Ease into the new season with quietly luxurious clothes that have high impact. Add these key pieces to your shopping list …
After a summer spent in sandals, tank tops and floaty dresses, our minds are turning to autumn dressing. And, while we love summer clothes, there’s nothing like a new season to encourage us to sharpen up our wardrobe; embrace a new colour, suit up in some excellent tailoring or invest in a statement handbag, or a pair of boots, so that our accessories can do all the talking. At Kildare Village, the host of luxury boutiques has everything on hand to plan for the incoming season.
The right transeasonal pieces are key for going from one season to the next with ease. What are the pieces worth buying? Those will differ for everybody depending on their personal style, what they feel comfortable in and the needs of their wardrobe. However, there are a few pieces that will always make for fail-safe autumn buys. These power players are savvy investments, made for seasons to come.
First up, is a great pair of boots. When it comes to these, heed our advice: always lean into classic styles and shapes. Take, for instance, LK Bennett’s croc-effect leather knee-high boots in chocolate brown which will add polish to the season’s midi- and mini-length dresses. While, for a more laid-back look, a pair of suede ankle-length boots by Paris brand BA&SH are the perfect foil to jeans and an excellent blouse. Meanwhile, a quilted brown leather bag by Sandro, replete with chain strap, speaks to the current appetite for quiet luxury.
Just as we embrace big frilly dresses (BFDs) in the summertime, autumn is all about a do-it-all dress that can see us through multiple occasions – work, play and the events in between. Step away from longer lengths and embrace a playful, short hemline with Sandro’s tweed effect mini-dress with lace collar. The blousy sleeve adds just the right amount of drama. Meanwhile, to mix things up, a monochrome jumpsuit like the one, below, by Phase Eight is a smart look for after dark or a big event. Finish with a dramatic earring, as per the trend for talking point jewellery. With its love heart charm and dainty pearl detailing, the Roberta earrings by Christina Goldston (get them at Curated by Design Centre) is the perfect finishing touch.
Nothing gives that fresh, back to school feeling like a crisp new blazer. Whether it’s paired with jeans (Sandro’s straight-leg, turn-up style, below, are just the pair), tailored trousers or over a printed dress, a blazer is an investment that will pay dividends as it can be worn from one season into the next. We love a boxy printed blazer paired with jeans and loafers, or trainers, for an easy and elegant on the go look. Equally, a pinstriped, double-breasted blazer nods to the trend for masculine look tailoring, albeit with a feminine, ultra-wearable twist.
If you’re in need of some inspiration why not book a ticket to The Style Sessions at Kildare Village on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10 where a panel of hosts including Jodie Wood, Emma McEvoy and Eider Leite, alongside the personal shopping team, will share how to put your stamp on the hottest trends of the new season. There’ll also be a fashion show, a beauty masterclass and the chance to shop the Village like a VIP with a ten per cent discount in participating boutiques. Tickets, priced at €50, are redeemable against a Kildare Village gift card. Book now to secure your place here.
Printed blazer, RRP €295, Village price, €148, at Claudie Pierlot.
Lace collar dress, RRP €295, Village price, €198, at Sandro.
Leather croc-effect knee-high boots, RRP €720, Village price, €504, at LK Bennett.
Turn-up jeans, RRP €195, Village price, €131, at Sandro.
Caitlin suede boots, RRP €395, Village price, €260.70, at BA&SH.
Brown leather bag, RRP €395, Village price €265, at Sandro.
Monochrome jumpsuit, RRP €259, Village price, €173, at Phase Eight.
Roberta earrings, Christina Goldston, RRP €160, Village price €110, at Curated By Design Centre.
Patent platform heel, RRP €335, Village Price, €217, at Maje.
Double-breasted blazer, RRP €375, Village price, €252, at Sandro.