Style Eye on Autumn

Post by Aoife

Bear with me while I bitch about the weather for a few sentences – I promise it’s a means to an end. This August has been the wettest and most miserable round my parts in recent memory, and we didn’t fare much better in July. Because it’s been so darn shitty the time I would usually have spent reading books outside with some chilled rose, or batting wasps away from my al fresco lunch has instead been taken up with scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram in search of autumn wardrobe inspiration. Because I have officially given up on summer and fall will never let me down.

I have more or less decided on my Autumn/Winter work uniform, which will primarily consist of blazers, louche shirts and power ankle boots a la Andrea on Call My Agent (the best show on Netflix, check it out if you haven’t already!). Can’t go wrong with that simple yet chic combo for day to day in the office.

Agent 1

Yes, yes, it’s French style, but it’s classic for a reason, k?


I think this gives us full permish to wear huge, cozy parkas with skinny jeans and ankle boots to the office, don’t you? I’ll be wearing the sky high stilletoed boots because I’m just in to that look at the mo, but it would work equally well with slides, brogues, loafers or biker boots.

But how about the trends for this A/W19 that will add a little je ne sais quoi to your capsule wardrobe? Here are a few that will whet your whistle, we’ll return to some of the less wearable/more out-there offerings when the final swimsuit has been sold from the sale section and there isn’t a trace of summer left in the siopai.


Giant bags
As seen at Longchamp, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler

Longchamp - bag

Perhaps it’s a direct response to the collective distaste for the miniature bags that tried to happen this summer, maybe it’s to accent the 70s vibe that is having quite the moment this autumn, but big bags are back, ready and waiting to carry your spare pair of shoes and the kitchen sink.

Check on check
As seen at Lanvin, Gucci, Ashley Williams

Lanvin - check

Upscale punk or lady of the highland manor, the check aesthetic you favour is entirely up to you.

Nipped in Waists
As seen at Louis Vuitton, Giambattista Vali, Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore - nipped
Salvatore Ferragamo

If you feel like being extra polished try belting one of your more over-sized blazers to get the look seen at a myriad of shows this year. While the 70s is definitely in, so is a 90s luxe look, and the waist is king this season. Invest in a few belts of varying thickness and you’ll instantly have a variety of looks to work with.

Dark florals
As seen at Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Prada

Miu Miu - floral
Miu Miu

Dark florals are hardly a new concept but it’s certainly the pattern to be seen in come September ’til February. If print isn’t your thing initially, dip your toe in with a scarf or blouse (more on that to come!) and see how flattering it can be.

Midi Skirts with Blazers
As seen at Burberry, Marni, Celine

Celine - skirt


There’s that 70s vibe AGAIN, and looks like your blazer is going to be working super hard over the coming months. You’re bound to have a midi or two knocking around your wardrobe, pair it with the aforementioned shirt or blouse (clash patterns if you like!), a pair of knee boots if you have them, I think little white pumps could work in the transitionary months, stick on a blazer and you are a ready made style star just like that!

Micro Trend: Hair Bows
As seen on Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst


Cutesy hair bows have been making appearances for a while now, most recently on Kirsten Dunst as she promotes her (really weird and cool looking) new show How to Be a God in Central Florida. This is the easiest trend of them all – buy a couple of meters of black ribbon from a habberdashery for about €2 and you’ll be set all winter long.

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