Autumn #WIWT Post

OK – My bad. I usually do an outfit of the day post at the end of the month, but I totally forgot in September, and then got caught up in Christmas at the end of October. So today I bring an abridged version of #WIWT for the Autumn months so far, with a promise that November will have a proper post.

September is a bit of a transitional month when it comes to fashion, and this Autumn October proved to be surprisingly mild too. So some Summer pieces have had a prolonged life and I’ve been able to stick with bare legs for far longer than I normally would. Both months were busy and lively and had a few new purchases, some Charity shop finds and a little vintage style (although I have kept that for another post).

My fave buys of the month were the pearl sleeved sweater from Marks and Spencer which I have lived in since I got it – it is warm and pretty which makes it very versatile. The tassel earrings from Next are just amazing and get fabulous comments every time I wear them (most recently a lady on the till at Wilkinsons who said they were hypnotising her) and my bargain leopard print Kate from Primark – the best £30 I have ever spent. It is just the right side of Kate Moss rock chick and I am living in it, I’d sleep in it if I could!

What have you been wearing this Autumn? Any new buys? Any bargains?

Birthday Meal at Ego

Top M&S, Necklace Next, Skirt Charity Shop Find, Shoes Dorothy Perkins, Bag Primark

Blush Velvet ‘Gabrielle’ Court Shoes
Was £30.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Purple Velvet ‘Gabrielle’ Court Shoes
Was £30.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Similar Top

V-Neck Flute Sleeve T-Shirt £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Cinema Afternoon

Jacket New Life, T-shirt Oasis, Jeans Dorothy Perkins, Shoes H&M, Bag Lulu Guinness (Charity Shop Find)

Blue ‘Frankie’ Jeans
Was £22.00 Now £16.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mom’s Birthday Meal

Skirt and Top Per Una at M&S Shoes Dorothy Perkins Bag Yoshi Bags Earrings New Look

Shell Pink Tassel Drop Earrings
£8.99 Click to visit New Look

The Night Before Christmas Event at John Lewis

Jumper Clements Ribeiro, Skirt Charity Shop Find, Earrings Next

Tassel Earrings £8.50 Click to visit Next

A trip to the Hollybush

Skirt New Look Jumper M&S Necklace Primark Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Textured Round Neck Pearl Sleeve Jumper £35 Click to visit M&S

Similar Skirt

New Look Women’s Tulle Hanky Hem Skirt £13.99 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

Top Select Skirt Topshop

Similar Top

RIB FRILL TOP BARDOT JUMPER
£10.99 Click to visit Select

Similar Skirt

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Pleated Midi Skirt in Satin with Splices
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

A night at the Ballet

Dress New Look (Charity Shop Find)

The Wedding Singer Press Night

Dress Jacques Vert (Charity Shop Find) Earrings Next Shoes Topshop

Shopping

Scarf House of Fraser Top M&S Charity Shop Find Skirt Dorothy Perkins Shoes H&M

Contrasting Edge Roll Neck Jumper
£27.50 Click to visit M&S

Cilla the Musical Press Night

Top H&M Skirt New Look Bag Damart

Black Mesh Stripe Midi Skirt
£27.99 Click to visit New Look

Hairspray Press Night

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt Tu Bag Accessorize Shoes Topshop

Sunday Morning Football

Jacket Paul Costelloe Charity Shop Find Jeans Dorothy Perkins Jumper M&S

Coat Primark Jumper Michael Kors Skirt M&S

New Coat!

Partywear From Wallis

The dark nights can almost be used as an extra excuse to sparkle and shine (have to get the Nativity pun in there as I watched it last night!). Winter is almost here and it is dark and cold by 5/30pm, but after dark is the perfect time to break out the high octane glamour. It’s time to party!

Wallis is always a good destination if you are looking for a party outfit, and this season they have some great dresses that could earn their keep in your wardrobe all through party season and beyond. Coco Chanel would be pleased that her chic ‘Little black dress’ is well represented, remaining the epitome of style and elegance almost 90 years since Coco decided that it was fit for so much more than formal mourning dress. The presence of so many dresses with sleeves will also be music to this ears of those that hate their upper arms due to real or imaginary bingo wings.

Little Black Dresses

Black Cold Shoulder Shutter Shift Dress
Was £70.00 Now £56.00 Click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Sparkle Flute Sleeve Dress
Was £45.00 Now £40.50 Click to visit Wallis

Black Flute Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £48.00 Now £45.60 Click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Neck Dress
Was £42.00 Now £37.80 Click to visit Wallis

But if you wear every colour except for black, your wardrobe needs are covered too. Navy, purple, red and berry shades all add colour to your ‘sparkle and shine’ (yes, that phase again), and there are also elements of Christmas’s favourite fabric, velvet, in my personal favourite gown, the purple velvet puffed sleeve shift dress.

Wallis is great in that there are a good selection of dresses in the petite selection, as well as dresses of midi, mini and maxi lengths, giving you the choice that suits your style and body shape.

A splash of Colour

Navy Embellished Neck Overlayer Dress
Was £48.00 Now £43.20 Click to visit Wallis

Red Flute Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £39.00 Now £19.00 Click to visit Wallis

Purple Velvet Puff Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £45.00 Now £40.50 Click to visit Wallis

Berry Lace Midi Pencil Dress
Was £55.00 Now £52.25 Click to visit Wallis

If you want to add your sparkle and shine (last time I promise) to your daytime wardrobe, then a glittery knit, teamed with skinny or boyfriend jeans, is a great way to become a queen of daytime sparkle. The pink and pearl effect jumper is absolutely gorgeous, in a 1950s vintage kind of way – I love it!

Glitter Knits

Black Sequin Stripe Bardot Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Front Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Prosecco Embellished Jumper
Was £30.00 Now £27.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Embellished High Neck Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £38.00 Click to visit Wallis

 

Stylish Television – The Last Post

My Sunday night viewing is currently dominated by ‘The Last Post’ a series set in the mid 1960s in the British territory of Aden (now part of The Yemen). Aden was a jewel in the British Empire, but this was a time when the Empire was very much in its last throes, and the hidden conflict in Aden very much reflects this. Programmes that are centred around war and the armed forces are not my usual viewing, but ‘The Last Post’ also features on the lives of the army wives, and I am totally in love with their pretty incredible wardrobes.

The key looks are those worn by actresses Jessica Raine and Jessie Buckley. They are the very epitome of chalk and cheese when it comes to their personal style, but still look amazing and have totally covetable wardrobes. Jessica’s character, Alison Laithwaite, is sensuous but unhappy, a free spirit in love with a dead lover who is totally at odds with what an army wife should be like. Her wardrobe reflects this, slinky, fitted dresses which echo the dresses of the mid 1960s in all areas except the length – the mini skirt hasn’t reached Aden, although you can well imagine the non-conformist Alison wearing one.

Jessie Buckley’s character, newly wed Honor Martin, is super pretty, but is also very prim and proper when it comes to style. Her look is actually stuck in the 1950s, even though the series is set in 1965, with full skirts teamed with crispy white shirts, pretty prom style  dresses and sensible shoes. She looks pretty incredible, cool and crisp in that intense desert heat.

The Last Post is definitely gets my vote for the most stylish series on television this Autumn, a total feast for the eyes for those who love vintage fashion.

Are you an Alison or a Jessica?

Alison


Narissa Jacquard Dress £140.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Honour Jacquard Dress £130.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Naomi Notch Neck Dress £99.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


libby black cocktail dress £195 Click to visit Coast


layla lace pencil skirt
£95
Click to visit Coast

Honor


Nanette Jacquard Dress £275.00 Phase Eight

hamal jacquard full midi dress £169 Click to visit Coast

grove scuba midi dress £129 Click to visit Coast


azure marble jacquard skirt £149 Click to visit Coast


Liberty Floral Jacquard Dress
£165.00 Click to visit Studio 8