Thank you for all your fabulous responses to last week’s Style Post. Many of you share my love for autumn/winter clothing (just one of the reasons I love you). As promised Part 2 is focussed on the biggest colour trend of the season, incredible suiting, and loafers – that don’t make you look like a child heading for school! Let’s do this!

Catwalk Inspiration – Head to Toe Pink

All shades of pink hit the catwalk: electric to pastel, raspberry to rich burgundy. Many designers including Versace and Valentino opted for ‘full on’ bold pink which looked sensational.

High Street Interpretation – Head to Toe Pink

The high-street has followed with beautiful dresses, suiting and silk blouses. However, if you prefer a more pared-down look, combine just one of these pieces with caramel, red, or white or denim. It will stop you looking too ‘fashion led’ and will make greater use of your current wardrobe.

Catwalk Inspiration – Back to School Flats

Whilst platforms are everywhere this season, rest assured flat shoes took their place alongside them thanks to designers such as Prada, Chanel, Todds and Louis Vuitton. Styles included masculine loafers, ankle wellies (step away!) and ballet flats. Many of these styles are tricky to carry off and I’m often asked by clients how best to wear loafers to avoid the ‘frumpy’ or ‘schoolgirl’ look! Here’s how, together with my favourites from the high-street.

High Street Interpretation – Back to school flats

Style Tips:

  • Go sockless and show some flesh by wearing cigarette trousers or jeans with turn-ups – they will immediately elongate the leg. Yes, I know it may be a bit chilly but how cold can ankles get? Try shoe socks to add warmth and keep the comfort factor. If styling full-length trousers with flats I opt for a pointed ballet-flat style (as above) which looks super cool.
  • Chunky loafers can look great but do bear in mind your frame. If you are petite don’t go too chunky – keep them pared down (without bold logos, tassles etc). If a larger frame you can go with a more masculine style which look fab with wide-leg trousers.
  • I rarely wear flat loafers with opaque tights and dresses or skirts (I look 11!) but I have worn them with patterned or fishnet tights which can work well. Alternatively stick to low or flat ankle boots, they look far more stylish.

Catwalk Inspiration – Get Suited

Women’s tailoring is everywhere this season. Dior, Valentino, and Versace created beautiful variations, making them far more wearable. Gone are the days when suiting looked ‘stiff and corporate’ . Women’s suiting now looks effortless and chic and will remain the most hard-working outfit you own.

High-Street Interpretation – Get Suited

You’ll notice many styles on the high-street are oversized but if this is too masculine a look for you think about:

  • a shorter, more fitted style jacket with a nipped in waist (fabulous with wide leg trousers)
  • belting your blazer or leaving it undone (I rarely button a jacket)
  • opting for a less harsh colour eg. pale pink, caramel, chocolate or burgundy – stunning.

There is so much choice out there but if a trouser suit is not for you, step away (you are allowed!) and opt for a fabulous blazer and mix with a leather skirt, dress or jeans. Style it your way – that’s when you look and feel your best.

I hope this has inspired you to seek out your favourite looks for Autumn/Winter. I am currently taking bookings for personal shopping from now until mid-November. I’m having the best time styling clients and they are thrilled at the results - it would be great to do the same for you. Simply email me for an initial consultation.

You’re very welcome

Maggie Killick

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