Layering 101: Fall Dressing

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Paige_Denim_white jeans_nike_trainers_ADYN_ReissThe concept of layering has never come that easily to me. I suppose I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘simple’ dresser – anymore than two or three pieces (dress, shoes; jeans, heels, sweater; boots, skirt, top, you get the idea) and you gotta question your choice of fabrics for the season.  Having said that, Fall brings with it some up and down temperatures – it has been both crisp and cold and warm and satisfying here in Cambridge this Autumn so far.

American husband recently introduced me to ADYNa British lifestyle brand producing high fashion street wear (largely designed for men, but can be worn by women).  An abbreviation of the word ‘androgynous’, ADYN have some great pieces for layering – simple tees, oversized sweatshirts – as well as some more avant garde styles.  One of my favourite details of this oversized top are the cuffs that run over the wrist and have a thumb hole.  It’s a little athletic note to match the Nike sneakers in this outfit.

Crisp, clear Fall days have also meant I’ve been able to wear my Paige Denim white jeans without a thought of the weather forecast (I wore them in the rain once, it was a disaster, ’nuff said).   I love the zip detail on these, I forget the name of this specific style, but you can see the full range here.

How do you dress for Fall, Blog Reader?

Wearing: ADYN top from Wolf and Badger; NIKE trainers; Paige Denim white jeans; Reiss coat; Maxwell Scott leather rucksack.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

Reiss Eveningwear: My Style – After Dark

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Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_Bloggers1When it comes to dressing for the evening, guaranteed I like to shake the day off with an entire outfit change and a new energy to take to drinks or dinner.  Whilst a pair of killer heels (previously hidden away in my desk drawer, waiting for the right moment to spring free) and a spritz of my favourite perfume are my day-to-night essentials, after dark you can likely find me changing into a dress or skirt for the evening, and this Rhomona ruby red lace style from the Reiss partywear collection ticks all the right boxes for adding the necessary high-octane glamour to move me through the twilight hours.

Earlier this month Reiss invited me and fellow fashion & beauty bloggers Lucy (Fashion Me Now), Anneli (What I Bought Today), Jesse (We The People Style) Patricia (Patricia Bright) and Sarah (Framboise Fashion) to London’s Hoxton Hotel to showcase our style: after dark with our favourites from their AW14 collection.  Regular readers of the blog will be only too familiar with Reiss since it forms a considerable part of my wardrobe – for someone my age and in my profession the brand produces modern, classic, well-made and often a little edgy styles with wonderful mix and match versatility.

Only such a well-loved brand could persuade me to ditch my usual monochrome after dark, but the Rhomona dress had me at hello.  Floral lace, fit and flare, scarlet red hue – if I am going out, I am reaalllly going out.  I paired the dress with the Flutter soft biker jacket (did I tell you I like a side of masculine with my feminine?), the Jessie cut out box clutch and the Isla shoes.

If we can just spend some time thinking about accessories, as if you are particularly pushed for time when transitioning from day-to-night, these can form the lynchpin of your look.  Both my clutch and heels here were intricate and directional in terms of design – interesting to look at, dramatic and sleek.  The clutch in particular, with its gold hardware, is for me the ultimate after hours accessory.

You can read the full feature and see all the different blogger-styled outfits HERE. Click HERE to shop my #OOTN (outfit of the night – you can search for this hashtag on Twitter also to see what other bloggers are wearing).

Photos taken on location at The Hoxton Hotel.  Hair styling: with thanks to Sassoon Salons.

Fall Fashion: Going Wide (Reiss Hat, Acne Studios Pants)

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Reiss_wide_brimmed_hatWhen it comes to transitional fashion during autumn, this year you will find me cozying up in oversized, wide pants and hiding under my favourite hat.  I wrote about embracing the wide leg HERE, and whilst I remain unconvinced that my wardrobe will ever be free of skinnies, this pair of Hill Black Pants from Acne Studios took my breath away as the perfect wool trouser to go with everything this fall: shirts, sweaters, cropped tops (perfect for this high-waisted style) tees…

There is something very comforting about this combination of styles – lots of luxurious wool, a little bit of tailoring and the soft touch of the hat with the wide brim.  When it comes to a hat for fall, choose yours wisely: the stiffness of the fabric, the pinch in the crown, and the generosity of the brim all work to alter a hat’s mood.   I prefer something more structured, and for those looking for the same, Reiss have a great selection of Trilbys right now.

I still have a selection of vacation style posts to feature on the blog, but for now let’s embrace the chill in the air….

Photo: Beth Morton Photography. Wearing: Hat from Reiss. Pants, Acne Studios. Top: Reformation. Heels: Kelya Shoes.

For more on the Western trend for Fall 2014, since this seems to be a theme in my latest posts, take a look at Dion Lee and Cushnie et Ochs