It’s the beginning of October and I’m feeling rather nippy. I’ve been trying to kid myself these last few weeks that I can still rock my summer brights, but unfortunately these gorgeous pieces really don’t keep you warm come winter. This means that shopping is unavoidable (sorry guys) and a new winter wardrobe is definitely on the cards.
I’ve been spending my evenings snuggled up on the sofa, leafing through the new Next Christmas directory which is filled with goodies you can start wearing right now. I’ve had my eye on a number of versatile pieces which tick the top trends for AW 13.
For a classic look which oozes glamour try a lady of the manor style outfit. I know my little home is no Pemberley, but even Mr Darcy couldn’t resist this gorgeous cream angora rich roll neck – it’s dahhling! I’ll be pairing it with a satin crepe skirt for work or leather look skinny jeans for drinks. Avoid being mistaken for Penelope Keith by mixing classic beige, creams and maroons with statement accessories and knee high boots; think glamour puss at the family pile rather than eccentric aristocrat.
Plum is my statement colour of the season; wear it on your lips and nails for everyday, but please don’t shy away from an all over plum look. Thanks to Downton, Edwardian opulence is hot on the fashion radar, so as the party season starts make sure you look the part in our lace velvet dress. Make like a Russian princess in a colour that lifts any pale, winter complexion, and a style that is both timeless and elegant enough for a sophisticated soiree but also on trend for a girl’s night out. I’ve already snapped mine up and have been parading around the house in it, doing my best Anastasia impression, an image that really isn’t for the faint hearted.
A man can do no wrong in a sharp suit this AW, whether it be charcoal, blue or (my personal favourite) tweed, make sure your boy keeps Don Draper’s classic ensembles in mind when suit shopping this season. Gentlemen, are you feeling brave? Bite the bullet and invest in a velvet jacket. A Saville row essential that’s the fashion pack’s alternative to a dinner jacket, think ‘Eddie Redmayne elegance’, rather than ‘Kanye West exuberance’ and team your velvet jacket with a black polo neck for a British style that won’t date.
Kids stay cosy in traditional checks and tartans, which can be layered under chunky knits as the winter creeps in. If your little angel prefers outdoor play, try Breton stripes, faded denim and faux fur gilets to keep them warm through the winter months. Boys stay dry in padded jackets, whilst double denim, cable knits and checked shirts ensure their AW wardrobe is both practical and on trend.
Home comforts are everything at this time of year and whether you prefer to stay traditional with tartan throws and knitted fleeces, or keep it minimal with our art deco prism mirror and console, make sure you accessorise your pad to keep it looking loved.
Until next time...
Miss N xxx