This could be the year where it all goes right. This could be the start of it ALL. Then again it might not be, and it might end up being another really rather dull year… but let’s not take that risk.
Wear something amazing this New Year just incase the photos are something you’re going to want to proudly display. You’re no help to anyone let alone yourself in that dull little black dress you bought from Oasis four years ago. And yes, people will notice it’s coming away under your arm. Buy something amazing.
Anyone who’s anyone knows that next season is going to be chocca-block with twenties inspired pieces, and this Marc Jacobs number will see you through Spring/Summer 12 and New Year’s eve too. Don’t gild the lily though ey? Keep the jewels at a minimum and it really is best to not get too literal with your hair. Let’s leave the flapper girl costumes at home girls.
Take the little black dress up a notch with this fantastically Stella McCartney-esque Zara dress. The asymmetrical hemline needs nothing more than a simple black strappy shoe. Give it a long gold necklace or an oversized gold cuff. Picture perfect.
This little copper Karen Millen number has just the right amount of cute about it to make it perfect for the year’s biggest party. It has pockets too. I always find pockets in a cocktail dress a welcome addition. I’m not overly sure why however, but let’s go with it.
Try these sequined Reiss trousers with a killer high heel and a simple vest style top. You’ll spend the night bedecked in sequins, but still feel comfortably cool. Not a look you’ll see pictures of and regret. Promise. Or your money back. (That’s a lie. I’ll give you nothing.)
If New Year’s isn’t a reason for lamé then I don’t quite know what is quite frankly. This little Gucci top would even fit in nicely with the sequinned Reiss trousers (Oh yes. Lamé and sequins. Good times.)
And do try your very best to avoid being ‘that girl’. That would be the girl sobbing into sequins in the corner with WKD dribbling down her chin and spring rolls in her clutch. Not a good start to the year.
Sale shopping really can be the work of the actual devil, it’s a fact. It is, really. If you’re wise however this could be a really great season. With the weird warm spells we’ve been having and the general unpredictability of the weather this Winter stores have had a really difficult time with their coats and knitwear. We’ve seen it across the board, and so now is the time to get in there and purchase those pieces with their heavy discounts. Don’t just buy-buy-buy however – realistically you’ll never wear much of it and you know fine well you wont.
Think about classic wardrobe pieces, things that are going to be around and in your wardrobe for season’s to come. This Michael Kors coat is currently half price over at Net-A-Porter. Worth every penny it really will never do you wrong. Promise.
3.1 Phillip Lim produces some of the best separates around and when they find themselves in the sale they’re even more of a must have. This little one shouldered dress is a thing of classical beauty. Wear it with some bold gold cuffs, or take it down the minimal route and wear it unadorned – at £255 it’s a right little steal.
Reiss‘ Kingfisher blue pleated top is going to be a good friend to you, with a pair of great skinnies, heels and a statement necklace it’s an easy chic look. Buy it. Worth every one of those 600 pennies.
High Street wise there’s some real bargains to be had too; check out Kurt Geiger‘s half price sale. These men’s boots are currently selling at an incredible £65… £65! They might seem a tad scary to some men but come February when the weather’s as grim as we all know it’s going to be they’ll come in handy I can assure you.
This Burberry Prorsum jumper has featured here before, mostly because I’m all kinds of in love with it, but it appears in the Matches sale at half price. Half… price.. Making it £247. Swoon.
This season Reiss celebrates their fortieth year on our high streets and to mark the occasion they’ve not only created a Limited Edition luxe collection but are also about to make their debut in the world of fragrance. The Black Oudh men’s fragrance and women’s Grey Flower will launch this Winter amid Reiss‘ season of birthday festivities.
They’ve been created in conjunction with the man behind such big name scents as Alexander McQueen and Agent Provocateur. Both fragrances are designed to truly encapsulate the spirit of the Reiss brand; modern, sleek, and most importantly of all for the Reiss team, the knowledge that the customer feels it’s unique. Grey Flower sees notes of armoise and pimento berry teamed with cocoa leaf and amber to create a mysteriously dark floral scent, whilst Black Oudh combines the heavy sent of oudh, an evergreen tree resin if you don’t know (don’t worry, I hadn’t the foggiest either), with lighter notes of vetiver to ensure the scent isn’t overpowering.
Check out the Grey Flower ad below and be sure to wrap your nostrils around the scents when they hit stores.
Whether it takes the form of a beautifully soft silk Roksanda Ilincic cropped vest teamed with your jeans and gladiator flats, or a chunky knitted jumper from River Island, you should be sporting some orange at some point!
One of the big trends to come from the Autumn/Winter collections was definitely orange; from the more autumnal burnt shades right through to those ramped up on acidity. Burberry Prorsum showed it fully winter ready with statement woolen coats, whilst Proenza Schouler showed it in perhaps a much more wearable way – a sharp shock of it layered over more everyday pieces.
If we’re honest here it’s more than likely going to be a one season thing, so I wouldn’t go investing too much into it unless you’re one of the blessed few who can buy some Stella McCartney on a whim and not have to give up food for the month. (For the record I would happily give up food for the right piece of McCartney. There’s no judgement here. Do as you will.)