Monday, 9 July 2012

Rock Next Season's Trends NOW - Part One

Call me obsessive, but I've already started drawing up my Autumn / Winter 2012 wish list. Does anyone else do this as early as July, or am I just a freak of nature?

Anyway, since I started buying my pastel skinny jeans and my neon accessories as early as January, I've grown tired of the summer collections. I'm after fresh, exciting and new - and luckily for me, the shop's A/W pre-collections have already started to drop.

If you want to rock A/W's key trends now (and, let's face it, who wants to wear their summer wardrobe in this weather?!), then just check out these star looks...

You'll want to snap up anything in monochrome, animal print or dogtooth. There are plenty of other key trends coming up (including punky checks and boyfriend shapes) - just be sure to check back with us next week for more lovely looks!

Sam x

Marvellous Monochrome

Eternally chic and stylish, you'll be pleased to know that designers have been having a full-scale black and white ball for A/W. Think sleek tuxedo jackets, lace shirts, leather skirts and crisp white gowns. Just avoid any sticky hands if you want to work this one...

Silk and satin crepe monochrome dress, £1,125, Narciso Rodriguez 
Tricolour court shoe, £39.99, Zara
Black lace shirt, £45, Warehouse
Leather jacket, £239, Zara
Black boyfriend tux with cuff detailing, £65, Topshop
White shirt with black mesh sleeve, £36, Topshop
White boyfriend blazer, £40, Topshop
Sleeveless shirt with pussybow detail, £42, Warehouse
Leather skater skirt, £80, Warehouse
Chelsea ankle boots, £36, Topshop
Leather shorts, £60, River Island
Studded shoes, £65, River Island
Two-tone pencil skirt, £605, Antonio Beradi

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

I'm no Bet Lynch (OK, so maybe I am), but I have always, always adored animal print. Give me a leopard print shoe, zebra print ballet pumps (what I wouldn't give to own these studded Valentino numbers!) or cheetah jumpers and I'm a happy girl...

Anyway, fellow animal fans can rejoice! This season, it's back and bigger than ever! The key is to keeping the rest of your outfit simple - don't mix your prints and keep everything else elegant and pared-back.

If you're not the biggest animal print fan, why not add a touch of leopard to your feet, or even rock a leopard scarf? I guarantee you'll become an animal addict in no time at all!
Leopard wedge boot, £79.99, Zara
Monochrome print blazer,  £45, Topshop
Sleeveless chiffon shirt, £22, River Island
Red and black collarless blazer, £50, River Island
Heeled ankle boot, £95, Topshop
Leopard platform, £695, Charlotte Olympia
Leopard shift dress, £29.99, Zara
Printed bag, £1,755, YSL
Monochrome cheetah top, £55, Whistles
Zebra print sudden flats, £530, Valentino
Oversized jumper, £40, Warehouse

Sixties Siren

Take inspiration from Alexa Chung and work a sixties siren look. Think lots of boucle and dogtooth-print, but in a really modern, fresh way. For simple chic, rock a boucle jacket with your faded skinnies and ankle boots, or team an oversized black jumper with a boucle shirt.

To complete the look, you need a smoky, sexy eye, nude lips and plenty of volume to your hair. 
Co-Ord fray edge boucle shorts, £38, Topshop
Dogtooth peplum top, £30, Oasis
Knit pencil skirt, £22, River Island
Co-Ord boucle biker jacket with leather trim, £95, Topshop
Dogtooth pencil skirt, £29, Miss Selfridge
Tweed jacket, £310, GIRL. By Band of Outsiders 
Black and print panel dress, £1,140, Jason Wu
Oversized printed cardi, £30, River Island
Houndstooth PVC pouch, £215, Jil Sander