Ready or not, the new season is almost upon us.
This autumn/winter we have some classics (tweed and tartan), new twists on feminine pieces (lace) and some surprises too!
There is nothing really new in heritage fabrics this autumn, it's all about how you wear them. Don't be shy - go for head-to-toe elegance if you like this look, just take care with your accessories to make sure you stay looking current. If you like something a little more dramatic and creative, mix them with other fabrics such as leather or a bit of shimmer.
You also need to think about the weight of the fabric and how it works with your shape (can you wear a stiff fabric or should you find a softer material?) The popular pieces are usually those that are most versatile, but think beyond safe colours like grey or brown. Red tartan is often a winner in winter as it provides colour ‘oomph'
Which colours for your colouring?
LIGHT: You will enjoy wearing elegant light grey tweed but mix it with petrol or violet shades to bring in colour.
DEEP: Pine, navy and black tartan will make a great investment coat for you.
WARM: Brown tweeds come alive against your colouring. mix with vibrant amber or teal.
COOL: Find a staple in purple tweed; it will go with everything.
CLEAR:You can wear bold shades so enjoy bright red or green in tartan.
SOFT: Invest in a tweed skirt, jacket or suit in light periwinkle/violet.
The lace dress is being hailed as one of THE investment pieces for the new season. Lace always looks feminine and this season there are more alluring designs than ever in a broad range of cuts and colours. Whether you choose a striking red or black dress for evening wear or a vibrant blue or delicate lavender that you can wear to lunch with the girls, you can buy now and wear it through to next Spring.
The black lace dress is always the most popular. If you want black but it doesn't look great on you, choose one with a low neckline or even strapless if you can, this means the black won't be so close to your face. Chiffon at the top of the dress also softens the shade. Accessorise according to your colouring to lift the black.
LIGHT: Light teal will look striking on you. For something softer, try grey lace with chiffon over a pale shade such as light periwinkle.
DEEP: You wear black best of all the colourings so make the most of the classic black lace dress. Choose deep red or rich burgundy for eye-catching colour.
WARM: Dark navy is your black. For a statement shade, go for turquoise or emerald green or a bronze overlay.
COOL: Cerise or royal blue are your statement colours. Bright periwinkle will look more subtle.
CLEAR: Go for bold red or emerald. If you want black choose one with contrast such as lace overlay on a coloured fabric, or with added shimmer in silver or gold.
SOFT: Choose geranium or claret. These are softer shades of red which will look as striking on you as the bold reds do on a Clear
Who would have thought we would get excited about pink for winter? And pastel pink at that! It is a little surprising, especially as coats need to see us through a few winters, not just a fashion season. However, there is something refreshing about seeing pretty pastel pink and vibrant fuchsia among the dark shades we usually have in Autumn. Pink is an ultra-feminine shade and hot pink is a great mood booster, so why not?
The pale pinks aren't practical for our British weather and not all women are into this girly shade, but if you are, you are going to be very tempted. Will it still be current next winter? Possibly not. If you want one but feel it's not a good investment buy, don't worry; you will find good pieces at the lower price end so you can feel good without feeling guilty in your pretty pink coat.
LIGHT: The pastel pink coats were made for you!
DEEP: Blush pink works for both warm and cool skin tones. Deeps with cool skin tones can wear bold cyclamen or fuchsia.
COOL: Pink is a wow shade for you so enjoy wearing hot pink, cyclamen and fuchsia. If you like softer shades choose candy or blush pink.
WARM: Being a cool shade, lots of pink is not for you. Go for apricot or orange-red instead.
CLEAR: As with the Deeps, blush pink works for both cool and warm tones and is strong enough to compliment your colouring. If your skin tones are cool, then choose the bold pinks; fuchsia, hot pink etc.
SOFT: Candy is just right for you, not too pale and not to bold; cool skin tones