The Fash Flash: 8 items for AW13

Is it me, or is the weather unseasonably warm? I’m not complaining – the longer we don’t have to crank up the heating in the new house the better as far as I’m concerned and it’s also giving me extra time to really think about the best choices to update my wardrobe that are really going to work hard and go the extra mile. I’ve put together a list of my must have items for the new season.

Statement Jacket
As the temperatures drops, even at indoor events you’ll want an extra layer. Perfect for lunch, shopping, work or over a dress for dinner, this is a hardworking piece, worthy of a bit of investment. Day Birger et Mikkelsen Jacket.

Statement skirt.
Skirts are taking centre stage this season in many shapes and forms, but if you want to feel on-trend, try the wrap origami skirt to stand out with a minimal twist on the ever faithful pencil skirt. Whistles Wrap Skirt.

Track pant trousers
Still the trouser style of choice, I resisted calling these jogging bottom trousers. Just as comfortable, look to make them smarter by choosing luxe silk fabrics and bold prints then pair with heels for maximum impact. Abstract animal trousers – Warehouse

The modernist bag
Bags this season are boxy and modern with clean lines and perhaps a hint of a colour block in some. Choose a square shape with square clasp or hardware and you’ll be bang on trend. Messenger bag – Zara

Day dress
After a rather over zealous wardrobe clear out earlier in the year, I’m in dire need of work and day clothes for autumn. As I dress quite casually for work, I’m thinking a great day dress might do double duty with flats for day and boots at the weekend, then even heels at night. Jersey Dress – Whistles at Atterley Rd

The go-everywhere blouse
It’s official, after the reign of the shirt/blouse, buttoned up chic is over in favour of a pretty blouse. Front pattern blouse.

Delicate jewels
More and more, I’m craving delicate feminine jewelry. Choose thin wire-like designs and stacked thin rings for a delicate touch. Tusk necklace – Baukjen

The evening dress
It’s way to early to be selecting a party dress, as this years is going to have to work hard for me, although I do love the lace on this Whistles failsafe number.

What do you think of my selection readers… have you got any must-haves yet this season? I’d love to hear what you’re all buying!


Triple Temptation: Tribal Accents

DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen at My Wardrobe £310 // PENTRA – Western Style Fabric Ankle Boot, Bertie £83 // Maison Scotch Navajo print sleeved Mac coat at Atterley Road £185

I’ve noticed tribal inspired embroidered panel details cropping up everywhere recently and although at first glance it seems to be more of an autumnal feel, I’m imagining it channelling South Western America with Native American Indian details against a desert backdrop and teamed with faded t-shirts, skinny jeans and tasselled bags. I totally fell in love with this Mac but in actual fact, I can see the boots having massive longevity worn all through summer with cotton sun dresses, at festivals and the like, and then with warm toned knits through to autumn. (There’s also a great navy jacket at a lower price point right now in M&S with shoulder panel detail like the first one here.)

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