Today was the first day of Autumn, and my lord was it chilly this morning … my big toe felt like it was going to drop off in my patent peep toes!
So, with the weather on the turn and the nights drawing in, I thought it was the perfect time to share my A/W wish list with y’all.
I love black – not because its slimming (although it is) but because its chic. But my wardrobe is already filled with black shift dresses, pencil skirts, and cigarette pants so this season I decided to mix it up a bit by playing with textures and hues – think leather, velvet, and oxblood with gold embellishments.
Top on my list is a leather skirt (or a leather-look skirt if my budget won’t allow).
|Clockwise from Left: Love Label Midi PU Length Skater Skirt from Very; Jeffrey & Paula Midi Skirt from SimplyBe; ASOS Tall Pencil Skirt in Leather Look from ASOS; Definitions Leather Full Skirt from Very.|
I’ve actually already ordered the Love Label midi skirt today (it’s in the Very sale for a whole £14.50 so how’s a girl to say no?). I love the high waist and soft folds which will really enhance any girls waist and give a nod to an hourglass figure. I plan to wear this with chunky heels and a slim fitting t-shirt tucked into the waist band.
SimplyBe’s Pu Midi Skirt is amazing. The soft shine on the material makes it a perfect piece for the evening and it goes from size 14 – 32. The red leather-look skirt by ASOS is a must! It’s part of ASOS’s tall range, so if you’re over 5ft10 (like me) then the portions will be perfect for you -no more hips sticking out where your thighs should start).
A must for any wardrobe come October is a pair of killer knee-high boots – and with these, I struggle year on year, especially if I want to be able to fit warm, wooly socks underneath let alone a pair of skinny jeans. Lucky for us, this season brings a wealth of boots that are both on trend and come in a curvy calf.
|Clockwise from left: Van Dal High Leg Boots from Curvissa; Bassey Platform knee-high boots from Duo Boots; Legroom Quilted High Leg Boot from Simply Be; Legroom Leather Boot with Gold Details from The Shoe Tailor.|
The gold details on the Legroom Leather boots is to die for. These boots will look great over skinny jeans and they have a block heel that means you can walk all day. My favourites are the Oxblood Bassey boots from Duo – they tick every box on my A/W wishlist and I’ve already earmarked them as a Christmas present from my husband. I’ll be spending January in Canada for conferences and business meeting so these knee-high boots will keep me warm whilst looking stylish. They’ll go with everything from sharply tailored suits to my staple wear-to-work dress of a stylish wrap dress.
I love tailored trousers and my wardrobe is full of a variety of styles but all are in black, charcoal, or grey. This year, I’m determined to go wild and buy a splash of colour (well, almost).
|Clockwise from Left: Tapered turn up trousers from La Redoute; Bright Blue Trousers from Next; ASOS Cigarette Trousers in Crepe from ASOS; Fearne Cotton Slim Leg Cropped Trousers from Very.|
I plan on keeping the cut simple and slim as billows of brightly coloured material isn’t really me. The oxblood cigarette pants from ASOS will look great worn with a black camisole and a tailored blazer and I would love to wear the orange, cropped trousers with sky-high heels and a sheer blouse for a night out drinking cocktails with the girls.
The perfect top to accompany either my leather skirt or bright coloured trousers has to be a bardot body. I love the scoop neckline and fitted form of these tops – I think there’s nothing sexy than a woman’s collar bone and I love showing mine off.
|Clockwise from top left: New Look Bardot Top from ASOS; South Three-Quarter Sleeve Bardot Top from Very; Short Sleeve Bardot Top from Matalan; New Look Inspire Half Sleeve Bardot Top from ASOS.|
I’ll be topping off this season’s wardrobe must have with a few essential accessories – an oversized hat, the furriest scarf imaginable, and a whole pile of golden jewellery.
|Clockwise from top left: Mixed Mesh Bracelet Pack from Evans; Dark red oversized fedora hat from River Island; Vixen Tippet from Accessorize; ASOS Curve enamel arrow ring multipack from ASOS.|
Check back later in the week if you want to see the leather skirt in action.