top 5 autumn must haves

12 November 2012

A full-length winter coat and new leather boots, sparkling accessories and OTT jewellery, cosy cardis and cute knitted outerwear: the delights of autumn fashion are endless! Picking just a few essentials is a tricky task, though i’ve managed to round up these top five must-haves, which make perfect treats if you just can’t wait until Christmas.

5. The Tote Bag
Bracing a chilly autumn day means having to pack extra layers. Oversized bags were huge – literally – when they burst onto the fashion scene a number of years ago, dwarfing celebs like Victoria Beckham and Nicole Richie. The oversized tote has not had its day, and offers a great practical option for the autumn season. Check out this less cumbersome offering from 3.1 Phillip Lim, available at Avenue 32. This satchel-style is made from luxurious calf leather, with handy extendable side pockets.
4. The Footwear
The colder weather is a great reason to invest in a pair of leather boots which will see you through autumn and winter. For the ultimate in fit, check out Duo Boots which offers a selection of styles in a variety of calf widths. This is perfect for those struggling to find harder-to-fit thigh-high or half-zip styles. A classic pair of heeled riding boots like the Moulin is a fab option, as they can easily be dressed up or worn day to day.

3. The Coat
Another autumn essential is the full-length coat. Considering how often you will wear this item throughout the season a stylish choice in a must. Leather was a major player on Fashion Week catwalks and for those feeling slightly daunted by the prospect of leather trousers, a coat with leather detailing is a suitable alternative. Channel the biker look in a leather-sleeved coat from high street fave Zara.

2. The Scarf
Autumn evenings can be a time for elegant outfits and sleek silhouettes, though cosy outerwear for the day gives you the chance to have some fun! Foxes are a big feature of printed items this season, and add a quirky twist to an outfit. Brit brand Aubin and Wills offer this cute Denton fox print scarf in a muted autumnal tone. The lighterweight fabric makes it great for the transitional weather of the season.

1. The Dress
The classic LBD has had a makeover this autumn/winter, with elaborate embroidering and metallic detailing now de rigeur. The baroque trend has been a heavy influence, so why not showcase this luxurious and chic style by opting for a dress which will add glitz and sparkle to a night out. The best high street find has to be a beautiful offering from Karen Millen, with embroidered gold lace detail. The short length will look fab with black heels, whilst the mesh ¾ sleeves mean that you won’t be baring too much flesh. Forget ‘low key’ and instead accessorise with oversized gold earrings and a metallic clutch.

Turn heads this autumn in these stunning finds, which make perfect pick-me-ups in the countdown to Christmas!

♥ abby