New Beginnings?

with Michelle Abbott (@maison_abbott) and Cavells, Oakham

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Autumn is fast approaching, but this year it’s palpably different, in mood and attitude.  We are in the midst of the impact of a global pandemic, the increased time spent at home and the momentum of the need and desire to shop responsibly and sustainably is stronger than ever before. But we still want to know what trends are coming for the new season, and how to adapt them to suit our own style.  Crucially, right now we really need our clothes to bring us joy, and embrace a bit of fun in the process of dressing...

Purple floral dress by Stine Goya £450.00

Leather shorts by Munthe £349, Green floral blouse price £175

Pink floral blouse by Baum Und Pferdgarten, £149, Wine leather skirt by Riani £389

Black broiderie anglais dress by Levete Room was £140 now £70

Black leather top by Munthe £459, Animal print skirt by Munthe was £179 now £89.50

Animal print dress by Pyrus was £364 now £182

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Happily, one key theme for this A/W is the development of a more seasonless approach to dressing. We need to look for versatile pieces we can wear at any time of the year, and adapt to the current climate.  This means you gain a lot more mileage from your purchases, and if you’re one to look at an item in terms of cost per wear, you will see the value quickly.


What to look for, that we can buy now and wear forever?


  • I love the timeless trend towards 70s inspired tailoring and suits, tweeds, plaids and checks feature strongly with quality fabrics ensuring longevity in your collection.  A suit is truly versatile, the blazer, cut in the right cloth, can be worn at any time of year, layered over knitwear or a simple tee, similarly the skirt or trousers can work hard paired with other seasonal pieces.


  • Thinking about separates, a lighthearted spin on these building blocks, is to have fun with them, juxtaposing clashing patterns and unlikely styles, playing with proportion colour and texture.  Find those clever items which you will be able to make many outfits from. Leather is a strong trend which is pretty timeless - consider a dress, a fitted coat or long skirt to anchor an outfit.


  • Animal print is never out of fashion - it’s truly the modern neutral. This year, however, there is a literal interpretation and you should look for pieces with an actual animal in the print - this is a fun, lighthearted trend, but again, find the right piece and you have something which is wearable whatever the time of year.


  • Finally, in case you were worried, black is very present this season. Find that perfect trans seasonal little black dress in the right shape for you, to wear with heels or trainers, alone or under a coat. If all else fails, you will always have the perfect outfit.


For this issue, I visited Cavells Boutique in Oakham and had a fabulous time editing the collections to find the perfect seasonal updates, which will refresh your wardrobe but work hard into the future.  I’d recommend a visit to the store, which has introduced a one way system to navigate around the collections, and hand sanitising facilities for the customer. The shop feels fresh and vibrant, and the staff are welcoming and helpful, yet allow you to browse until you need some assistance. Pop in and see for yourself.

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