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Style Notes | Store, Throw, Buy

STYLE NOTES
Store, Throw, Buy

At this time of year our wardrobes are itching for a change of pace, but this doesn’t mean an entire overhaul. Simply deciding what should be stored away, restyled or binned can streamline your current collection and make room for new purchases. From the print of the season to autumn’s must-have silhouette, think of this as your AW18 crib sheet and add these to your current favourites.

Mint Velvet Wardrobe

 

The Essentials: Knits

MV Knits

Buy:
The perfect knit is essential to your winter wardrobe.  My ‘go to’ is always something heavier with a cable knit, or a cashmere mix.  Choose something that’s going to look great with jeans but equally as good over a dress or slightly tucked into the top of a skirt.

Store:
Your fine open-weave knit jumpers.

Throw:
Anything bobbly. It’s time to cull those jumpers which have seen better days.

 


 

The Print: Animal

MV Animal Print

Buy:
Animal really is the print of the season: snake or leopard will instantly transport your wardrobe to AW18. Dig out any existing pieces or, alternatively, invest in something new: a shirt, pencil skirt or a coat, teamed with a chunky knit or polo-neck jumper, will create a chic silhouette. Keep an eye out for coloured animal prints, which are key this season, or introduce via accessories for a subtler approach.

Store:
Animal-print accessories, like beanies and scarves.

Throw:
Nothing! Leopard, snake and other animal prints are perennially stylish – keep them all so you’ve got a few vintage favourites that get better with age.

 


 

The Staple: Denim

MV Jeans

Buy:
Skinny and boyfriend jeans are here to stay. Whether you style yours with a leather jacket and plain white tee or boots and a long-line coat, the possibilities are endless. Update your skinny wardrobe this season by purchasing a pair with a slight difference, perhaps a side-seam detail in a contrast denim or trim .

Store:
Bootcut jeans – you don’t need those this season.

Throw:
Get rid of the pairs that don’t fit, and cut the legs off the rest to make them into shorts.

 


 

The Statement: A Coat (or two)

MV Coats

Buy:
There are so many great shapes to go for this season, including flying jackets, oversized or belted styles and beyond. Opt for something a little different which can give your whole wardrobe a new lease of life. I’ll be buying the longer haired sheepskin coat and wearing over skinny jeans and slouchy boots, immediately transforming my look to 70s chic!

Store:
Your military coat.

Throw:
Your real fur coats – faux is the way forward.

 


 

The Layer: Jackets

MV Jackets

Buy:
Always in vogue, layer leather and denim jackets over fine and chunky knits, or even under other outerwear. A slimmer denim jacket, for instance, will make a great piece on its own or can act as a perfect layer beneath an oversized coat. Seen all-over the catwalks, a tweed blazer is the ideal item to update your look: simply add a white tee and jeans for the perfect weekend outfit.

Store:
Bomber jackets.

Throw:
Printed wind-breakers.

 


 

The Silhouette: Midi

MV Silhouette

Buy:
The midi dress is here to stay (along with the midi skirt) but buy something with a difference for winter and choose bold prints and longer sleeves. As the colder months approach, why not slip a polo-neck jumper underneath and add slouchy suede boots to transition from autumn to winter. Add your finishing touches with a sheepskin coat, tinted shades and you’re ready to go!

Store:
50s-style prom dresses.

Throw:
Bandage lycra minis – this season, floatier silhouettes take centre stage.

 


 

The Boot: Slouchy Suede

MV Boots

Buy:
The boot of the season and an absolute must have, a slouchy suede boot is the easiest way to make almost anything in your wardrobe feel current again and looks great with mid, maxi or mini skirts and skinny jeans. A black or coloured pair will see you through the whole winter season – just remember your suede protector!

Store:
Elasticated coloured pull-on boots.

Throw:
Chunky platform knee high boots.

 


 

The Detail: Sequins

MV Sequins

Buy:
Who doesn’t love sequins? Dress them down with a simple black sequin vest, black jeans and trainers and you’re ready to go. Alternatively, layer a sequin top with wide leg trousers, trainers, a denim jacket and oversized coat: perfect for a little sparkle on a dull winter’s day. Also look out for looser fitting jackets that sparkle, which can simply be thrown on with jeans and a cami to make a statement.

Never store or bin sequins, there’s always a use for them – daytime, nighttime, lifetime!

 

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