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Five New Season Faves

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Emma No Comments

In the first of a mini series on the blog which will be featuring what I love from the shops right now as we get involved in Autumn. I am talking those few key purchases that will give your wardrobe an updated fresh feel. This week’s faves are from good ol’ M&S who keep bringing their A-game to affordable fashion.

Straight in at the top of the lust haves is this gorgeous grey jumper dress. There is a bit of nostalgia involved due a gorgeous brown (yeah I know) jumper dress I had when I was 18 that made me feel like I was so sophisticated.

Seamless Wonder

Seamless Wonder – £45, M&S

However this piece is more than that, it has no seams! This engineering feat along with the side tie detail and the cosy but not chunky merino equals a flattering dress to anchor your Autumn wardrobe. I’m seeing it with prim shoes, trainers but most of all boots, ankle or over the knee preferably in a shade of red or Oxblood.   Which leads us on to the next fave……

Red Alert - M&S £79

Red Alert -£79 M&S

These red ankle boots with metallic heel detail, look much more expensive than their £79 price tag, and will work beautifully with dresses, jeans (particularly the straight crop style that Autumn is ushering in) and even a faux leather legging which are not going anywhere (but more on those for next week’s Five Faves).

Tasseltastic - £35, M&S

Tasseltastic – £35, M&S

Sticking with shoes, tassels have not deserted us but they have graduated from blouses and earrings to shoes. These heels tick the key colour trend red but also come in black for those who prefer a neutral.

Check Out - £30, M&S

Check Out – £30, M&S

A nod to tweed and the suiting trend these trousers will bring texture and interest to your new season wardrobe and make a great alternative to your navy and black neutrals. Pair with a classic white shirt and some Oxblood courts for a smart look or red boots and a slogan tee for a more casual affair.

The Updated Parka

The Updated Parka – £79, M&S

Last but not least – THIS  jacket  it’s a parka yes but it features shearling and camo which bring this staple bang up to date. Pair with pretty much anything but black denim and a statement ankle boot will see you from the school run through to gin o’clock.

What’s caught your eye in the early Autumn drops? If you don’t know where to turn, think about booking a seasonal update session with me. It’s a mini wardrobe edit focused on the key trends for the upcoming season, quote “Five Faves” and get this service for just £70.



Capsule Wardrobe Part 1 – The Trench Coat

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by Emma No Comments

I thought I would start my series of blogs on creating a capsule wardrobe based around some key staple items, with the hardworking trench coat. It’s the perfect seasonal transition item – Winter/Spring and Summer/Autumn. It also has a darker side, all those movie seduction scenes built around the wearing of a trench and nothing else! If you get it right, it’s a timeless classic that you can just grab and go with almost any outfit.

The keys to picking a great trench (or for that matter any capsule piece) are:-

  • Spend as much as you can afford, it will make a difference to the quality and also should last you longer. Remember capsule pieces are about more than fast fashion.  If I could stretch the budget my go to would be Burberry (a girl can dream!).
  • Pick a style that suits your shape –

Be wary of the double breasted style if you are a Strawberry or Hourglass (larger bust).  Instead choose a single breasted option or better still one that simply ties.   Choose fluid rather than rigid detailing for the top half.  SYW likes  Jigsaw’s pink fluid trench & Malene Birger’s zip up trench   Hourglasses plump for a shape that falls from the waist in an A -line, Not The Same’s Sandra jacket does this really well   

For those pear shaped among us you can go the opposite way and fully embrace the classic structured double breasted look.  Just focus on styles which emphasise your waist.  LK Bennett’s Boston in a timeless neutral and Oxford Blue’s tweed version achieve this.

Have a slim or athletic shape and looking to create curves?  Go for a swing shape in a bright colour like this orange one from J Crew   You can also adopt the classic femme fatale look of a longer fluid line that looks elegant and smart or casual all at once. This works well on those with a taller stature too, Zara have a very covetable and budget friendly version

  • Don’t forget whatever you choose, imbue it with a personal touch, whether a flash of your favourite colour in the lining, swapping the belt for a favourite scarf or adding that vintage brooch. Classic does not equal boring.

There are some great trenches out there for all budgets but don’t simply ditch your faithful old trench if it’s working well but simply needs TLC.  It’s worth the effort to get it re-lined, mended or updated with your personal touch. Not everything needs to be a new purchase. On the other hand if the style and shape is no longer suited to you, the investment in a new garment will be worth it. See SYW’s Trench Coat Pinterest Board Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Capsule Wardrobe -Part 1 on Pinterest.  for my trench coat inspiration or for help starting your own capsule wardrobe get in touch to arrange a Shape Your Wardrobe consultation.