As we switch to autumnal dressing, the desire for a style update is undeniable. While now’s the time for those strategic modernising purchases, a sense of the new can also be injected into your wardrobe by respinning what you already own.
From fresh layering techniques to simple accessory tweaks, it only takes a handful of smart styling ideas to bring your existing collection into the current season. We’ve compiled six that are tried-and-tested, easy to accomplish and oh-so effective.
MATCH UP BRIGHT SEPARATES
Liberal is the word when it comes to colour this season; the catwalks were awash with head-to-toe looks in a rainbow of brights. While this might sound bold, wearing colour tonally is often easier than mixing it with other shades. Take the leap and pull together separates in your favourite shade and wear them matchy-matchy. If you’re taking a gentle approach, think about teaming a bright top or dress with coordinating accessories.
REDISCOVER DARK-WASH DENIM
The denim mood this season is refined and sophisticated, which translates into darker washes, as seen at Dior and Ulla Johnson. Pack away your mid-blue jeans for now and replace them with your classic silhouettes in indigo and black. The smarter appeal of deeper tones means your denim will work for elevated dress codes. Team jeans with a tailored jacket and sleek tote for the office or pair with a statement top and cocktail shoes for the evening.
LAYER UP WITH A ROLL NECK
Skinny roll necks are no longer just an autumn basic – this season, they’re a layering essential. At Celine, black styles were worn underneath trench coats and chunky chains necklaces, while Michael Kors layered neutral tones beneath tailored jackets. Stock up on fine-knit, fitted styles in go-with-everything shades and wear them under your shirts, crew-neck sweaters, blazers and winter dresses. Not only will this give pieces a ‘now’ feel, it will provide a practical layer of warmth.
BELT YOUR KNITTED DRESSES
How to make last winter’s knitted dresses feel new-season? Take a styling cue from Altuzarra and wrap a leather belt around the waist. Whether going for a wide one or double-wrapping a thinner style, a cinched silhouette nods to the polished aesthetic permeating the post-pandemic fashion landscape, and is an easy way to take more relaxed WFH styles into the new season. Layer with a tailored jacket, boots and you’re done.
PAIR SOCKS WITH A MASCULINE SHOE
Socks are often overlooked, however when done in the right way they can up the style credentials of everyday outfits. This season, it’s about wearing them with your masculine shoes, be that loafers, brogues or tread-sole ankle boots. Think luxe and reach for chic neutrals (grey, black, oatmeal, cream) in merino or cashmere. Ribbing or cable knit adds extra texture. Wear them gently scrunched at the ankle.
ADD A TOUCH OF SILVER
Metallics tend to be associated with party season, however a flash of silver is a clever way to modernise your autumn favourites right now. Team silver bottoms with cashmere knits; cinch chunky layers with a molten belt; add a pair of statement boots to your winter dresses; update blazers with a high-shine bag; or simply switch your gold chain necklace for a silver one instead.
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