Saturday, 28 September 2013

New Look AW13 Knitwear Top Picks

We're not even a month into autumn yet and I'm already mourning over the luxuriously warm summer months which have now passed us. Dark, damp and dingy mornings? Nope, they're not my favourite. However, one of the few elements which I do l-o-v-e about the long and gloomy autumn/winter months, as always, is the fashion. Oversized, cozy and toasty knitwear, now that's more like it. So I thought, for this post, I'd pick out a few of my New Look AW13 knitwear favourites to show you.

Chunky knit cardigans are my favourite type of cardigans and I absolutely love this ombre one. Monochrome appears to be a trend which isn't going anywhere for a while which I am all too happy about. I like how the grey fades upwards from the bottom of this garment, as it shows to be more contrary to other ombre clothing as the colour usually fades downwards. The white and grey threads interlock eachother around the middle of the cardigan to present the cardigan with a smoother representation.
Naturally, this chunky knit cardigan is shapeless, giving it the perfect casual-day-in attire. Therefore, I would team it with black skinny jeans, to add to the monochrome affect, a plain cami top and some ankle boots.

Both purple and red are two of Autumns most on trend colours this year, so why not meet in the middle of the two with a burgundy shade? I also think that darker shades of colours match autumn/winter particularly well in the typical vision of the dark months as well as the fact that the ribbed pattern of the knitting does make up for the lack of colour and decoration.
Personally, I would team this jumper with a casual floral skater dress of likewise dark colours to achieve that layering trend of autumn. I would also add chunky knit tights of a colour which would cooperate with the chosen dress as well as either converse of wedged ankle boots.

I love the appearance of this jumper, it just looks so warm and snuggly! I think what makes me love this jumper is how the soft font of the statement word collaborates so well with the soft touch and colour of the jumper. I also adore how the style of the font looks like one of a hand written note, and how the 'o' assembles a love heart, creating a girly and innocent appearance.
I would team this jumper with a pair of acid wash skinny jeans and converse to keep the casual tone. Within the past year, I've become addicted to wearing collared tops or blouses underneath my jumpers, so I would pair this with a white blouse underneath the jumper to maintain the innocent representation.

Lastly, I'm still a huge fan of aztec print, and thankfully it is another trend which is here to stay! I think that the tribal trend works really well with the bright primary colours of the blue and green which contrast boldly against the solid black and the exagerated fluffiness of the jumper.
I would pair this jumper with a pair of leggins and Vans, again to keep the casual tone. I would also layer underneath with either a white, bright red or blue blouse to match the colours displayed on the jumper.

Would you wear these items of knitwear? How would you style them?

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Floral Peplum

So it's come back around to that time of year again, the dreaded words: Back. To. School. I've just survived my first week of A Levels at college, and I actually love it! I've already met so many lovely people! Here's another post on something else which I wore one evening whilst on holiday in Majorca. It's more of a summer outfit, but I think you could get away with it in these early Autumn stages.

When shops first started hanging peplums all over the clothes racks last year, I have to admit that I wasn't too overly keen on them. 'Why would you want to wear something that makes your hips look wider than they are?' I would always ask myself. But then more and more people started to wear the peplum style garments and they became a major AW12 trend, before continuing to popularly grace the trends of SS13. Spying more people wearing the craze made me realise that there was more to these peplums than making your hips appear wider. Their clinging, waist cinching nature defines a sophisticated silhouette which screams femininity.

After spending a good while in New Look, umming and arging over my favourite creation out of oodles of different peplums of all colours and patterns, I finally fell for this lightly coloured floral one. I absolutely love the SS13 floral trend, so it was no wonder why I chose to purchase this one! The pastel colours work together really well, appearing subtly, meaning that you can team it with a variety of other designs.

I decided to team this peplum with this bodycon skirt to ensure that I attempted to achieve that feminine silhouette, as well as the fact the that the bold stripes contrast harshly against the dainty pastel floral print. Being in Majorca, I didn't actually wear the jacket, but I thought that it went so well with this outfit, that I just had to include it. It's cropped design means that the hem of the jacket just grazes across the seam where the top meets the peplum, giving the peplum a more structured attire. I brought this purple biker jacket in the USC sale  for £3, and I cannot fault it! Finally, I love this rucksack; it's size makes it perfect for a day at the beach!

What are your thoughts on peplums? What do you team them with?