Fashion reporter Jessica Fearon walks us through what you should be wearing next season…
No longer a colour associated with only the privileged. Purple is now yours to indulge in too. The best thing about this trend? It’s confusion free. Pick purple, head-to-toe. Just a little warning, though: it symbolises power, luxury and above all passion. So wear with a fearless attitude, or alternatively, choose a different colour. ASOS.com has many purple delights to choose from. My favourites are the purple Peplum Dress With Sequin Straps, £25 and the purple Petite Exclusive Shift Dress, £38.
Next season calls upon all corduroy, plaid and traditional tailoring. Designers such as Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander McQueen have reworked traditional corduroy jackets, Fair Isle Knits and camel jodhpurs. A tough trend to pull off but Topshop has the perfect Co-Ord Frayed Boucle Jacket, £65. The beauty of this trend is that although it mostly consists of suits, they’re the easy going, matching-not-compulsory type. So mix a plain corduroy jacket with jodhpurs sporting a hound-tooth pattern. Loafers, brogues or tough leather boots will complete the transformation into countryside chic. River Island has a range to choose from, start with the Black Patent Chunky sole Shoes, £30. A polite reminder: buff until they sparkle.
The Longer Skirt
At last! A skirt with a length your mum will be happy with yet undeniably bang on trend. Put simply: this is a multi-tasking skirt. It will get you through the tricky trans-seasonal season with a smile. It suits both heels and flats, compliments any style of hat, can be toughened up with chunky boots or made sweet and seductive by pairing it with a cute knit and a clutch bag. Since the introduction of the midi-skirt the longer skirt has always been a favourite so looking in any one of your favourite high-street shops to find the perfect companion this autumn.
If the psychedelic shrugs, wraps and gilets seen down catwalks for this autumn were a blanket, we’d want to hire a cabin, invite all the girls over, and sit stroking them in front of a log fire with mum’s hot chocolate until the s/s’2013 trends are introduced. It’s okay though, we don’t mind wearing them too. Whether you decide on a fur coat or a gilet, you should opt for one in colour as next season colour is as much a part of this trend as the furs that will become your second-skin. Topshop’s pink Mini Fur collar, £18 or the white Tassle Hem Faux Fur Gilet, £55 are the perfect start.
How to do… the Finer Details
Only one instruction needed next season: go big. Colour, style and designs may all vary – from the classic tote bag to Marc Jacobs’s red and black furry little number and oversized bowling bags – but large is always loved. New Look has an oversized Black double Zip Tote Bag, £19.99 but if you’re willing to spend a little more, opt for River Island’s Dark Beige Leather Hard Tote Bag, £70 or the Blue Patchwork Tote Bag, £45.00.
Luxurious Leather Gloves
If certain accessories could be described as the epitome of sophistication, then the leather glove couldn’t be better described as anything other. They’re the champion pieces that will never age. Costume jewellery will be the perfect complimentary pieces here. Adding either a jewel-encrusted ring or cuff bracelet will up the glamour status to oh-so-fabulous.
Not forgetting the shoes. Perhaps the wisest of the accessories that really makes the outfit talk. But next season, no longer is the shoe just a finer detail to add the finishing touch. With the emphasis on the decorative heel, they’re a complete work in their own right. Grab your NUS card and opt for Topshop’s Georgie Neon Heel Sling Backs, available to buy with either a bright pink or yellow heel, £68.