AS the cooler weather prevails it's time to rethink your wardrobe. Jane Stanley from Barnstaple's Private Collection reveals the top five trends to fall for this autumn.
Knitwear: This season is all about hug-me textures; mohair, alpaca, cashmere, and boucle. Softness will be your strength. Think big, bold oversized statement sweaters worn with skinnies or square cut slouchy jumpers over dresses. Snug!
The Coats: A new coat can define your look. Styles range from voluminous cocoon shapes (more coat for your money) to sharp grey or camel classics. Black and white check looks smart for the office; quilted puffas and parka shapes have the school run covered. Invest in unstructured furs to throw over jeans to add glamour. Whatever you choose buy early so that you'll be ready when the mercury drops.
Colours: Layers of cream, camel and lots of black; every shade of grey (sorry), flashes of red, purple, plum, berry and rich teal. Dashes of graphic black and white print, and combat shades of olive, taupe, brown and green.
The Details: Taken from the punk and grunge eras are studs, zips, tartan and checks. Also fur, ponyskin, camouflage print and a spot of leopard are cool this season. You can also opt for mixes of fabrics on one garment – fuzzy-felt style trims on coats and dresses, leather trim on wool tops. Finish with gloves, beanie hats, big chunky loose knit scarves and layer, layer, layer.
The Looks: Remember the trends are a guide only, with so much choice it's up to you to put together your individual style. So whether it's Sixties Beatnik, Forties Hitchcock heroine or Nineties grunge, have fun with it all.
You will be able to follow Jane Stanley's new blog on the Journal website soon. For more autumn beauty tips turn to You're Gorgeous on page 45 of the main paper.