Style yourself confident with these Autumn fashion tips

Despite the fact that you have probably worn only an eighth of your summer wardrobe this year, it’s already time to make the big switch over to your Autumn threads. As the season changes, it can often leave us in a state of flux as to what to wear. That’s why we’re sharing these easy Autumn fashion tips to help make a subtle transition that will leave you looking stylish with minimal fuss.

Blend heritage and quirkiness

The top ten colours for the season include shades of blue, yellow, orange, green, red, pink and brown, with shades ranging from an uplifting orange to a delicate pink and even a grassy green, with a mix that is playful yet practical, according to global trend forecasting and colour consultancy, Pantone.

So how does this Autumn fashion palette manifest itself into something for us real life, 40 somethings?

Sarah Heron, Personal Colour & Style Coach & Director at True Colours with Sarah Heron recommends ditsy floral prints which make the transition from summer to autumn easy. Simply add brown boots and a denim or biker jacket and you’re good to go. A fringed bag also adds a modern twist. Try adding a quilted jacket to a midi skirt for a new season twist with pumps or peep toe boots until cold tootsies demand a full on ankle boot. Meanwhile, a longline sweater in zebra print or a colour block topa are your perfect sidekicks for for cooler days.

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Make a statement with cut outs, faux fur and upcycled bags

Cut outs are big news this Autumn, according to Shazia Saleem, founder of Pop London fun, which champions of fun, sustainable, feminine fashion and original designer quality clothing and accessories. But if the idea of the cold shoulder or an exposed flank (in Autumn – HOW???!) leaves you inwardly shuddering then there is an elegant solution to work this trend – the keyhole! A keyhole top is a fantastic Autumn fashion staple that you can wear for both casual and elegant occasions. It is pretty, easy to style with skirts, trousers, and jeans and isn’t too drafty for our climate either.

Similarly, faux fur is going to be everywhere this Autumn. Think artificial fur that is cosier and furier than fur itself. To be bang on trend, exaggerated faux fur looks are the way to go. Although leopard is in yet again this year, dalmatian print makes a great alternative if you’re keen to switch things up.

Upcycled bags are also having a moment. Look out for bags which play tribute to the circular economy making your accessory of choice a more sustainable option. Think designs that are practical and fun, using recycled materials and make-do-and-mend methods. Pop London’s Shimla upcycled bags (below) tick all the boxes with one-off styles made using antique and vintage embroideries and upcycled leather.

Get the look with:

  • Dalmatian faux fur coat, £110
  • Organic cotton polo neck with keyhole and belt detail, £59 also available in black, light gold and green
  • Harris Tweed XXL bag in houndstooth, £250

all from Pop London

Sequins for going Out Out and stepping into a Fantasy World

For those who are looking to dress up to the max, Natasha Edge, Personal Stylist at Appearance and Attitude is here to introduce you to the Out Out trend. Think sequined, glittery, flared, shimmery, skin-bearing belters that make you go “Can I really wear that?” before you remember you can wear whatever you damn well like.

Below are some examples of how to wear sequins both day and night – because sparkle isn’t just for the evening. Plus did you know that wearing sequins or sparkle near your face makes you look younger – the light reflects onto your skin and brightens your complexion! So it’s a win win.

Meanwhile, Natasha reports that fashion designers are hot under the Regency-era collar. We can blame Bridgerton for a few of the sexier Autumn fashion trends that dominated the autumn catwalks, namely very sheer gowns embroidered with sequins, bows, and satin roses. Here are a few high street versions that are easy to wear and style.

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Strong Suits and shirt dressing

With so many of us returning to the office soon having spent over a year hunched over our laptops at the kitchen table, it’s no surprise that suiting dominated the autumn/winter 2021 catwalks. Natasha advises that it’s all about flared shapes and bold colours, with both jackets and trousers exploiting a more relaxed silhouette. Got your eye on a zesty lemon yellow blazer? Get the trews too, and even consider a bag and shoes to match.

Moving onto shirts, this season’s take on shirt dressing is all about layering. So how to rock this Autumn fashion look? Natasha recommends getting your favourite crisp white shirt and simply wear it beneath a dress. It’s that simple. Whether your dress is strapless, v-neck, round-neck, or a tight bustier-style worn around the waist, the layered collar will add a chic, formal dimension to an otherwise more relaxed silhouette.

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Channel your inner American

According to fashion expert Carolyn Rubido, another key look for this Autumn is the classic Americana style. Think the Ralph Lauren old money fashion look with lots of brown leather, forest greens, classic neutral tones, burnt reds, navy blues and off whites. Your inspiration here for this Autumn fashion look? Pine trees and woodlands, a fireplace in a chateau (we wish!), horses and hound dogs. Must haves to nail this aestehtic include cowboy boots, a brown leather jacket and some dad jeans!

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Which of these Autumn fashion looks do you think you’ll try this season? Do share in a comment below and follow us on Instagram where we love to talk all things fashion over 40 here.

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Style over 40: Time to re-discover the joy of dressing up

So here we are….we made it to freedom day (whatever the heck that even means!). Now faced with a prospect of a so-coined summer of fun (that is if we don’t get pinged and have to isolate like half of the country), mingling with more people and going to more places, that actually means that we have to start looking presentable again! But if you have been spending most days in a onesie (as I have) and feel your brow beading with sweat at the idea of having to look stylish again, then fear not people! We have rounded up the best in advice on how to ease yourself back into dressing up again as we all run (or stagger) into the sunshine and embrace whatever version your summer of fun looks like.

Read on for tips on reiscovering the joy of dressing up from Style Coach Janine Coney at Own Your Style; Jacynth Bassett, founder of age-inclusive online fashion boutique The Bias Cut and ‘ageism fighting trailblazer’ Jacynth Bassett; and Donna McCulloch, Stylist to the stars and Fashion Editor at Style Nest.

First up: reconnect with your wardrobe

Start by reconnecting with your wardrobe after all it should feel like your own personal boutique – when you open the doors it should have clothes that you love to wear, suit your style, your lifestyle, that fit you and make you feel great. Take some time going through it, pull out the pieces you love, say goodbye, and put aside to give away, sell or recycle the pieces that you no longer love.  After all this is the perfect time to hit the reset button and curate a wardrobe that really works for you!

Have a play

Play with items already in your own wardrobe, pull out a top and find three different ways to style it.  Pull on a pair of jeans and think of three ways you can add your own signature style to your look with what you wear through colour, accessories or even layering!

Seek out Pinspiration

Start a Pinterest board and use it as inspiration for your dressing up reboot – head into your wardrobe and see if you can recreate any of the looks you love. It’s incredible how many pieces that go unworn in a wardrobe.  Women wear 20% of their wardrobes – that’s 80% sat there waiting for you to rediscover it.

Janine Coney, Founder & Style Director at Own Your Style and the joys of reconnecting with your wardrobe

Go neutral

Neutrals should make up about 60% of your wardrobe and neutrals remain a key trend for summer going through to Autumn and winter too – investing in neutrals is always a good choice and look for quality over quantity as neutral pieces have the longevity we should all desire in our wardrobes in our 40s and beyond

Say it with a statement dress

We all need that go-to feel good piece in our wardrobe that we can rely on for dressing up in. But rather than the classic LBD, opt for a beautiful statement dress, or chic jumpsuit that you can effortlessly slip on, and instantly feel great in.

dressing up
Delicious Mess Ecru Dress by POM Amsterdam, Scotch & Soda Raspberry Red V Neck Sweatshirt, Scotch & Soda Princess Dark Denim Jumpsuit all sold on The Bias Cut

Colours and prints are your friends

Don’t be afraid of colour or print when dressing up – wearing something that’s bright and joyful will boost your mood and your confidence will shine through 

Balance things out with….trainers!

Pair a more dressy item such as a printed dress or jumpsuit with a pair of trainers. It will help ground the look – so you don’t go immediately from 0 to 100 on the glamour scale – and adds a cool, effortless vibe. 

Or opt for a statement shoe

A statement (but comfortable) shoe is a very easy way to elevate a look. 

Accessorise baby!

Never underestimate the power of accessories; belts, bags & jewellery can take a look from zero to hero. Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Jump to it with a jumpsuit

If the thought of dressing up still scares you then ease yourself out of loungewear with a jumpsuit, they don’t feel too dressy and can be styled up or down. Add heels or trainers depending on your mood. 

dressing up
Greta Limited Edition Mink Leather Cross Body Bag from Kerkit, Lucky charms on a gold-plated chain from My-Wishbone, Pink Roses Ladies Pink Champagne Stretch Belt from Ellie & Bea

Remember, dressing up again doesn’t have to feel hairy scary again with the latest restrictions easing. But with just a few tweaks and unearthing the right items from the back of our wardrobes, we can start to look and feel awesome again. What will your go-to piece for going out be?

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How to keep cool and still look awesome

We wait all year for summer here in the UK. We spend 10 months complaining about the rain, the drizzle, the wind and the freezing cold. We talk incessantly about summer plans, hopes and dreams of picnicking by the riverside . Then, from depths of hell itself, an unspeakable heat descends upon us so unexpectedly. Taken by complete surprise, our un-pedicured tootsies shudder as they are thrust into the trusty Havaianas once more and we fret about how to keep cool.

What’s happened to the spring season I remember so fondly in the 80s? One day we are wrapped up in our down and duck parkas, the next, frantically searching for the denim cut offs we panic made last summer.

It’s too hot!

The general moaning begins within 24 hours of summer’s unexpected arrival. And I admit to it myself because there are times when it’s just too damn hot. I used to LOVE the heat. I would slather myself in tanning oil and roast from dawn to dusk in a bid to achieve the ultimate tan. These days I’m more concerned with melanoma and happily shade when I can and cover the rest of me in factor 40. I’m dreading the thought of hot flashes in the summer. During lockdown we invested in Dyson cool tower fan. Although it was insanely expensive, it’s worth every single penny even if we only use it for 3 days a year!

What’s a girl to do?

How to keep cool

I keep the ice packs from the Gousto box. They are fantastic for when you need a quick cool me down. I put them on my head, back and tummy, quick wipe down with an antibac and back into the freezer. I keep mini ice packs to hand for the wrists and back of knees. If I’m desperate I simply run my wrists under cold water for a moment to regain my composure.

As I’ve gotten older, I really struggle with what to wear in the summer. Varicose veins now plague my once perfect pins so short shorts are simply not an option. I prefer to cover my arms a little due to the 18 year old me that wanted that tattoo that time. I still like it because it’s a part of my history but there are times I wonder what the f*ck I was thinking. If there’s a secret to keeping the bingo wings at bay in the humidity without risking a faint stench of b/o do let me know.

What to wear

Meet style consultant, Penny Bennett. The first time I met Penny, my jaw dropped. She was not only beautiful but she was wearing the most fabulous ensemble. She was destined for the fashion world and it comes as no surprise to see her thriving in her empire.

Penny has trained Personal Shoppers from the High Street’s top clothing brands and regularly teaches Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion. She has also been reviewed by Grazia magazine, and been interviewed by the Telegraph, FT and featured on Talk Radio. 

Penny’s philosophy

I talked to Penny about summer recommendations. Here’s what she had to offer:

‘As an Aussie in London, I take to high-summer dressing like a duck to water but I know so many of my clients struggle when temperatures sky rocket. Here are 5 things you can do to look and stay cool.’

1. Elevate your basic T-shirts with the right jewellery. Asymmetry is interesting for the eye and I love the architectural earrings from COS. 

2. Get playful with colour. Summer is a great time to go brighter and lighter shades will keep you cool.

3. The right shoe can do all the hard work in levelling up your dressing so you feel pulled together when wearing your relaxed summer basics.  

4. Swot up on your fabrics. Some textures may feel like cotton but are actually synthetics like polyester that don’t allow your body to breathe (read: make you sweat… a lot). Massimo Dutti has a great range of linen shirts. Just remember to go oversized and roll up the sleeves. 

5. Add a sleeveless jacket to your favourite cotton maxi dress and suddenly you feel work appropriate without working up a sweat. I just bought this one from H&M

We hope these tips help you get through the next few months. As if we ever need an excuse to online shop!

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