Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’

Transition Your Wardrobe

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

One advantage of the distinctly unseasonal weather is that I am already actively plotting my new season wardrobe,  Usually I would be glossing over such things because I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to look at them in any form of heat

I’ve spied a few things recently that I believe qualify as anchor pieces.  Specifically those pieces that allow you to segue effortlessly into the new season because they work just as well for now in this transitional period as they do for new season proper.  To avoid disappointment I won’t be looking at soft suiting which is a key trend for next season that I can’t quite get on board with.  I think it’s something to do with coming of age in the nineties when going out out in a suit was the thing!  I had a pretty amazing silver suit from Warehouse which was worn on repeat including to celebrate my 21st birthday.  It was still hanging in my wardrobe when I met my now husband, where he promptly dubbed it my spaceman suit!!  I had clear early warning that he would not always understand my sartorial choices but I digress.

First up is this vibrant trench from H&M.  They are calling it red but for me it’s very much fiery sunset orange.  Either way it is the perfect slouchy silhouette and is heavy enough to be worn through even the chilliest Autumnal days. It also looks way more expensive than its £59.99 price tag which makes it a shrewd now buy.  Plus it’ll keep some of this endless rain off.

H&M Trench Coat - £59.99

H&M Trench Coat – £59.99

If you are a fan of this sunburnt orange then may I recommend this  French Connection dress. Still summery enough to wear now as a dress, later you can throw over your favourite pair of jeans with  a biker jacket or blazer.


French Connection, £85

Pleated midis are not going anywhere but they have got bolder.  For an instant update add pattern, like Louche’s floral print version (which I may have just picked up at one of my favourite local boutiques Lilac Rose).  If you aren’t a floral lover then try Next’s midi with its geometric print.

Skirts earn their place as a transitional anchor because they can be worn now with a simple tee and sandals or trainers, just add boots and sweaters for Autumn proper.  If pleats aren’t your thing or you want to make the skirt your centre piece (it’s going to be mine) just go for print or patchwork.  I am coveting Second Female’s navy gold spotted version.

Also on my wish list is Numph’s suede zip front skirt, somewhere between slate and a softer hue.  I can see me wearing this now with a slogan tee (yup they are still here)  and with a jumper and boots for leaf kicking later.   Both Second Female and Numph are available from another local favourite boutique, Karabo.

H&M Hot Pink Slacks - £12.99

H&M Hot Pink Slacks – £12.99

Block colour is still current to make a statement.  I’ve opted for these slacks (slacks?!?! I know I was pondering who on earth who still used the term slacks the other week and now I know, it’s H&M).  Brilliant fit and stretch plus a side zip is always more flattering for those of us wanting a smoother, flatter tum.

H&M also has two more of my wants/must haves.  The first I picked up this weekend and have already worn twice.  It looks like a tee because of its soft cotton body but the addition of statement balloon sleeves compete with tie, in a cotton/poly mix elevate it to so much more. It’s a proper top with interest, pair it with jeans and some jewellery and you are ready to take it almost anywhere.   It’s also great to give balance to pear and apple shapes.  Please please can you do it in some more colours H&M?

H&M Balloon Sleeve Top

H&M Balloon Sleeve Top – £17.99

The other is this hot pink cotton jumper, weighty enough for cooler days but still able to wear now for those rainy summer days.

H&M Hot Pink Sweater - £34.99

H&M Hot Pink Sweater – £34.99

This kind of jumper always make me hanker for a beach house somewhere and imagine myself in white cuffed skinny jeans, on the beach with a dog, you know Jennifer Anniston rom com style.  Just me?

T Bar Shoes

So to footwear.  I have come to the stage where almost all of my staple, waterproof shoes have given  up the ghost at the same time, but I find buying more sensible shoes slightly dull and I am definitely not ready to crack out the boots yet, it is still officially August.  Enter the T Bar shoe, which are going to be everywhere.  They bring polish and poise but with a bit of fun and look great dressed up or down.

All the transition - H&M Balloon Sleeve Tee + Louche Skirt

All the transition – H&M Balloon Sleeve Tee + Louche Skirt

Here’s me in the bolder pleat and paired with the statement sleeve tee, proving their transitional fashion points.  What are you most looking forward to updating your wardrobe with?


Shape of Autumn

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by Emma No Comments
Colour inspiration from Autumn Leaves

Colour inspiration from Autumn leaves

It’s customary to look at the trends before the season starts but I prefer to do it slightly later, when the high street has revealed it’s stock and more importantly you feel like buying season appropriate items.  This blog is timed to coincide with SYW’s own half yearly seasonal switchover, where forgotten pieces come out of storage and a refreshed wardrobe appears often with no purchases necessary.  If you too have been meaning to get around to checking out what’s in store for your wardrobe or working out what will survive your own switchover this season, look no further, I have trawled the catalogues, magazines and fashion blogosphere to help you out.

First up, just because it’s Autumn does not mean you should ditch the colour from your wardrobe (unless you want to).

The colours making a strong impact in your Autumn wardrobe take their cue from nature and are likely to be red and mustard.  Wear as a block, part of a pattern or simply use as an accent.

If you are loathe to say goodbye to the brights and neons of the summer, don’t!  Use them as your pick me up to see you gently through Autumn into winter.   Pair them with your greys and blacks, seen here to great effect at Hush Or use to break up the monochrome look.  Here at SYW we are all over the graphic prints in various colour ways as our early transition wardrobe shows.

It's all about the print

It’s all about the print

We’re in love with our H&M number which ticks the boxes for pear shapes and hourglasses by accentuating the waist whilst skimming hips and thighs

Print and Mustard in one piece

Print and Mustard in our H&M Dress

Jewel type prints provide an alternative route way to the embellishment trend – Ted Baker’s gem woven front top is one of our faves.

Turning to a couple of the key looks from amongst the Autumn’s offerings


Key pieces and patterns collide meaning this look is easy to achieve. Hardworking it covers office chic  through to saturday afternoon casual.  Classic houndstooth is a brilliant way to do this, see Somerset by Temperley knitted jacket or Phase Eight’s Samina Skirt (it’s A-line shape is perfect for those with a strawberry shape).  Accent  a dogtooth with red accessories like Therapy’s Fiona Frame handbag et voilaThe pencil skirt, ideal for most shapes, is also a great canvas for dogtooth, block colour and if you are feeling a little decadent try a leather version, go pastel like this one from River Island or go Ox-blood or emerald green.  I’ve lived in my Reiss Oxblood version since last Autumn as it’s so versatile.

Kilts are all over the high street from Sainsbury’s to Karen Millen and can be the perfect embodiment of ladylike.  With so many on offer you will find one to suit your shape whether it’s a long mid  A line like this one from The Fold London, mid length but square like Ralph Lauren’s Crisbalyn or for a mini version try Sainbury’s  or Karen Millen’s,   team with your boot of the season (look our for our forthcoming blog) and a plain knit in a striking contrast colour.

Magical Gothic

A complete contrast  to the ladylike look but also a great way to ease into Autumn Winter.  It is based on taking tactile and snuggly fabrics and weaving gothic imagery and colours to create drama and comfort in one outfit.  Channel an inner gothic flair with the florals that were a big hit in SS14 but set them against dark back drops for added drama.  Closet has this great dress  whilst LK Bennett’s silk sleeve Tee brings an easy way to introduce the florals.  M&S also has a great pencil skirt in its Limited Edition range but currently it’s only available in store.

Fluffy gilets and jumpers introduce the touchy feely element.  Our pick from the high street are Jigsaw’s faux fur version and M&S’ fluffy cardigan.  Wear with jeans or a great pair of trousers in a sumptuous fabric like this velvet pair from Zara.  Alternatively a pleated skirt such as this pale burnt orange one from M&S which keeps the romantic feel.

For a full look at SYW’s picks follow our Pinterest Board.

Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Shape of Autumn on Pinterest.

So that’s your weekend of reshaping your wardrobe to meet Autumn, handled!  Still feeling stuck?  Get in touch to arrange your seasonal switchover consultation.  Watch this space for companion blogs on the anchor of your winter wardrobe – The Coat and another on winter boots to see you through to Spring.