As a 44 year old teacher and mother of 4, I am no longer the slave to fashion that I was in my late teens and early twenties. These days, I’m unlikely to wear a black Wonderbra under a fishnet body suit or dress as Lady Miss Kier from 90s dance group Deee-Lite in exaggerated 60s fashion. My wardrobe now consists of, most importantly, that which suits me, my shape and my lifestyle but there is, undeniably, sometimes a nod to current trends. For example, the backless loafers I bought from Whistles a few months ago were a high street take on the Gucci backless loafers that first stormed the fashion world more than a year ago and are still enduring. They’re easy to wear to work or for more casual occasions; they’re smarter than trainers but still informal enough to wear with jeans; they are wholly appropriate for all age groups and they are fashionable. One doesn’t have to be under 25, footloose and fancy free to be fashionably current and this will take a look at some of the more wearable, easily adopted and subtly absorbed trends for this Autumn and Winter.
Red was everywhere on the catwalks, often head to toe. Bold and vibrant but, if maybe a bit too daring for some, it’s very easy to just jazz up your wardrobe with perhaps a red top or scarf, bag or shoe. We’re talking all hues, from pillar-box to claret and burgundy but remember: this isn’t about sexy red but instead, about a more sophisticated red.
Think disco balls and serious sparkle; silver, diamante, sequins, glitter and shine. Even futuristic space age. Again, maybe it’s a bit tricky to incorporate blinged up knee length boots a la Saint Laurent into the school run or your work wear, but it’s very easy to just add a subtle yet equally fabulous accessory. And, with Christmas parties coming up, sparkly dresses are bound to be on many of our wish
Elegant tailored trouser suits with lovely long line, roomy double-breasted jackets will be a popular look, in nostalgic, autumny heritage prints such as Prince of Wales check and tweed but also in block colour. Not a power suit, mind; more fluid and less formal.
Think tactile fabrics like shearling, suede, velvet and corduroy; think browns, oranges and greens; think big florals and, as already mentioned, disco.
Lots of us bought big, chunky knits last year and can fish them out again. Wear them with midi length skirts, pleated or fluted. Dress up with stiletto courts or long heeled boots; dress down with sturdy, flat boots.
An absolute timeless classic, the trench certainly doesn’t need to be Burberry to be chic and is just so versatile. Wear with jeans and trainers or over a special dress. Both look great.
These are still everywhere. Wear one for fun but also, maybe, to project a more serious message.
Another key colour for autumn and winter this year, particularly a sort of Wedgewood or 40s blue.
The waist is back with loads of belts, particularly wide belts, all over the catwalks. Wear them over sweaters and jackets. Tie your trench, cinch in your sweater and create a very feminine silhouette.
Knee length and over the knee boots will be fashionable this autumn and winter but so will flat, clumpy, bovver boots and cowboy boots. Square toes will be popular as well as glitzy, embellished, high heeled, or sling-back, lady-like shoes.
Where to buy:
Red t shirt Zara £12.99
Red frill trousers River Island £38
Red drape tunic midi dress Marks and Spencer Limited Edition £29.50
Red fabric high heel ankle boot Zara £59.99
Red fluted rib dress Next £32
Post Box red Marsisa dress Boden £90
Post box red Lyon bag Boden £98
Blazer and skinny trousers Zara £99.99 and £59.99
Silver boots Zara £29.99
Oversize sequin t shirt Top Shop £39
Lipsy sequin v neck dress £75
Double breasted jacket Zara £69.99
Straight checked trousers Zara £29.99
Grey tweed jacket Next £45
Green roll up sleeve jacket Zara £69.99
High waisted trousers Zara £29.99
Maroon flowy double-breasted jacket Zara £69.99
Maroon flowing trouser Zara £29.99
Tan tassel leather bag Next £35
Black jumpsuit Ted Baker £190
Black heeled over the knee boots ASOS £44.99
Embroidered velvet dress Zara £39.99
Printed skirt Zara £49.99
Printed top Zara £29.99
Ultimate chunky high neck ASOS 325
Pleated A line Midi skirt M&S Collection £35
Khaki high neck jumper New Look £20
Trench Top Shop £75
Trench M&S Collection £79
Amour T shirt Top Shop £16
Vote Slogan T shirt Top Shop £16
Femme Fatale slogan Top Shop £23
Wanderlust T shirt whistles £49
Graphic print tee & Other Stories £27
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Tie cuff blazer Limited Edition M & S £45
Oversized roll neck sweater £29.99
Fan drop earrings Top Shop £12.50
Wide Belt Zara Special Edition £25.99
High red boot Zara £149
Patent boots Top Shop £75
Lace Up flat boots Carvela £165
Blue satin diamante bow court shoes River Island £48
Leather ankle boots with faux pearls £79.99
Fuchsia beaded shoes £49.99
Finally, if money were no object, this is what I’d buy to update my wardrobe this autumn:
GANNI Julliard mohair jumper £355 CHLOE leather boots £790
ISABEL MARANT Luliana £720 VALENTINO Garavani £1130
STELLA MCCARTNEY Houndstooth wool coat 1075
DRIES VAN NORTEN sequin embellished skirt £1216
Written by Vicki Lewis August 2017 for Mam Cymru