Ever since the AW12 shows I've had my eyes peeled for sale purchases from AW11 that reflect the themes of the up coming season. It's the cheapest way to dress for a new look, as the high street are desperate to clear the shelves in time for their spring and summer ranges.
One of my favourite port of calls is Whistles Outlet - a really useful part of their website where they sell past season pieces at a snippet of the original price. And I've just found a fantastic bargain. Not sure if you read my write ups on London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week - but one look that came up again and again was twill/tweed.
In the US, heritage brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren really used the hunting, shooting and 'all-English' influences in their collections. Over here, countless designers went 'Downton Abbey' on us and produced similar looking pieces (a few examples below from Paul Smith and Burberry Prorsum).
This Veronica suit set coins the idea perfectly, and the great thing is because it is officially from last season, it's discounted massively. The trousers (reduced to £50, buy them here) are keeping up with the pencil/cigarette trouser shape that remains key for all of 2012, and the jacket (reduced to £85, buy them here) is a really lovely shape (I annoyingly bought it last November, although saying that I got a hell of a lot of wear out of it over the winter last year) and the double breasted buttons are very much 'in' for AW12. Really recommend making this purchase, you won't regret it. Here are a few examples of the look from the runways last week:
Ralph Lauren AW12 @ New York Fashion Week
Burberry Prorsum and Paul Smith AW12 at London Fashion Week
South Molton St Style