Autumn Colours: In a Peplum Top and Suede Skirt

For many years, I preferred to wear neutral colours such as black, grey and cream. They are solid wardrobe staples that are easy to pair together and readily available. As I have mentioned before, I recently had the pleasure of living in Mumbai for five years. Being in India definitely helped me to rediscover my love of colour and broadened my fashion horizons to try and incorporate bright colours on a daily basis.

I love the combination of pink, blue, green and other colours in this outfit. The most valuable styling lesson that I learned in India was that all colours can work together – you just have to make an effort to make them get along! So this autumn/winter, I am going  to follow the bright colour palette of Indian clothes and marry different colours and patterns together, regardless of conventional pairing norms.

I am currently having a major love affair with my blue suede boots and seem to be wearing them all the time.  Initially, I hesitated to buy these boots as I was worried that the colour may not work well with my existing wardrobe.  It turned out that they were a great buy as they forced me to think ‘out of the box’ in terms of neutrals and also seem to lend themselves to just about every outfit. So for those of you who tend to stick to neutrals – go ahead and buy a pair of coloured boots this season and you may be pleasantly surprised at how well they work with your existing clothes. I hope you enjoy this ‘lookbook’ and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

(Clothes and Accessories: Peplum Top – Pied A Terre , Suede Skirt – Preen/Edition Debenhams, Blue Boots – Charles and David , Handbag – Claudia Firenze , Silk Scarf – Biba )

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‘Dinner Dressy-Casual’: The Kind Of Clothes That Get The Most Wear

When it comes to ‘going-out’ clothes, the kind that I tend to wear the most (and I suspect many of you as well)  is ‘Dinner Dressy-Casual’ wear. Let’s face it, the chances of most of us going out to dinner with family, friends or colleagues far exceed the chances of an invitation to a destination wedding or a ball. Going out for a meal is a pleasurable social activity and most of us want to look like we made an effort to put our best foot forward. At the same time, we don’t want to be overdressed and stand out like a sore thumb. You don’t want to hear your friends say that when we said we were going to Windsor for dinner, we didn’t mean Windsor castle!

I am a huge fan of peplums and I love the look of this peplum top that I purchased recently (on sale which makes it even lovelier). This bag is one of my favorite clutch bags ever – it has a certain ‘edginess’ to it that I adore and I often find myself reaching for this one over others.  Of course, adding a nice pair of heels to a ‘Dinner Dressy-Casual’ outfit is always a great touch! Last but not least, I am a realist and living in London means always carrying a warm piece of clothing with me, even in the summer! This long-line woollen cardigan is right up my alley – it is chic, warm and a great alternative to carrying a coat. These clothes are a great example of a ‘Dinner Dressy-Casual’ outfit that I have worn recently and will definitely wear again.

I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend filled with many nice meals,  and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

(Clothes and Accessories: Peplum Top – Banana Republic, Black Bottoms – Zara, Clutch Bag – L.A.M.B, Shoes – Charles and David, Cardigan – Banana Republic, Bracelet – Nordstrom)