Buy now, wear later

10 Jul 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Start planning your Eid shopping list with Penny Fray’s sneak peak of what you’ll want to wear next season

It’s over. The four fashion capitals have showcased their wares and the result is a host of new ideas, inspirations and trends for the forthcoming season. While autumn may be a couple of months away, there’s no harm in being prepared, especially since Muscat’s stores are now re-stocking their shelves with some amazing new stuff.

So what to buy? Well, consider snaffling summer’s statement florals and faunas in the sales and update them for autumn with pared down accessories and oversized silhouettes. After all, the latest catwalks were a riot of butterflies, rich golden embroidered gardens and lovely lace blooms. Other popular prints included harlequin checks and Breton stripes. 

If patterns and embellishments are not your thing but you still want to make a statement for the new season – go bright. From Christian Dior’s clashing colour combinations to Prada’s punchy hues and Miu Miu’s sweet-wrapper metallics, September looks like being a super sunny month. 

Meanwhile, minimalists like me will be kept happy with subdued shades and softly structured tailoring. Things are kept modern with exaggerated proportions. Consider Acne Studios and The Row for luxurious cocoon-like sweaters that envelop the body, while capes were embraced by all the couture houses. It’s a look that stealthily conceals a multitude of sins, but volume doesn’t mean bulk. Offset longer-length proportions by revealing an elegant ankle or wrist. On the high street, Zara and H&M have some amazing high-impact pieces at affordable prices. 

Last but not least, consider channelling the cowboy look with tasseled accessories, jeans and printed blanket coats. It was one of pre-autumn’s biggest looks thanks to Chanel’s frontier-themed show.

Next week, we’ll look at what’s big for the boys. See you then.



Summer’s big print continues to dominate autumn’s palette. Offset a statement piece like this Matalan blouse with luxurious, pared-back basics. From RO10.



The easiest way to tap into next season’s Wild West trend is jeans – but not the skinny kind. Frame Denim’s distressed Le Garcon jeans are a flattering, slimmed-down take on the classic boyfriend cut. Carefully crafted in the USA, this stretch-denim pair features a five-pocket construction, a comfortable mid-rise and a fresh light-blue wash. Available online from Net-A-Porter for RO172. Obviously, you’ll get budget versions from Gap, Splash and other chain stores in Muscat’s various malls.



Ease yourself into the new season with an oversized jacket or coat in a light wool or silk fabric. This classic camel number from H&M is bang on trend and will be perfect for travelling to colder climates during Eid’s big getaway. It’s good value at RO99.

For Muscat, however, try a billowing light trench from Zara.



A minimalist bag will transcend both seasons and trends. That’s why I love M2Malletier’s Fabricca clutch, handmade from smooth, black leather. The brand’s signature gold needle handle is inspired by medieval armour and took two years to perfect. Use this to carry your compact, phone and purse, and free up your hands with the optional shoulder strap. Obviously, it’s an investment buy at RO605. But great (and cheaper) alternatives can be found in Zara and M&S.



It’s time to retire round-toed ballerinas and point up with these versatile flats from Zara. From RO20.



Forget summer’s maxi skirt because the midi is more flattering than you might think. Elongate your torso by tucking in your top or wearing it with a cropped tee. This leather-look piece from M&S offers a bit of an edge to your new season look. From RO40.


Penny’s tips on how to update your wardrobe:

  1. Add feathers, fripperies and faux fur to plain pieces to bring them right up to date. If you can’t sew, grab the glue gun.
  2. The print dress is a forever piece. Wear with bare legs and flowing, loose hair now, but switch to opaques and an up-do for autumn.
  3. Embellishment continues to dazzle after several seasons in the spotlight. If you’ve yet to buy into the trend, a jewelled hair band is a low-commitment, high-impact purchase.

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