I hope you're all well and starting to get into the swing of 'Back to School'.
Ironically, I’m writing this blog about Autumn/Winter shopping on the hottest day in September for 106 years, but as we know too well, it will be woolly jumpers and boots before we know it and we will be wishing for an early Spring/Summer in 2017!
New season with my clients is in full swing, many use September as a perfect time to detox and start a process of new goals and focus, but when you’re on this path of NEW ME how do you approach shopping?
Autumn/Winter tends to be the more expensive of the seasons. Knitwear, boots and the essential coat tend to cost more than lightweight summer clothes and generally not as much fun due to our glorious British weather putting a dampener on fun things like footwear and faux fur, but that’s not to say we should give up.
When thinking of shopping try to set aside some ‘You Time’. Get some childcare and be realistic about how much time you need. If you can’t get childcare power up the iPad, download some movies and don’t forget the portable charger, snacks and drinks!
Before heading off spend a bit of time researching current trends and what you think you’d like to try. I always recommend Pinterest to my clients as a reference of inspiration and encourage them to create folders of things they are drawn to; this way it soon becomes quite clear what look your aiming for.
If you have the time, do a little declutter of any old vests or t-shirts. The rules are if it's white but gone grey ditch it, if its black and gone grey also ditch it, if it's grey and still grey, it's all good. If you can't remember the last time you wore it or the first thing that springs into your mind is maternity - ditch it, unless you are pregnant of course.
The most important piece of clothing for Autumn/Winter is the coat. It's so important to nail this because it almost doesn’t matter what you’ve got on underneath, it's your coat and outerwear accessories that everyone sees when you're out and about. A coat is your outfit that most people see, and for goodness sake, you can get away with having PJ’s on under a fabulous coat and no-one would notice a thing.
Invest in good quality knitwear, I say this again and again, a good cashmere jumper will feel a million times more amazing than a shiny bit of cotton acrylic. It may sound like a cliché but this winter basic can be dressed down with jeans, up with a skirt or trousers or even try wearing it under this seasons military shirt (unbuttoned and sleeves rolled up) with a fab necklace, pair of jeans and heals or trainers. What’s not to love.
Bad Footwear is an instant outfit killer so insuring you spend some time getting this right is important. Have a think about your lifestyle and practicalities. Heels look lovely but do you really need to be wearing them if your day involves a lot of walking, running around or going to the park? Trainers and flats are fab for everyday, but do they look like you’ve owned them for 100 years? ‘Most’ trainers will go in the washing machine on a cool wash and come out looking like new, so re-assess the situation and insure your footwear isn’t letting you or your outfit down.
My most important bit of advice is not to go shopping and buy things for ‘when you go out’ If you're building up your wardrobe from a starting point try to cover daytime first and spend a bit more on things you will wear everyday, then once you’ve achieved that you can start to have fun with accessories and building with some evening pieces too.
If you want to know what’s on trend for AW16 it’s on my previous post within the blog.
Lots of Love and happy shopping!