The Autumn/Winter Accessories Edition
Welcome to the “Accessories Edition” of the Style Post.I hope it inspires you to make stunning choices when it comes to belts, bags and boots – 3 key items that elevate the simplest outfit.We all know the power of a great outfit – how it can make us feel, the confidence it can bring but often we forget that a well-chosen accessory can transform, add edginess and individuality to a classic piece of clothing.
Belts can totally transform a look, however many women struggle to wear them. Obviously, you will all have different body-shapes but generally it’s about taking a good look at your figure and checking whether you are long or short-waisted (ie. the length of your torso).
If like me you have a shorter, undefined waistline:
- a narrower belt will be more flattering.However, I seldom wear them with knitwear as it tends to add bulk.
- I often swap a material belt for a leather one on dresses or coats which I feel gives clothing a more expensive, designer feel.
- I wear belts a little lower than my natural waistline which is far more flattering if you are short-waisted.
If you are long-waisted:
- you can go wider with your belt and wear higher on the natural waist.
- Belted blazers and cardigans will look fabulous and material belts, pulled in and knotted will show off your great waist.
- Make sure the size of your belt works with your frame.
As a general rule play around with belts. The more you practice and play with the positioning of them the clearer it will be what works for your particular body-shape.
One of my favourite things about this season – beautiful boots. In my opinion we need, at least, 3 styles (but maybe that’s just me!):
The Walking Boot: super practical and super cool. Whether you go for chunky, lace-up ankle boot or long and flat – the choice is yours. They look amazing with gorgeous knitwear, jeans, dresses or skirts: versatility, style AND comfort – what more do you need?
The Long Boot: whether you go for on the knee (or over) they look super stylish with cullottes, dresses and skirts or simple jeans and suit jacket.I always recommend a more block, mid heel – they tend to look more chic.Remember if you already have black you could try oxblood, tan or chocolate brown – all stunning colours and versatile shades for your autumn/winter wardrobe.
The ‘heeled’ Ankle Boot
This is a great versatile boot when you want something smarter than a walking boot but with the same comfort.This style of boot works beautifully with culottes and long dresses.
Again, I prefer a more block heel rather than a thin stiletto.To avoid ankle boots cutting you off in terms of length of leg, try wearing the same coloured opaque tights as boots.These options below are two of the most flattering I’ve found on the high-street.
As many of you know Aspinal are one of my favourite brands when it comes to handbags. The Maggie Loves event next Wednesday (9th October) is now sold out (can’t wait) but please get in touch if you would like to purchase anything and I can extend the discount to you for the 9th.
The brand’s range caters for everyone’s taste from beautiful tote bags (my kind of size!) in rich, stunning colours to chic clutch bags and statement box bags.They also allow you to customise by offering a choice of straps and personalisation. Aspinal have the ‘classic with a twist’ down to a fine art.
Whether you are about to add some new accessories to your existing wardrobe or go through accessories you already have – I hope this Style Post inspires you to create your most stylish wardrobe yet.