AW18 Aesthetic

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I think it’s fair to say Summer is officially over. No matter how hard I try to pull off wearing a mini dress and sandals, it’s impossible to miss the preposterous looks I get from jumper clad, coffee drinking commuters meandering their way through Kings Cross at 8 in the morning. You know what us Brits are like – we expect the worst – as soon as there is a slight possibility of rain, we abort mission and hibernate inside or bring out all the layers we have, then complain when it turns 12 o clock and we’re a little too hot. Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that August signified the end of my 19th summer.

My school years have sort of ingrained in me that September is the real start of a new year – more so than January. It’s always been a time where I have to prepare myself for a fresh start and get organised for the months ahead. Because I am so set in my ways, this also means my wardrobe gets a refresh in September.

There is only one thing better than bringing out your old knits and jackets, some of which you forgot you even had, and that’s buying new knits and jackets. I like to think the start of a new season gives you the opportunity to completely redesign your wardrobe.

This A/W I am determined to make the cold weather my b*tch and not let it make me miserable for another year running. It’s inevitable that I will end up wearing the same piece all through winter like I do every other season. Last winter, it was my beloved grey jumper. I have no idea how or why it became my go-to but it became my comfort blanket and was thus seen as my ‘sad day’ jumper (at the time this meant my every day jumper…) Whenever I wore it, people would immediately ask if I was feeling okay and knew to leave me to my own devices; a good tool for when you are not so talkative may I add. This summer it has been my staple floral dress. It’s cute enough to make it look as if I have made an effort but I also don’t have to wear a bra and can stick converse on to claim it’s ‘tomboy chic’.

Moving on, I have created a little mood board as to what I want my AW18 aesthetic to be. It’s very easy to get caught up in all the trends in the shops and therefore lose perspective of what look you actually want to go for. So this is the kinda vibe I’m after…

 

 

As much as I am loving the animal print trend, I know full well that in 6 months time I will be outraged that I bought a pair of leopard print knee-length boots. Instead, I have decided I want to style the trend in a little more subtle way. I would wear a pair of statement jeans (my faves linked here and here) with a plain knit and layered gold necklaces.

Living in London comes with its difficulties. The main one being budgeting. Being a self-confessed shopaholic, I find it super hard to prioritize nutritional dinners over a cute dress. Because of my financial struggles and weekly reminders from my mother to stop buying clothes, I am trying to make use of what I have got. I have countless summer midi/maxi dresses that I just can’t bear to hide away until next year, so instead, I will style them over the colder months with oversized granddad cardigans (see here) and chunky trainers. Because long floral skirts, charity shop style cardigans and dad trainers are a look… I swear…

Another super popular A/W trend is silk skirts. There aren’t too many in the shops at the moment but I give it a month and you won’t be able to miss them. I would style a delicate silk skirt with a chunky knit for an unusual blend of textures and Gucci style loafers.

Lastly, a style that I don’t think is particularly ‘in’ right now, but I am going to work with anyway is floral dresses and cowgirl boots. It doesn’t sound overly appealing but it is a combination I have wanted to work with for a while; the summer to autumn transitioning period is the perfect time. To assure you I’m not crazy, this is the kind of thing I have in mind – dress and boots.

A couple more things I am loving and very actively looking for are leather pieces, pyjama style shirts, faux fur bags and chunky gold earrings. Here are some of my favourites so far:

 

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

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Lace and Leather

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In true Abbie style, I woke up on Sunday morning with the worst hangover. I went home at the weekend to see my friend for a ‘drink’ which of course ended in us staying out until 3am – I expected nothing less.

Despite feeling slightly under the weather, I had planned to go for brunch with my nearest and dearest Emily, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to do my favourite thing with my favourite person.

I figured that there is nothing that can make you feel better than lace and leather – possibly the most fierce duo there is.

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Surprisingly, I managed to style my matted hair and eye bags into an actual look. 

I wore some (faux) leather culottes from Stradivarius because as I have mentioned before, they are my go to when I don’t feel so great. The fact that these are leather make them look a little more fashion and a little less lazy mess which is ideal for me. This is actually the first time I have worn these out as I was a little dubious as to how I could make them work without being accused of wearing a bin bag.

I paired these with a nude lace top from Topshop to add a girly twist to the look. I love lace and leather together because they contrast each other so well. The trousers are very  bold, I wanted to add a touch of sophistication to them so I didn’t look like a complete goth.

To add another texture, I wore this (faux) fur coat from Topshop; I got this in the sale for £50! A! Dream! It’s so warm and ridiculous and over the top I love it.

Because I am so small, I have to wear a heel with this coat or I just look ridiculous. I was still slightly unstable from the night before, so I thought it was best to opt for these kitten heeled boots from New Look premium. A year ago I wouldn’t have even contemplated a kitten heel but these are one of my current staples; they are so classic and elegant.

Lastly, I threw on this Zara bag to finish the outfit. The chain and stud detail adds to the ‘biker chic’ look perfectly without make it too extra.

Speaking of extra, I really ought to stop going out like this in Kenilworth. It’s all well and good looking like a snobby rich b*tch in London but people aren’t as open-minded at home and I get a few odd looks from the local old people!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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6th Day of Xmas: January Sale Prep

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Yes this may sound a little dramatic, Christmas hasn’t even been yet and already I am prepping for the January sales. I want to get maximum bargains because living in London is not cheap so I can’t afford the things I used to be able to; my inner shopaholic is slowly dying.

Not only that, but we’re all guilty of going into the sales all guns blazing thinking that the £80 sparkly dress you didn’t want when it was full price has gone to £20 so you HAVE to have it. A lot of the time we don’t buy things in the sale because we like them, they’re just cheap and well… it would be rude not to right?

It all comes down to this one question.

Would you have bought it when it was full price?

Granted I don’t always follow this rule but it is a good thing to remember when the shops are crazy, clothes are flying everywhere and you want every deal you can see.

Another way I’m hoping to save on wasting money this year is by making a list of things I want now, so when I’m shopping I can look for them straight away rather than pondering over the pink high knee boots I’ve never wanted.

I thought I would show you some of the things I have been lusting over so you can get some inspiration too!

I have wanted this for months but I just can’t justify £75 on a green coat, it’s just a little too risky even for me!

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These are unlikely to be in the sale but I am super prepared.

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I saw Sammi Maria post this in the ‘in my wardrobe’ section of her blog. Immediately I fell in LOVE and was very tempted to fork out £79 for it but decided to stay strong and wait until after Christmas!

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As I have mentioned, I like to be prepared. So when I saw this jumpsuit in the Oxford Street Topshop I knew I had to get it on the off-chance I will be invited to a fancy event in the New Year (here’s hoping!)

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It has been hard to miss the office chic look that has being going off for the past couple of months and although I have got on board with it whilst rocking a patterned two piece to my work’s Christmas party, I am still desperate to add this Topshop number to my collection. It’s sold out almost everywhere full price so it’s unlikely that I’ll find it when/if it goes to sale, but I have been known to travel around the country for a Topshop bargain!

 

One of my work colleagues wears a coat similar to this everyday and every time she walks in I comment on how chic she looks. Even if she’s wearing a super simple outfit it always glams it up. Me being the shopaholic I am just knows that eventually this will be in the sale so I’m going to wait it out and see if I can bag it in a month or two!

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I first discovered these beauties when I was at ITV working on TM fashion. I could not believe that of all places, they were from New Look – a shop that I can never seem to work with! Then I realised they were £50 and in the premium section which kind of explained why I was so in love. They did go into the black Friday sale but I missed them so I am determined to catch them in January.

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That’s it for now but the list will most definitely be getting longer!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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