Autumnal best picks at The Valley

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With autumn approaching it’s not just the leaves that are changing but our wardrobes too. We put away those flip flops and spaghetti strap tops that have been our closest friends over the summer and instead, out come our old comforts; those woolly jumpers and knee high boots.

However, anything could be thrown at us during this uncertain season. Will it rain? Will it snow? Will I have to hike through a tornado of leaves today? Basically, autumn is here to test your fashion ability and it’s a tricky business.

Luckily, I’ve done some of the work for you by finding some of the best picks at The Valley to help you pass this seasonal test.

 FatFace, Lytham Suede Ankle Boots, £65

FatFace, Lytham Suede Ankle Boots, £65

Trans-seasonal and multi-functional pieces are THE most valuable items in our wardrobe. These lytham suede slip on ankle boots fit that profile flawlessly. A chunky, low, textured sole, just in case you do have to hike through that leaf tornado. Their multi-functional style means you can dress them up with a smart/casual dress for a meal or date. Or dress them down for a festival; or even an over-sized jumper; such as our next autumn piece.

 FatFace, Mollie Jumper, £49.50

FatFace, Mollie Jumper, £49.50

Autumn is the first step into winter where you are going to need lots of jumpers, so don’t ever think you have enough. Sadly, sometimes our budget will make this easier said than done, but there’s a simple way to take down this obstacle. Pick very neutral colours that you can mix and match with different items. The classic tan, khaki and burgundy are your three autumn wardrobe must haves. This jumper is light and perfect for layering. But slightly oversized for a comfortable and cosy fit. A super flattering v-neckline and textured detailing through the fabric create a great finishing touch.

 Outdoor and Country, Jack Murphy Elizabeth Quilted Jacket, £94.95

Outdoor and Country, Jack Murphy Elizabeth Quilted Jacket, £94.95

Don’t throw your summer coat to the back of the wardrobe just yet. Autumn is filled with those hot days you don’t expect where a huge winter coat just won’t do. The key here is layering. A high-necked top and a cable knit together. A look created by YouTuber Ingrid Nilson who wore this look in her video. You can then add a summer jacket over to ensure you have a hood if needed. This means that when the sun does peer out you can wrap your jumper round your waist and keep that cool autumn look.

Perfect for this look is the Jack Murphy Elizabeth Quilted Jacket from Outdoor and Country. Boasting a beautifully soft faux fur lining to keep you warm and cosy. Along with a full front zip that fastens up to a funnel neckline to keep away that chilly wind when it comes.

 Outdoor and Country, Barbour Tartan Lambswool Scarf, £27.95

Outdoor and Country, Barbour Tartan Lambswool Scarf, £27.95

No autumn outfit would be complete without a scarf to top it all off. Preferably one that matches with your coat such as this red and navy checked pattern; matching with our Outdoor and Country Quilted Jacket. The bold pattern will brighten up those dark colours whatever the autumn weather might bring! This style is one we see coming back year after year.

 Roman, Black Tie Front Tulip Midi Dress, £42

Roman, Black Tie Front Tulip Midi Dress, £42

Buying a dress is a big investment, so why not buy one that is so multi functionally perfect that it’s the most worthwhile purchase you every make. Floral is particularly effective in summer and autumn months, as this Black Tie Front dress expresses. This edgy yet feminine dress is ideal for evenings out to wear with a tough-girl leather jacket, or even to bring an unexpected twist of colour to the office during the weekdays.

 Pavers, Smart Knee Length Boot, £44.99

Pavers, Smart Knee Length Boot, £44.99

Knee length boots will genuinely never go out of fashion. Not only do they make an outfit look fierce and bold but they are also super fun to wear and a great way to make your outfit stand out from everyone else. These burgundy boots feature a croc effect with a gold zip detail finished with a zip fastening. Compliment these with a stylish knee length boot for a smart/casual outfit, ideal for an evening out with all the girlfriends. Or they could even pass off as super stylish walking boots through leafy country lanes while walking your furry friend.

 Hunter, Original Kids First Classic Wellington Boots: Military Red, £35

Hunter, Original Kids First Classic Wellington Boots: Military Red, £35

Lastly, a little something for the angels in our lives. Tis the season of puddle splashing, leaf confetti, forest adventures and bright colours. These Hunter specialised wellington’s will allow our little ones to be prepared for anything they get up to. A flatter sole and rounder foot ensure this style is easy to walk in, ideal for young children. A wider upper leg offers freedom of movement, as well as making the putting-on and taking-off process easier.

Since beginning my role as Marketing Executive at The Valley this July, I have seen the fashion change over from summer to autumn. Now, you have all the tools to pass this seasonal test, before your next test - winter.

I want to know what your autumn ‘go to’ item is. Maybe it’s an item you save especially for the autumn season. Or maybe, it’s that all time ‘multi-functional’ item you’ve fallen in love with and wear all year round. Leave a comment on Facebook to tell me all about your autumn experience or even show me a picture of your favourite autumn item!

Dani.

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