Fashion: Autumn/Winter 2013 Guide

25 Sep

Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

As we say farewell to the summer sun and welcome back the colder nights and darker mornings, it’s time to re-jig our wardrobes with next season’s trends so we stay looking hot no matter what the weather.

I actually don’t mind the winter, purely in terms of fashion. Yes I hate the cold and feel a little depressed that the skies will remain grey for quite some time, but dressing for winter is easier and far more fun. For starters, you don’t have to worry about doing ab workouts just to wear them friggin crop tops, nor do you have to worry about tanning your legs before sitting out in the sun or shaving your toes so your boyfriend’s not totally grossed out.* In summer, you’re pretty limited to what you can wear but with winter, the options are endless, plus you can layer up and actually wear more clothes; so, if you love clothes you should love winter. I also think the A/W ranges are more sophisticated and less tacky; darker hues and more elegant, refined looks. Winter is just a bit more me**. I also prefer night to day – weird? I don’t know.  Also, it’s Christmas so you can wear the most outrageously sparkly dress that appears to look like you’ve stolen it from a 7-year-old girl’s glitter themed birthday party and still get away with it.

So, 2013’s winter – what you got for us?

The 90s grunge scene is seeing an even bigger revival this season. Summer was all about flatforms, snapbacks, high-waisted shorts and croptops. This season it’s still very much 90s but adapting it to the Great British Winter.  Embrace the hoodlum spirit with key pieces such as biker boots, leather, studs, tartan and an all-round This Is England look. It’s all about being pretty in punk.


We can’t talk winter without mentioning coats. This year it’s all about them being big, long, masculine, and way over-sized.


You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat though! Perfect with every outfit; a trench coat is timeless, elegant and versatile – a true investment.


The biggest colours this season are pastel shades (especially dusky pink!) and deep vibrant hues such as cobolt blue. Winter no longer equals black so get your wardrobe looking fresh in some bold colourful pieces. If in doubt – think pink – It’s THE colour of the season. Pink really is the new black. Hurrah!


From ankle boots to over-the-knees, your winter look isn’t complete without a sexy bootie. It’s time to hibernate your feet and give them a rest again. Keep them snug during the day with some chunky socks and comfy boots then vamp them up for the night-time in some high-heeled versions. Boots look good with trousers and jeans along with skirts and dresses so pick a few good ones to see you through.


Monochrome is in this season along with big, bold, flamboyant prints. Keep everything else simple if you’re going for a strong design.


The old school ladylike prim and proper look is back. Think preppy chic and old-fashioned vintage/heritage type styles. If you think your Granny would wear it – buy it. It’s all about preppy pinafores, sharp shirts, pleated skirts and school girl satchels (The Cambridge Satchel Company offer the original and the best ones). This is an elegant look and one of my faves. You’ll look cute and sophisticated whilst still looking edgy and on-trend.


Don’t forget about your accessories! Keep warm in a woolly, rock the 90s trend with a beanie or create your own look with a bowler or a fedora (I love these!). Add some leather gloves or some knitted mittens, a printed scarf or a faux fur collar and a gorgeous doctor bag or a pouch bag.


Make-up – This year it’s about keeping it dark. Wine hued lips, big eyebrows, thick eyeliner, deep dark nails, shimmering metallic eye shadow, smokey eyes and glitter – anywhere. Think toned down 1990s neo-gothic style makeup. Remember though, if you’re going heavy on the eyes, keep the lips neutral, or go full on with feature lips and just have a slick of eyeliner for your eyes. If the wine colour makes you look more scary then sexy, red is still in so go for a deep red on your lips as well as your nails for a timeless winter style.


Mix and match these trends to create your own individual style. Or if you’d rather wear what you already have, do. Nobody should ‘tell’ you what to wear! And I am certainly not doing that. Wear what you want and enjoy it. This is what will be ‘in’ next season but it’s better to wear what you like and look yourself than wear items just because they are ‘in’ and end up looking like an awkward catalogue advert. Whatever your style, own it and work it and you’ll always look spectacular!

*I hope that’s not just me.

** I’ve come to the conclusion that the sun hates me. I get heat rash, burnt, freckles, bites and stubbly toes.



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