The most wearable AW17 trends
Shall we go shopping? (Fashion enabler? Me?) Read on to discover the new season's pieces I discovered at The Lexicon Bracknell
Yes, yes, it’s getting colder and darker, the tan’s faded and we’re struggling to find an excuse to drink rosé BUT let’s be positive about the changing of the seasons. Autumn = mega fashion bounty ahoy! The shops are groaning under the weight of delicious new pieces in their new season collections. So what’s on your wishlist? I had a good ol’ mooch around The Lexicon in Bracknell to see if I could scratch my AW17 itch. If you haven’t been yet, go go go.
Red is absolutely everywhere and for someone who has an aversion to colour *cough* the idea of wearing head-to-toe red gives me palpitations. But I’m tired of wearing navy and grey and I’m giving the scarlet woman thing a go. I bought these M&S slim fit trousers, £35. They’re super flattering ankle grazers and I’ve teamed it with this billowy sleeved jumper from TopShop, £39. Now granted it’s a bit ‘look at me’. You’ll see me coming at the school gate… in fact you’ll probably see me form space but weirdly colour blocking manages to shave off unwanted summer holiday pounds.
Not convinced? No problemo, make a quieter statement with this H&M long wool coat, £99. If you only want to dip your toe in the water these funky River Island ankle boots, £42 are hot (and whisper it, comfy). Just add a slick of red lipstick for a Hollywood heroine vibes: my faves are Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Red and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo – all available from the fab new Fenwick.
Prim is in… and all over the Mulberry and Balenciaga catwalks. This is a chance for you to throw a few of this season’s trends into the mix and be bang on it for autumn/winter. Victorian-style high necklines, floral prints with plaids, tweeds and checks to bring the haute heritage vibe together. Think cool aristo rather than nana’s mothballed wardrobe. H&M’s floral midi dress is ridiculously flattering and at £39.99, it’s a bargain. This Second Famale mustard chiffon blouse would look brilliant with jeans as well as this tweed Ted Baker mini, both from Fenwick Bracknell. Make the finishing touches fit for a queen… yes it’s pricey, but an investment Mulberry bag will defy the seasons. Pop on your wish list.
The models on the Chanel runway obviously look very happy to be sent out looking like walking glitter balls, but do not be afraid. Metallics can look very very cool. The key is restraint. Personally, I’ll only be wearing one things at a time. These silver TopShop boots, £49 (also available in gold), have my name written all over them. Primarily because I can think of at least three things I can wear them with. The silver M&S puffer, £55, is definitely a statement, so best worn head to tow black or navy. For a bit of fun, I love Next pewter pleated skirt, £46 – great for night’s out, or wear it with a pair of white trainers and it’s a edgy for the day. H&M’s metallic knitwear, £34.99, is also great nod to this tricky trend. Less is more my friends. It’s a fine line we tread between looking out of this world and off your rocker.
KEEP IT CLASSIC
Look at the fash pack during Fashion Week and there are few items that defy the trends. Every wardrobe should have them because together they get you out of the door in a flash. Mix them up with the hottest looks and they can make everything a bit easier to wear. Meaning you look less like you have been raiding the dressing up box and more like YOU! My fantastic four are: the trench – this M&S classic coat, £99, is long, good quality and has a detachable hood (Phew! No need to scramble around for a brolly), black ankle boots literally go with everything. If you have yet to invest, these Kurt Geiger patent leather block heel boots are lush (check out the Fenwick shoe department). And the chunky heel means you don’t look like a demented duck when you walk.
Take a lesson from the French and have a classic striped Breton in your fashion arsenal. Weirdly flattering (vertical stripes can give people the heebie jeebies), great for layering and it seems to go with most things. This one is from Seasalt, £29.95, it’s slightly thicker jersey so great for the colder months. As for denim, I’m ditching my skinnies for a looser fit. Probably in anticipation of the comfort food and gallons of red wine the new season demands. These super flattering straight jeans are by hot denim brand Frame, available at Fenwick’s Denim Studio. Not only high waisted (woohoo no muffin top), they’re also ankle grazers and in a classic wash. Yes, they’re pricey at £252, but if jeans are a staple, cost per wear could be worth the investment. Alternatively, TopShop also have a fantastic selection of tum-friendly high-waisted jeans, £40. So check them out too.
Warning: shopping requires regular breaks for coffee, cake and cocktails. Ignoring this health/ fashion advice could result in feeling faint or purchasing unwanted items. Please schedule your rest periods (Bills, GBK, Fuego, Patisserie Valerie and Coffee Barker are all recommended).
The Lexicon Bracknell, Millennium Way, Bracknell RG12 1AP. www.lexiconbracknell.com