Seasonal Inspiration Reset

Seasonal Inspiration Reset
 Two words: faux fur.  (Third word: coffee)

Two words: faux fur.  (Third word: coffee)

It’s Friday, and while I usually interpret “casual Friday” as “express your personal style Friday”, it’s fair to say my inspiration and motivation has dropped off hugely as Debbie has rampaged across New Zealand, bringing with her rain, cold and general grey-ness to Wellington.

So, it’s time for some good old brainstorming/internet cruising to get me back on the fashion train.  Here are some of the trends and ideas that are getting me focussed on the opportunities presented by Autumn and Winter.

(As always, click on the image to be taken to its source).

Shiny pants

I have a lot of questions about these pants, like - do your legs kind of stick together as you walk? Do they squeak?  Regardless, the idea of not wearing denim for once on a weekend is tempting, as is the rich raspberry colour.  Good enough to eat!

 Channel the 6 year old you from the late 1980s and wear something joyously pink.  It's proven to make you feel good!

Channel the 6 year old you from the late 1980s and wear something joyously pink.  It's proven to make you feel good!

Blush pink

I love Jasmine Sewell, and here she proves that pink doesn't have to be saccharine sweet.  Don't add to the grey miasma around you, and instead reach for mood-enhancing colours like pink.  Worn with torn denim, leather or tweed, it loses the little girl tones and becomes a great grounding colour. 

 Repurpose a strapless dress for day wear with a long sleeve tee (and some ankle boots for added casual-cool)

Repurpose a strapless dress for day wear with a long sleeve tee (and some ankle boots for added casual-cool)

Party dressing

I am going to precisely zero fancy parties this weekend, but that won't necessary stop me from digging out a strapless dress and wearing it with a smile.  Since we've all gotten very into the layering of dresses over tshirt, jumpers and (gasp) trousers, a whole new section of the wardrobe is back in the casual game. 

 I do not recommend the cigarette as part of this look (or those Gucci loafers)

I do not recommend the cigarette as part of this look (or those Gucci loafers)

Boys boys boys

They're called boyfriend jeans, so why not throw on a menswear-inspired jacket and take back a look for womankind everywhere?  Also ensures you actually get the wear out of that jacket you bought for the sole purpose of a job interview five years ago. 

 Luxury fabrics with sneakers is the age old Fashion Juxtaposition pulled off perfectly for Autumn

Luxury fabrics with sneakers is the age old Fashion Juxtaposition pulled off perfectly for Autumn

Be snuggly

There are three things I'm not allowed to buy right now: jackets and coats, jeans, and velvet.  I have hit Peak Velvet and I need a self-intervention.  This fabric is so nice to wear and as something that just looks stupid in summertime, is a great wintery treat.  This weekend, I bust out my petrol-blue velvet coat. 

 Invest in a statement coat now, for months of throwing it on over blah outfits 

Invest in a statement coat now, for months of throwing it on over blah outfits 

"Shouterwear" 

Loud outerwear = outerwear that shouts = shouterwear.  No? Okay, I'm sorry.  But look at Miroslava, she knows that a ridiculous and fabulous coat is the secret to being a stylish boss.  She appears to be wearing stretch leggings to fashion week, and still looks straight up excellent.  Hit a bright colour, a bit of embellishment, or a weird cut for a coat that does all the heavy lifting for you. 

 And finally - tartan, always a solid cold weather option

And finally - tartan, always a solid cold weather option

Check it out

I'm not sorry for that pun.

Tartan, my all weather friend, is particularly superb in the winter weather.  We've all seen tartan a million times, so there's no secret to how to wear it.  Plus, true tartan, such as you might find in my beloved kilt, is basically like wearing a chic woollen blanket.  A++.  Dig out some cheap style options at second hand shops near you.