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So as you’re all getting accustomed to the Lancastrian climate, everyone has (hopefully) acknowledged the impracticality of cropped clothing. Take it as a good thing – your student pasta-every-night abs will thank you for shielding them from outsiders. After recovering from your hypothermia, induced by impromptu Halloween parties resulting in drafty ripped zombie apparel, layer up for Bonfire Night. As unappealing as this sounds, I have pulled together some outfit combinations to see you through the haphazard displays, outdoor or from the comfort of your halls, whatever.
So Autumn, in my opinion, is a revival of the granny turtle neck – but high fashion. Layer them under a long knit jumper with coated leather-look skinny jeans and some kick-ass winter boots. I am partial to a cut-out boot which strutted onto the Autumn Vinter catwalk care of Balenciaga, but for ordinary people who simply struggle to pronounce Balenciaga, Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes became the everygirl solution.
Although these are like gold dust, they have succeeded in bringing these beauts to the mainstream with brands like Topshop and River Island creating their own staples. For winter, pair them with some boucle or marl ankle socks to block the breeze, and possibility of trench foot, although in summer I give my tootsies free roam.
I am also very appreciative of the tartan scarf trench combo. My all-time favourite purchase is my Burberry trench (I promise I am in no way pretentious) it was an Ebay victory! You can bid on a full-length trench, give yourself about three inches leeway against the measurements on the description it doesn’t need to be a snug fit, then take it to the tailors to adjust it to the length you want. Bids vary between £50-80 and expect to pay no more than £10 for the tailoring for a timeless trench. It’s as close to Cara Delevigne as I am going to get.
There are so many different styles to show your love for this of this wardrobe essential; think leather accents on sleeves and collars and wool double breasted styles. Team them simply so as not to detract from your hard-earned win with a chunky knit and high-waisted jeans. Texture is the best way to put your spin on your winter high neck knit: experiment with mohair, wool and cable knit.
For a more feminine take on the turtle neck inspired by Zara’s new range of lingerie style dresses, which I never really considered due to them, well, being lingerie. However I’m loving the style of the camisoles with a roll-neck jumper underneath and some little Chelsea boots.
Navy is central to the colour palette for autumn/winter which conveniently offsets nicely with your forever versatile black roll-neck jumper. Don some opaque tights to see you through the firework displays, then you can take off the jumper and tights for the sweat-fest that is sugar.