Top 5 Autumn/Winter Fashion Essentials

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Autumn/Winter fashion essentials

The evenings are getting shorter, leaves are turning brown and starting to fall and the weather has become a little bit chillier recently. *Excited squeals* I absolutely adore Autumn/Winter fashion - Cosy boots, layering, big fluffy coats, cute scarves. You just can't beat it! I'd take wearing 5 layers of clothes over a light summer dress any day. So now that it's beginning to feel a lot like Autumn I thought I'd put together a little list of my top 5 A/W fashion essentials that I'll be sporting this year.

Furry gilet for autumn / winter
Topshop Gilets - Black  // Khaki // Blush // Cream

1. Furry Gilets
First up we have the cosy faux fur gilet which is loved by many celebs including Olivia Palermo, Millie Mackintosh and Kendall Jenner to name a few. It's perfect for the Autumn as the weather isn't freezing yet but we still need a little somethin' somethin' to keep us warm without getting the eskimo coats out. Pop on a nice shirt underneath it and add a pair of your favourite jeans and you'll have Olivia Palermo eating her heart out.
Would you believe not one single shop had any nice gilets on their websites? I was shocked as they're so on trend this season but you can always count on Topshop to have a nice gilet or two. Every year they have an incredible selection of them and they've impressed me again this year. They have so many styles and colours from black, to khaki to cream. I'm spoiled for choice. But want to know what the best thing about the furry gilet is? IT'S SO FLUFFY!!
2. Loafers & Plimsolls 
Plimsolls and loafers are THE shoes of the season! They are popping up everywhere and with every high street shop jumping on this band wagon it means that they're are plenty of different styles, colours and price tags to choose from. My personal favourites are the brown tassel loafers from River Island. I'd pair them with my ripped jeans and a printed shirt. I also love the coral pair from Zara - I think they would add a lovely pop of colour to an all grey outfit. If you're on a budget like myself then you'll be glad to hear that these are half the price of the River Island pair at €25.95!
Moving on to the plimsolls now and my favourite of the three are definitely the cow print Asos dockland plimsolls. One word. CUUUTE! Oh wait, more words ha! They're also really comfy. I got the tartan pair a while ago and they're honestly the comfiest things I've ever put my feet into. Stylish and comfortable? Yes please.

A/W Fashion - capes

3. Capes
Ah the cape. We have a bit of a love/hate relationship going on at the moment. They look amazing - so elegant and chic - but I can't find one that doesn't drown me. They're a great piece to layer with too. Think of the cosiness! You could pair it with a jumper and scarf for a cosy casual look or pair it with a plain shirt and fitted skirt for a more smart, feminine look. If I ever manage to find one that fits nicely then I'd pair it with my denim skinnies, ankle boots and an oversized floppy hat. 
My favourite of the bunch is definitely the Zara cape. I love how versatile it is - it could go with black, cream, tan, white, denim, the list is endless! I'm partial to a bit of monochrome so I also have my eye on the Topshop one in the bottom righthand corner. Which is your fave?

4. The Duffle Coat
Every year I go on a hunt for the perfect duffle coat but I never ever find one that I like. Things are different this year though as duffle coats seem to be more popular this A/W which means there's a lot more choice. Yay for that! I WILL find the perfect one after all! 
I've spotted a few so far that I've taken a shining to with the check one from River Island being my favourite. It would go with everything from jeans and shirts to jumpers and skirts and not mention it looks très cosy. Next we have Zara's offerings and I'm am so in love with the buckle detailing on these coats. I think it adds a nice bit of detail to the coat and that fur hood. Cosy Alert.
P.S. Penneys have really similar duffle coats with buckle details in at the moment too and for a fraction of the price. They're only €30! *Runs to Penneys and buys all the colours* Ssh don't tell Zara! He he!

A/W 2014 tartan & check fashion trend

5. Tartan / Check
It wouldn't be Autumn fashion without some gorgeous tartan and check prints, now would it? It's a great way of adding a statement to your outfit and if you're not really into prints there's lots of paired back versions of this print to choose from. Take that Warehouse drop-waist dress for instance - It's a safe way to incorporate some print into your wardrobe. And you'll be sporting not one but two trends with this bad boy as the drop-waist is huge this season.
My personal favourite from this selection is the River Island cape. Again you'll be right on trend with this number as it's two trends rolled into one. My favourite thing about this is the faux fur trim collar. I have a weakness when it comes to faux fur. I looove it.

What are your A/W fashion essentials? Will you be wearing any of these trends?

Cliona xx


  1. I love that Warehouse dress! Great post! :)

    1. Me too! I'm dying to get my hands on a drop-waist dress/skirt! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  2. I love the wish list you made! I can definitely see a lot of things I want in there. I'm looking for a cape at the moment and I think that grey checked cape from Warehouse might just be the one. :)

    Olivia x
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    1. You should treat yourself to it ;-) It's lovely! I'm trying so hard to resist buying anything from here! It's so hard - I want it all! Ha! Thanks so much for reading xx

  3. I absolutely adore plimsoles! they are the classiest looking shoes ever!

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  4. Great post. I have so many capes already but I am very tempted by that Warehouse one! I am loving tartan at the moment as well x

    1. I really want a cape but I just can't get any to fit me :-( Where have you bought yours? Thanks for reading Chloe x

  5. love all the jumpers! I've got a fur gilet from topshop and its definitely an autumn must - i love it! x

    1. I'm obsessed with fur gilets! I just got one today from Penneys for only €15! I'm delighted with it :-) Thanks for reading x

  6. I actually got a tartan dress with peter pan collar. Probably my fall fav for this year. Lovely post x

    1. Oh lovely! Where's it from? I'm loving tartan too! Thanks for reading xx

    2. I got it from forever 21 and have a blog post coming up on it soon x


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