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AUTUMN PICKINGS YOU WILL WANT TO WEAR AGAIN AND AGAIN….

This week it’s like someone has flicked a big switch and suddenly it’s Autumn. The light has changed, which means it’s time for us to change too. Fashion and the weather are in step for once and it’s time to reap the rewards. I’m going to focus on some great pieces that are wearable, contemporary and most of all comfortable. If you don’t feel good you’re unlikely to look good.

I will touch on the trends, but they are not there to be followed slavishly. Like everything to do with fashion, treat them as a guide and not a ‘must do’. The most important thing is to choose what works for you and your life.

This devore dress by Whistles is a great transitional piece and would work worn casually with attitude and some brogue ankle boots. Switch it up for party season with a pair of beautiful heeled sandals and the thinnest of belts to highlight the waist. Due to arrive in store during September, the warm rustic colour is delightful.

Also featuring warm rose pink, a key colour for the season, is this neat shift dress with fluted sleeves from Hobbs (£139). Dramatic sleeve detailing continues to be a key trend for Autumn Winter.

Whistles Limited Edition is really strong this season and the perfect opportunity to plan ahead if you have winter evening events coming up. Key pieces are selling out fast. There is a fabulous teal velvet jumpsuit with an open back is already low on sizing. I also really like this silk version (£279). Strongly inspired by pyjamas, the colours and print are exquisite, unless you can really rock a fashionista look keep it elegant and elongate the legs with high sandals as pictured here. Sophisiticated partywear.

Bringing our feet back down to ground – sneakers are everywhere this season. They have been for a few seasons now, but everyone is now doing a version and suprisingly the queen of glamour, Karen Millen, has produced some very interesting styles. Great to add a smidge of interest to a simple casual look. From left to right: Black suede trainer (£125), white glitter trainer (£155) and embroidered black leather (£145).

I stocked up on a few basic tops recently from Cheltenham store, Olive. I’m not normally a fan of one size clothing, as of course, one size doesn’t fit all. However, the website oliveclothing.com gives good advice on the best fit for each piece . This striped top is a good example (£39). If you can find a good fit, they are lovely quality at a great price.

 

A brand I discovered on my recent trip to Brussels is Rue Blanche. Beautifully made future classics, I would love them to come to the UK. They have a few stores outside of Belgium and are also available online at rueblanche.com This boatnecked top comes in a variety of colours and the fabrication is sublime.

I did my first shop of the season yesterday at Sue Parkinsons in Broadway. Their edit is fabulous this season and they had a wonderful selection of coats. One of my favourite casual brands stocked there is Harris Wharf. This teal coat is an investment at £431 but one you will be able to rely on year after year. This blouse is a great transeasonal piece by Second Female (£81).

Have a great season and remember that I’m at the end of the phone, or email, if you would like a hand finding the perfect pieces for you or editing your own wardrobe to get the best out of what you already own. Stay stylish.

www.kateparkerstyle.com

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