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SHOP AW16 IN THE SUMMER SALES

Style, Fashion, AW16, Sale ShoppingEmma CarrComment

The summer sales are now in full swing and with prices still to be reduced by up to 70% there are some great savings to be made. As I mentioned in my Savvy Sale Shopping blog, it’s always good to keep an eye out for the next seasons big trends. I realise it might be hard to think about what you’ll be wearing in autumn/winter when we haven’t even had a summer yet, but if you shop smart you can grab yourself some of the key trends for AW16 now. So with that in mind, here are three of my favourite AW16 trends to look out for in the sales.

THE MAC

With everyone from Burberry to Celine featuring them in their AW16 collections, the mac is set to be the coat trend of autumn/winter16. There are so many great ones in the summer sales, I could have listed about twenty of them. Make sure to check out Zara, Mango and ASOS if this is a trend you want to buy into.

LEOPARD PRINT

Leopard print is going to be THE print of autumn/winter 16. Personally leopard print is always on trend for me, so if like me you wear lots of it, then the sales are always a good time to invest.

RUFFLES

Ruffles have been around for a couple of seasons now and are set to stay for AW16. Admittedly they are going to be heavier for winter (think knits and leather) but I still think it's worth looking out for lighter weight versions in the sales if you like this trend.

Catwalk images: via Pinterest

 

MUM'S THE WORD

New mum, Wardrobe staples, Stylish mumEmma CarrComment

In my last blog http://www.cravepersonalstyling.com/blog/mind-the-bump I talked about maternity wear and how to look stylish with bump. Today it’s all about the new mum wardrobe.

Lots of things change when you become a mum, including what you need from your wardrobe. If my personal experience is anything to go by, you’ll be faced with lots of clothes and footwear that are no longer practical and end up wearing the same t-shirt and jeans most days. I’d say that’s pretty acceptable for those first few sleep deprived (life turned upside down) weeks/months, but those weeks will pass and when they do, it’s time to get your style game back on. 

We all need a style uniform, but even more so once you have a little person whose’s every needs have to be attended to first. First, you need to be able to get dressed quickly and there’s also comfort and practicality issues. White blouses and sticky fingers aren't a great combination, and it’s not until it’s raining and you’re pushing a pram that you realise you need a coat with a hood. Footwear also becomes a priority and comfort is key. Of course, all of this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style… it’s all about having those key items - a stylish pair of trainers, a flattering pair of jeans, a leather jacket, coat (with hood), some mix and match separates and good basics. 

For me accessories are key and a printed scarf, belt or some statement jewellery can quickly add that extra touch to even the simplest of outfits - and lets not forget a bright lip. My greatest style saviour since becoming a mum has been a slick of pink, red or berry lipstick, which work wonders when you’re running on a few hours sleep and you’ve not got the time or the inclination to put a full-face on. So whether you’re hanging out at baby yoga or you’ve managed to grab a couple of hours you-time with the girls, you’ll always look and feel stylish.

Images: Pinterest

MIND THE BUMP

Body shape, Expectant mum, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With Mothers Day only a week away I thought I would talk about expectant and new mum’s wardrobes, with the first instalment covering maternity wear. 

So many women struggle with how to dress during pregnancy, but just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great. Gone are the days of tent dresses and unflattering dungarees being your only option. Maternity wear has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are now some great maternity lines across both designer and high-street. There are many pieces you can cheat though, so if you shop smart you don’t necessarily need to buy “maternity” wear and can invest in pieces that you’ll be wearing long after baby has arrived. 

First, have a look in your wardrobe to see what you already have that will still work for you during pregnancy (jersey fabrics, drawstring waists, oversized shirts, tunic tops/dresses), then make a list of what new pieces you need to continue wearing them. As with your non-pregnancy wardrobe it’s about having a handful of key pieces that you can mix and match to create as many outfits as possible. First on the list should be maternity denim - these are the one thing you can’t cheat and are a must-have investment when pregnant. With many brands now adapting their lines, there’s lots of great maternity denim to choose from and I would always recommend buying a couple of different styles (one smart and one casual) as these will be the foundation of your pregnancy wardrobe. Finally, when it get’s to that last trimester and comfort is your main priority, look to accessories to add something different to your simple basics. 

The main thing is to stay true to your personal style, just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t still look like yourself. You’re growing a new life inside of you, so if anyone deserves to look fabulous, it’s you.

Images: Pinterest

 

WINTER WHITE

A/W15, Jigsaw A-line, Perfect combinations, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

Head-to-toe winter white popped up on my radar last autumn/winter and this year I’m converted. There’s something stylish and expensive looking about head-to-toe white in the winter - maybe it’s the layering of all the different textures that come with winter fabrics like wool, cashmere, mohair and sheepskin or the fact that it’s such a contrast to all the dark clothes people wear at this time of year. As I’ve said before, bright white isn’t for everyone and for me winter white is that slightly warmer off-white/cream which is far more flattering on most people. If wearing it head-to-toe feels too much, mix your winter white with camel and beige tones or add a coloured accessory - think leopard print bag, burgundy boots. Or alternatively just add a red or burgundy lip/nail for that fail safe finish to any autumn/winter outfit. I think once you give it a try, you’ll be converted too. 

Main images: Pinterest & product from left to right: Zara long coat with drape neck / Whistles Langly Roll Neck Knit / Topshop Zip front midi skirt / Jigsaw A-line Bess culottes / Reiss Karolina bonded knitted jacket

 

JIGSAW A-LINE

A/W15, High Street Hero's, Wardrobe staples, Stylish mum, Jigsaw A-lineEmma CarrComment

Last week I was lucky enough to be involved in a photoshoot at the beautiful Jigsaw, King Street store in Manchester. During the shoot I got to take a look at their new A-Line collection and what a treat that was. From beautiful wool culottes to cashmere knits the 40 piece limited-edition collection is full of timeless pieces you’ll have in your wardrobe forever. The luxe fabrics and well cut designs mean we can all have a taste of affordable luxury. 

The mainline collection didn't disappoint either, in particular the outerwear and accessories. From perfectly tailored overcoats to gorgeous faux-fur stoles, Jigsaw is definitely hitting the mark again. 

Images: Jigsaw, King Street Manchester & A-Line marketing campaign

IT'S A COVER UP

A/W15, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With the final days of the September sunshine over, it’s time to turn our attention to one of our biggest wardrobe investments of the year - our winter coat. I have to say I’ve got a thing for outerwear, which is why I love autumn/winter style. You could be wearing the simplest of outfits, but add a great coat and it just feels all the more special. 

So, what to choose? There are the obvious classics which I think everyone woman should have in her wardrobe and which I’ve got in mine. The camel coat, grey overcoat, the classic trench, and the perfect parka. 

For those of you that like your coat to include some print I think animal print is always a good addition, as is tweed, plaid or check. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your coat has to be dark and dreary, so don’t be afraid to go for one in a bright colour. Just make sure you choose the right colour for your skin tone and one that will compliment the clothes in your wardrobe. As I mentioned in my blog ‘Seeing Red’ http://www.cravepersonalstyling.com/blog/seeingred I’ve bought myself a scarlet red coat recently, which will work with all the muted tones and animal prints I have in my wardrobe. 

It’s going to be one of your most worn items over the coming months and the first thing people see, so whatever you choose make sure it fits well and makes you feel great. Oh, and keeps you warm!

Images: Top row left to right: Kooples fur effect coat / Marc Cain leopard print coat / Mango cotton wool blend coat / Mango premium long wool coat / Cos rib neck wool coat / Zara handmade coat Bottom row left to right: Zara Alpaca coat / Mango boucle wool coat / Mango double breasted wool coat / Malene Birger Athenia wool coat / M&S checked coat / Topshop premium faux-fur lined parka

 

WARDROBE HERO - LEATHER BIKER JACKET

Wardrobe HeroEmma CarrComment

On my list of wardrobe hero’s is the leather biker jacket. This trans-seasonal staple can give an edge to even the most feminine outfit and make the simplest outfit look chic. It’s definitely an investment piece, but it’s an investment worth making. You’ll own it forever and it’s one of those pieces that just get’s better with age. There’s a signature biker out there for everyone and once you’ve found yours you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. 

Here are five of my favourites out there right now:

1. Whistles Agnes Leather Biker Jacket/ 2. Topshop Washed Leather Jacket / 3. Reiss Storm Textured Leather Biker Jacket / 4. Maje Beeson Lambskin Leather Jacket / 5. Zara Leather Jacket 

WARDROBE HERO - MACKINTOSH COAT

Wardrobe HeroEmma CarrComment

In 1823, Charles Mackintosh invented a waterproof fabric and the original Mackintosh coat was born. Since then they have become a fashion staple and appear on the catwalks and high-street year after year. Not only are they stylish, they are incredibly practical for our ever changeable weather too. Perfect layered over a denim or leather jacket on those slightly chiller days, or on their own when it's not quite warm enough to go without a coat. Not to mention those rainy summer days! Add in the fact that it's also timeless style wise, this is definitely a wardrobe hero of mine. 

Main image: Pinterest / Coats from top left to bottom right: Zara, French Connection, Cos, Topshop