10 Key Pieces You Need Now!
What? The Oversized Clutch
As worn by? Rihanna
Why you need it now? Good news for style-savvy girls who can’t leave the house without everything but the kitchen sink – the oversized clutch is back, and it’s bigger than ever before. From Miu Miu to Margiela, this season the ubiquitous clutch goes from compact and evening appropriate to super-practical and ready for the girl-on-the-go who thinks downsizing is for wimps, and small is anything but beautiful. Make ours a large one, please!
Where to buy: New Look, River Island, Forever 21.
Pussy Bow Blouse
What? The Pussy Bow Blouse
As worn by? Ali Larter
Why you need it now? Blame Kate Middleton for fashion’s current pre-occupation with all things demure. Ladylike dressing is a major trend that looks set to continue into next season, so invest in a pussybow blouse now to see you through to next year in style. Elegant enough for work, but fab after dark too, wear with floor-grazing flares and a skinny belt for 70s cool, or rock 40s polish paired with a pencil skirt.
Where to buy: Hobbs, New Look.
What? The Knee-High Boot
As worn by? Claudia Schiffer
Why you need it now? After seasons of ankle grazers and thigh highs, knee high boots have strutted back onto the runways. Perfectly in synch with the season’s 60s resurgence, wear flat and slouchy suedes over luxurious leggings with a waterfall cardi for day, or sky high patents as a sassy surprise under a thigh-high split evening dress for a moden take on after-dark sophistication.
Where to buy: Aldo, Dune and Kurt Geiger.
What? Anything Sequinned
As worn by? Beyonce
Why you need it now? Why save it for the Christmas party? Sequins – in every shape, size and colour of the rainbow, make for an uber-fun and tactile new season trend. Whether you opt for huge fish-scale esque pailettes, as seen on the Prada catwalks, update a blazer with sparkle, a la Beyonce in D&G, or go low key in all over neutrals, you’ll be having a disco ball of a day in your super shiny style statements.
Where to buy: M&S, ASOS.com.
What? The Leather Dress
As worn by? Blake Lively
Why you need it now? Does the thought of a leather frock fill you with gnarly rock-chick dread? Fear not. Butter soft skins in all shades of the rainbow are feminine and sexy without looking biker scary. Case in point? Blake Lively. Making her ultra supple pumpkin Gucci dress look like the ultimate all-season piece, Blake makes leather ladylike. A look that begs to be mixed with textured fabrics like cashmere and silk, autumn’s hide to have is knee length, form-fitting, and in no way worn with a leather jacket. Buy a classic shape, and you’ll wonder how you lived without it
Where to buy: Reiss, Warehouse, Topshop.
What? The Pencil Skirt
As worn by? Katy Perry
Why you need it now? The ladylike silhoutte is back, back, BACK! this autumn, and there’s no better way to shop off your bombshell curves, 40s style, than in a pencil skirt. Figure hugging but not skin tight, it should fall just below the knee, and can only be worn with a vertiginous heel – pointy stiletto or power block Mary Janes – flat shoes will kill the look completely, turning your Mad Men allure into something more mad supply teacher-esque Pair with a prim and proper blouse, a la Katy Perry, and start practicing small steps – you won’t be running for the bus in this!
Where to buy: Topshop, Ted Baker, Zara.
What? Anything Mustard
As worn by? Kirsten Dunst
Why you need it now? Adding a little spice to your look is de rigeur, and mustard is definitely the flavour of the autumn months. A spin-off trend from the seventies look that has swept through the season, from The Row to Bottega Venetta, everything from softest Dijon to vivid English is hot, and should be added liberally to every outfit. Find the shade that suits your skin tone, then pair with grey, purple or caramel for the perfect pop of colour, or add instant fashion flourish to indigo denims for daytime glam with a mustard blazer.
Where to buy: Topshop, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins
What? Anything Snakeskin
As worn by? Kate Moss
Why you need it now? If there’s one animal print you need to be showing off this season, it’s snakeskin. A staple on the catwalks of Lanvin and Chloe, which had our hearts racing with prints in both natural and soft colourwash shades on everything from skirts and blouses to evening gowns, snakeskin is the print of the moment. Not sure you can carry off a reptillian runway look? Snakeskin accessories (and yes, we do mean faux python -–cheaper and far more morally acceptable) is an easy way to trial the trend. Just wear one piece at a time until you get braver and start doubling up!
Where to buy: Dorothy Perkins, Zara, River Island.
What? The Statement Shoe
As worn by? Victoria Justice
Why you need it now? Studded, sequinned, fur-trimmed, feathered, bejewelled, bowed, skyscraper wedge, perilous platform or needle sharp stiletto -– this season’s statement shoes are something to shout about. From jewel toned velvets and suedes to spiked patent leather and lavisly embellished satins, finishing off your outfit in show-stopping style has never been more fun. Even mannish flats have been giving a makeover, with sparkles, faux furs and prints making their way onto androgynous brogues. With an eye-popping shoe to top off every trend to perfection, shoe fanatics will be in shopping heaven.
Where to buy: Kurt Geiger, River Island, Steve Madden, Boutique 1
What? The Lace Dress
As worn by? Miranda Kerr
Why you need it now? The lace dress is a fave on the celebrity style circuit this season, worn by everyone from Lady Gaga to Kate Middleton. Spanning from gothic, as seen at Louis Vuitton, where foxy black lace was paired with polished leather in classic black, to the ultra decadent and uber glam taupe, claret and teal gowns at Gucci and Valentino, lace is not a luxury this season – it’s a must have. Spare your blushes by wearing a nude or self toned toned slip under your lace dress if it doesn’t already have one, and wear your colour top to toe for maxiumum impact
Where to buy: Reiss, Oasis, Coast.