Style by Claire Lopez

Neutral Ground

Two major forces have collided to give this autumn a clear colour palette – the rise of neutral, tonal dressing and the influence of the 70s. This means the shops are awash with beige, caramel, tobacco and rusty copper tones which look sophisticated and rich when worn either head to toe or mixed and matched together.

Button Cuff Crew Jumper £26 Warehouse

Pia Pointelle Polo Jumper £25 Oasis

Penny Merino Wool Sweater £75 Hobbs

For a rust option try this fine knit.

Top Stitched Culottes £59.95 Massimo Dutti

These look gorgeous with a soft cream blouse or knit. Swap the sandals for appropriate footwear.

Besano Culottes £185 The Fold

Culottes are a key trend for this autumn and you can pair yours with courts, pointed flats or fitted longer boots.

Joanne Rust Cropped Tailored Trousers £95

This is a great pair of trousers, in a fab colour. Wear with cream to keep the look light or go for a darker contrast as the days get darker.

Long Shimmery Skirt £29.99 Zara

This is actually not that shimmery in the flesh – a nice amount of sheen I would say. Great for so many occasions – with a cream knit and camel knee high boots or with a crisp white shirt depending on your office dress code. Alternatively, if tonal isn’t your thing it would work well with black or navy top halves.

High Waisted Pleated Maxi Skirt £24.90 Uniqlo

Camel Pleated Skirt with Belt £59 Bricks and Stitches

This is a lovely brand that I discovered through Instagram. Wear with the Grace & Mila Metallic Gold Sweater £55I also love Becky’s styling with a splash of animal print – go leopard or snake on your feet/in your hair/on your arm.

Pleated hanky Hem Skirt £130 Modern Rarity at John Lewis

I actually don’t think the styling is great here and a tonal pair of books would be much better than these which look too dark and heavy.

Kristen Pleated Skirt £110 Boden

This is a lovely skirt you can just as easily wear to the office as with trainers and a tee.

Ribbed Fit and Flare Knitted Dress £39.50 M&S

Belted Dress £25.99 Zara

An easy chuck-on dress that looks sophisticated with boots. Layer up with a roll neck underneath when the weather turns.

Long Blazer with Pockets £119 Massimo Dutti

Raw Hem Jersey Boyfriend blazer £39 Topshop

This is great if you don’t work in a very formal setting as you can dress this up with tailoring or down with jeans.

Forward Knit Ballet Flats £42 Office

Now can I just say these are the most comfortable shoes … EVER. I have huge problems finding slip ons that actually fit, never mind are comfortable. But these are they. They also come in the reverse colourway. Only downside is that they won’t fair too well in the wet.

Stiletto Heel High Cut Court Shoes £25 M&S

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