantly with jeans, and also with another AW13 Top Ten Essentials piece this season…
4. THE FULL MIDI SKIRT
This is the new skirt shape for this season – full, midi length with a retro 1950s nod to it – but not as full as underskirted prom skirts. Got that? Okay. This one, from Warehouse @ Debenhams (£48), ticks a few boxes – pleated, full, midi, and in a leather look fabric.Perfect.
5. THE PENCIL SKIRT
The love affair with the pencil skirt is not over – there are still LOADS of them on the high street and in the malls, and they are stylish, sexy and comfortable. New Look’s leather look quilted effort (£19.99) is sublime – tapping into more than one trend at a time is the best way to do fashion. Full stop.
6. THE PARTY DRESS
The onset of autumn means winter is not far behind, and that means Christmas and PARTY SEASON! Yay. So, you need a dress. This one from the new Diamond by Julien Macdonald range at Debenhams (£65) is great on so many counts. It’s not too bling, but has a bit of sparkle, it’s simple, making it great for all occasions, and it has a bit of pink in it. Oh, and it’s black. You can’t beat an LBD.
7. TARTAN ACCESSORIES
You must have a bit of tartan going on this season. Fashion says so. If a dress/skirt/trousers has you running for the hills, visions of shortbread tins in your mind, then how about some tartan accessories. A good sturdy bag, or a simple pair of pumps gives a nod to this ‘difficult if you’re Scottish’ trend, in an ever-so stylish way. Bag (£29) and pumps (£22) from Red Herring @ Debenhams
8. A SCARF
It’s not really just on the AW13 Top Ten Essentials list – a big old scarf should be an all year round essential. It is in Edinburgh, is it not, with that wind? Keep with your big cotton/viscose pashmina style as long as you can before swapping to a knitted number. For autumn’s early days, this bold printed number from Gap (£19.95) will see you through.
Pretty obvious this one, isn’t it? But by knitwear this season, we mean jumpers. Not too big and slouchy, patterned or plain – whatever your fancy, just make sure it is a cosy one. We think this striped sweater from Red Herring @ Debenhams is perfect autumn wear, with a full midi-skirt, or jeans.
Tailoring, and that androgynous look is big this season, so invest in a well cut jacket and trousers, and you’re there. Keep it black and simple if you like. There’s something supremely stylish and elegant about this blazer (£135) and cigarette pants (£75) suit from French Connection, don’t you think?
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