As autumn creeps up on us, it’s time to get our transition wardrobes ready and invest in classic pieces this season that are going to carry through to winter wear – think jewel toned pieces, accessories in rich materials like velvet and glossy leather and one of my favourite trends, retro vibes.
I’m wearing two dresses from Traffic People, a women’s fashion brand born in London that makes vintage inspired pieces from the 20-30’s and the 50’s and 70’s, in small quantities. I always prefer brands that have a more boutique feel and put a lot of love into their design, buying less but having quality timeless pieces is the easiest way to be sustainable and fashionable. They sometimes produce as little as 50 per design!
If you’ve seen my Instagram, you’ll know that moving from girly summer pinks to deep berry hues is how I’ve incorporated more winter appropriate items into my looks. This dress is so versatile, belt it and it instantly looks more formal and perfect for day to night. I’ve paired it with black and pink for a dressier look but would wear it with chocolate tones and a fuzzy jumper, for a more countryside, cozy feel. Red can be quite an intimidating, bold choice for some and I think this wine shade is so feminine, makes a statement but is still so wearable that you could make it into an office look.
There’s something about the colder months that reminds me of parties, it might have something to do with all my friends being Scorpios, but generally speaking there’s plenty of opportunities to celebrate with Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December. Animal print is huge when it comes to autumn/ winter clothing and it’s a great on-trend option to explore for upcoming events. I like to switch things up, so instead of the obvious leopard, I’d opt for something unique like this retro peacock print. I love the bow detail around the neck and sheer, voluminous sleeves, which keeps it feeling romantic.
It’s a fun one to style because you can really play up the shapes and colours – I paired it with a contemporary designer bag and oversize 80’s inspired glasses for a day look. Lipstick may be classified as makeup but experimenting with colours always changes the mood of a look, I went for a vibrant deep plum to bring out the olive greens of this Traffic People piece.
I love the idea of clashing patterns, it elevates a chic everyday look to something edgier and street-style appropriate. We all know that part of any winter wardrobe essential is not just the party dress but the outerwear that accompanies it. As temperatures drop, a monotone houndstooth or camel wool coat would look beautiful layered over a dress like this. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the thrill of bare legs, crisp fallen leaves and hot chocolates – before we’ve got to seriously layer up.