No I don’t mean the ones you get at a five year olds birthday party, I mean the bags that complete any outfit, whether you are going to the work office party or for Christmas dinner with your old school friends that you haven’t seen in years.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, don’t just pull our your plain leather clutch or your boring chained suede bag. Mix it up with frills, embellishment, velvet, shapes and prints! High streets are jumping on board and are bringing out amazing bags at bargain prices! I will definitely be getting the embellished floral bag from asos as pictured below!
This winter, make sure you are knitted out with three of the best trends this winter:
1. Ankle boots. Each season we see clothing trends mirrored in shoe trends. This season is all about embroidery, velvet and patent. Embroidery is for the more daring, making any outfit instantly a statement look. I already bought mine from Asos back in August, but they are only getting bigger and better and more embroidered! Velvet is a more subtle way to jazz up your ankle boots, making them look extremely luxurious and plush. Or go one step further and combine print and velvet, why not!? Last but not least is the patent boot, which has been around for years but has been reinvented using bright colours and tonal prints, what’s not to love?
Here are a few of my favourites:
2. Staple skirts. Embroidery and velvet also feature in skirts, with the addition of pleats and tulle midi’s. Dress them up or down, add flat shoes or heels, these skirts can take you anywhere. My favourite is the pleated midi skirts, team these with a chunky roll neck during the day and transform to a plain Bardot top for the evening.
3. Winter knitwear. No one wants to look like they are wearing thousands of layers during the winter, regardless of how cold it is. Make sure this winter you combine the latest trends with comfortable cables. These knit picks will be sure to do both st the same time, double tick.
Finally a new take on the traditional pleat has arrived. Plisse!
This is a form of pleat, where the fabric is puckered or crinkled permanently to give a beautiful effect. The shops are completely saturated with this fabric in every way possible. Whether its evening gowns, culottes or simple tshirts, there are a million ways to add a piece of plisse to your wardrobe. Better still, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, what are you waiting for?
It’s ever so nearly that time of year when there is guaranteed daily sunshine..I wish. But when your not sure what the weather is going to surprise you with, these colourful culottes will take you from day to night but also rain or shine. Teamed with sandals, loafers or heels and a plain white tee and you are sorted for any occasion.
I’m lusting over topshop’s colourful tropical prints but on my ultimate wish list is Mango’s denim pair. These are unique and quirky and will leave you oozing classy and cool. I’m sure they will become more and more popular but for now, take that step and be your own fashion inspiration.
If your not brave enough to try the culotte, there’s always the summer palazzo pant or maxi skirt that will combat any wardrobe worries.
I’ve had a weekend lusting over these new items from high street and high end (in my dreams). Loving the muted tones with pops of vibrant limes and corals, especially this H&M skirt which has a designer feel about it but is only £40! Perfect to glam up any existing drab winter wardrobe. Whilst the weather is still deciding whether it is winter or summer, these staple classics will combat any outfit dilemmas.
From left to right: Sleeveless dust coat, Topshop £42. Grey asymmetrical tee, Whistles £45. Black D ring tapered trousers, Topshop £42. Statement necklace, Lipsy £22. Perspex sunglasses, Valentino £246. Silver clutch, Lulu Guinness £95. White sandals, Office £25. Lime skirt, H&M £40.