The cooler weather will soon be upon us, so it’s time to think about buying some key pieces to update your wardrobe for Autumn/Winter. The catwalks for this season had a distinct retro feel, with many garments rooted in 60’s and 70’s nostalgia, reinterpreted with a modern twist. The good news is: there’s something for every woman, whatever your age, size or shape.
One of the must-haves of the season is a patterned coat with designs embracing spots, animal prints and graphic designs. Look for animal prints in unusual colours such as this leopard design in coral and cream. To make your ‘statement coat’ stand out, always wear it over plain, solid colours such as this cream sweater teamed with a mustard skirt. This semi-fitted streamline style suits a tapered figure.
The trench coat has been a classic staple of the female and male wardrobe for many fashion decades, but this season sees it re-invented in new and refreshing fabrics. In keeping with the 70’s vibe, this calf-length trench coat comes in soft, tan suede, with wide lapels and deep, patch pockets. A paisley print dress with long sleeves and deep cuffs, in warm, muted shades continues the retro theme. This cinched in style suits a curved body shape, although other body shapes could tie it loosely at the back.
Capes and Wraps
A great alternative to the coat this season is a soft, woollen cape or wrap with deep fringing or tassels, in the 70’s style. So versatile, they can be worn over casual, smart or evening outfits – especially if they are unpatterned and in a neutral colour. The style shown here, worn with a pussycat bow blouse (left undone) and loose trousers, is perfect for a fuller figure who likes to wear the Loose Line Style.
The Crombie Overcoat was a real fashion-favourite of the male 60’s wardrobe but this season sees it re-imagined for the female form, in softer shades and textures. Its rectangular shape and double-breasted style is perfect for the straight up style of figure, which looks best without waist emphasis. Polo neck sweaters are having a huge revival this season and look superb with the Crombie Coat. Liven up this outfit with slim leg, graphic print trousers; notice how they are worn above the ankle this season, with loafers or lace-up brogues.
all photographs are credited to Marks and Spencer via PRshots.com.