THE REPORT

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This is the season where accessories come into their own. They were made for the dark evenings and blustery autumn days. Don’t get me wrong, we have summer accessories too but there’s just something satisfying about dusting off your gloves and digging out your favourite scarf each autumn. Halloween marks the beginning of hat and scarf wearing season, it’s the warm up before layering up for Bonfire night. Right now it isn’t looking as cold as we might expect for the time of year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get winter-ready!

Bags

I’m not sure why but bags just seem far more appropriate in the colder months – perhaps we carry more stuff around with extra layers etc so they see more use….Anyway, the point is that if you don’t already have a good strong sturdy bag, you need to get one. Personally I’m a big fan of the folio bag right now, it’s a neat little piece that fits in perfectly into a work environment but also can translate for the weekend. You don’t have to go for the super-smart documents bag, there’s always the more distressed professor-style for those who want to keep it subtle. Anyway there’s going to be plenty of room for your laptop, tablet, wallet, phone, keys, umbrella and a few snacks…..

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Gloves

The thin woolly gloves are perfectly acceptable for this point of the season when it’s not too cold, but when the temperature drops it’s time to update to leather. Sleek and smart, they finish off an outfit with an air of sophistication.

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Hat and Scarves

Winter woollies – you’ve got to love them. There’s something very comforting about wearing a woolly scarf and hat, protecting yourself against the elements – plus they always look bloody fantastic on. There’s not an outfit which you can’t incorporate a scarf into, and quite often that same rule applies to hats. Hats are a great accessory for hiding beneath, saves you time in the morning when you know you don’t need to style your hair because the end result is going to be hat hair….Stick to classic shades of black, navy and grey for a more versatile approach to headwear, the only exception would be khaki which makes for a great alternative.

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Scarves can always be split into different categories, it all depends on what look you’re after. You’ve got the traditional tartan in 100% wool, the modern ribbed cotton, the contemporary patterned and finally the luxury blends. I personally think we should dip into each of those categories by owning one of each design, giving ourselves more choice…but if you’re not quite so frivolous as myself, then you need to pair your scarf with the most prominent piece of clothing you’ll be wearing – your coat. When it comes to tying the knot (your scarf not your marital status), there are a few options you could you for….

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