Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower – Albert Camus.
Yes, I know. Technically it’s not autumn just yet. Nevertheless, the leaves are falling and the skies are turning darker much earlier than those long, gorgeous summer evenings. It is time to start pinning those autumnal inspiration boards, get the candles out and burning, wrap up cosy and warm and find a new box set or two (or way more) to watch in the warmth of your home. It is also a time that your wardrobe begins to change ever so slightly. The chunky knits come out, the darker hues, the warmer tones; fashion in autumn is the most eclectic (my new favourite word) and it is honestly, now, one of the reasons I get so excited for this time of year.
I haven’t focused on fashion and style on this blog for such a long time. I think that I went through a phase of wanting to be like everyone else and talk about fashion and style as well as talk about it for myself too. Despite wearing black leggings or jeggings and a top every day, I do actually love to get dressed up once in a while, or style a completely different outfit for the normal day-to-day. The problem with me is, I’m always waiting for a special occasion to wear something “nicer” from my wardrobe when I should just wear it and feel good in something a little more extravagant than the usual. Even wearing the outfit in this blog post for twenty minutes made me feel so confident and so incredible (despite the zip not fastening all the way at first), so much so that I want to put it on again just to run to the shops and have that feeling of having a story to tell through my clothes. It is so easy to just throw on whatever is most comfortable, but as I wear different outfits for photos and blog purposes, I find myself wanting to wear something a little different to the usual all the time. Plus, the fact that I don’t have much of a chance to get all dressed up for an event or occasion all the time means that every day can be an occasion instead.
I want to keep my autumnal wardrobe as simple as possible and also as sustainable as it can be; I hardly ever buy clothes as it is right now due to other commitments and the lack of need for new clothes – the opposite of how I used to be. I find that these five pieces are what I’ll be referring to over the coming months and I am excited to inject some style back into my life and my blog…
THE BOYFRIEND’S HAT
Ladies and gents, if your boyfriend has a hat that you absolutely adore, grab it at every possible moment. I think I wear this hat more than Warren does at the minute! Hats are great accessories for autumn and winter because they are not only a stylish piece, they keep your head warm during the colder bites of the year. A hat is versatile, no matter what shape, style or colour you choose, and can completely change the look of an entire outfit. They also hide greasy, dirty hair which is a huge bonus for when you just can’t be bothered to wash it… aka most days.
THE BRIGHT JUMPER
Just because the days are darker doesn’t mean our clothes automatically turn to black, navy or grey. I love to throw on a bright, sometimes outlandish, jumper to add lots of colour to an outfit. It instantly uplifts my mood and makes the day seem so much brighter, even when it’s pouring down with rain. The colours and the vibrancy make me feel so much happier and more positive. Sometimes, even if I don’t feel like it’s going to be an incredible day, I’ll wear a colourful jumper to trick myself; it makes any boring old leggings or jeans look less old and definitely more fun.
THE FAUX LEATHER SKIRT
This particular skirt has been in my wardrobe for years and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t come out very often. I tend to save it for a night out down the pub, a time that I am most definitely not eating a massive meal, or perhaps a special occasion during an autumnal afternoon. Being slightly high-waisted, it has served me well over the years in hiding my tummy; as it is slightly A-Line, it skims out a touch which helps in the general balance of my body shape. I do adore this skirt and I want to wear it a lot more, especially since combining it with a jumper for the casual look. Skirts are amazing for dressing up an outfit just a touch. These classic autumnal pieces can be worn with tights or without if you’re feeling brave and are an all-round must-have for this time of year.
THE OVER-THE-SHOULDER CLUTCH
I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to call this bag, but know that it is one of my all-time favourites in style, colour and price – a mere £16.99 from TK Maxx! At first, the selling point was the colour of the bag: I adore anything green. But not only is it this beautiful, deep, olive colour washed over faux snakeskin, the size and where it lands against my body are the absolute winners. During autumn, everybody wants a bag that reflects the colours and the magical atmosphere, but what they also want is something sturdy, something that will match every outfit and will also fit into it without jarring. This style is my go-to for autumn, just as it is for the last days of summer.
THE CLASSIC BOOTS
When do I not wear these boots? I adore them. They are comfy, transitional, a little bit different to the norm of standard black boots these days. I can wear these boots with a pretty bohemian dress just as I can wear them with the classic jumper and jeans combo. These are probably the most transitional and versatile items in my wardrobe. If I could get away with wearing them every single day, I probably would.
What are your five transitional fashion items for this autumn?
Love, Faye xo