One of Bath’s best dressed business owners Emma Savage of Grace & Ted in Kingsmead Square talks us through this Seasons latest trends…
Autumn is here and it is undoubtably the most loved season by Grace & Ted customers. We’ve had a great Summer and *my god* there’s no country in the world more grateful for a bit of consistent sunshine is there?!
Having had a sunny season sufficient enough to have left us with a decent tan and a belly full of Nobbly Bobbly’s (only 227cals per lolly which means you can have at least 3, guys) we are ready to pack away the floaty dresses and cover up some skin with a cosy jumper.
The Autumn and Winter season is when we see the majority of our customers shopping for ‘forever pieces’ – a great pair of boots, a quality wool coat or a cashmere jumper that you can bring out year on year. Grace & Ted is the perfect place to look for these things (i’m biased, I know) because you can find all the top quality labels at around 40-70% less than their original prices. Luxury + discount = a happy wardrobe.
A new season often means magazines are filled with “wear this/buy that/do NOT be seen dead in these” so to make life slightly easier, we’ve picked our favourite Autumn trends.
So grab a moment to yourself, make a cuppa tea and get excited about the things you’ll love to wear during the upcoming chilly months.
Seen on the catwalks of Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga and Tom Ford – animal print is back in a big way and we love that it remains a pattern you can wear as much or as little as you like. Go low-key with a silk neck scarf, pair a leopard skirt with a black polo neck or (our favourite) go wild and dress head-to-toe a là Gigi for Max Mara.
Taking the Biscuit
A favourite of ours for its pure versatility; whether it’s caramel, biscuit, chocolate (hungry yet?) or toffee – there’s a shade of tan to suit every skin tone. It’s true that a camel coat will never go out of style so if you happen across one you love this season – buy it. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to go all out with a combination of these warm colours that will compliment the last of your Summer glow and still keep you looking radiant through to January.
My personal favourite of the season – if I ever needed an excuse to buy a saddle bag and cover myself in suede fringe (I didn’t) – this is it. Channel your inner cowgirl in a Western style shirt, studded leather boots and an Aztec inspired blanket wrap and saddle up for the chilly season.
Best Foot Forward
So flattering and easy to wear with trousers or dresses, slouchy boots were seen on the catwalks of Chanel, Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. We love the proportional contrast of slouch boots with skinny jeans (because it definitely makes our legs look slimmer) so pair yours with your favourite denim.
We’ve seen super-sized trainers on the fash-pack since mid-Summer but this boot/trainer hybrid remains a must have though to Autumn; it’s all about being comfy and cool.
Block heeled and round toed, the pump is back for Autumn/Winter and is perfect for taking you from the office to cocktails. Tip: keep an eye on our website for classic styles from Salvatore Ferragamo and Chanel…
Bags of Style
A handbag is possibly the easiest addition to make to our new season wardrobe and this year, there are more than a few trends we’re gonna wanna get behind…this might mean more than one bag is purchased. Soz in advance to my bank.
The always popular faux fur we see on coats and gilets each season has now spread to handbags and we were quite taken by the styles that look a little like Cousin It…just keep him out of the rain!
The oversized ‘grab bag’ is another style we can appreciate for its practicality because let’s face it, we do need to take the kitchen sink with us in the mornings. Favourites include those from Victoria Beckham and Furla – just don’t fill it to the brim if you want to channel catwalk-chic and not bag lady.
It’s true the words “i’m a slag for logos” have been broadcast by myself on the public domain previously and i’m not afraid to say it again. Not one for low-key/”that’s too brazen for me” – stick a logo on it and i’m sold. Whether it’s Gucci’s double G’s or Fendi’s monogram, wear your favourite brand with pride and absolutely zero shame.