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In today's post, I will share with you 15 timeless pieces to invest in for Autumn/Winter.
Whatever your personal style is, the items I am going to list are true investment pieces will blend in your wardrobe without effort.
This is a good guideline if you are considering decluttering and you don't know what to keep. It could also be a starting point to build your personal style for the colder months and to check if you actually need anything to add.
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Below you'll find what MY key pieces are but I am sure that most of you will agree with me that these are multifunctional practical items that will be amazing investments.
You will notice that they will all pair with each other perfectly and that is crucial to achieving a cohesive look.
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Jewellery is like perfumes: it is super personal.
The colour theory is helping us to choose the right metal for the right skin tone.
Gold is suitable for warm tones and silver it is ideal for cold tones and rose gold is great for neutrals.
Colourful gems, complicated types of chains and so on are cute when they are on trend but they will go out of fashion eventually.
Make sure to invest in a cute set of plain, basic earrings + necklace + bracelet + ring in your favourite metal. They are going to last forever and they will be perfectly paired with all your current and future outfits.
Decades passed but the classic white trainer is more than ever present in fashion. The reason is that they simply are the most versatile shoe for transitional weather.
Make sure to find the comfiest pair possible and you'll never regret this purchase.
I prefer leather over fabric as it is easier to clean and it would be better when raining.
Cool outfit ideas:
Leather jacket + midi dress + white trainers
Cardigan + shirt + tailored trousers + white trainers
Blazer + t-shirt + jeans + white trainers
Jumper + skirt + white trainers
Medium size handbag
A classic Chanel would be a perfect choice but it is not within everyone's budget (certainly not for me) but it embodies how a nice but practical bag should be:
genuine or vegan leather
rather spacious but not huge
suitable for every occasion
I am not a fan of heels but having a pair of comfy heels is the quickest way to elevate the most basic outfit when needed.
Think about a simple white T and a pair of jeans: with the addition of a black pump they instantly look smarter.
Waterproof winter boots
Imperative item to keep your feet nice and toasty all winter long. Hiking boots or combat boots are the best casual choice for when it's freezing outside so don't skimp on quality for those.
If your feet are not comfortable and warm then the rest of your body will be cold too, no matter how many layers you are wearing on top.
Thermal socks are ok too but to be honest I don't usually wear them because if the quality of your boots is good you just don't need them.
Basic tops for layering:
A couple of nice quality basic tops in neutral colours that suit your skin tone to wear under jumpers and cardigan for extra warmth.
In my opinion, they are absolute must-haves that everyone should have in 3 versions:
Black is not as versatile as you might think as it can be too harsh against the pale winter skin for the majority of people.
Better investing in a neutral shade such as camel or grey to be sure of making the most out of it.
Usually, warm skin undertones look great in camel but sometimes it can be a challenging colour for cool skin undertones. The secret is to opt for a cold or lighter shade of beige instead of a rich, orangey kind of camel.
Otherwise grey will also be extremely versatile.
You will see that it will make a huge difference in your wardrobe and you'll be shocked by how many times you'll wear it.
A crisp white shirt in silk or cotton will be one of your most-worn tops all year round and, needless to say, it will be perfect for every occasion simply because it is easy to layer.
Find the right white for your skin tone and you'll see the magic.
Another great colour is pale blue or the Oxford version.
For autumn it will be great with a blazer or a leather jacket on, but when the temperatures drop, you can wear it with a t-shirt or a thermal underneath, your favourite cashmere jumper/cardigan over it to feel chic but warm.
Audrey Hepburn rules! Make sure to choose a flattering cut for your body shape and then whenever you are indecisive on what to wear, you'll have the answer right in front of you!
This will be especially true for people like me that dress mainly in a casual way and then when an event or a special occasion pops up, panic!
With the right accessories, it can be styled infinite times and it will always look appropriate.
Wear it with a pair of chunky boots or trainers and a boxy coat to dress it down for a casual date or a pair of heels and a clutch to dress it up.
It is a good idea to invest in a well made, plain suit that has the right proportions for your body shape to have both the blazer and the trousers of the same colour and fabric.
This is not a negligible detail as, under direct light, the difference between fabric and shade is immediately visible and it always looks cheap, especially when it's black.
It doesn't matter if you are not planning to wear them together, one day you might want to because a well-made suit is a true lifesaver when you don't know what to wear (think about job interviews, weddings, events and so on), or if you are trying to build a minimalist wardrobe where everything must be interchangeable.
The trousers will be great with most of your knitwear while the blazer will look amazing with a pair of jeans and T-shirts or your favourite dress and a pair of white trainers.
Must have outerwear to add an edgy vibe to your transitional pieces and it is perfect for the autumn.
It can be thrown on basically everything you own as the texture of the material will add interest to your look.
Here some examples:
Leather jacket + LBD + white trainers
Leather jacket + Hoodie + jeans + boots
Leather jacket + white shirt + tailored trousers from the suit + Black pumps
What is more indispensable than a pair of classic wash, straight leg jeans?
Remember that flare, boyfriend and skinny cuts are cool but they might go in and out of fashion while this classic cut will always be actual (and the most comfortable).
It is not the most flattering item as it adds volume but in my opinion, it is a vital piece of outerwear against the cold and the bad weather.
Either short or long, it will keep you warm and dry no matter what and if you choose one with a detachable hoodie, even better.
I would opt for a dark shade and I would make sure it to be machine washable.
I am all about practicality these days!
A vintage Burberry trench will always be a timeless investment, and now you can definitely find a good bargain online or in charity stores. If pre-owned is not flying your boat, just have a look online and you will see that a simple beige alternative is an option that you can basically find everywhere.
My advice is to stick to the classic shape and again, the best colours are neutral (navy, black, beige, khaki) to be worn whenever you need to without thinking about it twice. The length is actually up to you, I do have a short one that is very practical but the longer version is by far one of my most worn autumnal jackets.
Cashmere or wool jumpers/cardigans:
I am not being boojie here: cashmere is just the best fabric against the cold. It is lightweight, extremely warm and incredibly soft on the skin.
Not to mention that it is a better choice for the environment too.
Polyester and acrylic will be heavy, voluminous and often rather itchy. On top of it, they won't keep you as warm and they release plastic particles in the water when washing. Not cool.
Pre-owned is a great alternative if the price tag is too high for your pockets, but there are a few good brands that offer high-quality knitwear at a sensible price (such as H&M conscious and Marks & Spencer).
A matching set of scarf + gloves
A good quality set is needed: the skin of our neck and hands is very delicate and thin.
No matter how much cream we put on, if we don't protect the skin from the cold in the first place, they will always be dry, not to mention that the risk of catching a cold is around the corner.
In terms of fabrics, I prefer my gloves to be leather, which is more durable than wool and keeps my hands dry even when it is raining. I would usually match the colour of my scarf to look put together.
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