Autumn is one of the more difficult seasons to dress for. The weather in England is temperamental at the best of times – as I’m writing this I’m staring out the window at a bleak dismal sky, when yesterday we had been basking in the glorious sunshine – and this time of year provides even more difficulty with it being a transitional season, as our days get shorter and the mornings get colder. It is tough to let go of warm weather dressing but embracing the chill can lead to exciting style choices including stylish footwear and woolly accessorising.
Here are my tips for dressing in this unpredictable season:
This classic trick is still seen as a fashionable way to style your wardrobe, as well as providing extra warmth. Pairing a long-sleeved top with a light cropped biker jacket means that you are prepared for the fluctuating temperature if you become overheated. An oversized jumper and scarf allows another an extra layer of cosiness, as well as being an effortless way of adding colour or texture to an outfit. A bright scarf in a red, orange or yellow tone remains in theme of an autumnal colour palette but can also enhance an otherwise plain or simple ensemble – an added bonus is that it’s easy to remove to help you cool down when struggling with the heat as you walk up Forum hill.
The sun hasn’t disappeared just yet…
Do not throw your summer t-shirts to the back of the wardrobe in too much haste, they can still be used. A t-shirt helps to keep layering less bulky, keeping proportions right and ensures that you don’t drown yourself in too much fabric when dealing with the varied weather. There is occasionally some sun in October, so keep your sunglasses to hand. A pair of large red cat-eyes or aviators with coloured lenses add something unique and playful to an outfit with a more subdued colour scheme. This can also be achieved with a brighter coloured bag; a mini cross body in a metallic sheen or a dusty rose shade delivers an injection of cheerfulness to a dull grey day.
An influx of rain following the summer season means sensible footwear. However, this does not have to leave you bored with what you put on your feet. Ankle boots are a staple and are easy to throw on and make any outfit look effortlessly put together. A pair of simple black boots are stress-free but will continue to be a chic addition to any ensemble. However, if you want something that will provide more of a statement and step you quite literally out of your comfort zone, then a pair of metallic loafers are continuously coming back onto the high street year after year. Seemingly daunting and perhaps over the top, they are in fact incredibly easy to style as long as the rest of your outfit consists of simple cuts and colours.
Listed below are my top picks from the high street.
Faith Adele Metallic Loafers, £35. Available at Asos.com.
These loafers are comfortable and waterproof, attributes essential for autumn. Paired with some light wash denim, a simple white shirt and a leather jacket, they will not seem as excessive as perhaps initially thought.
Public Desire Trish Ankle Boots in Faux Suede, £34.99.
To emphasise the elongating nature of the heeled boots keep your outfit tailored with some cropped suit trousers or skinny jeans.
& Other Stories Stripe Cotton Tee, £23.
A good quality t-shirt is key in an autumnal wardrobe. Paired with a midi skirt and cropped jacket and you have a perfect layering item. The red in this item is also very on trend for Autumn 2017.
Zara Polyamide t-shirt with polo neck, £12.99.
This polo neck shirt is perfect for layering under coats and jackets. The polo neck adds further warmth but is also a staple look for autumn. Paired with large statement earrings and this simple top reaches new levels of sophistication.
Bershka Suedette Biker Jacket, £49.99 (available on Asos).
Investing in a jacket that can take you from autumn to winter is integral for cold weather dressing. This biker jacket is in an electric blue that will liven up a pair of black jeans and boots. It can be layered with a t-shirt, and then a thicker jumper when the weather becomes a little less bearable. The faux fur also adds another texture and dimension as well as extra warmth.
ASOS Long Tassel Scarf in Supersoft Knit in Colour Block, £14.
The yellow in this scarf looks daunting, but will in fact be the perfect coupling to many colours in your autumn wardrobe. A simple pair of jeans will be given a new lease of life with this sunny scarf.
– by Claudia Lace