Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak – Rachel Zoe.
Autumn is well and truly here. Have I mentioned that I am living for it recently? I really am. I spoke to a fellow blogger on Instagram about autumnal fashion and how my usual attire consists of jumpers and jeans and… that’s pretty much it. This year, however, I saw how many new styles and pieces there were out in the fashion universe that I had to buy a few pieces of my own. Autumn is the time of year for darker colours, thicker fabrics and plenty of boots; it is also the time of year that fashion is at the forefront of people’s minds – at least I think so; far more than summertime, because summer is all about keeping as cool as possible in pretty dresses.
Now, there have been articles surfacing about fast-fashion and how it affects the earth; I completely agree that all of us should cull our shopping habits and recycle our clothes so that it both helps our world and our pockets. Yes, most of my own pieces here have been bought new. Nevertheless, I am certain I will keep these pieces for many, many years – I am a hoarder and a girl who loves to wear pieces from years ago. I am that person who, when asked where something is from, will say “oh I bought it from XYZ, but a couple of years ago.” And, when I do get fed up of items, they head up the road to the charity shop.
THE CHECKED DRESS
Checks are well and truly a fashion staple this season. I have seen them all over my Instagram feed; obviously not as much as the classic leopard print that is going wild (see what I did there – funny, or no?) with literally every single person owning something of that print. I love the checked look, especially on swing dresses. It is extremely flattering for all body types; portrait lines give the illusion of a slimmer body, whilst horizontal balance out the curves.
THE LEATHER BOOTS
For me, boots season is late September until mid April – or maybe even later. Basically, boots are my way of life for the majority of the year and I’m sure that if I could get away with wearing them during the summer, I would. My own boots are actually hand-me-downs from my twelve year old cousin – she is model-tall and so her feet have grown. Great news for me because I’ve been wanting them since Christmas Day last year! They have laces and a chunky heel which does not hurt at all, even after a full day of wandering across fields and through hallways. Leather boots go with absolutely everything. They can be dressed down with jeggings and a jumper; dressed up with dresses and skirts; or thrown on with a pair of leggings for hangover day.
THE LEATHER JACKET
I dedicated an entire post to my leather jacket. It is definitely an investment piece, one that I have been after for years. I have worn it to death since I bought it a couple of weeks ago. It goes with absolutely everything that I am wearing right now, and with the warm weather, it has been the perfect companion, even with simple dresses. It can be thrown on to make the most sparkly ensemble a little edgier and more casual. Plus, there are all styles of leather jackets, from simple biker jackets to the printed, frayed and fringed kind.
THE LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT
Like I said before, leopard print is absolutely everywhere. I had to jump on the bandwagon, didn’t I? Especially when I saw the F and F Clothing skirt in Tesco. Believe me, that skirt is so comfortable and feels really soft on too! It is high-waisted which is my favourite style of skirt/shorts/jeans. For my body shape (small waist, big hips), high-waisted items flatter my lumps and bumps. And, there is a leopard print skirt for every body type!
THE ANKLE LENGTH DRESS
I almost walked past my favourite autumnal dress in Tesco and my head did a double take. It is super comfortable, extremely lightweight but keeps you warm against the cool breeze. The colours are completely autumnal, but can be worn in winter too, and I believe it is a dress that will stand the test of time. It also makes me feel a little witchy which is perfect for this month in the run up to Halloween. This length is amazing for the weather we’ve been having too; warm one moment and brittle the next. There is no need for tights with this kind of dress!
What are your favourite trends of the season? Will you be buying into any of mine? Or, have you already purchased and refused to look back.
Love, Faye xo