I asked and you voted! So, the next day, I put together a post (which thankfully a good amount of people wanted to see). I have been scheduling posts in advance, to accommodate my desire/plans to test out new recipes for the blog (which will be shared in the new year). Thank you for voting!
I just did a major clear out of all the stuff I wasn’t loving or using so that I could make room for new (which, with my birthday coming up very soon, will be a good amount of new). Of course, I donated the old items (to Diabetes Canada), and I found old-new things, deep in the trenches of my closet, which will get a lot of love and wear this Autumn/Winter too.
Empty hangers (excuse the quality of them, I have to replace them soon)!
Big bag of donations!
With all the looks that hit the runway, from plaid to neutrals to athetisure to how long your skirts should be, your girl has kept up with every one of them. And, rather than show you each and every single one (something I won’t do because some trends are just plain ridiculous), I thought that I would show you the trends of A/W 2017/2018 that I’m loving. Hopefully, my humble opinion will suffice (and if not, check out a recap of all the trends on Elle), and hopefully, this post breathes new life into your wardrobe. So, without any further ado, read on to discover my favourite style trends for Autumn/Winter…
1. The colour red
Image from Dynamite
I actually own that blazer, and it’s beautiful on. It’s also a great way to inject the colour of the moment/season into your wardrobe without too much commitment. I personally love the colour red: It’s bold (and that’s probably why I like it) but you can tone it down, while still enjoying the colour, by wearing a red bag or red shoes with an all black outfit, or by pairing it with brown or denim or prints.
2. Prints: Leopard and Winter Florals
So, who knew that prints would be **the look** to style through Autumn/Winter? If you’re feeling a bit nervous about wearing this trend in a major way, you can start off slow: buy a floral or leopard print blouse and wear it with black pants, or buy floral or leopard printed boots (believe me, they’re out there and there!). You could also get a printed clutch – to wear on nights out with a neutral and solid coloured dress – or a printed hat too. I bought a long-sleeve navy blue A-line dress with winter florals (from Walmart of all places!) that I love. It looks similar to the one pictured above, but the material is velvety. I am also excited to wear those Old Navy “Stevie” leopard print pants with my tweed wool coat (and yes, in case you were wondering, checked prints like tweed are in too). I think the mix of prints will look very cool, but for now, before I harken in the colder weather, I will say that I will wear those fabulous pants with my red blazer, a black top, and red lipstick. See my Instagram for the details.
Pageboy’s, berets, ball caps, and much more are all in and this tickles me to pieces. Who doesn’t love a nice hat? I do! You want to know something funny? That picture right there is not even all the hats that I own! I found one more beret, shortly after taking that picture, and I still have my winter dog-ear hats and my favourite FIFA team’s baseball hat to consider. Berets are my favourite though. I can’t wait for it to be cool enough for me to wear all of them throughout the Autumn/Winter season.
3. “Mom” jeans
As a woman with a shapely body, I can’t help but be excited about this continued trend which uses jeans that seem to flatter a lot of women. Finally, after a few seasons of this style of jeans being sold in stores, I have definitely gotten on board. I donated my two pairs of low-rise jeans and re-bought my denim basics in this style (from Etsy, of course). Mom jeans, which I liken to a cross between a pencil skirt and skinny jeans, look good on almost anybody. Whether you have an athletic build, an hourglass shape (like me), or whether you’re pear-shaped…trust me, it looks good! Belt them, throw on a graphic tee or a turtleneck/polo sweater, short boots or heels, and wear the hell out of them.
4. Belt everything
Image from here
On the runway, a lot of designers used thick belts to the point that they became the statement piece (more than a great bag or great shoes). In spite of those Gucci belts being everywhere, I don’t think it’s worth it to buy a designer belt unless you have a lot of money to burn. You can find nice quality belts, for a fraction of the price, on Etsy.
Image from here
Velvet is the evening material ~of the moment. This excites me because I love velvet dresses (new and old) and I think that they’re very classy and elegant. If wearing velvet all over is too much for you, then consider buying a velvet clutch or a velvet crop top (to pair with those mom jeans or a with a leather skirt). I think that, whatever you choose, adding velvet to your wardrobe would make it more fun.
To incorporate these trends into my personal style I will be pulling from my wardrobe and buying (what I haven’t already gotten) to fill in the gaps. I have created a lookbook, which I am sharing with you below, to give you a better look at the style combinations that I have been describing to you, and also a peek into what I will be putting together this Autumn/Winter. I love shopping vintage and handmade whenever I can, but I have to say that similar items from my styled looks are available in your local vintage or thrift shop, on Etsy (my favourite spot) and on eBay (if that’s what you prefer).
Turtlenecks & mom jeans:
I love a good turtleneck when the temperature drops. It’s a simple look that leaves a classic 90s style impact. Again, I just used turtlenecks, mom jeans, vintage boots, bags, vintage blazers, and handmade belts to put these looks together.
My obsession with graphic tees, paired with a belt and mom jeans, is still in its infancy. I think the look is so good, especially when paired with a blazer and a nice vintage crossbody bag. For these looks, I used a cool slogan tee (with a message that I happen to love), a tee featuring one of my favourite bands, and another slogan tee which reads “make out/make art.” The slogan shirts can be found here.
In case you were wondering, all of the sweater dresses are from Aritzia. They are slaying the competition these days (as per usual). Of course, you can find cheaper dresses (which are just as nice) on Etsy if you search “sweater dress.” The exact dresses and the coats (of a similar style) are already in my wardrobe. Tweed has been big for the last few seasons, and I feel like a leather jacket (black or brown) is a classic staple. This is me mixing in what I want with what I have.
Here are the key components, from my lookbook, that I’m eyeing (from Etsy.com):
Vintage Coach bags:
Vintage mom jeans:
(Fitted) ribbed or cashmere turtleneck sweaters:
Handmade leather belts:
I should do style posts with every change of season, shouldn’t I? Let’s see if that happens! Either way, I hope this post gave you some style inspiration. Putting together a series of looks was a lot of fun for me.
What are your favourite style trends for Autumn/Winter? And what is your Autumn/Winter uniform?