I get a lot of questions about my check blazer – its old, was pretty cheap from H&M, wool-blend, fully lined and I wear it all the time. A really good buy that sadly I can’t pass on – sorry!
BUT I can do my research and offer you up in one neat little blog post on the best checked blazers on the highstreet right now waiting for you to buy them and wear them with everything.
My only tip would be to size up – then you can wear with a hoodie or a big knit even when its really cold. You loose the feminine shape but you gain that androgynous cool look. Perfection!
Also worth mentioning the more expensive tend to be wool or wool blends so if you want to wear it as it gets colder if worth spending a little more. But if the budget it tight – then the cheaper ones would work well styled under a Winter coat too – layer layer layer.
When does a trend become a wardrobe staple? I’m not sure but I am sure that the sumptuous, huggable, snug as a bug in a rug Borg coat has now been on the highstreet for three years and I have a feeling its not planning on leaving anytime soon. Topshop have brought back their sell-out design from last year, H&M have updated their bomber style into a biker and offer a heavenly full length version which looks a hell of a lot more than the £69,99 it costs. ASOS has a plethora and the higher end highstreet versions are just divine. Admittedly not for everyone – not particularly flattering – you wouldn’t find your typical guy putting it at the top of their ‘turn-ons’ list… but I LOVE them!
Don’t forget my favourite styling rule – the power of opposites. Think big coat – small legs. Whether its bare legs, tights, skinny jeans, tailored trousers. Just something to balance out the huge-ness of the Borg.
Shop my edit here (I’ve included mens too just buy small) and below is a plethora of styling inspiration to indulge in….
p.s. the biker I am wearing has sold out online but it’s H&M and may still be in stores…
Gingham was huge this Spring/Summer, and last Summer so chances are you may have a few pieces you’re about to stow away. Hold that thought – it can look just as good in the colder months – with a few styling tweaks.
Your AW Gingham essentials
Leather Biker jacket
This absolute wardrobe staple will do the job of modernising the look to less floaty/girly and more ‘I mean business’. The more oversized and battered the better.
Black ankle boots
Whatever style you have in your wardrobe -leather or patent leather work best. They’ll give the gingham a harder edge.
Soft or chunky it doesn’t really matter – even a little mohair looks gorgeous. Throw one on over a gingham dress or with a gingham skirt and you’re ready for AW. I’d opt for a camel version – or a bright primary colour like red.
I have already book-marked my gingham dress to be worn with my black leather Gucci belt – it draws in the waist and makes the look far more structured and less ‘summery’.
Any little gingham tops? Grab some frayed hem black jeans to instantly change the prairie girl look.
p.s. I would always avoid head to toe gingham in the colder months – keep it up top, down below or layer it up.
It’s that funny time of year where its getting pretty cold, pretty quickly but you’re not quite ready to shelve those gorgeous Summer pieces you bought last month. It’s time to make your wardrobe start working harder again.
Simple but oh so true – layer your clothes. That Summer dress will still work come Autumn, just add a long sleeve tshirt underneath and throw on ankle boots and a leather jacket.
Buy a polo neck. Make it a lightweight knit style that you can wear as a vest under your other clothes. It looks super chic and is a really simple way to update a floral dress, summer shirt, or little cami top.
Leggings. Yes seriously. But make sure they’re the new season Fuseau leggings. I’ve already bought two pairs. High waisted with stirrups. Wear them as a layering piece, by themselves with Summer and Winter shoes. In the evening with a silk top. And as the cold draws in – they’ll look great with a a giant chunky knit as they’ll balance out your silhouette.
Go Max or go home. The Maxi skirt and dress, even one you normally ‘save for best’ or your most summery white pieces (see Caroline below) look effortless styled with a denim jacket, leather biker, over-sized blazer or a chunky cardigan.
Hats are your best friend. No really – forget about doing your hair on the school-run just grab a hat. And it’ll give you that added bit of warmth you need too – just to mention the practical. Baker boy, boater, fedora… what ever floats your boat. Just wear with confidence and the more you wear one the more comfortable you’ll feel.
Don’t forget your sunnies. Just because its no longer Summer it doesn’t mean you should pack away the sunnies. For one you should always protect those peepers – and two – they look good so why not. Just never inside. Ever.
Keep up with the colour. Just because you have to wear a coat now it doesn’t mean it has to be black (says she that always wears black)…. a bright red leather jacket, a mustard trench or a blush pink wool coat.
Go fishing – I am talking little fishnet socks that I wore last AW and will most definitely be wearing this season too. They look great with the little kitten heels pointy designs around courtesy of Dior – and with loafers – courtesy of Gucci.
Pair a knit with your summer skirt – just remember to always think ‘opposites’ – so a feminine skirt looks amazing with a masculine knit.
Thigh high boots. They’re back – again – well when did they ever go away?! Wear them flat for effortless style.
A brucey bonus tip – don’t forget the humble scarf! It can transform an outfit – the bigger the better. And you’ll be surprised just how warm your chest keeps even if your legs are freezing in that summer skirt!
Above all, transitional dressing is about mixing what you already have – and filling the gaps where needed. Less trend led – more basic led. So if you’re wardrobe is stocked with the basics as you would your kitchen you’ll always have pieces to fill in the seasons. That’s why I always recommend either spending big on the basics – classic leather handbag/leather boots – or going cheap and buying the same piece twice or three times even, when they fit perfectly – the classic white t-shirt for example.
Hope this helps. Been a pleasure – if not a frantic pleasure, researching and writing, Vivienne hitting the keyboard and Margot insisting she sits on my lap. Perhaps they are tiny fashionistas in the making. Or I am just putting them off fashion for life.
It’s been a busy time here at the aMothersEdit HQ with the renovations, schools out for Summer and little Margot being too adorable to take my eyes off… so please excuse the slow blogging schedule. However… there is always time for a spot of shopping, and when the AW17 drops hit online you know the best bits won’t be around for long. Here are my current selects from Topshop, including a few pieces I just had to order for myself… expect to see on Instagram very soon!