Summer keeps teasing us, we think its left for good then it rears its warm little head for a glorious few days then back comes the rain. I wore just a shirt yesterday and was left shivering all day desperate for a cardigan or little jacket. But don’t despair, I have a few styling tricks that will mean you’re never left too warm or too cold – and you can still wear those gorgeous Summer pieces you bought last month. It’s time to make your wardrobe work harder for you again.

Tip 1.

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.


The long sleeve tee

The leather jacket

Tip 2.

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. Or go serious chunky and wear with jeans and delicate shoes.

Tip 3.

Rollies – and I am not talking smoking. Roll up your shirt sleeves, jumpers, ankles on your trousers and jeans. A quick and easy way to feel cooler and actually look cooler too.

Tip 4.

Go Max or go home. The Maxi skirt and dress, even one you normally ‘save for best’ look effortless styled with a denim jacket, leather biker, over-sized blazer or a chunky cardigan.

Tip 5.

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.

Tip 6.

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.

Tip 7.

Leopard print. Just because you have to wear a coat now it doesn’t mean it has to be black… a bright leopard print coat is a classic and there are so many good options on the hughstreet right now.

Tip 8.

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.

 

Tip 9.

Giant Scarf – I’ll often use the same scarf I use in the Summer as a sarong or cover-up as my Winter scarf wrapped round my neck in huge layers. When you get too hot just take it off and wear it as a loose kimono – see below pics.

Tip 10.

More a note to say you do not have to put away your straw bags. Just maybe use another bag within in case of rain, a chic little drawstring one would work perfectly for easy cover-up when the heavens open.

 

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.

 

Thank you for reading… hope its helped ease you into Winter…

Ashley xx

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When I left University my first job in London was with a British High Street retailer. I remember walking into their head office in awe and seeing all the new season samples hung on rails in the showroom I got butterflies at the thought of working there. I got the job and worked in that office for a good few years. It was the best job and taught me so much about about the fashion industry, the incredible teams they have and the designers they work with. And that retailer is Debenhams.

Back then I loved what Debenhams stood for, the excitement of shopping, the variety, the trends and the classics not forgetting the designers at affordable prices. When I started working with them on their AW campaign I was so surprised by the experience you get shopping in store. They’ve opened new ‘concept’ stores that bring together fashion and beauty brands, restaurants like Nando’s and Patisserie Valerie intermixed with beauty services, prosecco bars, yoga classes, brow grooming and blow dry bars.

Its a social activity – far more than my usual sitting on my sofa on an app shopping thats for sure! Shopping should be a guilty pleasure, something to enjoy with friends, make a day of, have a mani, long lunch and a splurge then head home to excitedly try it all on again.

The collection this season is just as exciting. I have pulled together an edit of some of my favourite pieces below. That Nine by Savannah Miller ‘coatigan’ is heaven… and I have the J by Jasper Conran boots in brown but think I need the red to pair with blue jeans. Not to mention those camel boots! Oh… and that leopard coat… you will want it! Definitely time to ‘Do a bit of Debenhams’.

Enjoy….

The Statement Coat

The Flirty Skirt

The Wow Dress

The Perfect Boot

The Little Red Bag

Thank you so much for reading,

Ashley x

 

This post is written in collaboration with Debenhams but all images and opinions are my own. 

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Anyone that’s been reading my posts over the past few years will know how much I love Avon, their ethos, their makeup, the incredible skincare and now their Coveted Collection. At the start of the year I got to be a part of an incredible shoot with Hattie Bourn and Natalie Lee (Style Me Sunday), it was the most amazing pinch me day, so nervous but so excited. I’d never worked with a full team like that – hair makeup, photographer, videographer, stylists, production, art directors and the most beautiful location house. Well a couple of months ago I got to do it all again, same team – different location and some seriously gorgeous clothes I cannot wait to share with you!

In the meantime they have just dropped the latest addition to the Coveted Collection, I wanted to share my favourite pieces that you can buy now. Think beautiful and interesting details that will make you stand out but all very affordable. So without further ado my hero pieces…

 

The Coveted Elethia Dress £25

The Coveted Katherina Ballet Slingbacks £14

 

 

The Coveted Elethia Pleated Sleeve Top £16

 

Shop the whole collection with the link here – avon.uk.com

 

Thank you so much for reading…

Ax

 

This post was created in collaboration with Avon but all opinions and images are my own.

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I had a bit of a love affair back in 2015… spent quite a lot of time dreaming about it… spending time online with them… and eventually shelling out a load of money to be with them. In case you haven’t already guessed it’s Free People, the gorgeous, womens fashion brand that heralds boho free spirit style – and celebrates the female form with their seriously gorgeous feminine designs.

Back in 2015 I bought many an item, and two long maxi dresses from their ‘Jetset Diaries’ range were the last – loved wearing them so much but then somehow they fell off my radar. The recent purchase of my cream embroidered midi-dress has definitely re-sparked the fire. So I wanted to indulge myself and hopefully you by delving back into the brand and doing a little edit of my favourite dresses online now… just click on the pictures to shop… I hope you enjoy….

 

 

 

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When it comes to holiday dressing I tend to stick to a tight colour palette of about five colours. It makes creating a smaller capsule wardrobe so much easier, everything tends to go with everything. Less clashing prints, more subtle (but stylish) neutrals.  Although saying that – you always need a few boho colour injections to really feel the Summer. So I have pulled together my basic checklist for holiday packing… the basics, the accessories, the shoes and the ‘I have a large luggage allowance’ extras. Hope it helps…

 

White vest – I take two or three

Black vest – classic basic

White denim skirt – a Summer classic

Blue denim shorts – pull over your swimwear or pair with a vest for when you’re out and about

White shirt – to throw on at the pool and the beach

Jumpsuit – dress it up and down for day and evening

Bikini – something boho and neutral

 

Swimsuit – a classic one piece

Loose fitting dress – to throw on in the day time

‘Special’ dress – for dinners and dates

Gold – anything and everything gold – necklaces, earrings, anklets and bracelets. Go for 9ct rather than plated and you can wear swimming, on the beach etc. Mine are by Auree Jewellery, Rachel Balfour, Etsy vintage sellers, local second hand shops, H Samuel and Lucia Hall.

A large basket style bag – I use mine as hand luggage and then the family beach bag

A small basket style bag – perfect for evenings

Nude flats – anything that makes your tanned legs look longer

Sunglasses – classic black beauties

 

Thank you for reading… Ax

 

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