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.


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!


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

What to Wear: Christmas Dinner with friends…

I could have called this post oxblood head-to-toe, which is technically what is going on here, but I wanted something a little more festive. With this shade, pomegranate is what springs to mind first.

Jumper, Warehouse Definitives // Skirt, Topshop // Boots, Zara (old) // Necklace, AllSaints // Bag, Whistles // Nails, Essie ‘Leading Lady

A big trend this season was wearing a single colour top to toe. I bought this skirt a few months ago (see it’s first blog outing here,) and the jumper shortly afterwards. Right from the off I wanted to wear them together. When it came to my first Christmas dinner of the year – a tradition with friends we have, it seemed like the perfect option.

Fortuitously I remembered my oxblood accented Zara boots that worn (bravely) without tights, look really striking with the slit front and snakeskin toe cap. In another stroke of outfit luck, this year I bought a snakeskin clutch from Whistles that completes the look.

The last touch of fierce glamour came from an AllSaints chunky necklace and I’ve even extended my colour of choice to my lips and nails. It’s a great Christmas look, whether for drinks as the sequin skirt lends glitz, but it’s also remarkably comfortable for when seasonal indulgence is required.


*Apologies for the crappy iPhone photos readers… I’ve missed so many great outfits recently in poor light and then my camera battery died when Pete was about to snap the first of these. However, on with the show!


The Fash Flash: Oxblood

Well, we’re mid-way through October now, what say we start getting back into the Fash Flash. Maybe I was a bit premature in assessing the trends, or perhaps it has just taken me longer this year to embrace Autumn fashions but it has taken me a while to sort the wheat from the chaff. Todays ‘trend’ is definitely the wheat.

It’s not burgundy, it’s not wine, or berry. This year we’re calling it Oxblood and I am LOVING it.

Velvet Slipper shoe, Zara // Tube skirt, Topshop // A list, Essie // Afghan Red, Nars // Dropped Waist Dress, Warehouse // Peplum top, Oasis // Red Tweed Biker jacket, Warehouse // Autograph collection leather paneled matinee clutch – Marks and Spencer // Heeled court shoe, Warehouse // Blouse, Florence and Fred // Chanel Rouge Noir // Slammer Sandal, Whistles //

I was pleasantly surprised to see oxblood back in the shops, whatever the name, as not only is it a lovely colour for Autumn but I happen to already have several pieces of it sitting waiting to be worn. It’s surprisingly versatile too, working with most of your wardrobe neutrals, leathers, navy, black, grey, electric blue, red. The only colour I don’t like it with is green, particularly bottle green, as the pair together seem to have ‘school uniform’ written all over them. The pieces in oxblood this season are all about texture and simple clean lines – you’ll see a lot of lace and vamped up combo’s with leather accents, but it’s just as wearable in modern dresses, tube skirts, coated jeans and oversized jumpers. (I bought just such a jumper from the Warehouse Definitives collection last weekend and haven’t stopped wearing it.) It looks particularly good in shoes and accessories, particularly like the Autograph bag above in calf hair, suede and snakeskin-like leather. I’m going to struggle to resist…

The coolest way to wear it? Head-to-toe, of course.

So, have you got any oxblood in your wardrobe and will you be splashing out?


What to Wear: The Sequin Skirt

I have been looking for the perfect sequin skirt for what feels like years and certainly the search has spanned 3 seasons or more. Then this little beauty pops up in Topshop for a bargain £48.

Shirt, GAP (similar here) // Skirt, Topshop // Shoes, Marks and Spencer //

I love sequin skirts… they seem so right just now. I love the way people wear them contrasted with very ordinary everyday textures like this GAP chambray polka dot skirt, or later in the season I’ll be wearing it with a chunky knit.

It held instant bonus points for being in the colour of the season… Oxblood, but we’ll talk more about that soon. For now, I’m happy I found exactly what I wanted, in a colour that goes with more other items than it seems it would and that I’ll easily be wearing from now, all though the Christmas celebrations and when I get fed up and need a bit of sparkle in my life through the depths of the winter months.

I whacked some heels on with this for Sunday lunch with the in-laws, but it looks equally good with my leopard print flats, or black suede boots too.

What do you think readers? Anybody else purchased it or want an early dose of festive sparkle?


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