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NEW SEASON WITH A TWIST?

AW19, Vintage, Fashion, StyleEmma CarrComment
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With the first drop of the autumn/winter collections in the shops and everyone talking up new season pieces, it could be very easy to let Oxfam's #secondhandseptember campaign pass you by - but there's is no escaping the harsh reality of what is happening to our plant and we all have to start playing our part, no matter how small. Vintage and pre-loved are of course another way approach new season, yet I know it can still feel like a minefield for a lot of people, especially when it comes to purchasing vintage (which is classed as anything that’s over 20 years old).

There’s definitely an art to wearing vintage in a modern way, which comes down to having a strong style aesthetic and the confidence to style it with more contemporary pieces. I’m always on the look out for pieces with a 70/80’s vibe and it was love at first sight when I spotted this blouse at Valery’s Vintage as the necklace has got all the Isabel Marant AW19 feels (see buttoned up pic). It’s also about having an eye for what to look for and how to look for it, but with so many beautifully curated stores who do all the hard work for you, vintage really is as an option for everyone now. And with some brilliant pre-loved sites doing the same, there’s plenty of options on that front too.

If you are going to buy new, then working with a stylist will ensure you shop in a more considered way. Making sure you buy timeless pieces, which can be worn in multiple ways and that form part of a curated wardrobe. There’s a misconception that working with a stylist means spending money on clothes you don’t need, but it couldn’t be more opposite. I get my clients wardrobes into such good shape after two seasons, they don’t need to work with me again for a long time - and clients that do a wardrobe recharge with me, often don’t need to buy any new clothes at all.

There are so many different ways you can approach new season and if you would like any help from me to think outside the box then get in touch to book a 15 minute consultation call HERE.

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