How To Dress Really Really Ridiculously Well This Winter

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Autumn/Winter dressing is an art form. There’s so much to consider, does this layer compliment that layer? How many clashing prints are too many clashing prints and of course not forgetting, just how quickly can one remove each layer before one cooks to death on the underground? These are all important factors to consider before dressing each morning, because who has time to be caught out unprepared.

 

Bye Felicia!

First things first it’s time to get rid of your Summer wardrobe, bin it, bag it or even vacuum pack it away for next year. Space is limited and as much as I love seeing every last thread in my wardrobe, I’d end up wearing the same thing day in day out if I didn’t have a seasonal clear out so that’s where it all starts. I bag up the Spring/Summer attire and label accordingly, all the while Depopin’, throwing or gifting piles begin to mound up. Be brutal! It is the only way to make room for Stella.

 

 

Be Still My Beating Heart.

Buy only the stuff you can’t wait to get your hands on because 9 times out of 10, if you “ummmm” and “ahhh” about it, there’s a good reason as to why. I apply this most when buying high end items to avoid making as many mistakes. The Stella McCartney “Bryce” coat from Farfetch had been on my radar since last Autumn, but was a bit out of my price range. This year though, this year I was going to make “Bryce” mine after an entire year of lusting after him. His classic tailored silhouette makes me feel all kinds of cool whilst the inverted lapel ramps it up a notch or 10. It’s also just a tad on the classic side, which means expect to see this stud next year.

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Bigger is sometimes better

Only sometimes, mind. But in the case of Autumn/Winter Arm candy, you are going to need some storage space to pop those scarves and cardigans you will inevitably be layering up with to beat the chill and there is none more timeless, spacious and down right gorgeous than the Givenchy “Antigona”. The most “Pinterestable” and practical bag on the block, I reach for it every year without fail.

Umberella? Check!

Notepad? Check!

Extra pair of tights? Check! check! check!

Even the size small is perfect for every day essentials so if you plan on getting a bigger size, I honestly think it might double up as a shelter if the Great British weather has a turn for the worst, so whatever the size, you win!

 

Secret Squirrel 

I’ve got a secret Pinterest board. In fact, I have about 10. It’s where I curate inspiration for my outfits, from textures to layers to tones it’s all in there and it has really enabled me to steer clear from the “mish-mashed and hope for the best” outfits which can sometimes occur. My outfits are curated, planned and carefully selected.

 

HARDWARE

I’m loving playing with hardware as a key part of my outfits. I’m no longer being dictated by my accessories as to which tone I have to wear, it’s all happening at once. Gold, Silver, Fresh Water Pearls and gloss black Ceramic. I wear my hardware how I want and none is more statement that my Shaun Leane Tusk from FarFetch.
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What does dressing well mean to you? How do you set yourself apart in the sea of Autumnal outfits? What inspires you about another’s style? Share and discuss in the comments below.

 

 

 

Shop THE Post

Coat – Stella McCartney

Bag – Givenchy

Top – Me + Em

Denim – Last season H&M Trend

Boots – Gianvito Rossi

Earrings – Links Of London,  Shaun Leane

Bracelets – Thomas Sabo, Monica Vinader

Sunglasses – Loewe

This post is a sponsored advertorial with FarFetch.

33 Comments

  1. Frances Kayleigh 30th November 2016 / 8:21 am

    I love the title of this post haha ! Not just well but really really ridiculously well. Now those are the kind of tips we need! Haha. Great post Lydia ! Xxx

  2. Adele 30th November 2016 / 9:40 am

    Your style is always so inspiring Lydia. I adore your camel coat, such a great staple!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  3. Carly Rowena 30th November 2016 / 10:33 am

    Had never thought of packing away my Summer items, such a great idea but also has reminded me that i need to shop more otherwise i think i’d be naked come the change of seasons! Great post! xxx

  4. Jennifer 30th November 2016 / 11:51 am

    Keep doing what you’re doing Lydia, you get it right every time in my opinion. I want the coat AND the bag! God, I hope I’m on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list this year!

  5. Jordan Kelsey 30th November 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Such a beaut classic look Lydia, this looks so warm and cosy! I always struggle to dress warm and stylish in this weather when it’s so freaking cold!!! I am looking for a new designer it bag that is cross body or that kind shape! Would be amazing if you could tweet with any you recommend as I love your style! @jordannkelsey

    Jordan x

    Blog || Instagram

  6. Katharina 30th November 2016 / 12:23 pm

    The quality of your photos is stunning!

  7. Zhenya 30th November 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Beautyful<3

  8. ella 30th November 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Loving the title! Being warm is so important to me. I always pack away my summer clothes too, makes room for my new purchases 😉

    Ella xx

    http://www.ellaryder.com/

  9. Soni 30th November 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Love love love it, I enjoy your styles like no other

  10. Sigute 1st December 2016 / 1:32 am

    Loved the humour in this post 🙂 There’s one thing I missed while living in Asia the past 2 years and that was Autumn fashion! So so happy to be surrounded by beautiful coats and scarves and boots again. Loved your look very very ridiculous much in this post 😉 Xx

    http://www.therichnorm.com

  11. Charlie 1st December 2016 / 10:55 am

    I love this post Lydia! The photos are gorgeous and I am a bit smitten with the Bryce coat!
    I have a clear out every 6 to 8 months (I would do it more often if my boyfriend didn’t point out that I would literally have nothing to wear!), and have noticed in the last 18 months or so that I have become more considerate and selective about purchases. This has meant that my clear-outs have become smaller, and my wardrobe has become more curated. I’m not sure what to attribute this shift to – maybe getting older, aspiring to better quality, and looking specifically for good duplicates of high end products (there are a lot out there if you have the patience to look), and also getting satisfaction out of better quality items that last. I have a tendency to get bored as well, especially if I wear something frequently so my solution to this has been to go slightly Parisian – good black denim (always high waisted skinny ankle grazers, even when it is -1), Breton tops or tailored shirts, camel coats, statement dresses …and Chelsea boots. Lots and lots and lots of Chelsea boots. It helps me mix, match and mess up my wardrobe, without having a mammoth cull and ending up with nothing but knickers and faux fur to wear! xx

  12. An Kusseler 1st December 2016 / 11:46 am

    Love the bag and the coat and the way you write. I’ve found your blog through you tube and I can say that I’m whipped !

    Big love from a Belgium blogger.

  13. Selina 1st December 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I dress in the same style all year round. Always colour and pattern. Nothing worse than wearing drab dreary shades in the colder months especially, it’s colour all year round for me. That I insist on

    https://retrocasual.wordpress.com/

  14. Yasmin 1st December 2016 / 10:36 pm

    As always, great post and so much to take out of it. Thank you for putting so much effort on it.

    xoxo Yasmin

  15. Lisa 2nd December 2016 / 1:44 am

    What happened to the Monica Vinader discount code you said you would post on your instagram today for people unable to attend your event?

  16. Leah 2nd December 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I have the same on pinterest as well… addicted. Thank you for also posting warm outfits- I never thought anyone was as cold as me during winter!! 🙂
    xx Leah

    http://www.fashtrav.com

  17. Liz 2nd December 2016 / 9:51 pm

    My dream bag!! Someday… someday.

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