AW16 : The transitional trend tease

I absolutely LOVE this time of year. My bank balance bloody HATES IT, but in my mind every trans-seasonal spend made from now on is totally justified because of exactly that reason. It's so exciting* (*read dangerous) to see brands dropping their autumn/winter teaser stories, and ultimately setting the scene for a whole new seasonal street-style aesthetic. Summer's not over yet though. The more long, chilled, totally divine alfresco rose dates left, the better, but starting now, I want my wardrobe to start hinting at next season, if only slightly.

I admitted #ihavethisthingwithpink defeat months ago, and pretty much now gravitate towards variations of 'that' Pantone tone as a standard. On absolutely everything. Not quite a neutral, but soft and subtle enough if styled right to sit just as amazingly against denim as staple whites and greys. Delish. I even found myself deliberating over some Zara pink Mom jeans after buying yet another perfect summer blue-hued pair the other week. Pink Mom jeans. I mean, they're AMAZING in SS16 Instagram-worthy theory, but I'll never wear them again, in real life. Just at home, on my own, where potential husbands can't see me.

Pieces we buy now shouldn't just sit beautifully within our current summer wardrb', but also easily transcend into autumn. There are a few trends I'm intrigued to see filter through from catwalk to high street, with many brands NAILING those hero teaser-treats already. Above I've had a little round-up of the ones I've got my eye on, and below I've talked through a few of the over-arching fav's. Those that I can see easily fitting in with my style, whilst adding that super-cool level of new season fresh, bringing lil' me into the 'now'.

Plush, touch-me-now velvet is quite literally AW16's texture MUST try, and one I'm already obsessed with. Lush and luxurious, reflecting light just, like, lusciously, it's the new way to do (totally caressable) day. Pick one piece, or buy a suit and wear as soft, smart separates too, and add to your basics. I love the idea of re-done denims against slinky but sumptuous textures, toned down with kicks, band tees, oversized shapes and chunky, mannish knits. Sexy, kinda opulent, but so fricking cool. The pink lace-trimmed cami above is an insane find from Bershka, perfectly mixing summer's PJ/boudoir vibes with key, warm winter 'feels'; currently being rocked by moi over a white tee, and 100% over a flared sleeve roll-neck come October.

Chubby, preferably cropped shearling-lined outer layers are where winter is AT. Trust me. Nothing new, I hear you cry, but why does it need to be? Some items are insanely great every season just the way they are, and the classic shearling aviator is THAT definitive piece; up there, arguably, with the leather biker. The AW16 runways saw shearling shine yet again; and the key style note? Contrast. A look I wholeheartedly love, shearling's cosy/comfort factor was seen set against floaty, silken silhouettes on the runway, and flitty, floral peppered tea dresses on the streets, making for a level of high-low that's ultimately just, well, so wonderfully wearable. I love the idea of trying a brand new shade, like the white Zara dream above - butterscotch tones were a catwalk firm fav, so an alternative to black is a must. Imagine against 90s denims, with a loafer, neutral knit or slogan tee and delicate dainties. So good.

Pleats, frills, ruffles, folds and bows are details we've been playing around with for seasons; a gigantic A-line sleeve is nothing new, and frothy feminine layers are what summer dresses have been all about. But for winter, a lil' bit of flounce, shiny, shimmering folds and ruffled trims are literally ER'THANG. Your staple slim ribbed knit? White shirt? Silk blouse? Add a sweetly frilled collar, big bell sleeve and a ruffled shoulder and you've taken a daily fav and made it street-style/Instagram catnip. Especially teamed with grungier, tougher pieces. Not that that's all that matters. Obvs. 

Hands down my wardrobe HERO, denim in all it's forms is just damn epic and essential and pretty much the outfit fail-safe for all us comfort-is-key-but-we-still-have-to-look-cool-and-chic peeps. For SS16 cropped cuts, razored trims and a way more retro (hello Mom jean queen) silhouette ushered in the coolest of 90s vibes, with the trend for old school re-done's going totally cray amongst the coolest of the fashun huns. I NEED me a pair of actual Redone's (high rise ankle crop YAAS) when my size is stocked again (WAAA) and I'm like, rich, but I'm also loving Toppers' new foray into the looser, cropped leg as the higher the waist, the leaner my little legs. And when I say redone, I also mean it in the sense of unique; denim for AW16 is all about personalisation and personality. Rocking pieces/pairs that have been re-worked even in the smallest of ways, in a style that is all your own. Try a patched pocket, embroidered florals, two-tone, a stepped hem, ankle-length fray or go for some serious embellishment game on a cut you know you love. Same denim, just with added funs.

Have the SCRUMMIEST Friday and weekend & thank you SO much for reading <3.

Links to all my fav pieces above (clockwise from top left):

Sequin Top | H&M
Velvet Cami | Bershka
Tee | Whistles
Bomber | Whistles
Jeans | Topshop
Sunglasses | Celine via Farfetch
Boots | Kurt Guiger
Band Tee | Topshop
Bag | Prada
Pleated Blouse | H&M
Belt | Gucci
Bag | Gucci
Shearling Jacket | ZARA
Loafers | Gucci
Jeans | Redone

(pics sourced from - TheyAllHateUs, Pinterest, wishboneandwanderlust, Vogue, cultoftomorrow)
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