It’s that time of year again. We are on the cusp; sun-filled days of summer are about to be eclipsed by the darkness of autumn and winter. The recent bout of sunshine is only lulling us all into a false sense of security. Winter is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, even if we have only had a month’s worth of summer.
However, don’t view the impending darkness as a bad thing. This year, darkness is a good thing. Gothic, grungy, romances are to be had with flowing, ethereal black maxi dresses, black leather bomber jackets, lace and sheer bodices, kohl-lined eyes and blood red lips. There will be flings with colour, opulence and grandeur as the baroque trend moves in; gold, amber, emerald, sapphire, ruby and amethyst colour velvet, crepe, canvas, wool and silk. Embroidery brings clothes to life with patterns of flowers, birds and landscapes. It’s dreamlike with a hard edge.
Think Vivienne Westwood in the late 1980s.
There are other trends and myriad sub-trends, but these two will be the biggest, with plenty of punky androgynous tweed, herringbone and coloured denim thrown in for good measure.
Key pieces will be an embellished jacket, a crucifix necklace, a leather skirt, a two-piece tweed suit – skirt or trousers – embroidered blouse, lace crop top or sheer bodice, homespun knitwear, chunky boots and Mary-Jane heels.
Let us help you get the shoe aspect sorted. Next has a huge collection of high-heeled boots and women’s shoes to choose from. Here are three of our favourite styles.
Every girl who knows her fashion needs a pair of Chelsea boots in her closet. This pair of high-heeled boots from Next is gorgeous. Boasting a brushed leather upper, angled heel and wide-width elastic detailing these boots are gothic rock in one clean sweep.
Shoe boots are the ultimate winter heel. Working with jeans and dresses with equal measures of style and aplomb, we really can’t get enough of this pair of high-heeled boots from Next. The snake effect, suede and buckle all come together to produce one very good-looking pair of on-trend women’s shoes.
We said Mary Janes are in, so this pair from Next’s collection of women’s shoes are spot on. The brogueing detailing , elegant shape and large button fastening are exactly what fashion designers had in mind when devising the baroque trend; wear these shoes often!