Some of us are fashion unicorns. You know, the kind that wake up every morning, look at their wardrobe, take a look at the weather outside and BAM – know exactly what to wear, know exactly which ring they’ll wear on their pinky finger and which dainty earring will complete the look.
Then there’s the rest of us. Those of us that know logistically speaking there are four seasons but in sartorial terms, it’s either floaty feminine dresses or all out cosy jumpers. No in-between. For obvious reasons this makes getting dressed at this time of year that little bit more tricky. Teddy bear coats are a little too far but bare-legged mini-skirts are out of the question.
We reach for our jeans. Throw on an old t-shirt. Feel a bit ‘meh’ about our outfit choices for a few weeks and hope the rut passes.
But, see, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Yes, I know it’s a confusing time for us all. It’s hard. We get that. But autumn is about so much more than passing the time until you can show off your new investment coat for winter. It’s about breathing a new lease of life into the clothes of summer with a little layering, giving that spring jacket you barely wore one last night on the town (thank you random heatwaves) and honestly, it’s a little bit about giving the middle finger to pressures of sticking with burgundy palettes forever associated with autumn.
Try out the outfit ideas below and get ready to sail through autumn with a seriously stylish pep in your step.
Those of you who love the ease of a knitted dress, step right up. This one is for those of you who like to avoid tough decisions until after coffee – outfit choice included. All you’ve got to do is step into the boiler suit and pair with your stan smiths – bonus points for statement heels (the Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Mules kind) but we know you’re a little fragile right now.
While an easy outfit to assemble, the boilersuit is far from boring. It’s also an easy option for all budgets, with plenty of high street options available, making expensive-looking pieces more accessible for all.
The Corduroy Suit
If one pieces aren’t your thing but the ease of choosing an outfit appeals to you, give the corduroy trend a go. Admittedly, it takes a little getting used to especially given we’d all assumed we’d left the trend behind in the days when our mother used to dress us but here we are. It’s no secret that fashion is feeling nostalgic these days.
Zara have gone all out in support of the trend with multiple options and H&M’s blue hued corduroy skirt suit has gone wild on Instagram.
Layered Summer Maxis
When life gives you sunny spells, cold mornings and roasting afternoons, there’s only one way to adapt your wardrobe – layering. Until the weather makes up its mind and temperatures start to average out, adopt light layers to give you summer floral dresses longevity all the way through October and if you’re really clever, most of November too.
Bored of the polo neck? Try going the other way and layer your dresses over your jeans instead. The street stylers do it so it must be cool. If in doubt, trust in a white shirt. They make everything look sharper.