This time of year is always difficult when the shops are filling up with chunky knits and trend-led pieces but it’s also not that cold yet. Even though we are desperate to embrace the new trends, some of us just aren’t ready to dress for the height of winter yet. So we caught up with Holly Murphy to find out what her favourite pieces are from New Look at the moment for the perfect transeasonal wardrobe.
“As much as I hate to say it autumn is creeping up on us. It was just a few weeks ago we were all basking in the joys of spring and now we’re fleeing to our favourite retailers to grab some must have winter woolies, because let’s face it, that pretty floral wrap dress just isn’t going to cut it for much longer.
I’ve recently been wondering whether people prefer autumn winter fashion or spring summer fashion, and my poll on Instagram revealed that 81% of people prefer autumn winter. As lovely as summer may be, I don’t think you can beat cozying up in the height of winter in your favorite piece of knitwear and go-to boots and not having to worry about fake tanning or that slight food baby situation because it can all be covered up! Which brings me on to discuss my top transitional/staple picks to be investing in from New Look right now.
Heading into autumn I like to have a few knitwear items and a selection of skirts – the basics – things that you can mix and match and bed yourself back into autumn fashion with. As we aren’t quite at freezing point yet, it is still nice to have the option of an autumnal skirt that you can get away with now as the British weather is still surprising us with the odd warmer day, as well as with tights once bare leg season is well and truly over.
I have gone for two skirts in this post, a denim tie waist (£22.99) and a beautiful leopard print wrap skirt (£17.99). A denim skirt is a must-have all year round really and I just loved the fit of this one. The tie waist makes it that bit more feminine and fashion-forward, it also comes in a beautiful rust colour too. As for the leopard print wrap skirt, this is definitely trend-led. Leopard print is huge for the new season and a trend you are going to see cropping up everywhere in every form! I love the wrap skirt paired with the simple white knitted cardigan (£24.99), brown boots and a coordinating bag for an everyday easy to wear trend-savvy look. I chose to tuck the cardigan in but wrap/midi skirts also look amazing with loose long jumpers over the top for an ultra-chic style.
Whilst we’re on the topic of leopard print, I just wanted to mention these print boots (£39.99) which are a great way of buying into the trend but not feeling too OTT. If you’re not a huge lover of the print but still want to meet the trend, they would work perfectly with an outfit as simple as jeans and a white shirt for a laid-back look.
Throwing another trend into the mix, a style I have seen cropping up recently is cord, and I have to say it’s a craze I almost hate to love. I wouldn’t have dreamt of wearing cord a few years back but the fresh twist and revamped style it offers makes me kind of love it. So much so I also own this blazer (£34.99) in blue and often think about purchasing the matching trousers to go with it.
Knitwear: my one clothing weaknesses when it comes to autumn winter fashion. Give it a few weeks and my clothes rail will be long gone of anything summer related and replaced with all kinds of jumpers in every autumnal colour possible. The jumpers I have picked are very versatile styles and will suit everyone. The white knit which I sized up for an oversized slouchy fit is just beautiful with its statement black buttons and V-neck shape, what’s not to love! As for the rust knit (£22.99), this is a piece that just screams autumn with its oversized boxy fit and brown hue, I can picture it being worn in a field of crisp fallen leaves as I type! Not to mention the tortoiseshell buttons on the shoulders, a trend that I couldn’t get enough of throughout summer, so I was overjoyed to see this incorporated into new season styles.
A top tip I find when heading into a new season is to start by creating a capsule wardrobe. Choose a handful of items that will work with each other, so you can mix and match. Going out and buying an entire new season wardrobe at once is rather costly, so think about the things you’re going to need the most. A good place to start is with boots, knitwear, bottoms and potentially a fresh winter coat, so you’re prepared for when the drastic climate change bites. This may also include the odd investment piece that you’re guaranteed to wear from start to finish. Pull a few go-to items that you can then build on and begin to create your best autumn winter wardrobe yet, affordably and easily!”
September 5th 2018 - by @CollectPlus