With beautiful sunny days, balmy nights and the faint smell of barbeque filling the air it’s starting to feel like a lot like Summer, and nothing says it more than the gradual drip-drip of ‘Sale now on….’ emails landing in your inbox
If you’re a savvy shopper and have a list of items that you genuinely need, then the sales are a great time to pick up some investment pieces such as a classic tailored coat or smart trousers, at a fraction of their original price.
Alternatively it’s an opportunity to stay one step ahead of the fash pack and snap up the pieces that will transcend into Autumn’s new trends … and with covetable coats, luxe lace, leopard print, tiered skirts, shearling AND a fresh take on the nautical look, there’s plenty to look forward to next season.
So now is a good time to start thinking about your new season wardrobe and to help you, here are the key pieces that you should be buying to bring your wardrobe up to date:
1) Show some skin
This season the colours were vibrant, slits were thigh-high and shoulders were bare! This trend is set to continue into next season… so layer it, accessorise it, or just let it show off that décolletage, but make sure the neckline falls off the shoulder. Image (main): Cream Floral Cold Shoulder Top, WAS £35, NOW £28 – Wallis. Image (above left): Off-The-Shoulder Jumper and Jeans – House of Fraser (AW16)
2) Velvet rules
This season it was all in the detail but next season velvet’s rich, luxe look takes centre stage. Wear it crushed, coloured or top-to-toe, anything goes!
3) Simply magical
Always one of my favourite trends…. AW16’s prettiest party trend is a galaxy of stars and moons, smattered with glittering constellations. Image (above right): Indigo Jacket, £59. Indigo Top, £29.50. Per Una trousers, £45 – all M&S
4) Covetable coats
Thanks to the late arrival of the warmer months the Summer sales are teaming with ready-for-anything coats, from the iconic trench to quilted jackets and perky parkas. Image (left): Trench Coat, WAS £169, NOW £119 – Mint Velvet
We love a ruffle for AW16 just as much as we do right now. For winter, the options are heavier and cosier.
6) Time to shine
SS16 was the season to shine and AW16 follows its lead. Look out for shimmering brocades and liquid metal detail.
7) Animal magic
The leopard print trend graced SS16 collections and this perennial favourite continues to prowl across the runways for AW16.