It’s been forever since I’ve done a fashion post, partly because I’ve been so busy moving houses, I really haven’t had a chance browse all the new collections for Autumn/Winter. As soon as I got the chance, I went through all my favourite retailers to see what I’d been missing out on. I absolutely love the cooler months because fashion suddenly becomes a lot more wearable for us modest dressers. The skirts are longer and the fabrics are thicker, reducing the need to layer everything with a top underneath.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed recently but velvet seems to be everywhere and I can’t be more excited. I find velvet the perfect transitional fabric from Summer to Autumn. Not only is it soft and warm (yes those chilly days and nights are more frequent already), it also has a lovely sheen which brings normal colours to life. The texture and shade of colours when produced in velvet, give a fabulously opulent feel that no other fabric can recreate.
I was blown away by the velvet skirts available in Marks & Spencers. As a younger shopper, I tend to shy away from brands that appear to be targeted towards older shoppers. I usually skip straight to the food hall. This A-Line skirt however, caught my eye. It was available in four fantastic shades (yes, I was tempted to buy them all) and midi length (knee length is the just the length I look for in winter as Maxi skirts tend to drag on the ground and get wet). The A-line cut is also very flattering if you have a small waist and larger hips (post baby hips!). The gold/yellow shade is so much more beautiful in real life. This picture really doesn’t do it justice. I love mustard/gold yellow and it tends to be more popular around Autumn. It is bright (perfect for those gloomy days) but also subtle as the shade is deeper than sunshine or lemon yellow.
Knee high boots and midi skirts are a classic combination, especially on cold and wet days. The boots have a chunkier heel to give grip on those wet days where thin heels just won’t cut it. I especially love LK Bennett as a brand as the cut and make of their boots is usually of a really good standard and they tend to flatter my wide feet.
The YSL Loulou quilted shoulder bag, is probably the most beautiful bag I have seen this season. I love the colour, size and look of the bag. The velvet finish make it stand out more so than the other bags currently available. Normally, I would shy away from velvet on velvet (velvet skirt with velvet bag) but in this instance it works perfectly as the ‘storm’ blue shade contrasts with the gold yellow. The velvet blue also looks and feels opulent (a key theme in a lot of this seasons pieces) and wearable over a number of years. This is definitely a bag worth investing in if you like to put bags away after a while and reuse them at a later date.
I am so glad statement necklaces have made a comeback. I know chokers were all the rage last season but they are quite difficult to wear if you don’t wear the turban style hijab. Statement necklaces dress up any outfit and take it from casual day wear, into smart occasion wear. They are also timeless and the necklaces I collected years ago, I still wear to this date.
Have you seen anything Velvet recently? Would you choose to wear it? I would love to hear your thoughts below.