Spotted: Reiss AW12 Look Book

This afternoon, I’m back to looking ahead at the forthcoming Autumn/Winter fashion season and after posting the Whistles look book I thought I’d also share styles we’ve got to look forward to from Reiss. I’ve loved trying to pin down the trends for the coming season for as long as I have loved fashion and can remember as far back as being in my mid to late teens collecting the September issues and making lists of must-have items. Reiss doesn’t have to be your thing particularly (although it’s hard not to find something you love here) but use these images to start picking out the trends you’ll be rocking as the evenings draw in and a chill hits the air.

Here are my pick of the trends to look out for and my favourite looks for the Reiss AW12 look book.

  • Red is going to be a big accent colour this winter and I am falling in love with emerald green all over again.
  • Choose mannish tailoring and structured shapes in coats and collars
  • Cinch in that waist – whether it’s skinny or waspishly wide, you’ll need a statement belt.
  • The other accent colour to watch? Purple. Be warned.

  • Pastel shades and the aquatic theme stay big with iridescent metallics and shades of cornflower and powder blue with mint and aqua.
  • Silhouettes are covered up in midi and maxi skirts, long sleeves and mere flashes of flesh at the ankle and waist. Want to bare more? Go sheer.
  • Black? It’s back.

See anything you like here readers? I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Reiss this season is appealing to me more than ever before, so I can’t wait to start wearing some of these trends.


Spotted: Whistles AW12 Look Book

I know, I know, it’s June, (supposedly) summer and you’re not ready for the shops to start filling up with new season wintery clothes yet.

Or perhaps like me, you’ve started dragging out your winter clothes again because the weather is being so unkind. Back in your boots yet?

As a result of the unseasonably wet and cold weather (and really, I know people keep saying stop complaining, it’s England after all, but it’s not usually THIS bad!) My other excuse for letting my mind wander ahead is that it’s good to have an idea of what will be fashionable next season before the sales start then you can make your purchases wisely.

So, imagine my excitement, die-hard Whistles fan and all, when the AW’12 look book popped into my inbox. The looks you see below won’t be filtering through to stores until the end of July, but oh my, I cannot wait.

You can see I’ve picked out some of the key trends from the Whistles AW12 look book above here in case you’re looking for some pre-season tips. I’ve also picked out my favourite pieces that I’ll be investing in this autumn, do drop a comment with your favourites in the box below 🙂


What to Wear: Pick up a Peplum

Consider this your first heads up for the coming Autumn Winter ’12 season… Peplums are going to be HUGE. Happily they’re already in the shops and I fancied trying out the trend, particularly when I spotted this one when I did the Zara spring drop post a couple of weeks ago.

I nipped into store to pick it up and then wore it to the Florence Finds Manchester afternoon tea, so I decided I should probably share it with you all.

Top – Reiss (old) // Skirt – Zara £39.99 // Shoes – M&S Autograph (old) // Necklace – Shop sale accessories

I just love how feminine the shape is, that unabashed celebration of your female curves, with a nipped in waist and flared out frill over the hips. Granted, it could be tricky to wear if you’re a true english pear, but I actually think if you’re prepared to flaunt it and have the waist to balance out a fuller bottom half, it’s a killer look.

I paired mine with an old silk top I have from Reiss in fresh white as I love Red and white together, then my zip fronted snakeskin sandals from M&S Autograph. The necklace was a sale find in Warehouse recently that is slightly broken but you can’t really tell, a bargain at £6!

It’s a little creasy as it’s a linen mix, so not one for perfectionists on that front, but it’s actually really comfortable too, as the skirt itself has some stretch in it, great for if you sit down a lot at work like me.

So, do you like a peplum and will you be trying out the trend?


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