October already?! It's crazy to think that we are well and truly sinking into the depths of Autumn, when I'm still only just adjusting to the fact that it is no longer over 20 degrees outside.
Because of this, I've spent the past couple of weeks delving deep into my wardrobe and searching for Autumn-appropriate-attire. In doing so, I've managed to stumble upon a variety of pieces from years gone by that I once didn't care much for, and now am head over heels for. It's ludicrous what time can do to my
opinion on style!
So, whilst bringing a few new additions into my wardrobe for AW17, I've also been incorporating old trends and pieces of mine that I think will work really well within my current style. I hope you enjoy this post, and that it could help any of you who are also struggling with the transitional period!
1. The Suede Jacket (& chelsea boots)
Jacket - Massimo-Dutti (old/rediscovery) / Jumper - &OtherStories / Trousers - &OtherStories / Boots - Kralj (Serbia, rediscovery) / Bag - Vintage / Beret - Paris
I was rooting around our guest-room wardrobe in my house one afternoon, as we tend to store seasonal clothing in there throughout the year. Whilst looking for my beige trench coat, I happened to stumble upon this beautiful camel suede jacket from Massimo Dutti that once belonged to my Mam - she hasn't worn it for years, and I honestly can't even remember her ever wearing it, so I tried it with my outfit of the day - and by God, I fell in love! I adore the detail in the stitching, the marbled buttons, the angled pockets, and the slight flare added to the cropped style - it's somewhat very Parisian, and when paired with an olive green jumper and a pair of black flares, it is the perfect Autumn combination. I also found these high black chelsea boots that I bought years ago from the renowned Belgrade shoe-maker 'Kralj' (translating to 'King') in Serbia, my home country, and I'm so glad I found them - they're comfortable, versatile, and a little edgier than a standard pair of chelsea boots.
2. The Beret & Pie-Crust Top
Jacket - All Saints (Wyatt) (similar here) / Top - Topshop (similar here)/ Trousers - Zara / Shoes - Underground (creepers) / Beret - Paris / Sunglasses - Rayban
I was clearing out my old bedroom just before I moved out of the family home (!) and I somehow came across this beret I bought in a market in Paris when I was much, much younger. I mean how much more Parisienne can one get?! I've really been enjoying styling it up throughout the last few weeks during the cooler weather, and one of favourite things to pair it with is this great pie-crust neck blouse I bought in the Topshop sale at the end of Summer... for a fiver. I'd been looking for a great blouse that I could easily pair with just about anything (a new staple wardrobe item if you will), and Topshop stocked a wide variety of colours in this flattering style, complete with ribbon tie at the back of the neck and a small flute at the bottom of the sleeves. I went for this muted cream colour as it's a great Autumnal update on the standard white t-shirt if you ask me.
3. The Dad Blazer (e.g. 'a boyfriend style coat')
Jacket - / Jumper - Whistles / Jeans - Topshop (old variation of 'Dree') / Boots - Topshop (similar here) / Sunglasses - Rayban / Bag - Coccinelle (similar here)
I have always been a huge fan of the 'boyfriend' style in clothing, e.g. boyfriend jeans, a boyfriend sweatshirt, boyfriend coat etc. My boyfriend coat from Mango which I bought when I was 17 is still a huge staple piece in my Winter wardrobe to date. However, when I'm looking for a boyfriend style coat in the warmer months (aka now), I love looking at mens blazers as an alternative. They're surprisingly flattering, hence this jacket that used to belong to my Dad. He hasn't worn it for years, so I've sortof taken it under my fashion wing as of late. The muted green tone, and general over-sized look is great for Autumn, and when styled right can be far more flattering than you'd expect. My Dad's coats are far bigger than the men's sizes I'd go for considering I'm only 5'2", but even then this jacket doesn't seem to be too over-bearing on my petite frame, so don't be afraid of menswear pieces.
4. The Vinyl Trench
Trench Coat - Topshop / T-shirt - Amazon Fashion (Find) / Jeans - Crew Clothing / Boots - Office / Bag - Vintage / Belt - Salvatore Ferragamo
Ever since Alexa Chung released that infamous vinyl trench coat that sold out in a matter of days for M&S, I've been on the hunt for the perfect shiny coat. I love trench coats as they're flattering, and easy to incorporate in anyone's wardrobe, but something about a vinyl trench coat really appealed to me. There's something very feminine yet grungey about this nineties throwback style. I finally found the perfect one (which is almost identical to the Alexa one) that wasn't overly pricey either from Topshop. The longline straight cut is the perfect length, even for a petite girl like me, and I've really enjoyed styling it up with day to day pieces to grunge up any Autumn outfit. It's also great for the unpredictable London weather!
5. The Check Blazer
Blazer - Massimo Dutti / Roll Neck Body - Wolford (other colours here) / Bag - Vintage / Jeans - Topshop (Dree) / Slides - Ego Official / Sunglasses - Rayban
For a long time, I've been looking for the perfect long-line blazer and a pair of kick flares that are actually cropped on me without compromising the flare. I have finally found both of them, in the space of a few days completely on a whim whilst online browsing. The jeans are the Topshop Dree jeans - I already have a pair that I bought two years ago that are just not flares at all, rather a pair of overly stretchy straight legs. This pair are completely different. The fit is completely true to size for, the length is genuinely cropped, and the flare is in no way compromised. The blazer is one I found on the Massimo Dutti website whilst I was actually searching for a pair of trousers in the same Prince-of-Wales check. The blazer was sold out in all stores so I took a risk and ordered it online to be delivered in store, and again, it was worth the wait. Fits like a dream, is the perfect length for the long-line look, and the colours are perfect for Autumn (and my wardrobe colour palette).
I will continue to rediscover old pieces from my wardrobe to add into my daily outfits for the rest of Autumn, and I'll keep you posted on what I find! X