12 October 2013

Autumn fashion must-haves

Autumn Wishlist

Our autumn fashion must-haves
Autumn has definitely set in now. The leaves are turning pretty shades of red and amber, and most mornings, it’s chilly enough to see your breath when you leave the house. But, I’m not bemoaning the falling mercury. Instead, I’m seeing it as an opportunity to update my wardrobe with some key pieces for autumn/winter. Here’s my wishlist of coveted pieces for the new season.

Suede ankle boots
I’m not quite ready to dig out my black knee-high boots just yet, so I’ve become slightly obsessed with finding the perfect pair of beige suede ankle boots to take me through that transitional phase when the weather is crisply autumnal but not yet damp and wintery. This first pair, by La Redoute, in taupe suede, with a chunky heel, look just like the ones I’ve seen Charlize Theron, Kate Bosworth and Katie Holmes wearing. 

Camo loafers
While the camoflauge trend is a big one this season, I’m not quite upfor the grungy look espoused by some designers, or the tummy baring look channelled by Rihanna. These camouflage loafers by Pretty Ballerina have been worn by one of the world’s most stylish women, Olivia Palermo. You can simply sling on with skinny jeans for an instant style update.

Leather dress
I didn’t buy into the leather trend last season, but I’m lusting after a leather dress for this autumn. While leather can look a bit too sexy, some of this season’s dresses uses leather in a very classy way, with a fit and cut that doesn’t cling too tightly so you can wear it with a sort of nonchalant elegance.

Chanel baroque necklace
A touch out of my price range, but a girl can dream. I can’t think of an outfit that Chanel’s baroque necklace wouldn’t go with. In 18k white gold, 18k yellow gold, onyx and diamonds, it has an urban sophistication. You could wear over a chunky knit for weekend, with a crisp white shirt for work or to add some wow to a LBD.

London nails
I can’t remember the last time I managed to find a few spare minutes, and pounds, for a manicure so Nails Inc’s products are great for DIY nails. I’m hoping Santa might be reading this and will pop their limited edition autumn/winter shades into my stocking. There’s Old Bond Street, a vibrant violet, St Martin’s Lane, a deep wine colour, Oxford Street, a rich toffee nude and Regent Street, which is a glossy grape colour. 

Butterfly perfume
I’m a big fan of Viktor and Rolf, but I might be swayed to change brands by this gorgeous Anna Sui bottle, which is definitely one to show off on the dressing table. It’s a floral, fruity, wood mix which has hints of Turkish rose and pear.

Stylish wellies
I’m not wishing for rain, but it’s bound to arrive sometime this winter. And, when it does, I can think of no better way to stay stylish in the wet weather than with this pair of wellies. Iconic British brand Hunter has teamed up with the American label Rag & Bone to create a capsule collection. The khaki and black pair would look cosy teamed with a chunky knit and Barbour jacket.

Gorgeous candles
The smell of fresh-cut grass is one of the delights of summer. So, now that the grass-cutting weather is well and truly on its way out, I’m going to be investing in one of these candles by Tord Boontje which smell like a freshly mown lawn. So, it can smell of summer all winter long in my house.

There you have it, my autumn/winter wishlist with wardrobe updates and little treats to see me through until spring.

*This is a guest post - "Katie is the travel, cake and window shopping addicted blogger behind delightso.me. You can keep up with her adventures on twitter @delightsomeblog."

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