Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Part II / Your Style Guide To Autumn/Winter

Yes, this post has finally arrived, the promised Part II! Earlier on in August I published Part I / Your Style Guide To A/W and it has been one of the most popular posts that I have ever done. The reason it has taken so long to release Part II is because, as you know school started to rule my life. However, I have made sure that I've scheduled in blogging time and I have actually dedicated the whole day to this blog post. Yes, it took me that long to put together this post but hopefully you'll find it useful which will make the time I spend worthwhile!


'Check' it out
Checks/square print is all the rage this A/W. Whether you're going down the route of grunge or pristine this A/W, checks/squares are a versatile pattern. Fill your wardrobe with squares this season with some of these ideas.

1. Zara Checked Studio Cape - This Checked Studio cape from Zara is perfect for casual wear. I love the flared effect of the cape which most definitely makes this cape edgy and stand out from the rest of your wardrobe coats/capes. A great statement checkered piece - what more could your A/W wardrobe ask for?

2. Boohoo Alannah Tartan Print Zip Blazer - This zip blazer is perfect for nailing not only the gothic grunge of A/W but also for rocking the checkered pattern. You could wear this blazer for casual wear and for more dressed up looks paired with some heels and a dress/skirt. You decide how to wear it!

3. Topshop Multi Check Turn Up Shorts - I love the English vibe of these shorts! I don't know whether it's just me but these shorts give me a real English country vibe. Whatever vibe they give you though, they are definitely right on trend.

4. ASOS Cheap Monday Checked Trousers - LOVE - this word is the perfect adjective when it comes to these trousers. Again, I've got that English country, 'horse riding' gear vibe which is part of the charm. The trousers will keep the goosebumps away on the colder, frostier days and keep you looking good all the while.

5. Boohoo Celia Brushed Knit Tartan Midi Skirt - Paired with some black boots, you have the gothic look down this A/W without going too 'all-out'. You can still look sophisticated with this skirt and sport the grunge look that is 'oh-so-popular'. Best of both worlds. What's that? Oh yeah, and it's covered in checkered pattern so you'll be even cooler wearing one of A/W's major pattern trends.

6. River Island Black Check Longline Cardigan - One slight pitfall of A/W is the cold, frosty air - so snuggle up in this cardigan to keep warm! If you don't want to paint yourself head-to-toe in checked clothes this cardigan is perfect. The contrasting colour will soften the intensity of the checkered pattern and with the contrasting pattern at the bottom of the cardigan you're not top-to-toe in checks!

Wild Side
Animal prints will unleash your wild side this A/W. Say hello to all your leopard print once more but also greet some more animals. This season the animal prints you should be wearing include crocodile, pony (sleek leather) and leopard. Here are some high street ideas;

1. Boohoo Mellisa Leopard Print Midi Skirt - Not only are you going all out with the leopard print with this skirt but you're also sporting the 'rainbow' colours that are really in this Autumn/Winter. By rainbow colours think colourful, vibrant, rich colours - this skirt definitely ticks the colourful, vibrant and rich colour box with this enriched, luxurious red. I love this skirt. Eye-catching but can easily be made casual by pairing it with a comfy jumper.

2. Topshop Argo Croc Heavy Boots - Although these boots may be a little on the pricey side, they're so worth it. The croc print is engraved into the leather of this boot making it a subtle addition to your outfit. These are sturdy shoes and will be practical yet fashionable - how often do the two go hand in hand? Snap them up if you can.

3. Topshop Oversize Animal Print Shirt - I absolutely love this shirt. It's so simple and casual yet nails the animal print that's 'oh-so-trendy' this A/W. Pair it with a statement necklace, you'll have an easy outfit for day-to-day wear.

4. River Island Leopard & Zebra Print Scarf - If you're not really into the animal print trend but still feel the need to own something 'animal-themed', this scarf will be the perfect addition to your wardrobe. The contrasting animal prints will break down the intensity of the 'animal print' and as it's a scarf it will be merely an accessory to your outfit and won't be taking centre stage too much!

5. River Island Cream Animal Print Full Skirt - This statement animal print skirt will make you stand out on the streets this Autumn/Winter. Pair this skirt with a simple, collared shirt and bomber leather jacket and you have a quick and fashion focused outfit!

6. Missguided Abril Animal Faux Leather Contrast Coat - This coat is snuggly, warm and head-to-toe in animal print, meaning only one thing - you're the essence of 'fashionista' and right on trend.

7. Urban Outfitters Burgundy Leopard Print Leggings - You'll be like an Autumn, leopard print leaf with these rich, burgundy coloured leggings. Edgy and fun, these leggings are the way to experiment with animal prints. A statement, yet casual piece for your A/W wardrobe.

Flower Power
Although Spring may be over, you won't be saying goodbye to the flowers anytime soon. This Autumn/Winter is plastered with flowers everywhere you look. I hunted down my top favourite floral pieces from the high street. Here are some ideas;

1. Urban Outfitters Staring At Stars Midi Dress - This midi dress is perfect for the hotter days of Autumn, however, on those colder, breezier days, team this dress with an oversized, knitted jumper and you'll be snuggly and warm. Look at the model for inspiration on how to wear this midi dress - grunge it up with heavy boots and accessorise it with a hat or maybe a scarf. This midi dress is versatile and covered in floral pattern - you'll have A/W sussed.

2. Topshop Paint Floral Shirt - This shirt is bold and fun. Express yourself and brighten up the grey days of A/W just with the simple addition of this shirt.

3. Topshop Floral Print Pussybow Blouse - With a slight Japanese vibe to this shirt, you'll wear the traditional 'floral' print. Swerving away from the kimono trend but still sporting the same sort of vibe this A/W.

4. ASOS Reclaim Vintage 90s Floral Slip Dress - This floral dress ticks two A/W trends - Florals 90's Vibe ✓. Therefore this dress is a double investment making it an even better buy for your wardrobe. 

5. River Island Grey Floral Print Joggers - Yes, joggers can be worn day-to-day if paired with the right things! These joggers are really on trend with the floral print and paired with high-heeled hi-tops/trainers, a bomber jacket and some statement accessories you can tomboy A/W out! Alternatively if you want casual, comfy yet stylish wear for lounging around in, these joggers are your new best friends! 

6. New Look Red Floral Jacquard Leather-Look Trim Dress - Quirky with a Leather-Look, this floral dress is a bargain at only £7. You could dress it up or dress it down - you decide! At £7, it's a small price to pay for a versatile dress! 

7. Missguided Janya Floral Bodycon Midi Skirt - This is a vibrant, happy skirt (who knew skirts could emote?). I love this skirt, I think it's a perfect addition to any wardrobe and matched with a cream, snuggly knitted cardigan/jumper this skirt can be part of a casual outfit! 


Teddy Bear
I think this is my all-time favourite A/W trend of all. I love teddy bears - who doesn't? Even better, I get to dress like one with some of these ideas...
1. Boohoo Elsie Chain Metallic Batwing Slouch Feather Yarn Jumper - Also combining another texture trend, feathers, this jumper is literally 'shabby-chic'.

2. Topshop Traditional Fur Cossack Hat - I find this hat adorable and cute. It reminds me of traditional Christmas outdoor wear where the Christmas carollers are wearing Cossack hats and mittens. For this reason I find it comforting and cute.

3. Miss Selfridge Feather Fur Bolero Jacket - This jacket would be an A/W investment and with a price tag over £100 it should be worth the money and I believe it would be worth the splurge.

4. Topshop Fur Mix Sweat - I do apologise for the amount of Topshop fur products on this Style Guide but I only ever put my favourite top picks and these just happened to be from Topshop - so you're just going to have to get over it. I have a Topshop obsession and it's a well-known fact. Moving on, this Mix Sweat is so edgy and will go hand in hand with the grunge look of Autumn/Winter with the leather sleeve panels. You have the contrast of cute from the teddy bear fur and a toughened up look with the addition of the leather. Perfect if you don't want to literally look like a fur ball this A/W.

5. ASOS Sonia Rykiel Teddy Bear Fur Coat With Denim Trim - I like the two different textures of this coat. The denim trim down the front contrasts with the furry texture of the main body of the coat; not only that but it creates a colour contrast making it an edgy edition to your wardrobe. This coat will guarantee both warmth and style - sorted.

6. Topshop Teddy Fur Pea Coat - This has got to be my favourite item on this whole Style Guide. I love the prettiness of the coat and the softness of its look. A lot of A/W looks are toughened up through the addition of chain, black, rough textures. The teddy bear look is definitely one of the softer textures of A/W and with this gentle pink colour you have a delicate item for your A/W wardrobe. I love this coat a lot.

The 'wet/slippery' texture is massive this A/W 2013 and whatever you're wearing, there simply shouldn't be any excuses for not wearing at least one vinyl material piece - it's everywhere. Here are some of my favourite high street pieces;

1. Topshop Vinyl Coat - This coat comes in two colours, I prefer this one but you should snoop on Topshop's website to make your own judgement on which one you prefer! This coat looks like something that's been snapped off the A/W catwalks - for that reason, I love it. This coat is really high fashion yet quite simplistic - no pattern, no fur, no frills - simply vinyl, making it a perfect A/W piece.

2. Boohoo Rhona High Waisted Wet Look Knicker Shorts - These shorts are definitely more party wear than day-to-day as they are called 'Knicker Shorts' for a reason - they're itty-bitty. The side panels are sort of see through too so they're a bold statement to rock up to any party in. The shorts have an added touch of rebellion with the 'wet' leather look.

 3. Missguided Thomsin Leather Look Dungarees - Add your own spin on the 90's look with combining the 'slippery' texture into the traditional 90's dungarees. These dungarees are one of my favourite items from the whole entire Style Guide. I may just have to buy myself a pair, they're only £20 too which makes them even more tempting...

4. River Island Orange Wet Look Tube Pants - Sale item alert! I'm pretty confident that these trousers will go in a flash so if you want your pair you better whip out that credit card! Reduced to £20, these Tube Pants would be an A/W investment sporting one of the major textures - vinyl. The Tube Pants come in various other colours, including black if you wanted to tone down the intensity of the fashion statement! I love the orange, however, because it's bold and outgoing but I understand that that's not everyone's style/taste!

5. River Island Black Wet Look Skater Skirt - This skirt is perfect for day time wear and for dressing up for parties! The full effect of the skirt will give it a 60's vibe and also that 'Marilyn' effect that is really in this A/W. This skirt is so versitle and would go with pretty much anything; shirt, jumper, cardigan, crop top - you name it.

6. Topshop Vinyl Shopper - If you're really not too keen on the whole 'wet' look, this Vinyl Shopper should be your next resort! Accessorising any outfit with this shopper will inject an element of Vinyl into your outfit without you having to clothe yourself in the texture!

7. Boohoo Ellie Tartan & Wet Look Insert Leggings - These leggings are a fantastic buy. Firstly, they're only £13, which in my opinion, is a bargain. It's a bargain because you're killing two birds with one stone, you have the Wet Look down the side panels of the leggings and you've also got the tartan, checkered pattern that is really in - so it's a win-win!

So there you have it! Your Style Guide To A/W in two parts! These posts took me a very long time to put together, finding the best items for each individual look and writing up on them. Hopefully you'll find it useful! What items are your favourites? Tweet me at @iblogthefashion 


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