Friday, 14 February 2014

U n d e r t o n e s

Autumn/winter 2014 has just dropped, with the majority of retailers switching their windows over to welcome crisp mornings and snuggly nights - regardless of the fact we still have a month (arguably the worst month) of summer left. 

Looking into your wardrobe is a sparce array of items that trended last year - but what pieces will hold strong their ranking amongst the racks?

Here is part one of my autumn/winter trend forecast - heavy in understated, mostly considered "staple" pieces, that can be worn in a myriad of different combinations.

The most important thing to remember is that staple pieces don't have to be restricted to weekend wear (see last blog about the "weekender" look currently trending).

1. All white errythang

(i) The bralette crop - these babies aren't going anywhere fast and are an excellent addition to any wardrobe. Not only can you wear them practically as an undergarment, recent trending patterns have seen women ditch the over shirt and wear the bra/bralette crop as a top in it's own right. Team with high waisted shorts for daytime (if going for a sports luxe look opt for leather look/scoop cut) and switch to a mid-length skirt for night time.

(ii) The Maurie & Eve "stylin" skirt has seen enormous success in it's release as part of the Holy Roller AW14 having almost sold out both styles (it comes in a cropped jumper as well) Australia wide. The mesh panels are dynamic and flattering and the skirt can be teamed with heels and a crop for an evening look or a relaxed fit grey marle tee and ankle boots for any daytime affair.

2. The tote

Following on from my last blog, the tote definitely deserves a second mention. Coming into the cooler months you will need extra space to carry your jacket when not in use in amongst all other winter essentials such as pawpaw ointment, water and the latest issue of whatever magazine you're reading.

My pick for this season is a leather/suede oversized tote from Seed Heritage.

Leather/suede ankle boots, a floppy felt hat and stackable rings are all that are needed to turn any autumn/winter outfit from drab into fab.

3. Croc leather 

One of the trends spearheading this year's autumn/winter campaign is croc. Shoes, shirts, shorts, bags, you name it, it exists in croc. 

My pick for this season is the Never Smile croc shorts by Mink Pink. Relaxed fit and comfortably suited to match the sports luxe trend which will also be staying the distance. 

4. Accouturement 

Cuffs, crystals and chains. 

Keep it simple. Amethyst drop necklace from Universal and Sass & Bide leather/silver cuff. 

5. Fringing/tassels 

Whether on a clutch (from Dotti as pictured) or on a kimono jacket (keep an eye out for the next post on how to wear a silk kimono jacket as this in-between weather staple will see you through to leather weather). 

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