As decided by your favourite Fashion magazines and the rather dreary weather, Autumn is pretty much upon us, and I for one have been taking the new season in my fashion stride. AW looks set to be an exciting time for fashion, embracing womanhood and warmth in one big sheepskin, velvet, leather and lace bundle. But just in case you, like me, are prone to a spot of wardobe panic, I am here to help you work out what to keep from last season, what to stash away for now, and what to buy. You'll be this-season-savvy in no time!
As sad as I am to admit it, summer is pretty much over and I'm afraid that means the end of the pastel shades for now. Stash away your baby blues, pinks and lilac for at least another season and swap for their Autumnal equivalents of royal and midnight blue, magenta, mauve and aubergine.
According to the glossies, we should all be ditching our platforms for their humbler sister, the kitten heel. However, my advice would be to not go too extreme, whilst the kitten heel is tres chic this season, only certain types of platforms need to be banished to the back of your wardrobe. Any platforms in summer brights and flimsy styles don't quite cut it this season - your shoes should be strong and full of bold detail.
The new season also spells the end of bright printed maxi dresses, but is by no means the end of the style itself. Swap the light for the dark and invest in a grungy maxi to go with your aviator jacket and black leather ankle boots.
Speaking of the maxi dress, plain styles in jersey material are still good for the new season. I'll be wearing my black t-shirt maxi dress with a knitted cardi, vintage look bag and loafers until Winter kicks in.
Keep hold of any luxe tailoring pieces you may have acquired this previous season- items such as the slouchy t-shirt and smart harem trousers will still be on trend without the gladiator sandals. Wear with a camel coat and brogues for normal daywear or your trusty tan platforms for work with some chunky ankle socks. Yes you heard me right - ankle socks should not be ignored for AW, make sure they're slouchy, thick and in shades of grey.
Stella McCartney, AW10 RTW
The lace and velvet on the catwalks looking a bit familiar? It certainly should do; lace and velvet featured prominently in last years AW collections so you should have a couple of items you can dig out to wear again. Velvet is particularly key in shades of deep red, blue and purple but black can be jazzed up with some goth-glam makeup and accessories. Lace bodies were everywhere this Spring on the high street and will look just as good now layered with knitwear, printed trousers and ankle boots.
Zac Posen, AW10 RTW
Now we come to the fun part. What to buy for the new season? There are several key pieces to invest in as listed below which can be mixed in with essentials you already own and remnants of last season to create a versatile look.
Camel is the key colour of the season and can be worn on tops, bottoms, jackets and so on. Snap up the all important camel coat and a camel jumper for starters and work them into your everyday wardrobe. This camel slouchy jumper is £40 from Topshop.
This season's dresses are more conservative than their predecessors, but somehow just as sexy. Snap up a tunic dress with a mid-length hem in a neutral colour and let the shape do the talking. This one is £65 from Warehouse.
Shearling is the fabric on every designers lips this season and can be found on almost anything. Look for it on bags, shoes and jackets of course. Who says you can't be practical and stylish in equal measures? Get shopping at New Look for these shoe boots at £29.99.
Trousers come in every shape and size this season and should be your go-to item. Anything goes, from the slim fit jodphur to the printed harem, just tuck in a t-shirt and go. My favourite pair so far are these velvet peg leg trousers for £38 from ASOS, perfect for day and night.
Catwalk images from style.com