The best belts for Autumn/Winter 2020

Belts are the absolute key accessory I am constantly drawn to and I have quite a growing collection. I love a unique or statement belt and they are the easiest way to give an outfit a completely different look without breaking the bank.

It’s well worth investing in a leather hole punch tool. I have had mine for years, they are inexpensive but such an invaluable tool, I couldn’t be without mine. Year on year it constantly serves me well. This handy little device means you don’t need to place too much onus on the sizing, if there’s a belt you love you can easily size up and then customise it to you.

My three favourite belts in my current collection are the Gucci Marmont, the Ashley belt from Decorium and the Zara double loop buckle belt.

I generally like the hardware on my belts to be a matte or muted gold, it’s a personal preference however I always think they look a lot more chic and expensive in these tones.

Another belt trend currently circulating the fashion scene that has also caught my eye is the wide corset-style waist belts. When I was in my twenties I was obsessed with corset tops and would frequently wear them on nights out. They always provide such a flattering silhouette for both slim or curvy figures.

Below I have included some of my favourite belts with varying price points from Karen Millen, & Other Stories and Pretty Little Thing

These belts (when styled well) are chic, eye-catchingly beautiful, and gothically romantic in all the right ways. Nothing says Boss B* like a corset belt and anything that draws the waist in is a must-have. They look their best styled up with a stark white shirt to add that sophisticated, monochromatic contrast and to soften the look flirtily peeking through a chunky knit cardigan.

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Styling leather for Autumn

Now that we are well into October it’s high time to reach for the leather. Nothing beats a classic black leather look. If you’re searching for a quick and simple fix to update and elevate your outfits then investing in a few leather pieces is essential for this season.

Black leather instantly adds a very sophisticated edge to any outfit. Especially styled with a black roll neck top, a blazer and some sunnies on a crisp autumnal day.

Autumn is when black leather really comes into its own, this year the leather shirt is the key contender dominating both high street and high-end stores.

I’ve put together my three favourite black leather shirts from high-end, mid-range and high street so there’s options for every budget.

Mango – £49.99
Alexander Wang – £365
Bottega Veneta – £3,650

When the weather outside is dull and dreary it’s nice to add some panache to your outfit and leather is a fail safe way to update your style.

I’ve also been loving black leather shorts lately. The ones I have below are from misguided but they are a perfect dupe for the Valentino V logo belted short. These are great way to add a touch of leather to your outfit but in a less in your face manner. I like to wear my leather shorts with knee high boots a simple black bodysuit and a trench so they just peek through with movement.

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Five outerwear pieces every wardrobe needs for the forthcoming autumn/winter seasons, that will stand the test of time.

I have chosen these styles for practicality and simplicity, they are less about trends and fashion and more about the longevity of each item and how they can be used to elevate multiple outfits.

These coats have your back (no pun intended) they will never let you down and will ensure that you always look and feel your best when battling all the variant elements of wind/rain/cold – basically our beloved and delightful British weather.

  1. The Trench

Trench coats are my number one go-to for this season, which is why I had to start with them. They are such a classic piece, they have always been around, they will always be around, they are timeless. I have two, both in minimalist neutral colours, beige and black.

I’m not a big fan of coats being busy or loud in their print and colour. I much prefer them to be classic and understated. I love the versatility of a good trench, they can be dressed up with boots or heels, alternatively styled with hoodies and trainers for a more dressed-down outfit whilst still looking effortlessly smart, chic and put together. Perfect for days when it’s not so cold and you don’t want to be too layered up but gives you that protection from the wind and rain.

2. Camel Coat

Camel coats are a great fail-safe staple for this time of year, I love the warmth a camel coat can bring to an all-black outfit.

I like to opt for a lighter coatigan version for this transitional period in-between seasons when the weather’s changeable and for colder months i’ll switch it up for my wool camel coat.

3. Puffer

Let’s face it, this is the socially acceptable way to feel like you’re wearing a sleeping bag without actually wearing a sleeping bag.

Puffer coats are great for so many different occasions, sunday strolls, dog walks, a pub lunch with friends, the list is endless. I have a classic black puffer but am very tempted by the beautiful neutral-toned puffers currently doing the rounds this season in stone or ecru.

4. Leather Jacket

I always reach for a leather jacket when I want to add an edgier vibe to my outfit. This particularly works well to add a contrast if you’re wearing feminine knits in paler colours like cream, nude or blush, I find the contrast really makes your whole look come together and stand out without feeling too girly and cutesy.

5. Aviator

Another great cosy throw on if i’m just popping out to the shops or to the gym. Aviator’s look so chic over gym wear and the borg/faux fur lining they generally come with is great for keeping the cold off first thing in the morning when it hasn’t had a chance to warm up yet.

Check out my instagram reels for how I would style these 5 coats.

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Spring knit tops

When I think of knit vest tops I can’t help but think of Rab C. Nesbitt so I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about this trend to begin with. I think the ones that I originally saw were in quite dowdy colours but once I found the ones that appealed to me I was sold.

These will look beautiful under blazers. The black knit tops also look gorgeous styled over a crisp white shirt. The different fabric textures and contrasting colours really create a unique and fresh statement look.

Here are my favourites

Zara – Crop top with organza – £19.99
Zara – Combined organza top – £25.99
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Belted wrap over cardigans

If you missed out on this trend it’s not too late to invest, especially with the weather taking a turn. The perfect transitional piece for this time of year that will hold strong for the forthcoming autumn/winter season too.

They give me a nostalgic flashback to the wrap over cardigans I wore to ballet classes when I was young and that subsequently my daughter’s wear to theirs during the colder months.

In winter they can be layered with thin roll-top knits teamed with black cigarette trousers or black skinny jeans and an ankle boot. In spring/autumn they look beautiful worn over lace bralettes and camis with light denim mom jeans and trainers.

The two bottom styles are my favourite, they are currently sold out but Zara often re-stocks it’s popular items. I recently fell in love with balloon sleeves, they have a very oversized decadent look to them which creates a more statement effect. This is not your everyday run of the mill cardi but a must-have wardrobe staple.

Here are my favourites

H&M – Ribbed wrap over cardigan, currently on sale – £22
Zara – Currently out of stock
Zara – Currently out of stock
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Seasonal smocks and colour blocks

Smock dresses are the latest take on its predecessor, the floaty, chiffon maxi dress. It has been cleverly updated and given a new lease of life using thicker materials such as cotton, linen, taffeta and poplin. The use of stiffer material creates an edgier structure to the shape whilst still maintaining that loose, oversized effect.

Today I am going to be delving deeper into the effortlessly elegant smock trend and why it has us all captivated. Smock’s are the perfect summer dress. Sometimes all we crave is simplicity in our outfits, style that we don’t need to overthink but can just throw on and enjoy.

In terms of comfort it is basically on par with wearing a nightie in the daytime… a daytie? (What’s not to love)?!

They can be tiered, knee-length and maxi length to suit a variety of different body types. Smocks in solid blocked neutral colours such as white, black, beige, brown and khaki are striking and bold enough on their own without the need for accessories. In the spring/summer i plan to wear them dressed down with a simple chunky hoop earring and trainers.

I adore the puff detailing in the sleeves which balances out the aesthetic of the dress and keeps it looking feminine despite the stiffer fabrics. If you want an edgy look drape a leather jacket over your shoulders and complete the look with biker boots.

My virtual wishlist

H&M V-neck taffeta dress £39.99
H&M Smocked Cotton Dress – £39.99
H&M Puff-sleeved cotton dress £14.99
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Spring Time Favourites

Spring has sprung and so too has it’s seasonal trending fashion pieces.

There is a real feminine vibe to the current spring essentials that are undoubtedly filling our online baskets and virtual wish lists. Providing us with a momentary window of escapism from the disengagement and despondency of lock down.

Floaty smock dresses, greens and understated neutral colour tones, polka dots or dalmatian spots (whichever floats your boat) and not forgetting voluminous puff sleeves that give the 80’s a serious run for their money.

Grunge meets girly is a prominent theme that is trending at the moment and styling plays a massive part in this process. Team feminine dresses with belts, fedora hats, biker boots and leather jackets and you’ll be rocking this trend with the best of them. Style is something to have fun with.

As much as we try to hide our ever-increasing multiple tabs from our prospective others, (you know you do it, i do it, we’re all friends here) these pieces are impossible to resist for this season.

My virtual wish list

H&M Puff-sleeved blouse – £29.99
H&M Smocking-detail dress – £29.99
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