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Fall Fashion: Transitional Trends for AW19 with Very.co.uk*

Can you believe that it's almost September already? I sure can't. 2019 is simply flying by! The ninth month of the year will be beckoning in a new season too - it's nearly time for pumpkin spiced lattes, crunching through falling leaves, and (of course) a return to jumpers, scarves, and layering up in our favourite autumnal fashions. But as someone who LOVES the summer and never really wants the warm weather to end, packing away my sunshine-suitable wardrobe is always a sad occasion. However, this year I've decided to try and keep as many of my summer staples in action as possible throughout autumn. "How will do you it?!" I hear you ask. The answer is simple: by focusing on transitional wardrobe trends. My plan is to invest in a few key pieces that will keep my summer styles working for me even as the weather turns cooler.

But finding the ideal new items to elevate your look for a new season can take a while. And let's face it, I just don't have the patience to traipse through busy high street stores in search of the perfect pieces. Online shopping is so much better - you can try your items on in the comfort of your own home, no rushing in a tight changing room required! It's easy to find everything you want on one site too, especially if you're shopping with Very.co.uk. I'm sure that everyone reading this post will have heard of Very - they're famous for their combination of big brands and on-trend fashion, ensuring high quality as well as style. But something that you may not be aware of is that Very have welcomed an exciting new brand to their online offering this autumn: you can now shop with Topshop at Very as well as Quiz, River Island, Warehouse and loads of other major brands. To celebrate Very's new Topshop launch, this post features a whole host of Topshop transitional pieces that you're now able to pick up from Very. Get ready for some autumn inspo!

Abbey wearing autumn 2019 trendy clothing; a red dress and leopard print scarf

Autumnal Colours

The best place to start when talking new season fashion is colour. And since it's autumn, the shops are filling with neutral tones fast. Beige is omnipresent and brown is making its regular seasonal comeback. However, those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now know that I am NOT a neutral kind of girl. Give me vibrant colour all year round, please! That's why seeing so many gorgeous bold tones in the Topshop AW range has made me really happy! I've been wearing this red wrap dress all summer and I'll certainly be taking it into autumn with me. The block red colour of the dress will keep my wardrobe looking bright and beautiful whilst matching the falling leaves, and the deep V-neck and cap sleeves are super flattering. If you're tempted to invest in a similar piece, Topshop have a fabulous Pleated Maxi Dress on offer. With the longer length and the gorgeous ruffles, it has a lot more drama than my simple wrap dress but you can make both pieces cool-weather appropriate in exactly the same way: pop a pair of tights and a black turtleneck on underneath and you'll be sorted! And if the wrap dress look has really stolen your heart, there is a pretty Ruffle Wrap Mini in red on the Very site too - the perfect injection of fun and colour!

Abbey stands centrally wearing a red dress and leopard print scarf, either side are two images of a red ruffle dress from Very's Topshop range

Fierce Accessories

Pretty fabrics look like they're going to remain an autumn style staple this season, in stark contrast to the accessories gracing the shelves. When it comes to bags, shoes and jewellery, everything is going edgy. Think all things chunky and covered with leather, studs, and chains! Biker chic is very on-trend. I absolutely love the combination of the floaty clothing and grungy accessories - there's no better way of saying "I'm feminine but I have ATTITUDE!" Cross-body bags are my favourite expression of this trend and I love them for their practicality as well as their looks. My leather cross-body bag embraces the trend with the chunky silver hardware on the front but I must admit that Topshop's Casady Chain Detail Cross-Body Bag on the Very site is a very tempting investment. It'll ensure that you look stylish whilst (importantly!) still being roomy enough to keep your wallet, keys and other essentials safe. Black is a great colour to choose for accessories too, whatever the season! I'll be rocking my black chunky bag well into winter.

To the left, a model wearing a red dress and chunky black cross-body bag. Abbey wears a similar outfit to the right

Leopard Lives On

Leopard print certainly isn't going anywhere for Autumn/Winter 2019! You can easily wear your favourite big cat with pride this season - leopard print is adorning everything from skirts and shoes to scarves and slips at the moment! If the 90's style (which is also a big trend right now) is a bit of you, Topshop's Leopard Print Ruched Slip Dress is a must purchase. The super skinny spaghetti straps give it a dainty feel and the dress is length-adjustable too! The ruched tie detail on the side enables you to shorten it if you'd like. Throwing an oversized jumper or jacket over the dress would enable  you to make it work all the way through autumn. Scarves are another great wardrobe transition piece - shockingly the only leopard print item that I own right now is a scarf! I love scarves because they can be wound around your neck if the wind picks up or just draped around your shoulders if the weather is a little warmer. This is ideal for if you're not quite sure what the autumnal weather has in store when you're leaving the house!

Abbey to the left holding out her leopard print scarf which catches in the wind. To the right, a model wears a Topshop leopard print dress

What's on your Very.co.uk wishlist right now? Whether it's any of these gorgeous transitional fashion pieces or something from Topman for your fella, let me know in the comments below!

*This post was written in paid partnership with Very.co.uk