Jacqueline Kilikita shows you how to carry your summer trends into the new season.
Summer fashion saw designers making sweeping statements, injecting both glitz and glamour into what would present the world of fashion with covetable and collectable garments. But with any trace of the sun rapidly dwindling, some aspects of summer style are refusing to budge. The most failsafe summer pieces are seeping into our Autumn/Winter wardrobes and it looks like they’re certainly here to stay.
If a dip-hem hasn’t made it into your wardrobe this year, then shame on you! The draped back hem presented designers and fashionistas alike with a floaty, fairytale look. This season, however, sees our inner ethereal princess getting in touch with her darker side by simply adding a pair of chunky, black, peep toe boots and a studded clutch bag to bring attention to the edgier, shorter front hem. Toughening up your accessories offsets the floaty hem with a severe, almost biker-chic look, showcased by both Versace and Vivienne Westwood. The new dip-hem style has been described by Grazia magazine’s fashion researcher as “harsher, more in your face and the newest, most dramatic clubbing look.” Well, if the fashion pack thinks so…
Dress: £19.99 New Look
Shoes: £14 New Look
Bag: £38 Topshop
What girl doesn’t love a bit of sparkle? Adorning caftans and sandals with embellishment was huge last season; even with the arrival of Autumn and Winter, the colder months cannot dull the shine of this gem of a trend. Make like a magpie and encrust neutral-coloured winter coats with twinkling brooches to truly beat the winter blues. Surprisingly, charity shops are your best bet to hunt down any brooches or pins to revive last year’s drab, chunky-knit sweaters, and with Cardiff’s Albany Road hailed as Wales’ charity shop mecca, you’re bound to bag a jewel or two. Embellished collars are also hot on the high street, with the likes of ASOS and Topshop delving into their jewellery boxes to fish out the glitziest accessories fit to gild any party outfit.
Collar: £27 Miss Selfridge
Brooch: £2 Primark
Jewel and berry tones
Jewel and berry tones instantly warm up and energise neutral colours that seem to filter the high street at this time of year. And with the sunshine having been non-existent, garnet hues are a great way to hold onto sunset colours. Bridge the fashion gap between Summer and Autumn by pairing skinny jeans and an oversized sweater with these rich oxblood ankle boots. Use them to showcase navy and browns to ensure you don’t put a foot wrong when stepping into the cold. Be the jewel in the crown of dull and drab lecture theatres by accessorising outfits with oversized statement bags in reds or purples. Complementing all skin tones, these colours are dramatic seasonal fixes.
Shoes: £55 ASOS
Bag: £29.99 Dorothy Perkins
Channel your inner goth by reversing summer lace’s off-white hue into striking black. With the high street ordering lace items in bulk, it’s easy to get this look wrong by creating an outfit from more than one piece. The trick lies in layering. Simply team staple pieces like a plain coloured vest with this pretty-in-black lace blazer, £25 from New Look, or tuck a sheer blouse into this beautiful lace pencil skirt for a smart yet smouldering look. Gothic lace has been hot on the catwalks at both Etro and Gucci with ASOS even dedicating its debut LLD (little lace dress) to the sure-fire trend. And for those of you who are feeling creative, Cardiff Market boasts a horde of stalls selling pocket-friendly lace-style material. Use strips as an instant make-shift waist-cinching belt or to accessorise the handles of your handbag.
Jacket: £45 Miss Selfridge
Skirt: £19.99 H&M