Award winning Savile Row Tailor Alexandra Wood shares her top tips on how to seamlessly transition your wardrobe from Summer to Autumn.
Long summer days may be a thing of the past but that doesn't mean you have to scrap all colour from your wardrobe. No need to go from white to black in one clean swoop either according to Alexandra Wood whose clients have appeared on GQ's best dressed list.
"It's a tricky time of year. One day it's a balmy, Indian Summers day, the next there's a nip and a chill to the air that makes you want to pop your scarf on. Here's what you need in your wardrobe to ensure you look stylish no matter what the weather."
Perfect for this time of year. Go for earthy Autumnal tones of olive, fawn, burnt red and petrol blue. Wear draped over shoulders for a tres chic look. Or slip V-necks over an open-neck crisp white shirt. Crew necks look best worn over a classic, white crew neck T-shirt. Make it look intentional.
Keep it crisp. Shirts are the staple to your add ons so avoid wishy washy colours. Think texture, thin stripe or fresh baby to mid blues and of course my favourite; white. We've been sampling new, jersey, stretch shirts which are perfect for an impeccable fit and look great when layering.
Flannel trousers are a super sharp, chic addition for Autumn/Winter. Simple classics such as charcoal, navy and black make any wardrobe that bit more sumptuous.
If you've been opting for a sock-free look this summer, now's the time to bring them back. Go for fresh pops of colour in pure cotton or pure wool to keep your feet fresh, cool and comfortable. Although wool might sound odd, it has the ability to both warm you up or cool you down. What's not to like?
Replace slip-ons of the moccasin and loafer variety for elegant, streamline shoes in the fabulous, new "Rosewood" colour which gives a cheeky nod to the season while keeping you bang on trend.
If you're not a full-on suit wearer, then you can't beat a beautifully cut blazer in flannel, a plaid or a classic, navy. Colour is still big through Autumn/Winter. You'll be seeing a lot more sumptuous fabrics too, ideal for layering with knitwear and shirts. For those in-between season days, mix and match weights of fabric but take it easy. Teaming linen trousers with a heavy weight wool jacket would be taking it a step too far!
A fabulous and easy way to add seasonal colour. We've teamed up with Mr. Jenks to bring our customers a punchy palate from which to choose this season. If you're afraid to fully commit to vibrancy then these are the ideal solution. From neutral tones, to linen to a real, strong silky colour, these are perfect to add to your blazer.
Make sure they're dark indigo, smooth and sharp. Lighter jeans simply don't work in the Autumn. Slim fits cannot be beaten no matter what your body shape but avoid drain pipes and baggy fits. Add a beautifully tailored blazer to a pair of baggy jeans and the look is lost. Steer clear!