If you’re anything like us, you’re probably getting to the stage where you’ve discovered that the clothes you stored away from last winter aren’t quite as lovely as you’d remembered. If that’s the case it’s definitely time for a wardrobe update. But before you hit the shops, check out these hot trends for AW12 and matching beauty buys…
The Downton Abbey effect has had a big impact on the fashion world, with the Crawley women becoming trendsetters, and that includes unlikely style icon Countess Dowager. Think sequins, pearls, flapper girl dresses, faux fur stoles and decorative capes. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is set to hit the big screen next year, so the 20s trend is here to stay until well into 2013. Get the flapper girl look with this dress from Jigsaw – it’s perfect for Christmas parties.
Beautify it with: Evelyn Rose Eau de Perfume, the packaging is inspired by the Art Deco period and the fragrance has a classically romantic essence.
Floral prints aren’t just for warm summer days. Steady on… leave that bright flowery dress in vacuum pack storage bag for now. Instead, invest in some bewitching dark floral prints that suit the seasonal mood.
We’re talking dresses, skirts, shirts and trousers with prints that look like a midnight garden. If you’re feeling bold you could wear floral prints from top to toe. However, we’d rather leave that to the catwalk models and snap up this dress from Monsoon. It’s blooming lovely.
Beautify it with: Give your home an enchanted forest feel with Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Winter Garden Reed Diffuser. To us it smells just like Christmas 2012.
Countryside chic is a wearable every day trend for AW12 and strikes a balance between comfort and style. Go all out on the English heritage front with tweed, sheepskin, cable knits, Barbour jackets, Hunter wellies and riding boots. Hone your inner lady of the manor with these tweed gloves from John Lewis. The underside of the gloves are made with touch screen friendly leather, so you there’s no need to get cold hands while fiddling with your iPad.
Beautify it with: Heritage Soaps (our seasonal favourite is Crabapple & Mulberry) which is as delightful as an autumnal English hedgerow.
The festive season is always about glitz and glamour and there’s a magpie-like obsession with trims and sparkles for AW12. From pretty beads, sequins and crystals to edgy faux fur trims, feathers and studs, embellishment is one of the biggest trends this season. A clever way to update your wardrobe is with an embellished statement necklace. We’re rather taken with this multi stone necklace from Nordstorm.
Beautify it with: Golden Petals Shimmering Body Mist, which will give your skin a subtle sparkle and has a musky floral scent.
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