The A/W16 Basics

As some of you may know…I’m known for my love of fashion, especially during Autumn/Winter season. I’m completely in my element when it comes to those warm tones and faux fur coats. ESPECIALLY when it comes to tucking those fluffy socks into your newly bought ankle boots (that you may or may not have bought in every single shade stocked). But I think I’m getting too far ahead of myself…so, I thought I would ask my friends to give me a little inspiration by telling me what they love about my A/W style. Most of them told me that they like how I layer and create texture with my outfits but struggle to do so themselves. SO, I thought I would strip back and simplify the start of A/W16 basics and show you how I put them together.

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This season is all about the use of ruffles and frills. It’s a great technique to create femininity to an outfit. The high street is filled with amazing pieces including garments such as trousers that are hemmed with ruffles. I recently went shopping in COS and nothing could have filled me with more excitement than seeing what was stocked in this particular store. For instance, this grandad collar top that I’m wearing (also comes in black) w.o.w. An easy piece to have in your wardrobe that is a A/W16 ESSENTIAL.

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I love texturised garments, especially something that stands out. These bad boys are limited edition and again are a must have this season (big thumbs up). As they are a statement within themselves, paired with the white grandad collar top is just the perfect combo…simple but eye-catching. Every girl needs a good pair of denim in their wardrobe, jeans are so comfortable to wear and can be dressed up or down, especially these frayed pair. If you’re unsure and don’t want to spend as we all know saving is on our minds for Christmas…try a DIY on an old pair of jeans. Literally cut them up, wash and tumble them for a similar look.

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I have been looking for the PERFECT pair of nude pointed shoes for a while now and I have FINALLY found them. Zara have a.m.a.z.i.n.g. stock in this season and every time I shop with them, I always end up leaving with a happy face and an empty bank account. These beauties are so comfortable to wear and go with almost everything, because my jeans are such a statement…pairing them with blocked heel nude points adds the little edge it needs but keeps the attention to the frayed hem. And the bonus part? Under £20!!

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I have the BIGGEST obsession with coats and jackets…at one stage I owned 37 in which were tightly squeezed into my wardrobe bought especially for them. But in order to continue buying and squeezing…I had to say goodbye to some of my least favourites. So now that we have entered into coat and jacket season, my debit card is out and I’m on the hunt. A good quality coat/jacket is one of the BEST basics for your wardrobe; it’s THE number one rule. Whether you stick with the good old wool coat/jacket or aim higher for the warmest of all – cashmere. My personal preference is either a trench as this makes an appearance on the catwalk each year or go for the oversized look as its comfortable, easy to wear and makes everything look so much more stylish.

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I have an eye for things that look a lot more expensive than they are, for example, this suede coat. I spotted this in (can you believe it) Tesco’s last Christmas and I just had to buy it. I have always wanted a 100% suede coat and I had never found one within my budget as they tend to be quite high in price. BUT this was only £100.  I wear this with everything and it will be a big hit this season with some oversized jumpers and sheepskin collars. (Find similar HERE (amazing colour), HERE and (if only…) HERE). A coat/jacket is an obvious piece to layer with, and I find that people do it every day without even noticing. You’re basically almost A/W ready…

Before I go, I’ll summarise your A/W16 basic pieces. Swapping your basic white shirt for a more detailed shirt such as a frill, get down to River Island for those fringed jeans or spend a Sunday DIYing your old pair, a good pair of block heeled pumps and invest in a good coat/jacket…outfit complete.

Love Erin x