Autumn has gone so fast that I can hardly believe that it is already October! Luckily autumn this year has turned out to be quite pleasant and the weather has been really sunny and beautiful! I miss the warmness of summer already but I still think that autumn is the best time for dressing up nicely! Like last autumn I am full of inspiration and I am (probably a little too) excited to talk about my autumn/winter 2016 favourites! Heh…
I guess that my taste hasn`t really changed dramatically since last year: I am still nuts about the 60s, Larme magazine and girly style generally so I am afraid that my choices might be a little predictable haha… I think that in a nutshell my A/W 2016 inspiration could be called something like “a-60s-Parisian-girl-wanna-be” althought the reality doesn`t probably match with that description totally. In the end I am not sure how an authentic 60s Parisian girl would be plus everything I like is not 100% 60s style.
COLOURS: RED / BEIGE / LEOPARD
This autumn/winter I am loving quite classical colour combinations and I especially like red, beige and black. My favourite colour in clothes at the moment is definitely red – although this colour has only quite recently re-arrived into my wardrobe. My curiosity for red started already last autumn and the curiosity has slowly developed into a small obsession I guess, hehe. I love red because it is bold and colourful but still so sophisticated. It gives me a nice retro feeling and I also find it very feminine colour at the moment! This year at least bordeaux red seems to be a trend colour since I have noticed many brands using it lately.
Beige and camel (brown) haven`t been much present in my wardrobe either but lately I have started to like this kind of shades more and more. I currently like beige/camel especially in skirts and coats and somehow they look really nice worn together with some red colour. Beige feel very classical and “vintage” (inspired?) to me and I like that impression!
My third favourite colour for this A/W is actually not a colour but a pattern: my leopard madness continues! Leopard pattern seems to also be a mainstream trend at the moment so it is a great timing for all the leopard pattern lovers to look for the pieces their wardrobes have been missing. I like leopard pattern in skirts, berets, cardigans, coats, bags and… Well, apparently in about everything (when talking about clothes and accessories) heh! In any case my personal “rule” for wearing leopard pattern would probably be to stick up with only one leopard piece at time to avoid any accidental tackiness. Maybe wearing a leopard beret or + a leopard skirt or something similar together would still be acceptable even in my books though haha… But yeah, this totally depends on your personal taste!
MY FAVOURITE PIECES FOR A/W 2016
After rambling a little about the colours I still wanted to talk about some “must have” pieces for A/W 2016. Naturally these are only my personal choices but even though I try to not obsess over trends some of the the items I like are probably more or less trendy at the moment too. Considering my taste and the things I already mentioned above many of my favourites are not probably that surprising! ; )
Lately I have tried to start paying more attention to the materials of the clothes I buy (or plan to buy). So far I have had quite little knowledge about the qualities and downsides of different materials but I am curious to learn more about this subject. I am also more and more interested to invest in good quality and ethical products, although unfortunately everything I buy doesn`t fill these requirements 100% at least yet. But yeah, I am trying to learn to consider my purchases more carefully!
When shopping Japanese brands (that I like so much) online I have also noticed that suprisingly many brands sometimes have rather high prices considering that the material they use might be “just” polyester, acrylic or similar (something that you don`t probably consider that good quality). Several times when randomly browsing different brands on Fashionwalker online store I have seen clothes that are priced around 70-150€+ but the main materials are still polyester and acrylic. So yeeees, this year I think I will be curiously eyeing the material tags a little more carefully than before and if I see some natural fibres mentioned I consider that positive. :’)
COATS: a beige trench / camel (coloured) wool coat
This year my favourite coat styles are a classical trench and a vintage style wool coat (I already admired some last year!). In colours I adore beige and camel that are both quite timeless shades. I would wear the trench during the autumn and go with the wool coat during cold winter period.
After not buying a new winter coat for a few years this autumn I finally gave myself permission to buy a new winter coat and I would love to find a classical (camel coloured hehe) wool coat! Maybe it is still a little too early autumn(?) or something but so far have had problems to find the simple vintage inspired designs that I am looking for… Besides this I have realised how many coats that look like wool coats are actually not made of wool but for example… polyester (again)! :’) Many of these polyester coats are awfully cute but I wonder if they are warm enough for the freezing Finnish winter… Hmmm… My search continues!
DRESSES: a velvet dress
I have liked velvet for years already and I already own a few kind of basic velvet pieces that I consider as my “autumn clothes” (generally speaking velvet seems to be worn mostly in autumn and winter time?). I like how velvet feels and looks and luckily it is quite warm too! I remember seeing velvet pieces well presented in A/W collections for years already and also this year they seem to be trendy and popular again. This is fine for me because I would happily welcome a few new velvet pieces into my wardrobe, hehe! Lately I have spotted velvet pieces most often in black, light pink, emerald green and bordeaux red and my personal favourites are (based on my favourite AW colours naturally, hehe) black and bordeaux red.
Currently my favourite styles are the simple skater dress (I have two of these myself!) or camisole dress and the ones with white collars (vintage inspired look). Lately I also find myself liking some patterned velvet pieces like the dress (see the image above) from Jill by Jill Stuart. Especially floral patterns on a dark background appeal to me but unfortunately I can`t find this kind of style too often…
SKIRTS: a velvet skirt
Besides velvet dresses I am also in love with velvet skirts: they are comfy and cute! I like black velvet skirts the best: they are super easy to coordinate and create a nice contrast when worn with other colours.
a vintage inspired plaid skirt
I recently watched the film “Darling” from 1962 and saw the main character wearing a tartan style plaid skirt together with a tight fitting turtle neck: “so cute!”, I thought. Afterwards I ended up looking at my 60s themed style books and now it is official: I am in love with all kinds of plaid skirts! I already have a few plaid skirts (in shades of brown and in black & white) but this autumn I have grown to like also the red version. I used to have a tiny pleated red plaid skirt when I was about 14 but at some point I started to dislike it a little and since then I haven`t worn check skirts in red. Right now instead of wearing a super tiny plaid skirt I think that the ideal length for me would be the little longer midi version.
an a-line leopard skirt
My third favourite skirt style for A/W 2016 would naturally be a leopard skirt! This autumn an a-line leopard skirt is apparently also a trendy item because I keep seeing them everywhere and I personally find them super cute too! Unfortunately many of the skirts I have been eyeing have seemed super short and right now would prefer something that covers my butt even if I bend over a little. :’) I generally notice myself liking a little longer skirts than before: maybe I am getting old… :’)
TOPS: a ribbed turtle neck
My choice for “the must have top” for this season would be a ribbed turtle neck. Ribbed tops have been popular for a while already (maybe even for a few years..?) and I also personally like their texture! Turtle necks keep you (hopefully) warm and they create a nice vintage inspired look worn together with many skirts and they are great for layering. One of my favourite A/W 2016 looks is a slip dress worn over a turtle neck! This autumn my favourite colours in turtle necks are naturally red, beige and black.
fluffy knit cardigans
Last year I was kind of obsessed about fluffy things (especially eyelash cardigans and such) and I still adore fluffiness but I am starting to prefer a little more “toned down” look. Fifi Chachnil’s cruelty free angora knits probably present the “ideal kind of fluffiness” for me but owning one myself remains as my dream for now since the quality has its price. :’) I am not sure if it is partly a coincidence or not (Fifi Chachnil seems quite popular in Japan) but I feel that this autumn many Japanese brands are offering a bit similar style cardigans. Long cardigans seem to be especially trendy this year but I am currently personally more into the shorter ones.
I have worn berets on and off for years and this autumn I like them a lot again! Berets are perfect for a “wanna-be-Parisian-girl” look and once again they are super timeless. Currently I like especially berets in – once again: red (the ultimate favourite!), black (goes with everything) and in leopard pattern (I might need one, ught!). Btw: am I the only one who sometimes finds it suprisingly confusing to find berets that fit you “just the right way”?
velvet hair ribbons
I am personally quite bad at using accessories and I hardly wear any jewellery or such. Hair ribbons are my expection and lately I notice myself wearing one almost every other day! In Larme magazine hair accessories like different kinds of ribbons are commonly used and I also love how some vintage actresses (Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karin, Brigitte Bardot…) used to wear them. I find hair bows super cute and they instantly add some girlyness to your outfit. I wish people wore hair ribbons more often these days too!
This autumn I love especially velvet ribbons and at least from Japanese brands they are kind of easy to find. Etsy is probably another great source for all kinds of hair ribbons and if you are a crafty person you can probably make one yourself quite easily. ;)
This post turned out a little longer than I expected but hopefully reading about my inspirations was somewhat interesting to some of you! :’) Are you inspired to dress up for the autumn and winter? What kinds of things you look forward wearing this year? :)
Brands mentioned and their webshops: Katie, the Virgins, beautiful people, F.i.n.t, Milk, Jill by Jill Stuart, Topshop, River Island, allamanda, Noela, Jouetie, Wego, titty&Co., Fifi Chachnil, American Apparel