With winter fast approaching, many of us are scrutinizing our closets and considering an update for the cold.
But while summer is a time to put on floating dresses and sandals, it is easier to be wrong in winter if you look less beautiful than polished because of thick coats and layers.
Now stylist Caterina Ospina has revealed the crucial mistakes that many of us make and that will delight even the most expensive ensemble.
For example, you dream of wading around in winter white, but the reality is that a jacket that quickly gets dirty will not set a sophisticated tone.
Here, Caterina, who has worked with Canary Wharf as part of the fall fashion campaign, reveals what she should avoid and her tips to make even a budget outfit look high-end.
Winter is a more difficult time to create a glamorous look when the temptation is to pile up in bulky clothing (stock image)
WEAR LIGHT COLORS
Avoid your beautiful white colors in the rain and opt for autumnal tones.
Although wearing full white from head to toe is undoubtedly elegant, it can also be an incredibly high maintenance color.
Most of us are probably familiar with the fear that comes with wearing white jeans, so it's best to avoid the color if you know the weather will be bad!
Three top tips to create a budget look
INVEST IN A GOOD KEY
It is timeless, playful and the perfect addition to autumn layers. There are many retailers in the main street that offer a variety of styles and are affordable.
From high street heroes such as COS, Zara and Mango to the more luxurious end like Maje and The Kooples, there is something for everyone. By the way, is there a better way to fight the English rain than with a chic heritage coat?
KEEP SUNGLASSES IN YOUR HANDBAG
It may sound strange when we enter the colder months, but a stylish pair of shades enhances every ensemble (and will enhance the look).
Stay with the classic colors such as black or brown, because they match everything – or gold or silver if you want to try something different.
When it comes to styles, those with a round face should generally opt for square frames, while those with a heart-shaped face find aviators among the most flattering.
DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HAIR ACCESSORIES
The usual flood of the season means that we are confronted with days of bad hair and fighting frizz, not to mention the unwanted "wet hair" look (let's leave that to the catwalks). The best thing about this trend is that it requires minimal effort. With the clip of a barrette or the addition of a padded velvet headband, your outfit is immediately lifted. Look at Gucci and Prada for accessory inspiration, copycats of which can be found across the street.
Tonal dressing – and by that I mean wearing multiple shades of the same color at the same time – is the fashion-busted failed way to look shiny for years and can easily be achieved.
Look for camel, navy, and burgundy red this season – they match almost everything in your wardrobe.
Autumn is the time when most people invest in a new coat and jacket – and the biggest mistake people often make is not dressing for their body shape.
Look for items that accentuate your shape instead of hiding it and avoid items that add unnecessary volume. You want to stay warm, but you also want to look stylish.
Those who are more petite, for example, should choose a style that does not overwhelm their small frame and nothing that is longer than hip length, while those with an hourglass figure should choose options with one row of knots.
CHOOSE THE WRONG FIT
Similarly, a poorly fitting item is the easiest way to undo any look.
It doesn't matter how much money you spend, if it doesn't fit, you won't look your best.
My advice would be to invest in pieces that fit the curves of your body – or if you fall in love with an item, but think it can do with a tweak here and there, then take it to a tailor.
Alternatively, adding a slim belt to a dress can help you achieve a better fit, while a structured blazer can lift even the most casual outfits.
IGNORE THE SMALL DETAILS
Attention to detail will pay dividends. Button missing? Pills on a sweater? Do your boots have to chop again? All of these things unravel even the best looks.
And if you only do one thing, make sure that everything is pressed fresh, your clothing will immediately look more luxurious.
Small bags, as defended by Jacquemus (photo), have a moment, but it is obviously an impractical choice. Gigantic clutch bags inspired by Maison Margiela are trendy, but look bulky and make it impossible to find anything
BE A SLAVE FOR HANDBAG TRENDS
Forget small bags and use a larger one, large enough to carry your umbrella and emergency bits in cold weather. A new bag is the easiest way to upgrade your outfit and add interest.
Forget the micro-mini's, there's not even enough room for your phone, just like the crossbody bumbags – leave that for the cool kids.
The cushion-like, oversized clutch bags, inspired by Maison Margiela and seen at Zara, can look spacious and practical enough for all your bits, but try to wear that and a brolly and then your phone rings.
Caterina Ospina has collaborated with Canary Wharf as part of the Autumn Fashion Event campaign that takes place from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 September. With three-day daily fashion shows, the three-day event offers exclusive offers to a range of retailers with discounts of up to 30 percent. For more information visit canarywharf.com.
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