Its shocking. This is my first blog since July 12th. Long gone are the summer sequins and here I am talking smart sophisticated autumnal suiting.
I can assure you, I've not been hiding for two months, in fact I worked more in August than most.
So apples are falling and we are in day 4 or LFW and sequins are history darling (well until xmas party season) Last week, I helped Hobbs (in Bath) host a women's business networking group so I spent a wet Monday morning trying on their new autumn collection.
Hobbs is a 'go to' destination for me when I'm shopping for clients. Quality tailoring, perfect for the age group I style (35 up) but not really a brand I personally shop in (I'm more of a vintage/edgy dresser)
This season, I'm seriously considering investing. There are some modern classics I'm now swooning over. The quality, feel and fit felt great.
I felt like a grown up and with only 3 weeks away from being 43 its probably time I did.
Here are my top picks from their Autumn collection
(..and just to entertain you, I videoed my very 'on the spot' presentation.. Enjoy and no laughing please..)
Number 1. Its red. Trend box ticked. Number 2. The tailoring is a sleek smart straight style. Number 3. A great length, hits below my knee (but I'm 5ft 2). I tried on the size 10 and it was perfect.
It is smart enough to wear on top of your work suit but has a lovely grey/navy fabric under the collar so you can wear it with jeans at the weekend. It will brighten every dull day from November through to February and you can clash it with pink.
It will also look fabulous at Christmas..
Its a winner for me and I truly believe it is the best red coat on the high street (it will also keep you warm - 100% wool - unlike a lot cheaper alternative).
Here's me wearing it with my skinny grey jeans and the Red Sierra Shirt £69.
If you don't want to join the red brigade - it also comes in dramatic Teal and classic Navy.
Ok, so you've got your coat. Now 'check out' the Sian Suit. In a small dog-tooth black and white check, these trousers are sleek and sophisticated. The material is stretched and the fit is a comfortable high waist with narrow legs. I squeezed into the size 8 (I've been wearing floaty dresses for 6 weeks) but after 5 minutes I was walking tall and loving them.
This suit can work for all ages. Shop assistant Pam who is in her late 50's looked fabulous in it.
The Jacket that co-ordinates with the suit is neater than most of the checked jackets on the high street, but felt great with the trousers. I teamed it with the citrus yellow Sofia sweater to throw some colour into the look but it would look equally sharp with a white shirt or black polo-neck.
The suit also has a matching shift dress.
I loved this Floretta dress. Black and white check, easy to dress up and dress down. Fabric belt which can be traded with a leather one for a bit more edge and it has pockets!
This dress would work fabulously now but layer a light polo neck and tights when it gets cooler. I styled mine over my skinny jeans for a more smart casual look.
A shift. A green shift thats lined, so unlike the Zara ones it won't crease when you get up from your desk. A shift with statement sleeves. Love this colour too. So refreshing from navy, black or ..red.
This is a blank canvas 9am-9pm dress to wear in the office, drinks and out to dinner. A giant mustard yellow necklace would look fabulous with this dress or silver or gold at Christmas and fuchsia pink in the Spring.
Hello new knit. This is everything you need right now. I love the slim fit (perfect to team with a midi statement skirt) or your Sian Suit as photographed. Clients find it hard to clash colours, but this knit does it for you. Love the tie sleeves too.
The Sunday lunch knit. Cashmere in three gorgeous colours to keep you warm and colourful through the winter months.
Couldn't resist trying on a Hobbs trench. Cheaper than a Burberry but a firm quality fabric. l. Love this military khaki colour, a welcome break from camel. It also comes in burgundy, but this colour will work in all seasons (plus it will work well with denim at the weekend).
The shape is a long line style with a slight aline which will allow you to team over dresses.
Green tweed trousers. Oh yes. I really am a grown up. I totally love these. Lined so not horribly itchy. Fantastic fit (I got in to the size 8's). The colour will look fresh in the office with a white shirt but equally appropriate for the weekend with your Chelsea boots and chunky knit.
They come in 2 other colours - a berry tweed and grey too.
As you can see from the photos. I did not take these Connie Courts off. Love the mix of tan and burgundy. Love the cone heel (so on trend but so comfortable) and they come in navy and they look a little bit vintage!