It’s time to go out out again! Aislinn Coffey has tips and tricks to update your wardrobe …
Going somewhere exciting means we inevitably feel like we need something new. If you invest in something classic rather than trend-led, like slashed or ultra-high necklines or a long, lean skirt, you’ll be able to wear it again and again. Try different accessories so it doesn’t feel like the same look. Style ruts often happen because we only shop in certain shops: try somewhere different, discover new brands. Follow our guide below to help you update your going out out wardrobe as October 22nd looms …
MODERNISE YOUR LBD
What’s in? Glamour is back with a vengeance. Think lashings of sequins, rhinestone embellishments, heels that hurt to walk in and a heavy dusting of gold lamé. Wear the earrings and the necklace and the bangles! Pair your classic LBD with outré accessories and try boots instead of pumps and do not match your shoes to your bag! Tone down hair and make-up if you are going all-out on the clothes front.
Pictured: Lanvin’s LBD is certain to make an impression thanks to thousands of tiny shimmering sequins. Channel the AW21 runways and style with boots, but it’ll go with strappy sandals too.
UPDATE YOUR FOUNDATIONS
Everything heading south? Make sure to invest in a well-fitting bra that offers the right support, one that also works beneath tricky necklines. You’ll also need a pair of no-seam pants. If you don’t own a slip, add it to your shopping list, it will help create a fluid line.
Update your eyeliner look. Step away from that safe signature brown: this autumn is all about joyful graphic streaks of colour. Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliners ( €26) come in exciting shades from gold to silver-grey and khaki, for an instant flash of colour on the upper lashline or the waterline. If you prefer a slightly harder pencil for durability, try Illamasqua Colouring Eye Pencils – our pick is cool emerald green Nomad (€20; www.lookfantastic.ie). SH
UPDATE YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you’re looking for an instant style refurb, then a piece (or two) of well-chosen jewellery has the power to lift any look. Curate your jewellery box with a balanced mix of investment pieces, statement pieces, quirky finds and high street buys. Great accessories can take an outfit from so-so to wow.
The modern way to add versatility to your existing collection is by experimenting with mixed metals: yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. Also, mix eras: think a string of pearls paired with a contemporary cuff. Layer up bracelets, stack some cool rings on your fingers, add a big pair of statement earrings and you’ll have a look that feels elevated, but you. Look at labels like Alexis Bittar, Alighieri, Zara and H&M designer collab specials.
UP YOUR EYEWEAR GAME
Dated eyewear can make you look frumpy. But, four eyes have never been so on-trend (making everyone look better on Zoom). The majority of new, stylish frames are inspired by timeless silhouettes, choose one to suit your face shape. Wire frames can be ageing (although classic) while tortoiseshell, black and almost-translucent acetate frames are the most popular. These days, style-setters are embracing bolder, slightly bigger styles and shying away from almost invisible iterations. Fusing a sophisticated metal frame with tortoiseshell to the top, bridge or arms is a smart hybrid option. Cost per wear, if you invest, they’ll be worth it.
VIKTOR & ROLF
Tortoisehell VR02 acetate frame optical glasses, Viktor & Rolf, €239; www.specsavers.ie
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