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Styling A 60s Print Midi Skirt This Autumn

You’re guaranteed to see me in at least one new midi skirt each season. They’re super versatile, making them a key piece for any wardrobe. I’ve always been inspired by the fashion from the 60s and 70s and many of today’s trends have been inspired by that era. When I think about clothing I already own, such as a pair of Knee High boots, mini skirt, baker boy hats and patterned tights. they’ve all started out in the 1960s.

The “Swinging 60s” in London is such an iconic era, from music, the social scene and, of course the fashion. Richard Allan was a British scarf designer from that time and known for his bold prints and vibrant colours. The brand have now teamed up with H&M and have created a collection of fashionable pieces using classic vintage prints from their original 60s scarves.

The collection is absolutely gorgeous with autumnal gold, orange and brown tones. There are midi skirts, dresses and tops which have a definite retro feel about them. The design details are feminine, yet chic, with soft pleats, high neck lines and wide cuffs. I’ve been trying to get my hands on the collections gold patterned scarf, but to my frustration it keeps selling out. I think the H&M and Richard Allan Collaboration have got it so right with these pieces, bringing the 60s bang up to date.

I chose the midi skirt from the Piccadilly Collection which is inspired by the neon lights of Piccadilly Circus in London in the 1960s. Each piece works in harmony together, yet for me this stunning pleated mid skirt is the most versatile. The material drapes beautifully over the body and feels elegant and swishy when you move.

I first styled the skirt with a pair of camel knee high boots (on show thanks to a gust of wind!) and are on trend now just as they were back in the day. They go beautifully with this camel top handle bag I found in a vintage store and the cream pussy bow blouse adds to the feminine, retro look. I finished off the outfit with a gorgeous velvet baker boy cap to add to the 60s feel.

My second look is perfect for when the weather gets cooler. A black roll neck jumper has been a wardrobe staple for many women over the years, I’ve certainly gone through a few. This one was an investment piece a couple of years ago, it’s made from Alpaca wool and keeps me super warm.

This time I completed the look with a pair of suedette black knee high books and a golden, light brown cross body bag. The gold chain strap of the bag goes perfectly with my large hoop earrings for a real retro feel. I’m absolutely head over heels in love with this midi skirt. I love the print, the pleats and the material. It’s a piece that will see me through the whole year, dressed up or down.

If you just want to buy one thing from the collection, play it safe with the scarf (let me get my hands on one first before they sell out again!) It can be used in a multitude of ways to jazz up an outfit, especially if all over bold prints aren’t usually your thing. This collection really does have something for every kind of vintage lover, it’s an absolute dream.

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Autumn Charity Shop Haul

I have been shopping in Secondhand and Vintage shops for ages, usually the odd piece here and there. This year I thought I’d challenge myself to finding at least 3 outfits and a coat that would fit perfectly with my Autumn style. I know a lot of people aren’t keen on buying from Charity shops, but there’s no difference between shopping there or on Ebay and DePop. I’m giving a new home to pre-loved items and will definitely be getting a lot of enjoyment out of wearing them.

I went into HItchin town centre to complete my mission. Among the shops I visited were Age Concern, Keech Children’s Hospice, Garden House Hospice and RSPCA. I’m so excited to show you what absolute gems I picked up.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love a floral dress. This gorgeous knee length one with an Autumnal print was hanging on the mannequin in the window of Age Concern. I was over the moon when I tried it on and found it fit me beautifully. It’s double layered with an elasticated waist and wrists. I love the frill detail down the front and around the cuffs and the print is perfect for this seasons Dark Floral trend. There isn’t a label in the dress but it’s beautifully made and cost me £5.99.

I couldn’t resist this 1960s brown leather bag. I love the design, especially the gold hard ware and it suits my personal style. It’s in really good condition, considering it’s age and cost me £10 from Garden House Hospice Vintage Shop.

Also in Garden House Hospice Vintage Shop, I picked up two beautiful floral dresses. The first is a red floral number with a tie waist. I love the pattern as I can accessorise it in so many different ways. The dress is knee length in a fit and flare style with flute sleeves. Originally from Tu and cost me £3.99.

The brown ditsy, floral print dress just screams Autumn. I love the frill detail around the neck and down the front. It’s quite sheer, so I’m wearing a black slip underneath. I can always wear a long sleeve thermal top, thick tights and boots when the weather turns chillier. Originally from F&F but I paid £3.50.

Keeping with the dark prints for Autumn, I picked up these two gorgeous skirts from Age Concern and both are made from a thick cotton. They’ll look fabulous worn with knee high boots and a range of different tops or blouses I already own. The striped print skirt is originally from Betty Jackson and cost me £4 from Keech Children’s Hospice and the floral skirt is originally from M Butterfly and cost me £5 from RSPCA.

I also picked up this fabulous faux fur, faux suede jacket in a rick chocoalte brown colour. It’s super snuggly and roomy enough to fit a chunky jumper underneath when the temperatures do start to drop. It’s the kind of jacket that goes with everything, smart or casual. I already have a couple in other shades so I was really excited to pick up this one for Autumn. It’s originally from Next and cost me £8.

I found this fabulous Hobbs check print coat in Age Concern and fell in love with it straight away. It’s fully lined and made from 100% wool. It’s such a classic style and can be worn in many different ways in both Autumn and Spring. The jacket is in such good condition and will be a wardrobe staple for many years to come. I paid £10 and think I got my money’s worth.

The blush nude wool blazer is simply divine. It’s 100% wool and extremely soft. The neutral shade means it will go with practically everything in my Autumn wardrobe. I’ve loved styling it with a thin roll neck, cream jeans and a pair of brown boots for a super casual look. The label is from Daniel Hechter and cost me £10 from Garden House Hospice Shop.

An outfit challenge wouldn’t be complete without a few accessories to finish off the look. I fell in love with theses moc croc, burgandy ankle boots in Age Concern. They’re perfect for Autumn and will look beautiful paired with some of my new outfits. These boots are in really good condition and have hardly been worn. They cost me a grand total of £6 and will be getting a lot of use over the coming months.

I’ve always been a lover of sparkly things and have built up a collection of costume jewellery over the years. I bought these gorgeous bracelets from Garden House Hospice Vintage Shop, the pearl ones cost £1 and the diamante one cost £1.50. They’ll always help to jazz up an outfit.

Finally, I had to feature this beautiful suede cross body bag which I found in the same vintage store for £10. It’s in excellent condition and was marked up as being from the 90s. I love the neutral shade and gold hard ware, making it extremely versatile. It’s the perfect size to fit my daily essentials, including two zipped pockets inside to keep valuables secure.

I hope you enjoyed my Autumn Charity Shop outfit challenge. I absolutely love everything I picked up and think they fit in perfectly with my personal style.

Have you snapped up a secondhand bargain? Where’s your favourite place to shop for previously owned clothes?

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What’s New In My Wardrobe: Autumn 2018

What's New In My Wardrobe

It’s fair to say I’m a little excited to see this Autumn Trends, I’ve pushed the boundaries this year and tried some styles that I would never normally have worn. As you know I’m a pink, floral girl, through and through, yet somehow when I tried these pieces on I felt confident and chic, they will be worn quite a lot over the coming months. I don’t know about you but I always find it tricky to style at this time of year, too warm for some things and too cold for others. Give it a few months and all I’ll be wearing is knitted dresses and knee high boots, oh and hats, lets not forget the hats. In the last few weeks of checking the on line stores I’ve practically fallen in love with everything I’ve seen. Our styles do evolve over time, but I think I’ve found some gorgeous items that fit with the Trends for Autumn 2018, yet I still feel like me when I wear them. They are the perfect pieces for my Autumn transitional wardrobe and I’ll be able to style them with so many things I already own.

You seemed to like my Spring Fashion Haul so I thought I’d show you all the new pieces I picked up from various High Street stores over the last few weeks.

What's New In My Wardrobe

Ankle boots are perfect for this time of year, this pair from Topshop are such a gorgeous neutral colour and extremely versatile. They’re great worn without tights if you want to pair them with cute skirts or dresses, as this shade is very flattering. And when the temperatures do start to drop they will look amazing with a pair of light coloured jeans or trousers. I absolutely love the block heel and pointed toe, which is very on trend for winter. It’s been ages since I bought a new pair of ankle boots and I can’t wait to start wearing these.

What's New In My Wardrobe

I wasn’t sure about this Snake Print Midi Shirt Dress at first as I honestly didn’t think I could pull it off. It’s so different for me. I had desperately been trying to get hold of the Topshop one that’s all over Instagram, but sold out as soon as it came in stock. I found this great alternative from New Look and I absolutely love it, it’s such a beautiful, versatile dress. When the weather does start to get colder I’ll be wearing this with boots and a faux fur jacket, you could also wear a jumper over the top. The shirt style is different for me too, but I think it looks such a classic design and feels lovely to wear. The quality is pretty good considering it’s from New Look. It looks super chic and will be worn loads over the coming months.

What's New In My Wardrobe, Pink Faux Leather Jacket

I’d been after a pink faux leather biker jacket for ages and as soon as I saw this one from ASOS it had to go straight into my basket. I also had a £10 loyalty voucher to put towards the cost, so that was a bonus. A lightweight jacket is any girls wardrobe staple, this one isn’t super warm but great to add an additional layer to your outfit without getting too hot on milder days. It’s perfect to add a touch of Autumn to your transitional wardrobe. I love everything about it, the colour is gorgeous and the gold hardware make it look super chic. This has to be my favourite piece from the entire haul.

What's New In My Wardrobe, New Look PVC Skirt

I wanted to add a few skirts into my Autumn wardrobe that weren’t floral, yes, I know, don’t worry, I am feeling ok. There’s nothing wrong with trying something different once in a while. The first one I bought was this Tan PVC Midi Skirt from New Look which also it also comes in black and burgundy. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and looks a lot more expensive than it was and doesn’t have that cheap, plastic feel that some PVC skirts have. It’s a real classic item to have. I’ve styled it with a chunky jumper and heels, it would also look amazing worn with my snakeskin blouse, a pretty cream blouse or a thin roll neck top. I’ve also seen people wearing them with a slogan T-shirt and trainers.

I’ve styled mine with this gorgeous slouchy jumper from Warehouse, which I already owned.  I love the trumpet sleeves and the neutral shade goes with everything, it’s an absolute dream to wear. Styling it with the PVC skirt is a great way to dress up a casual jumper.

What's New In My Wardrobe

The second skirt I’ve bought is this pretty Polka Dot Midi Skirt from Nasty Gal, it’s such a gorgeous autumnal colour and the perfect length on me. It’s so easy to throw on with a top and pair of heels, as I’ve done in the photo, it will also look amazing worn with a chunky jumper, ankle boots and a jacket when the weather’s not so warm. It’s one of those skirts that will take you from day to night and I’ll be reaching for it year after year.

What's New In My Wardrobe

What's New In My Wardrobe

I guess you could say I’m an animal print convert, considering it was a print I never thought I could wear. Now I know I feel comfortable and confident these items will be with me for a few years to come, they’re classic styles and not too over the top.

This snake print shirt is from Marks and Spencer, unfortunately I can’t find it on line but it may still be in some of the stores. It fits beautifully and I love the crinkle effect throughout the shirt. Having long sleeves means I can also wear it with my cream faux fur gillet and jeans for a more casual look. I think it goes perfectly with the nude cotton maxi skirt and equally it would look amazing worn with my Tan PVC skirt or white trousers. Snake print is definitely a huge trend this season and it’s all over the high street.

What's New In My Wardrobe

Accessories are a great way to introduce animal print into your wardrobe if you don’t want wear it head to toe. I picked up these gorgeous Snake Print Slingback Heels from Dorothy Perkins while they were on offer and I’m so glad I did. The heels  are not too high, roughly 3 inches, they feel so comfortable and look really chic. They have a real 80s feel about them, I love the pointed toe and sling back strap. Considering they’re snake print I was surprised at how many outfits I could wear them with, my shoes are usually a plain colour. I was so excited to get these that I wore them straight away.

What's New In My Wardrobe

I couldn’t resist this cute Leopard Print Bucket Bag from Topshop and fell in love with it as soon as I first held it. It goes with so many outfits and look adorable. The straps are faux leather, it can be worn cross body or used by the shorter handle, and the animal print panels have a soft, furry feel to them. It doesn’t look that big but inside is actually a decent size, I’m able to fit my mobile, makeup, wallet, hair brush and keys.

Have you jumped on the animal print trend? What kind of style will you be wearing this Autumn?

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