What to Buy: October

Good morning readers! Today I have a new regular contributor to introduce to the FF team! Erin is a regular commenter and old friend of mine who always impresses me in the style stakes. She will be taking the fashion helm here at FF and writing 2 monthly posts, the first one sharing her must buy’s for the coming month and the second showing how she wore them. I’m super excited that she is joining the team and I hope you’ll give her a warm welcome and enjoy her posts. Take it away Erin! PS Happy Birthday!

When Rebecca asked me to guest post on Florence Finds about fashion and style, I was over the moon. I love to indulge my fashion passion when I can and although I don’t work in that field at all, I like to keep an eye on trends and pieces to help influence my own wardrobe.

October is one of my favourite month’s of the year, not least because it’s my birthday month (actually very apt as it’s today!), but it also heralds the start of the cooler weather and the countdown, dare I say, to Christmas. There are a few AW14 trends I’ve been looking at trialing this season, and October is the time to invest or dip into some of them, because if you are anything like me, when the time comes and you DO decide you want something, it’s almost always sold out.

Here’s my roundup of the key items I believe you need to think about buying now, before it’s too late.

Faux Fur

Striped Coat // Shoe Clips // Gilet // Stole

There’s no getting away from it, Faux Fur is everywhere. From huge teddy-bear coats to subtle keyrings, you can choose your involvement level! I love the stoles from Helen Moore, and Topshop have a great take on a Boxy gilet – perfect to put over jeans or a dress for those in-between days.

Anything Burgundy

Ballet Pumps // Tunic // Skirt // Boots

Burgundy (or Wine, Oxblood and Maroon as I’ve seen it described) is THE colour of the season. From boots and bags, to jeans and evening dresses, you’ll find it everywhere. Now is the time to buy a piece that you love that will take you through the season. These Clarks boots are wonderful – I love the pony skin and leather combination for added interest.

Loafers


Metallic // Snakeskin // Classic

I owned my first pair of loafers when I was in Secondary school. They were a flat black patent mock croc pair from Next and I wore them to death. I’m so pleased that these are now one of the shoes of the season. Anything with tassels gets my vote! From Metallics, to Snakeskin or plain, there’s plenty to choose from – just make sure you buy a pair you know you will love and they’ll work very hard for you. Wear with cigarette trousers and a slouchy knit, or an a-line skirt and slim polo, there are plenty of options, with or without Opaques!

Jewels

Shirt // Shoes

It’s no secret that I’m a huge magpie and so I adore all the jewelled bits that are around. Pick up a shirt like this H&M one as a nod to the trend, or go all-out with something like these pumps that are sure to dress up even the plainest of outfits. I’ve actually just bought these and can’t wait to wear them with jeans and dresses.

A Coat!

Navy & Leather // Pink Stripe  // Red Check

It probably sounds obvious, but buying a coat now, and not when it gets really cold, is a must. I always get to the point where I’ve not bought one and then panic; of course nothing is left in my size that I like. There are some beautiful ones around this season, from dressing gown style to more structured pieces, but I’m really loving the checked styles, especially this M&S one which would look gorgeous over denim or all black, and also anything Black & Navy, THE colour combination of the season. This one from H&M ticks that box, as well as the leather one too. A good investment!

Will any of the above items be on your October list? I’d love to hear.

Erin xx

Find Erin on Twitter @ErinLauraWalsh or Instagram @ShoeQueen79

Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s frock is another recent purchase and you might be sensing my obsession with wines, burgundies and deep red tones recently. Couple that with an ongoing love affair that I have with bird designs and this beautifully cut dress didn’t sit on the rail long as I passed it!


*Warehouse Silk Bird Print dress – £65

I bought it on a recent 25% off day at Warehouse but I think the pretty sleeves, eyelet back with tiny buttons and wrap over detail make it well worth splashing out on. I have worn it to work already with opaques and my cape(!) but could just as easily edge it up with my new boots or wear it to a dinner date in party heels. The only thing is, being silk it’s a wee bit chilly and I might have to look for a slip to wear underneath. Now I sound like a Grandma!

So, let’s while away the last few hours of the working week (man, am I in need of a drink tonight!) by sharing your recent frock purchases or lust-after items. I’ll even cheat and let you post something other than a frock because I’m feeling excited about the weekend!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Don’t forget, there’s a bonus post tomorrow for my weekend visitors!

What to Wear… Zara Cape

I’ve thought long and hard about doing these types of posts, so I really hope they don’t come across as self obsession or gratification. I figure that if I’m going to have any kind of credibility in making fashion observations and offering style advice then I really ought to be putting my money where my mouth is and sharing a few of the outfits that I have put together. I could have made a mood board, but again, it’s against everything that Florence Finds is about to add any falsity to this or veil the reality, so it’s just me, my clothes, images taken by my iPhone and hopefully a little inspiration for you all.

You won’t see too many of these by the way, mainly because the majority of my time is spent in front of the computer, at work, or in my PJ’s but if I’ve got an outfit or new purchase that I’m particularly pleased with then you might see it shared here.

So, first up, my absolute favourite 2 new purchases – my Zara cape and boots.

Cape – Zara
Cream lace shoulder sheer(ish) Blouse – Warehouse
Whistle necklace – Whistles (2010)
Tailored Navy Shorts – Whistles
Boots (Burgundy leather, black suede and cream snakeskin toe) – Zara
Bag – Coach (2009)

I’m having a borderline obsessive affair with these boots and haven’t taken the cape off. I’ve wanted a cape for so long and this colour, with the texture and the modern line to it, is just perfect. That the boots seem to go with everything in my wardrobe is a bonus and they are super flattering with the leg-elongating v-front. The photos really don’t do them justice so please head over to the site, if not just to dribble over their perfect-bootie porn ;)

Get thee to Zara ASAP and make your purchases. You won’t be disappointed.

Love,
Rebecca
x

PS – it’s three post Thursday ;)