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ALC Pre-Fall 2015/16

Totally fabulous looks, and of course I will be trying to copy this from the high street. It’s early days but it seems to me that Zara will have this all sewn up!

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Widely debated


If you buy one thing as the phrase goes, then it should be wide legged trousers this season. You will see them appearing everywhere. Yesterday I was ‘researching’ on Oxford Street and Regent Street and I saw lots of lovely wide legged Palazzo style trousers. Floral ones, cropped versions, you name it they are definitely the leg shape of the season.


These images are the inspiration behind the high street offerings, above Tommy Hilfiger, House of Holland and Tom Ford. Below, Viktor and Rolf.



River Island have it down, these lovelies are around £35!

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The following are from Zara, I almost bought the floral pair for myself, but they were so long I knew I would have to have them altered. I am still considering it though!

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Are you ready to moth-ball the skinnies?

Dark days




Nike at Office £71.99.


Zara skinny jeans £25.99.


Topshop coat £59.99.


H by Hudson at Anthropologie £168.







Just when I was thinking it wasn’t a trend for me, I saw these images that changed my mind.

Look great don’t they? First is Topshop at £42 and they are perfect with the matching crop top. The next is Whistles £250. Tibi is the last and matchesfashion have them at £498.

I have seen a few people in the pre-fall trousers from French Connection and they are a good price at £85. I like the simplicity of the Marks and Spencer navy ones, £79.  Talking of simple, this white Zara pair are easy to wear at any age, £59.99.

I will be heading out this week to try them for myself.

In the pink for January


It is time for a new start people, those little black dresses need to be pushed aside to add some spring time colour. Of course it is still pretty chilly so don’t go jumping straight into spring wear.

Sporty styles are still a popular look and are perfect for this time of year. This from Moncler, (Bernard Boutique at £535), is an eye-catching colour and will look great over your last seasons chunky knit, skinny jeans and pumps.

High tops are a comfortable way to add colour and style to your look.

These are a great colour and retail at around £70.

Don’t be frightened of high tops if you don’t have legs like a super model, you just need to play around with the proportions of your outfit. I have a client who is petite and she believed she couldn’t wear ankle boots as her legs weren’t very long. I showed her that with a few tweaks to the rest of her outfit she could absolutely wear that trend and look great.

If the bright pink is too much for your skin tone try a softer option, like this blouse from Zara £25.99.

Layer up on cold days with grey cashmere, an easy combination for any age.




I can see your slip


Those of you that follow me on twitter will remember me saying that I didn’t buy a fabulous slip skirt from Zara as I am obviously too old for that. Well I am afraid I went back the very next day and bought it!! It is currently ear-marked for my Christmas Day outfit. Sorry I will just have to be labelled ‘mutton’. Here it is and pretty much how I will style it too…

Zara £25.99

As I try to shake of any self doubts I will show you a couple of other options on our high street.

Topshop £25

I love this one, wouldn’t it look great with an oversized cream coloured cable knit jumper.

French Connection £40 in the sale

A slightly longer version pictured above is easier to wear, I don’t like it with those boots though if you are listening French Connection people.

Wear them like these stylish bloggers…

Let it begin


The first of the Christmas parties is this week. I am not the glamorous type so I won’t be turning up in some gold spangled mini dress or anything. Usually I try to re-work something I already have. I could wear my silk pyjama style trousers from summer and wear with heels? Or dress up one of my pencil skirts or skater skirts? I did buy a 2nd Day tux this week that could work somehow…?

Or I could do as most women this season will do and head out in search of the perfect party dress. At an affordable price. That no-one else will be wearing. You see the problem, that’s why the reworking thing is so often my choice. No chance of bumping into other middle-aged women in the same sequinned frock.

If you are going to head out on the eternal quest then it’s probably best to stick to separates, you are unlikely to find someone has put it together in exactly the same way as you. Here are my top finds this week… had these two lovelies, the first is a vintage 50’s skirt and would be great with pointed wedge boots and a fine knit jumper. £50.

The second is beautiful and if I had a really smart invitation this Christmas it would definitely be in my basket.

I would wear simply with a black silk camisole and mannish jacket, sequinned fishtail skirt £240.

Zara never fails to have something I love. Like these trousers, wear with a slogan sweatshirt for a pub venue or smarten up with a lace and silk blouse or camisole for smarter events, £35.99.

Talking of lace, this is a little genius piece. Wear it over a strappy dress or simple vest to change the look completely, £49.99.

I will let you know what I decide!

Hell for leather


Ok so it is a tricky trend for ladies my age, but I love the leather trend coming through in next season’s offerings.

Calvin Klein Autumn/Winter 2012/13.

I certainly could not pull of the hair scraped back look. Not with my skin showing signs of the tanning years in the 1980’s.

So how would I soften it up?

This peplum top from Zara (£39.99) has an embroidered pattern which I think breaks up the harshness. I am not sure the high round neck would be too flattering so I would wear a shirt underneath. I certainly wouldn’t wear it with the leather trousers as shown. Far too much leather!

This leather-look skirt from River Island is a bit of alright! Priced at £25!

An easy to wear shape, I would team it with a berry coloured jumper and heeled ankle boots. Add a tweed overcoat in the winter, now there’s a look.

Love the High Street


Let’s face it we all love it when the High Street imitates a design from the runways, but sometimes it is just too obvious and everyone buys it and suddenly we don’t love it anymore.

I have picked out a few items that remind me how brilliant our stores are at taking inspiration from the big boys and creating something (sshh) even better!

This long line jacket with echoes of Valentino is amazing. I could see this being worn as a cover up for a summer wedding as well as wearing it casually as above. Zara £79.99.

Also from Zara is this Stella McCartney looking outfit. The fact that they are separates instead of being a jumpsuit means that you don’t get the baggy bum syndrome when you get up from sitting down.

The blouse is £39.99 and the trousers are £35.99.

This black dress from Boden £89, looks like a dress shown on the Chanel Couture runway earlier this week.

This jacket from Massimo Dutti is on my wish list. An amazing price for the quality, £225.


That’s easy for you to say


Ann Demeulemeester’s Spring/Summer collection is my inspiration today. It just doesn’t seem right to wear our pretty dresses when it is lashing it down out there!

The collection has a hard edge but still uses floaty shapes and sheer fabrics.

Waistcoat £426

Shoes £477

Boots £685

Trousers £908

I like the gothic feel of this collection but I feel light-headed at the price, so let’s see if I can find a cheaper alternative and just copy the look. Step forward Zara.

Zara trousers £39.99

Dress £29.99

Toughen up this dress with these shoes.

Shoes £69.99

Layer up with the asymmetric blouse shown above and below over the top.

Detail of blouse £39.99

I love this sheer maxi dress.

Dress £59.99

Obviously Dr Martens seem the perfect footwear for this look.

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