All our favourite brands, from high street to bespoke boutique, have officially dropped their first transitional batches of new season must-haves. Teasing us through summer with occasional tasters, from a touch of grungy check to darker, more mysteriously themed florals, the new attitudes have landed, and with them a whole host of fresh investments to consider.In this month's Fashion Fix, Letara, our resident Oxford Street Fashion Advisor, gives us her take on how to tackle AW13. The key, she says, is to pick pieces that you can seamlessly slip into your wardrobes today, because let's be honest the sun won't last forever. Think live-in leather jackets, all-occasion dresses in winter's lush jewelled tones, lots of animal-inspired motifs and the coolest new tailoring for a much needed office wardrobe revamp.
Still in our pretty summer dresses, albeit probably teamed with last year's ankle boot now, it's inevitable that our shoulders are going to need a tad more cover. The outer layers you choose should be ones you can do just that with; layer. Letara recommends sporty bomber styles for a casual aesthetic, try Mango for some trend-defining check and zebra printed numbers; parka jackets in lighter weights, preferably in khaki for an urban spin, and tailored tux blazers in timeless tones. Try Reiss, Mint Velvet and Hobbs for chic navy, soft shell shades and season-to-season tailoring, and Whistles for always of-the-moment shapes. And then of course there's lovely leather. Celebrity-favoured Muubaa's first few beautifully sumptuous pieces are gracing us with their presence, whether embellished and quilted or sleek and slick. Ted Baker's offerings boast high collars and asymmetric zips, while Mango, as ever, has an array of on-trend winners. Zip, button-up or slouch any of the aforementioned pieces over anything, from off-duty cotton tees, air-soft blouses and day-to-night dresses.