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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?


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.