Midlife Loves

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Midlife Loves

New Season Delights + WIW

AW17, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer textured 2 pocket jacket, marks and spencer tie detail v neck blouse, marks an spencer leather tapered leg trousers, marks and spencer bow pump shoes, marks and spencer sequin striped short sleeve t shirt, marks and spencer faux leather metal tab across body bag, marks and spencer turn up mid rise slim leg jeans, marks and spencer leather strap pump shoes, marks and spencer contrast piped jacket, marks and spencer flared cuff cutwork sleeve blouse, marks and spencer wool blend slim leg trousers, marks and spencer lace up trainers

Morning ladies.  I don't know about you but as much as I want the sunshine to keep the old tan topped up, I'm also getting itchy fingers at all the new into store loveliness that's arriving at an alarming rate & got me longing for Autumn.  For as much as I love the summer, I also love those cosy Autumn days & nights - preferably bright blue skies wrapped up in cashmere & denim.  Not to mention the perfect excuse/reason to drag my blazer collection out to play.  So today I thought we'd start thinking looks for the coming season, timeless classic pieces that will stand the test of time.

Today I'm starting with Marks & Spencer & I thought I'd pull together a few outfit suggestions on how I'd style the new into store picks that have caught my eye.

From timeless boucle to statement military jackets the above two jackets have definitely made it onto my top picks for the coming season.  Dress down with a simple tee for day, dress up with a cami or statement blouse of an evening & layer with cashmere & a thermal come the colder days.

Plus who can resist a striped top?  Factor in a splash of sequins & you've got a top that can be dressed up or down.

AW17-2, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer cotton blend v neck tie cuff detail jumper, marks and spencer tapered leg trousers, marks and spencer stiletto heel side zipped ankle boots, marks and spencer pure cashmere star print round neck jumper, marks and spencer pure cotton turn up standard chinos, marks and spencer wide fit suede block heel court shoes, marks and spencer spotted one shoulder long sleeve blouse, marks and spencer linen blend bias cut a line skirt, marks and spencer linen blend bias cut a line skirt, marks and spencer wide fit angular heel mid calf boots

As I've said many times on the blog, for me the one thing that catches my eye most about a piece of clothing is when there's that little bit extra detailing.  Take the cuff detail jumper above, a simple 'V' neck that is instantly transformed to something a lot more special.  Style with grey loose fit trousers as shown or even dress down with denim.

Of course we all love a star or two, so the above cashmere crew neck is a real winner & don't get me started on the above off the shoulder ruffled blouse - a real statement piece perfect for a night out.

AW17-3, my midlife fashion, marks and spencer leather milly shoulder bag, marks and spencer pure wool tie side round neck jumper dress, marks and spencer leather stiletto heel point toe ankle boots, marks and spencer textured animal print jacket, marks and spencer round neck frill sleeve jumper, marks and spencer sculpt and lift mid rise skinny jeans, marks and spencer stiletto heel size zipped ankle boots, marks and spencer navy pu biker jacket, marks and spencer lace colour block short sleeve midi dress, marks and spencer stiletto heel side zipped ankle boots

One trend that's not going anywhere is leopard print.  Obviously I have a HUGE Bet-tastic obsession with the print but it really does make a great accessory for teaming with black.  Whether that be worn in accessories or going all out with a leopard print jacket.

Another weakness of mine has to be lace - pretty & feminine but so easy to toughen up with the right footwear & styled with a biker jacket.  The above faux leather navy one is a real winner & something that will earn it's keep within a couple of weeks.  I would honestly be lost without my biker jackets & wear them all year long.

Now I've been lucky enough to be able to pick a few pieces from Marks & Spencer, the first of which is their Spotted One Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse.  Just so you can see just how stunning it is I've had a quick trying on session & styled it below to show you how I plan on wearing it for a night out.  A really easy & simple outfit that looks stunning without any effort.

Marks & Spencer spotted one shoulder long sleeve blouse, j crew matchstick skinny jeans, zara court shoes, my midlife fashion

Jeans - J Crew, similar here
Shoes - Zara, similar here

My other two picks are this cashmere crew neck, which I've sized up to a size 10 for a slightly looser fit & these leather trousers.  Both timeless pieces that will be perfect for layering - from bretons to frill collared shirts, to denim shirts not to mention a blazer the leather trousers have a real modern feel - think a cross between a trouser & jogger style & the quality is amazing. Soft, luxurious thick leather  in a gorgeous cream/light mustard colour that will work with all the navy, grey & black hanging in my wardrobe.  In terms of sizing of the trousers I'm wearing are a 6 & I would say they come up slightly on the larger size.  I did try the 8 & whilst they fitted they gave a more looser fit so I decided to go down a size as I wanted the trousers to feel more tailored.  

As you will no doubt know I'm a huge fan of Marks' cashmere & have various crew, 'V' & polo neck jumpers hanging in my wardrobe.  I always find it's best to size up a size for a slightly looser more laid back look.  You can see their full collection of cashmere here.

In fact I love my new leather trousers so much I'm wearing them today.

my midlife fashion, marks and spencer leather trousers, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers, j crew tank top tee, marks and spencer cashmere crew neck jumper, uterque leather tassel leather cross body bag

Tank Top - J Crew
Jumper - Marks & Spencer
Trousers - Marks & Spencer
Trainers - Golden Goose


Jumper - Marks & Spencer
Trousers - Marks & Spencer
Trainers - Marks & Spencer

So ladies what are your thoughts on AW17?  Spotted anything that's got you 'clicking that button'?!  Maybe something in today's post has caught your eye, if so I'd love to hear.

Happy Wednesday, you've got to love that mid week feeling haven't you, especially after a bank holiday weekend....although for some reason I keep thinking it's Thursday!

Enjoy your day lovelies & I'll see you in the morning.

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