Autumn colour and style tipsPosted on: 10 September 2018 by Helen Venables
Autumn is almost upon us and it's time to spruce up your wardrobe to cope with the chill. Helen Venables has some tips to keep you cosy and on style.
Autumns this season will look incredible combining different neutrals together such as Camel, Beige, Oyster, Lizard Grey, Dark Brown and Tan, and adding a pop of colour with accessories. Alternatively try wearing a vibrant coloured shirt or blouse teamed with neutral trousers and an olive, forest green or navy jacket. Layer knitwear in a vibrant orange, geranium or brick red over more neutral tones. Combine rich colours such as rust and chestnut together for an on-trend palette of autumnal hues. These rich shades also blend well underneath a statement coat.
Tailoring continues to gain momentum offering the ultimate smart casual look particularly for classic and gamine style personalities. Smart slim leg trouser suits for formal dressing and wide leg suits offer a more relaxed style in tonal shades for a contemporary look. Oversized, strong-shouldered blazers drive an androgynous feel for the new season which dramatic personalities will love, whilst relaxed blazers, wide trousers and chunky knits keep the look feeling cool and casual for others. Colourful accessories add impact.
The Relaxed Look – For those of us who love a relaxed look, pencil skirts in soft leathers or woven fabrics offer an alternative to trousers. Try pairing wide leg trousers and pencil skirts with knitwear and feminine blouses, emphasising the waist. Natural style personalities should choose relaxed skirts with movement. Finish the look with a gorgeous handbag but remember size, style, details and colour are all deal-breakers.
Materials: Heavy-gauge textures give roll-necks a cosy feel and look great paired with tailoring or A-line skirts to emphasise the waist. Oversized blazers in velvet can add a touch of luxury for the dramatics amongst us. Naturals should wear cable knits for a cosy feel and can team with corduroy. For a more formal feel, look for feminine dresses or midi skirts in satin and chiffon finishes.
Checks and stripes continue to grow in popularity but the scale that suits you will completely depend on your clothing personality and body shape. For a new take combine different scales and colourways of checks and stripes in the same outfit. Keeping to neutral tones will add a sophisticated feel. Sartorial checks adorn coats, trousers and jackets while stripes are popular for dresses and midi skirts. A tailored check jacket will instantly add a sophisticated feel to any outfit and relaxed shirts and knitwear offer lots of casual outfit options.
Animal print – Many of us will be tempted into this season’s animal print which is everywhere even if that is just a statement bag, shoes or belt. If you are wearing an animal print skirt or blouse, use neutral accessories to complement your look. If you are feeling brave then use a different animal print to create a clashing look, or wear with other patterns such as checks or sequins to create texture. Combine with jeans for a casual look or a plain coloured coat for sophistication.
Boho is back. The typical romantic trend is given a contemporary autumn/ winter refresh, with feminine paisleys and florals toughened up with leather jackets, plush faux fur coats and scrunched boots. For colder months, if it suits your style personality, team midi dresses with faux fur coats, and layer with long sleeve tops. Floral blouses with jeans or cosy knitwear offer a casual option for your wardrobe. Knee high slouchy boots complete your look. Accessories have a luxurious, vintage feel with suede, plush faux fur snoods, or velvet ankle or scrunched down boots. Tassel earrings continue to be popular.
Handbags - Outsized and statement handle handbags offer a contemporary design direction either toned with your outfit or as an impact colour. Alternatively, suede, embroidered clutch or slouchy style handbags complements the Boho look.
Shoes - Ankle boots and court shoes are sleek in design while loafers offer a chic, flat alternative. Small scale checks on shoes will provide an on-trend print clash when worn with bigger scale checks, but if you already have prints in your outfit, neutral boots will complement your look.
Accessories - Look out for cosy scarves and ponchos to uplift any outfit. Combining different scales of patterns or using your wow colours accessories is a great way to up-style. Abstract designs update statement earrings and leather gloves in your wow colours add a touch of elegance.
Make Up – Perfectly groomed and bare-faced beauty are two key looks for this season. Try a nourishing nude or striking red from your colour palette for nails this season, but make sure it’s a warm colour for springs and autumns, or a cool red or nude for winters and summers otherwise your hands will look drained. High shine lips, or gold accents for warm skin tones complements an otherwise natural healthy on-trend glow.
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