Yes, it’s that time again, already. Where did summer go? Never mind, I’ve got something to brighten those shorter days as we head into autumn. The new season is going to be landing at Kettlewell very shortly, and I’ve got a sneak peek of my absolutely favourites to share with you.
the Merino crossover
Kettlewell’s ruched crossover is a perennial favourite and inspired this gorgeous merino version. The ruching nips in the waist and the flattering crossover v neck can be worn as-is or with a contrasting camisole underneath. Plus, merino! Flattering and cosy, this may be the perfect winter top.
the Bailey tunic
Along with the 70s, the 90s is getting a whole lot of love at the minute, and this top really taps into that relaxed, effortless, long and loose layered feel. For true comfortable chic, pair this longline, side split tunic with a pair of jersey trousers in a tonal shade. It will also work well with skinny jeans and leggings, being that rarely found length that skims over hips and bottom.
the Swing dress
The swing dress is one of those pieces that is going to make A/W dressing absolutely idiot proof. With its up to the minute cut, that is conveniently very forgiving of a little post-lunch bloat, the swing dress will take you from loungewear to lunch out with absolutely no input required. Add opaques or leggings, a polo neck for extra warmth (and smile smugly at being highly fashionable – see my round up of A/W top trends), your favourite ankle boots and you’re good to go. One of those effortlessly chic outfits that actually is both effortless and chic.
the Zigzag wrap and skirt
I just think this skirt and top are super clever. The print is a retro-inspired zigzag which fits in nicely with the ongoing fashion love affair with the 70s, and both top and skirt are flattering cuts for a huge range of body shapes and personal styles. The really clever bit though, is their mix-and-match-ability. Top and skirt together make a gorgeously swishy wrap dress effect, but both can also be mixed and matched endlessly with a huge range of colours, both brights and neutrals, thanks to the variety in each print.
the Maria cowl
You wouldn’t believe how much time I spent backing and forthing with the good folk at Kettlewell HQ to work out how to best describe this nifty top. As you will have noticed if you’ve ever tried to wear a romantically draped deep cowl, every time you bend forward the world is able to see rather more of you than might be desired, but a higher neater cowl just lacks the movement and drape of a truly flowing one. Enter the Maria cowl, solution to all your problems. The front of this top is double layered, with the top forming a deep and flowing cowl and the bottom layer a more modest, but not frumpy, scoop neck. All the romance of that flowing cowl, without the worry of inadvertent exposure!
the Wardrobe heroes
I don’t normally spend much time in these sneak peek posts talking about repeat versions of items, but there are a few classic pieces that are such superstars that really I think they need a mention here.
The silky roll neck, of course, is set to be a key part of your wardrobe this winter. Layered under everything or worn on its own, make sure you have a neutral and a bright version to cover every eventuality.
The long cascade wrap is another great garment for accessing that relaxed, long layered 90s trend, and is ridiculously easy to wear.
The peta tunic was a summer favourite for lots of customers, and will continue to serve you well into the colder months too, layered up in the same way as the swing dress above.
The tasha top still holds top spot in the casual garment stakes – layer it over a long vest and wear it with leggings, or throw over your favourite boyfriend jeans. The dolman sleeve and dipped hem add a touch of laid back teenage insouciance, but the high quality fabric and flattering cut mean this one isn’t just for the young.