Looking fabulous in the fall

Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

This is very definitely one of my favourite times of the year – we still have some sunshine but there is a ‘nip’ in the air. Don’t you just adore fleece socks, sofa throws, chunky scarves and central heating? If you don’t, then it is time you started appreciating these little things…they make our lives so much more comfortable!

I never pack away all of my flip flops, I have a few pairs that I use as slippers and they continuously encourage me to keep my toenails looking good and give easy access to rubbing on some moisturiser. I just threw out my latest pair of UGG slippers, after watching a video featuring a farm that supplies the wool to UGG. As a passionate animal lover, all that I can say is that I WILL NEVER BUY A PAIR OF UGG ANYTHING EVER AGAIN! To see men flinging shorn sheep threw the air was horrifying, and to top it off almost every single one of them was bleeding, alot. Perhaps, I won’t make much of a difference but one thing for sure – I would rather have cold feet, than to put them into a pair of UGG slippers. Food for thought for you all!

Red is and always will be my favourite colour, and because of that I don’t wear it too often. I savour the luxury of red, it is such a feel good, feel alive, vibrant, lush, rich, powerful and feminine colour and as far as I am concerned, no other colour comes close! There is a shade of red for everyone; if you believe that red is not your colour, then it is simply because you have not tried on your shade of red. It doesn’t matter what hair colour you are, red works with every colour and it is with great pleasure and delight that I can announce that red is the number one colour for Autumn 2017.

Picture a red trouser suit, heaven! Or what about a classic cut red coat? Simply divine! Red cigarette trousers with a red chiffon blouse – I love this look and having worn it, I can thoroughly recommend it, for any occasion, anywhere. Oscar De La Renta showed it off on the runway, so I set out to copy it for a fraction of the price, and I did. Of course, some of you might just prefer to accessorize with red and hey, red heels do pack a powerful punch. How about an all black or navy look with red leather gloves? My only words of advice on red is to 1) Not buy too much of it and 2) If you love it as much as I do, wear sparingly, so the love never fades – and when you do wear it, you look incredible, not the same as the last red dress you wore last week!

Vintage-looking classic faux fur has replaced last year’s statement fur for Autumn/Winter – there are no frills, no added print or detail just good old classic fur coats, and the bigger the better. Here’s to hoping that we get lots of ‘dry’ cold nights so that we can really wear our fur in style! My daughter’s graduation is this month and I am so excited that I can choose between my gorgeous red coat or a vintage caramel faux fur cape coat that I found in a thrift shop in New York two years ago. My humour, the weather on the day and so on will decide which one I will wear over a classic navy Karen Millen dress. After all, it’s not my day, it’s my daughter’s day, she will be the one to shine and her outfit needs to take centrestage. I am bubbling with excitement and have a newfound fascination with and adoration for the Infant of Prague!

A faux fur coat adds instant glamour and is one of the few ‘sensational pieces’ that is also completely practical. Wear it any time, don’t keep it tucked away just for nighttime and don’t think that you have to be dressed formally underneath. Jeans, long sleeve t-shirt, pair of converse, sunglasses and a fur coat is a very chic and confident look.

When Prada decked a model out in bright 70s plaid, initially I baulked when I saw the coats and long dresses. However they grew on me. There is something quirky and new about this re-invented look. OK, so it’s not for everyone but it is very definitely for a certain type of girl who will wear it with confidence and look sensational. I’m all for looking different, the key is to have the confidence to try a very new look and wear it well.

Victorian collars have been creeping in for a while now but I get the feeling that YOU WILL BE UP TO YOUR NECK IN HIGH COLLARS before the season is out! They can look very elegant, as long as you don’t feel stuffy in them. One or two blouses with Victorian-inspired collars would make a lovely addition to your wardrobe.

Over-sized men’s blazers are one of this season’s ‘must-haves’ with shoulder pads. It’s very much ‘I’m a strong independent woman’ look…the kind that you don’t mess with. I must admit, an amazing look on the runway, especially the plaid jackets.

Who would have thought it but fishnets are the fastest selling tights this season, This time around, designers teamed them with a more formal look – with designer dresses and men’s blazers. Are you daring enough to wear them? You could just buy them and they may never leave the house…surprise your special someone with a romantic meal at home and wear your fish net tights! You’ll probably need to wear some other clothes but don’t ever forget to ‘not’ take yourself so seriously sometimes, age is irrelevant, having a laugh and having fun keeps you young. Life, as we all know is not always like those romcom movies, it can be at times, but the rest of the time it is so busy that you can even be pressed for the time to turn around, let alone make time for each other. So, happy fishnet stocking shopping, and if you never buy them, at least I hope that I’ve made you smile.

PS: I still smile when I think of my boys, age five or six, cutting up the most beautiful and ‘not-cheap’ pair of fishnet stockings that I owned to go crab fishing with! Yes, they caught lots of crabs (which of course they threw back in) – they were delighted and the following day, having left a bucket with the cut up stockings and bait outside, had me laughing, as my boxer ran passed the patio doors with the stockings in his mouth. He also had great fun playing tug of war with our other dog…and that ended the life of those much-travelled fishnet stockings!


Latest News Articles:

Clonakilty goes up the hill for Jack and Jill
Ireland’s first LGBT+ modern Irish history course launched
Dúchas lecture on The Burning of Cork
Why we need to revive the co-operative movement
Government’s proposed Bill will make it much harder to protect our environment, health and heritage
Bandon Students new findings on Emotional Intelligence
National Marine Planning Framework meeting in Bantry
Cork Art Therapy Summer School celebrates 30th Anniversary
Wonderful community spirit in Bantry
A new chapter for the Foley family with opening of funeral home in Clonakilty

Join us on Facebook

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: Error validating access token: Session has expired on Sunday, 09-Jun-19 02:15:37 PDT. The current time is Thursday, 23-Jan-20 05:35:55 PST.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 190
Subcode: 463
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

Jump to: