Now that we’ve hit September, even if you’re still clinging on for a ‘late summer’ or a few snatched hours of tanning time here and there, it might be time to admit defeat – and face the fact that the warmer months are over. And you won’t be surprised to hear that the fashion world is, true to form, over it too. Summer fashion sales are ending, and the majority of us have sadly consigned our bikinis and flip flops to the back of our drawers.
Always one step ahead – or, more specifically, one season ahead – fashion fans, buyers and editors alike have all had their eyes on autumn/winter 2021 ever since the major fashion houses put on their seasonal showcases back in February, as part of #AW21 fashion week. Shopaholics will be delighted to know that this autumn’s fashion outlook is a bold, fearless one. It seems that after over a year spent at home in athleisure comfies and tracksuits – both designers themselves and their customers – are hoping for a far dressier and more imaginative second half of 2021. If you’re ready to start planning your autumn wardrobe check out these #forgefashion picks from @josiesmithmedia As always, happy shopping!
BON MARCHE Sara Straight Leg Jean @ £18.00
Refresh your denim collection with these Sara straight leg jeans in a beautiful cotton rich, stretch fabric. Straight leg jeans are a lasting choice that will work well with your wardrobe favourites. The high-rise elasticated comfort waistband will leave you feeling comfortable all day. This style is flattering and elongates your silhouette, as straight leg jeans are a fabulous choice for most figures. Wear with a tee and flat shoes for a casual day time look, or dress up with heels and a blouse for a versatile evening look. Try turning up the hem to make them more casual looking. (Available in four leg lengths: 27in, 27in, 29in, 31in. Product Code: 9000343)
QUIZ Plum Animal Print Midi Dress @ £36.99
This subtle animal print, midi length, balloon sleeve dress features a split leg. This eye-catching plum dress is a great autumnal piece to dress up or down! Team it with heels and thin denier tights, or chunky boots. (Length: 120cm approx.Product Care 97% Polyester 3% Elastane, Cool hand wash with mild detergent!)
PEACOCKS Womens Camel Sweater Dress @ £18.00
Add to your new season wardrobe with this cosy hooded sweater dress. In camel featuring long cuffed sleeves, a large front pocket, and a hood, this stylish jumper dress can be dressed up or down with ease. It would make a great addition to any student’s working wardrobe! Plus, if punchy, bold colours aren’t your thing and you’re into the more subdued, low-key end of the shade spectrum, it’d be wise to swap your whites and creams for moodier browns this autumn. Mix your shades and ensure no other colours creep in for full marks in this trend. (Product code: 4802889-D03/Polyester 100%/Machine washable.)
JD SPORTS adidas Originals Down Regen Hooded Puffer Jacket @ £180.00
Slow down? No way. Bundle up and keep your plans on track in this adidas puffer jacket. Down insulation cradles you in warmth so you can jet through the city, hustle through your commute or enjoy leisurely walks in cold weather. Just adjust the hem and flip up the hood to really seal in the heat. This product is made with recycled content as part of JD’s ambition to end plastic waste.
(Model is 6′ 0″ and wears a size M. Their chest measures 36″ and the waist 28″. Regular fit/Full zip with detachable hood/Shell: 100% nylon plain weave/Lining: 100% recycled polyester plain weave/Fill: 80% duck down, 20% feathers. Care & Material 100% Polyamide. Product Code: 16204223)
PRIMARK Pink 3D Daisy Knitted Cardigan @ £15.00
Another one for the comfort enthusiasts out there; knitwear is – of course – always big news the minute autumn rolls around, but for AW21 it’s like cosy on caffeine! XXL maxis, endless layers, cosy accessories – there’s no limit to the look when it comes to knitwear this autumn! This super cute knitted cardie from Primark is a real winner, and a great transitional piece. (Product code: 4862203)
WHAT NEW YORK WEARS Green Gilet @ POA
Gilet season is here! This particular style is a great option if you like an adjustable waistline. Available from your favourite #forgeboutique @what.newyork.wears it comes in one of autumn’s hottest colours – green is huge news. Whether you want to go all out with a bright hue, or would prefer to test the water via a less dominating flash of the subtle green, like this almost khaki green gilet, make sure your next punchy purchase is autumnal favourite, green.
RIVER ISLAND Red faux leather midi skirt @ £40.00
This faux leather, tie waist detail, high waisted skirt features a front split with side slip pockets. Lap up the leather look this season as you work it in lust-worthy faux leather skirts. This pencil skirt will take you from the office to out out. Does your day look need an upgrade? Pick up this red leatherette skirt and team it with a long sleeve body and simple gold hoops – perfect for putting a twist on your workwear wardrobe. Whether you’re channelling the leather look for party season or adding some edge to your chilled out weekend, leather look skirts create a sophisticated vibe. (Model wears a UK 8 and is 175cm/5’9” tall. Fabric & care 16% Polyester, 84% Viscose. Do not iron. Machine wash at max 40°C very gentle. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Do not dry clean. Product no: 780658)
WARREN JAMES 18ct Gold Vermeil on Silver Paper Clip Chain Bracelet – Solid Link WAS £75.00 NOW £49.00
If you need a stationary inspired treat to soften the blow of returning to the office – look no further! Beautifully crafted with expert detailing, this paper clip chain bracelet is a winner. Perfect worn solo or layered. (Product code: VEBR003 Length: 19cm (7 1/2″) Matching Necklace Available)
RIVER ISLAND Brown brushed check zip shacket @ £75.00
This zip fastening, check print ‘shacket’ (shirt/jacket) features chest pockets and long sleeves. Ideal for any lumberjack students, this is a great transitional layer. (Fabric & care 1% Elastane, 99% Polyester. Cool iron. Do not wash. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Dry clean only. Product no: 391805)