Womenswear: AW13 Essentials

I don't know about you but the trends for AW13 so far have been a massive yawn fest. Winter pastels? Meh. Tartan? Not again! The upside of having such uninspiring trends is the freedom to really express your personal style and to indulge in the basics that define your autumnal wardrobe. This season I have decided to turn a blind eye to all trend forecasts and opt for a classic winter wardrobe that will never lose its edge. Below are the essential pieces that go into making my classic winter wardrobe.

The Printed Jacket
Printed jackets are a great antidote to the numbing dullness of the winter months. They look great on their own or layered under an oversized coat.

The Statement Jumper
Add a burst of colour to your jeans and boot combo with a fun jumper. Go for a bold colour, embellishments or an outlandish print.
*The June Shop sweater can be found at Styles Afrik.

The Midi Skirt
I love a midi skirt all year round but it is a firm staple over autumn and winter. Bodycon jersey numbers are great for running around in. Opt for lux fabrics and embellishments, if you are dressing to impress.
*The Taibo Bacar skirt can be found at Sapelle.

The Winter Sun Dress
This dress has all the flirty fun of a sun dress but can be layered up against the inevitable chills. Wear over a long sleeve tee and team with a chunky cardi for a cute back to school look. It's best to opt for a dress with a fit and flare shape, this allows you to keep waist definition despite the layers.
*The Lalesso dress is currently on sale for £14.99 from £45 at Africa Batik!
*The Jessique Designs dress can be found at Anglo Nubia.

The Turban
I am the proud owner of a moisture loving afro, so I much prefer the silky feel of a turban rather than that of a conventional knitted hat. You can jazz it up with a sparkly brooches for a 70's inspired evening look.
*The one pictured is from ASOS Marketplace but there are loads of options from simple styles like the one above to vintage crushed velvet on Ebay and Etsy. 

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