5 Ways to work the new sea­son

Glamour (South Africa) - - La Une - 42 By Jenny Le Roux

1Know th­ese trends The key word for the up­com­ing sea­son is slouchy. Try wide-legged trousers with big turn-up hems, paired with a neat fit­ted top (to avoid look­ing frumpy). Ap­ply the same ap­proach to cu­lottes, which look great with boots. Bub­ble skirts are trendy again; go for one that’s slightly wider at the bot­tom with a draw­string that al­lows you to tai­lor the cut to your shape. Other trends to try: cash­mere or soft knit track­suits, sleeve­less coats, touches of faux fur and py­jama-style pieces in soft, em­broi­dered satins teamed with heels and loads of chunky jew­ellery, or lay­ered un­der an over­sized coat.

2Mix up your fab­rics This au­tumn and win­ter are also about com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent fab­rics and pat­terns. Chif­fon sits hap­pily with wool, as does cot­ton with lace. When it comes to prints, try mix­ing a mod­ern graphic de­sign, like a stripe, with vin­tage-look flo­ral prints for a stun­ning ef­fect.

3In­vest in key pieces What­ever the trends of the sea­son, time­less must-haves will stay in your wardrobe for­ever. The com­bi­na­tion of a clas­sic tai­lored blazer, crisp white shirt, black merino polo neck and good blue jeans, for ex­am­ple, never goes out of style. I call it safe dress­ing!

A re­ally good coat is an­other se­ri­ous in­vest­ment piece, and a long black ver­sion is my sta­ple. If you want to mix things up and in­ject some fun into your wardrobe, try a three­quar­ter length, faux-fur coat, as it is guar­an­teed to look won­der­ful now and be back in fash­ion next sea­son.

4Think bright Black is a peren­nial win­ner be­cause it makes you look 5kgs lighter in­stantly, and it can be a good way to hide lumps and bumps! But a small shot of colour is es­sen­tial when it gets cold, even if that means adding noth­ing more than a bright cash­mere or merino wool wrap to your all-black out­fit.

5Ac­ces­sorise This year’s It-bag is small and boxy, com­pact and square. Footwear wise, we’re in for a com­fort­able sea­son as flats are trend­ing, but if you’re af­ter some height, go for flat­forms. I’m also lov­ing tribal-print and shweshwe neck­laces. Throw a bright, state­ment piece over a fit­ted black polo neck and you’re set to stun!

The award-win­ning designer be­hind the chic and clas­sic Habits la­bel is giv­ing style classes. Lis­ten up, ladies!

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