Having resisted serious shopping trips for weeks in the hope of an endless summer I couldn’t wait for a foray into town to check out the Autumn/Winter trends I’ve been reading about. I know we can buy it all online but I love to feel the fabric and try things on. Anything to avoid standing in the Post Office queue to return unwanted parcels. As luck would have it I managed both Eldon Square and the MetroCentre in the space of a few days – yay – double bubble!
Laser like, my eyes were peeled for the big four: checks/plaid, purple/green, brown/mustard and, of course, animal print. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Zara have gone for checks and plaid in a big way. You name it they’ve got it in checks ranging from subtle greys to full on Bay City Roller tartan.
And the timeless appeal of a checked coat didn’t go unnoticed by Style Stuff. They are everywhere and at all price points. A colour accent at Warehouse, belted at Whistles, muted at All Saints and a coat every bit as gorgeous as you’d expect at Paul Smith, all caught my eye.
Perhaps wisely the stores in the North East don’t seem to have gone overboard on the whole brown/mustard trend. Having lived through the 70s I struggle to think I’ll revisit this one. Also just read in Grazia’s “51 ways to be new season now” that I should be considering a balaclava.” I’ll give that a miss too thanks.
But, each to their own and if you have a yearning for it – the brown and mustard – not the balaclava – it’s out there. Warehouse and Mango are both doing great retro stripes and M&S are ticking the brown and checks box in one go.
Not everyone gets it right of course – over to my sister for her thoughts on a particular tartan piece
If you have entirely given up on the thought of love. Have been considering a Slanket as your version of hygge. Then this is the must have piece for you.
Yep M&S have pulled it out of the bag once again. It was a bag lady’s bag. But it was still a bag.
For 35 of our English pounds, you can get this shapeless, style free, clingy fabric-ed abomination of appalling pattern matching. No amount of dust-free instapics are going to change my mind on this one.
Treat it like you would the plague. Avoid it.
That’s you told! A post dedicated to animal print, with a smidgen of purple and green, thrown in for good measure, is in the offing. See you soon.