Come the new season, there may only be one new ‘key’ item you need to add to your wardrobe to create an entire new look. Here are personal fashion stylist Sally’s tips for this season’s fashion trends and dressing for your shape this winter.
The Modern Oversized Trench
If there’s one silhouette to update your entire wardrobe it’s an oversized coat and this season I’m loving the ‘new trench’. The best length is between your knee and your ankle. Petites might feel swamped by this length, but the key is to ensure the coat fits neatly on the shoulders, and you use the belt to ‘nip in’ the waist and relocate excess fabric to the back. Wear casually thrown over your shoulders for a chic additional layer to your outfit, or wear over a simple tee and jeans for a casually yet elevated look.
Sally’s top picks: Viktoria and Woods trench
It seems like puff and balloon sleeves have taken over everywhere. They’re feminine and pretty, and definitely make a statement, yet they’re not for everyone.
Broad shoulders: balance a balloon sleeve with a fitted bodice. Be cautious of a sleeve that adds additional width to the shoulder and keep sleeves to the elbow.
Big bust: balloon sleeves are not going to be kind to you… they will just make you look bigger. If you insist on trying this style, look for items with a v neck to show the décolletage, elbow length sleeves to expose the forearms and fluid fabrics that drape on the body and don’t add additional bulk to the upper body.
Narrow Shoulders/Wide Hips: balloon sleeves are going to be your best friend. They add extra volume and width to your shoulders while balancing out wider hips. Make sure you accentuate your waist by wearing a belt or tucking tops into high waisted skirts, jeans and trousers.
Sally’s tops picks: Elk Sweater
Plaid and checks
Make a statement with a new season coat, jumper or scarf simply by adding a striking check. It’s fair to say many of us revert to darker colours in winter (and often block colours) but a splash of colour can really enhance your winter look.
Personally I love an oversized winter statement coat that you can throw over everything. Ducking out of the office to grab your lunch, walking from the Uber to dinner, watching your footy team at The G – why not consider a bold check rather than classic black?
If you’re worried about a check getting tired, stick to classic colours such as black, charcoal or navy – these will never go out of style. But if you’re up for a challenge, I say GO COLOUR!
Sally’s Top Picks: Alpha 60 Check Coat
Wide leg pants
A wide leg pant or jean can be an instant update to your regular slim or straight styles. And the ‘rules’ are pretty simple here; balance a wide leg with a high waist. The benefit of this is that you can get away with a low heel – or even a flat! – because the eye is drawn up to the waist, elongating the legs regardless. And of course, don’t forget to tuck in to balance the wider leg shape.
Length wise when it comes to wide leg pants, there are two rules of thumb. A wide leg can be worn as a culotte a few inches above the ankle bone OR all the way to the floor (regardless of heel height) Avoid wearing wide leg pants that finish on the ankle bone – consider this ‘no mans land’ – you need to go higher or lower.
Sally’s picks: Seed wide leg cropped jeans
Should you be looking for more assistance and inspiration to add something new to your Autumn Winter wardrobe, get in touch.