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Back in February I flew to Sydney in the height of summer to don jeans and knitwear.
Not because I’m all kinds of crazy (although that does help sometimes) but because I’m excited to be working again with Australian iconic fashion brand Katies to showcase their autumn-winter 2016 collection.
And yes, if you’re already a keen customer of Katies you might have spotted me in the new catalogue in store this week.
I can’t tell you what it does to a woman’s self confidence to have a team of people make her model-ready for a fashion shoot. And then put resulting photos in a catalogue.
Let’s take a sneak peek behind the scenes, shall we?
I love working with Katies because it’s a fashion brand that provides Australian women with catwalk fashion trends at affordable prices and in designs that are wearable for the every day.
They also get that their customer – YOU – likes to see an alternative age, size and height wearing its clothes. It’s something I’m big on here with Styling You’s popular Model and Me posts, so to be a part of the Katies AW16 catalogue alongside my blogging friend, Sonia from Sonia Styling, is a huge thrill.
Katies AW16 trends
I’m also super excited by the Katies AW16 collection because it brings together many of my signature autumn-winter #everydaystyle looks. The collection will very much appeal to other women like me, women on the go, who are looking for key basics and on-trend show pony pieces to refresh their current autumn-winter wardrobe.
I’m a work-from-home mum who my day-to-day wardrobe needs to work FOR me, not against me.
I need easy foundation pieces and key layering pieces. With this combination I can take autumn pieces and wear them now, layering it up when the temperature drops.
Now on that note, here in Queensland it does take some time for the temperature to drop, so understanding layering and starting with those wardrobe foundation pieces is key to changing up your look from the previous summer into a new season of dressing.
The key trends for autumn-winter 2016 are: ’70s, stripes, texture, indigo, neutrals and new lengths.
New lengths is all about mixing up proportions. Maybe it’s about wearing a longer shirt dress with jeans; maybe it’s about wearing a shorter denim dress with long boots.
Wearing neutrals is not about being beige or boring. It’s about letting these hues be the statement. Winter neutrals seem to embrace you with warmth. I love the soft greys and creams for my skin tone and hair colour.
Texture is all about contrasting our outfits with knitwear, coated jeans, felt and leather. It’s these fabrications that immediately tell us winter has arrived.
I’m going to talk you through some of these trends and show how they work on me. (In all of the sized garments below, I’m wearing size 14.)
Often you’ll find a number of the trends overlapping in the one outfit. That’s very ok. And, like I always say, don’t feel like you have to adopt ALL trends each season.
Think about the trends – and key pieces – that appeal to you. What immediately feels like your style? That’s what you should embrace.
Effortless casual chic is about keeping things simple with key pieces that just work. EVERY TIME. In this outfit above, the key pieces of denim, poncho and boots will take you everywhere for weekend wear this winter. (Trends: ’70s, texture, indigo and neutrals)
Break down this outfit and you have my go-to formula for always having something to wear. The wardrobe basic pieces of coated black denim and the softest of soft long-sleeved tee are the foundation pieces. The show-pony pieces – the knit poncho and scarf/snood – lift the outfit to the next level. This is what everyday style in winter looks like for me. (Trends: ’70s, texture, neutrals)
In the autumn months – and on many Queensland winter days – a soft, lightweight trench will be your wardrobe friend. You’ll still feel like you’re in clothes for the correct season but in a fabric that works for the climate. This is the kind of look that will take you from work to drinks or dinner. Finish with a longline necklace to keep with the proportions of the coat. (Trends: new lengths, indigo, ’70s)
Autumn wardrobes need a statement piece and this patterned shirtdress ticks the statement box. Wear it buttoned up as a dress; completely unbuttoned as a light coat or partially done up as I have done here with black coated denim pants for a relaxed work-to-dinner look. The slip underneath comes with the dress so I’m wearing it as a top underneath in this look. (Trends: ’70s, new lengths, texture)
Indigo denim is to our winter wardrobes what chambray was to our summer wardrobes. I can’t get enough of it. Double it up, I say. Just aim for a slight difference in the shades of denim. Complete the look with a pop of winter colour in a scarf. (Trends: ’70s, indigo)
If you live in Brisbane and would like to come along to the Katies free VIP night at the Westfield Garden City store, I’ll be there on Wednesday, April 6 (tomorrow night!) from 6-8pm. I’ll talking how to style the new-season trends and offering personal styling advice for those attending. Last season’s night was so much fun and boy do Katies spoil you with special offers on the night. No need to book, just show up at 6pm.
Katies loves Styling You readers and as a special gift to you all, here is a $10 off voucher, which you can redeem online*.
Enter code: SY10OFF
*Enter Code SY10OFF at the online checkout to receive $10 off. Offer applies to full price styles only. Redeemable online only at www.katies.com.au. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Must be logged in as a Katies member to redeem. Code expires 24/04/16. One use only per customer. Offers are subject to change at any time at Katies discretion.
I’ll be sharing more looks from the new-season AW16 Katies collection when I take over the Katies Instagram account from Friday for a week. Make sure you’re following @katiesfashion to check out more styles on me.
Thanks to Katies, one lucky Styling You reader will win a $500 gift card to spend in store only at their local Katies store. Entering is easy.
1. Follow Katies on Instagram – @katiesfashion
2. Like Katies on Facebook
3. Answer the question below in the comments.
Which Katies AW16 fashion trends would fit seamlessly into your wardrobe and why?
Entries open Tuesday, April 5 at 5am (AEST) and close Sunday, April 24 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
For more information and to keep up to date with special offers and new releases, subscribe at katies.com.au
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