If you follow my Snapchat, you would have seen me visit Highcross, Leicester recently for the Your 5 event. It is based on a French fashion theory that you only need to buy 5 staple pieces for your wardrobe each season, that you can mix and match with things you already have, without having to completely overhaul your entire wardrobe in the process.
We're all guilty of a good splurge when the season turns around and we think 'Wow, I have nothing to wear, I need to go buy a load of new clothes for Autumn!', right?
But this theory shows that you simply need 5 pieces to shake up your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
I was invited down to Highcross for a fashion and beauty consultation, to discuss how to adapt my existing style by pinning down the following 5 key items this season;
- The Coat
- The Knit
- The Wide-Leg Trouser
- The Skirt
- The Ankle Boot
Professional stylist, Jo walked me around each key item, showing me lots of different options from different retailers, discussed what was in this season, how best to wear them, what they'd go well with and what she thought would suit me. She helped me choose an item from each rail to suit my personal style.
The Coat - a good quality coat is a must-have this season. There are some great pieces around right now. Creams, greys and blacks will finish off any outfit perfectly, day or night, but Jo advised that throwing a bit of colour and pattern in this season is a great look. Pinks and plums are big colours this Autumn! And the best thing about purchasing a decent coat is that it'll stay in your wardrobe for years to come!
We picked a gorgeous camel coloured Belt Wool Coat, £139.99 from Mango, for me.
It's beautiful, a great colour that would go well with most things, is a wool mix fabric, long sleeved with an asymmetric fitting and has a removable belt at the waist.
The Knit - jumpers, cardigans, throws, knitted tops & dresses, there are no end of pieces to choose from this season and can easily be dressed up and down for many occasions. Again creams, pinks, plums and greys are filling the shelves this season. Something good for throwing on with smart trousers or a pair of jeans, dressing up with boots or heels and a nice jacket or coat.
For me we chose a super cute slouchy black jumper Sequin Star Sweater, £32 from Next.
I love this stylish version of a Christmas jumper, it would look lovely with some textured or leather look leggings or even just some denim for lounging around at home.
The Wide-Leg Trouser - a pair of versatile 'smart' trousers are a must have for your wardrobe this season. There are so many to choose from, from culottes to those smart jogger style trousers that are in right now. Plain or patterned, you can style them up with a cute shirt or a simple vest and jacket.
Jo chose a pair of black & white Check Trousers £35.99 from Mango.
I love these, I'd wear them for a smart occasion, a few drinks at a bar or a press event. They'd look perfect with nice white top tucked in.
The Skirt - this season there are many different styles of skirt on the market, the short skirt is back and would look great with opaque tights or an over the knee boot, pencil skirts are of course bang on trend, you'll find a pleather skirt in every colour in your favourite retailer. Long and pleated are also favourites this Autumn too.
I'd never have chosen the skirt Jo picked out for me. But she convinced me that this navy pleather Pencil Skirt, £29.99 from Mango, [are you sensing a theme, yet?] would look great on me and gave me lots of ideas of ways to dress it. I'm most definitely going to try it on!
The Ankle Boot - the perfect footwear this season is the ankle boot, a simple boot you can dress up or dress down for any time of day. There are so many styles and colours around to choose from.
We went with these gorgeous camel coloured Ankle Boots, £90 from Aldo.
They'd go perfectly with the coat we picked out, would look great with denim or black. I love them, and I'm a big fan of Aldo boots.
I also got to have a consultation with the super talented celebrity make up artist Sally Rowe MUA who after a little chat about my makeup and the things I struggle with, gave me some great tips on how to fake the perfect lined eyes. I left with a card with the tools and products she used... and pretty eyes!
Sally was available to share tips and advice on how to work with 1 of the 5 key looks; the Red Lip, the Smudgy Eye, Contour and Highlight, Winged Eyeliner or Dark Romance.
I had a great time at the Your 5 event. It was a great to get advice on what items would suit me and a real eye opener on ways to revive my wardrobe each season, I'm most definitely going to keep this in mind before going on a crazy spree!
It was really interesting to see that the majority of bits we chose were from Mango. I never usually shop in Mango, so it was refreshing to find items of clothing that I liked and that I was advised would suit me from somewhere different, I'll be paying them a visit soon!
Have you concentrated on purchasing key items this Autumn?