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Minimalist Seasonal Styles | Autumn/Winter 17

September is all kinds of exciting because it’s about the time that layering clothing becomes appropriate again, there’s a whiff of festivities on the horizon but still the possibility of a surprise sunny day PLUS there are plenty of thunderstorms which is a great excuse to get snuggly and watch movies with hot chocolates. Perfecto!

One of the MOST exciting parts about Autumn/Winter is the curating of the AW Wardrobe – something I look forward to from about June (I work in ecommerce, where you’re always at least 1 season ahead of real life).

This year I’m all about getting that perfect set of combinations with just a few pieces – it’s all part of the minimalist journey. 

Here are some of they key pieces that are holding my styles together for the next 6 months:

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  1. Coat – River Island | 2. Jumper – F&F | 3. Jeans – Levis Mile High | 4. Check Scarf – Joules | 5. Grey Scarf (similar) – Zara | 6. Boots – Timberland (available in Brown here) | 7.Top – H&M (Similar) | 8. Tote – Radley | 9. Biker Jacket – Warehouse (Similar)

    They might be fairly basic but they’re also really ideal for this time of year as they can be thrown on without much consideration but still look like you’ve put some thought in. They also all layer fairly well, especially the blanket scarves, which double conveniently as an actual blanket. 

    In particular I love the Radley pocket essentials tote bag as it’s the perfect size for travelling, plus it’s wipe-clean and waterproof AND has enough room for an umbrella and spare pair of gloves, which is essential for autumn winter in the UK.

     

    The biker jacket and camel coat are both old faithfuls from 2 years ago, and the jeans are my buy-every-time failsafe for denim.

    I’m also loving grey-on-grey looks this season and am loving snuggling down in my (surprisingly snuggly  and fluffy) F&F jumper and Zara scarf combo for extra cosyness.

    What I especially like about these few pieces is that they’re all simple enough to work with eachother and any manner of other items. Add a few pieces of nice, simple jewellery and you’re away!
    Plus they’re all “investment” pieces that are good quality for the price (yes, even the tesco jumper!). I’m confident I’ll get at least a winter’s wear out of these items, and several more winters out of the coats and boots.

     

    What are the autumn/winter staples you’re excited to wear this year?

    Kitty

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Ethical & Fair Trade Fashion | Where to Buy, How to Style*

Nomads Ethical Fashion

For me, buying ethical goods is a high priority.
I want to give my patronage to responsible companies, who had a great message and care about people, animals and the planet – but I know that stereotypically that doesn’t go hand-in-hand with being on trend.

That’s why when Nomads Clothing invited me to review a piece from their current range, I was thrilled.
They put great focus on ethically sourcing their products- and their fair trade policy is open and honest – which I love – but some of their pieces are also really current!

I chose their embroidered boho dress, which is a sort of tunic style with beautiful fluted sleeves and super intricate embroidery – I must admit that it far exceeded my expectations when it arrived. The quality is fantastic, the cotton is really soft and the beading and embroidery is beautifully finished. My only pointer is that the colour is slightly more purple than the picture. Initially I was disappointed by that, but since wearing it, I’m actually glad!

Now… As much as I love the boho look, it isn’t one I wear very often, but with a little playing around I came up with some looks I really enjoy – for example the look shown above is ultra boho, mixed with some suede moccasins from Minnetonka and this tied knot belt.
It’s so cosy for a lounge-around Sunday afternoon, and that’s just what I wore for a little autumn walk followed by a TV day with Mr K last weekend!

I must admit I had never shopped with Nomads before, but this piece has really lit a fire in me, and I’ve got my eye on a few styles from their current collection – I can’t wait to try out their skinny jeans!

Do you prioritise buying ethically?  Do you have any favourite places to pick up cute, fair trade pieces?

 Kitty

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The Military Trend | Get The Look for Under £100

If, like me, you find it challenging to stay up to date with the latest trends, the idea of new fads launching twice a year can be pretty daunting – but there’s really no need to worry! With a little careful planning and versatility, you can turn your hand to any trend with a thrifty twist.

Today I wanted to share how I  replicated  the military trend in my own wardrobe for less than £100. This is part of a competition run by Travelex where you can win £200 worth of currency and vouchers, so what better excuse to dream about some LFW inspired trends? The idea is to style your own take on one of Five Five Fabulous‘ top 5 trends from LFW (in her post entitled “Top 5 Trends: LFW”. I chose Military because I feel it’s super wearable, particularly in Winter – and who wants to wait until next season to actually wear the catwalk looks?!

Shall we just dive right in? (P.s if you like this look… you could vote for me on the Travelex Social Voting App!)

Military Trend Board

Firstly, I picked up a faux-suede, faux-fur lined jacket like above from TK Maxx recently for £29.99 – it’s reminiscent of the Napoleonic pelisse jackets, but without the fine button detailing to the front – I prefer my look to be simple. Perhaps it’s more like Siberian military attire. I was so unsure when I bought it, but it has quickly skyrocketed to one of my best coat purchases ever. It’s super snug and fitted in just the right places for it to be really flattering. The waterfall design also means it looks lovely belted, too – so even though it’s quite simple it can be accessories.

Suede is big business this season with the return of the 70s inspired looks – but I must admit I struggled to warm to the trend at first. Then I spotted this gorgeous faux suede button-down mini in F&F for £12 and my mind was changed. It falls cheekily just above the knee and looks great with ankle or knee boots and my Clarks brogues from last year. Bonus points to the skirt for also being a handy compliment to Scooby Doo’s Velma costume. You know, just in case I get invited to any last minute Halloween parties…

When I think about Military style, collars are always prominent. As much as I love a good khaki shirt, it’s not something I would consider versatile enough to invest in. With this in mind, I shifted on to looking at roll-necks and lapelled jumpers. I managed to find both – Matalan have a great range of turtle neck cotton knits for £7 each at the moment.  I bought black and white because… well, you don’t get much more versatile than that, do you? If you’re looking at a more budget option, Primark have them for £5, but the quality is far inferior.

Secondly, I found an old George jumper from 3 seasons ago with beautiful faux-fur lapels – it’s super snuggly and has a military vibe about it – the colouring is bottle green with a black mottle, so it’s sort of camouflage. And I know they say red & green should never be seen – but I think plum and green are OK, don’t you? Anyway, the jumper was originally around £6 in the sale.

Now for footwear… I was lucky enough to nab some Ravel buckle boots for just £12.99 recently – read about that here – and I think they complement this outfit super well.  They’re a rich, chestnut brown, which blends well with a natural colour palette for autumn – plus they’re super chunky and sturdy. I also love these lace up ones from Amazon which are around £14.99.

And what would a wardrobe fix be without accessories? I bought the Tatty Devine Pegasus necklace on eBay recently for £10 – the wings are obviously supposed to by mythological, but gold detail with deep green always gives a military feel, and they do look a little like the US Bombardier Wings, so… I’m counting it.

I wouldn’t say any of these items are particularly “military” on their own – but when combined have a distinctly regimental feel. In my opinion, that’s the best way to channel a trend –  sometimes if you over-buy on trend items you can look like you’re in costume, whereas making subtle combinations with a wink toward a specific movement often leads to more understated and wearable looks. I made these small additions to my wardrobe for around £80 – which sounds hefty when you’re thinking about one trend, but when you consider that each of these pieces work with lots of other looks, it’s not so bad!

Do you have a favourite trend for wearing this season? How about a genius way of updating your wardrobe on the cheap?
Also… since we’re all friends, if you loved this look then please Vote for Me! 

Kitty

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