Well I’ll be the first to admit that on a beautiful day like this I really wasn’t keen on being inside a shopping centre. I wanted to be outside, in the sun, getting a cheeky October tan! But when fashion calls, it’s a natural instinct for me to answer! So I headed over today to the last day of Westfield’s Car Bootique to check out what fashion goodies lay in store.
The Car Bootique, which ran from Tuesday 27th September to Sunday 2nd October, is basically a traditional car boot fair on steroids, with some of Westfield London’s most popular brands each taking over a gorgeous Mercedes-Benz car to showcase their must-have buys for this season. It also featured a gorgeous fashion show of six key AW11 trends – androgyny, fur and coats, heritage, party wear, jewel tones, sixties – and this was my favourite bit of the event.
I loved each look in every trend, but some of the price tags were a little out of my reach, so I’ve selected a few key pieces under £100 each from my favourite trends. These won’t make your bank account angry but they will give you a huge spring in your step as you walk into this season feeling on trend and on budget!
Fur and coats trend:
Leg warmers: River Island, £18
Ok, so the dog is amazing but unfortunately she’s got an owner already! So why don’t you channel her gorgeous furry style with these beautiful leg warmers from River Island. Wear them over bare legs during the season transition and then over tights once the weather get colder.
Shoes: River island, £65
What I love about these shoes is that they don’t take the animal kingdom reference too literally. They hint of exotic locations, safari nights and animal skins without throwing them in your face. They’d be perfect for a hot night-time look teamed with some leather trousers (see the look below) and simple accessories.
Bag: Next, £32
Trousers: Label Lab at House of Fraser, £60
No way would I have guessed this bag was only £32. It’s a beauty, adding some of attitude to any look. I also had to feature these gorgeous leather trousers because they’re a key piece for this season. Wear them the same way you’d wear jeans, but trust me, they’ll give you more swag in your walk!
Shawl: Massimo Dutti, £69.90
Leggings: Zara, £29.99
Heritage has come a long way from tweed jackets. Think down-to-earth fabrics and tones, mixing prints and bold layering. I love this shawl because it looks kind of like a cape and can be worn in a variety of ways. It’s a cool alternative to coats and jackets. It goes great with these gorgeous purple-pink leggings, which are a great way to inject some colour and pattern into more neutral outfits.
Party wear trend:
Trousers: Pull & Bear, £39.99
I’ve loved Pull & Bear since coming across them on holiday in Spain, so I was super psyched when they arrived in Westfields. These amazing trousers are rocking the metallic trend and look far more expensive than they are. Don’t just keep these in the cupboard for nights out – these trousers can work just as well during the day paired with a slouchy tee and boots.
Jewel tones trend:
Blazer: Bershka, £25.99
Another Spanish brand that has finally landed in the UK, and again another item that looks far more expensive than it is. This beautiful blazer is perfect for work, shopping trips, nights out … anything! It’s a beautiful colour that can suit all skin tones