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Autumn/Winter 2010 Shopping List

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This was one of the first articles I wrote for excelle magazine and thought I would share it with my fans!

I simply couldn’t quite believe my eyes this season, as I am normally accustomed to Autumn Winter catwalk theatrics exhibiting experimental showpieces to grab headlines, while bearing little resemblance to what ends up in the high street shops. The inspiring Autumn Winter 2010 catwalks have produced so many great pieces to encapsulate simple modern classics that are familiar, flattering and most importantly wearable!

The look was so simple, easy and straight forward, the kind of clothes that most smart women have, or wish to have in their wardrobe. Making my job so much easier! My clients can actually relate to what they are looking at in magazines and already have half of the key pieces they need to make their winter wardrobe work for them! However do not despair if you are thinking otherwise, everyone needs a little updating so here are my top tips for a flawless on-trend easy wardrobe, and whatever shape you are, there is something to suit everyone!

So let’s go through your catwalk-inspired shopping list:

A Shearling Aviator Jacket – if you buy a jacket this autumn make it this as it is the key item to get you through the season and will go with everything from heels to your school-run jeans.

A  Camel Coat – Classic and wearable investment piece, and with good wardrobe maintenance you will have it for years. Make sure the tailoring is simple, stripped back and effortlessly chic. Camel is the new colour of luxury and was seen all over the catwalks. Flattering on so many different ages and skin tones. If you want to take this to a whole new dimension then make it a Cape, but remember to balance the volume on top with skinny bottoms.

A Ladylike Dress – The 1950’s have provided inspiration for ladylike, full-skirted dresses that work well on real women with curves. If you have an hourglass figure then this is the perfect solution for you, embracing femininity by nipping in waists and showing off beautiful bosoms.

A Crisp White Shirt – This is the easiest way to cheat the minimalism look this season. The modern look is feminine, strong and sexy; wear it with clean, structured tailored separates. Accessorise with a simple gold cuff, this is the perfect statement piece which exudes luxury and timeless sophistication.

A Pair of Evening Trousers – Oh how I’ve missed them! After seasons of droopy harem pants and rather unflattering fads, the return of ultra flattering leg-lengthening, bum minimising trousers causes for celebration! If you are like most of the female population and are pear shaped, then these are your saviour!  Think wide leg, slightly bootcut, high-waisted beautifully tailored trousers with skyscraper heels. Or even long maxi skirt if you wish. There is a new focus on super-glossy evening glamour, this is grown-up dressing at its best.

A Cosy cable knit – countryside chic was a big trend on the catwalk with tartan, tweed, sheepskin, leather and faux fur all making an appearance. The easiest way to tap into this trend is with a cosy knit, layering up cardigans and scarves. However if you are an apple shape and carry your weight on the top half of your body, be careful not to add too much bulk. Simple cashmere sweaters are your best bet and are a long-term investment.

Anything Leopard – ultimate statement print, we can just never get enough of it. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing it on your body, add it with leopard print shoes, a bag or an uber- trendy skinny belt.

An embellished cuff – perfect with your Little Black Dress! Opulent sparkle and sumptuous glitz will always be a winter trend but if the look makes you a little nervous, then concentrate it in one statement piece that taps into the trend. Such as a jewel-laden necklace, gem encrusted cocktail ring, studded bag or a pair of ornately detailed shoes.

If all this is still too much for you to take in, you haven’t got the time or even a clue where to start and just want to invest in some professional guidance and advice, either for yourself, or a loved one, you know where to find me.

Remember we all need help because looking good doesn’t just happen, and it’s the stylish ones that ask for it!

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