AW13 Trends and Buying Clothes That Last

Whilst my new life of stay-at-home Mummydom with limited finances means a regulation uniform of jeans, tops and knits, layered to various degrees dependent on the weather, I do still retain some hangovers from my past life.  A life of bars, restaurants, clothes shopping, and suchlike, days of higher disposable income and more than a passing interest in the trends of the day.  These days that translates as a brief glance at the current trends, but a strong belief in well-made, beautiful, high quality clothes that last.

I have never really got the whole disposable fashion thing, and proudly wear fabulous clothes that I have had for years which just seem to last and last.  Autumn/Winter is one of the best seasons for picking up these kind of high quality items, with good coats and knitwear being a must-buy in my book.  If you are spending money on expensive fabrics like wool and cashmere they must be made into beautiful pieces that you know will last a few years, in classic cuts and styles that do not date.  Items like womens trousers that can be brought out of storage year after year and look as good as the day they were bought.

These NW3 Beaton Trouser are top of my wish list!

One of the best shops for picking up this kind of clothing is Hobbs, a favourite from my London days, having spent many a lunchtime browsing their South Molton Street store.  Having been designing stylish and luxurious fashion for more than 30 years, their clothes are beautifully cut and made, amazing quality and quintessentially British, with a contemporary style.  With a strong emphasis on quality and attention to detail, their AW13 collection has some real gems that have a place in anyone's wardrobe.

LOVE this Daisey coat!

Of course, dressing well in beautiful stylish clothes doesn't mean ignoring the fashion trends completely, and there are plenty of nods to the catwalk at Hobbs this season.  According to The Telegraph the top 10 trends for AW13 are:

Medieval Sleeves - the split sleeve is sure to be a hit with anyone with less than perfectly toned arms - love this idea!

PVC - super shiny skirts and bodices, one for the youngsters maybe?!

Think Pink - a plethora of dusty pink hues abounded at the catwalk shows

Caped Crusaders - the return of full flight capes to the catwalk!

Dark Romance - a Gothic revival style with layers of black chiffon, lace and velvet

Red All Over - shocking vermillion shades proved a stand out from the usual crowd

Velvet - in rich shades of burgundy, teal and midnight blue

Leopard Print - roar in hints of leopard or go for the full trend on a red background - racy!

Split Skirts - also seen this summer, but now with thigh high splits.  Be interesting to see how us mere mortals interpret that one!!

Turtle Necks - a great winter layering staple, sure to hit the High Street with full force, like this Lara Roll Neck:

All clothes featured are available from Hobbs' AW13 collection


  1. Love all those styles too - the red dress with the little white Peter Pan collar is beautiful - I have one very similar from Cath Kidston!


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