In between seasons
September is my favourite time of year for fashion because as soon as the new season collections start arriving on the high street, you can begin planning your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
Also, if you’re just starting university or getting back into lectures, it always feels good to start the year with a few new items. However, I always find that the weather at this time of year is tricky to dress and shop for. From mid-September onward I dither most mornings about whether to get out the black tights yet, because it’s not consistently warm and sunny enough for bare legs and yet it doesn’t feel cold enough to get wrapped up.
This dilemma calls for a tactical approach. This time between seasons is when you’ll get a lot of wear out of a few key items that will bridge the gap as we get used to doing without our sandals. Here are four of my Autumn must haves.
1-A blazer jacket.
I got this tweed jacket from Oxfam in Manchester but I’ve spotted loads of lovely ones in Sheffield’s vintage shops. A lightweight jacket is invaluable for the weeks just before the chill really sets in, and I don’t think you can beat a riding jacket or blazer; I just think they add a touch of flair and pull everything together. I’ve found mine to be really versatile as it smartens up a girly skirt like the one I’m wearing here, but it also works with some skinny jeans and ballet flats. I love the androgynous shape of masculine tailoring, but you can go more girly and fitted-places like Mango and Zara do some great ones.
Skirt £19.99 from Mango, White shirt £4.99 from a charity shop (Mind shop on Division Street), Shoes-my own Hush Puppies, Blazer-Vintage
2-A jersey dress
As soon as Summer is over I miss being able to turn to dresses for every occasion, as they’re so comfortable and easy to wear. I was pleased when I found this stripy three quarter sleeved one recently-it’s such a lovely light cotton jersey material so it’s perfect for the changeable weather. I got it in French Connection, so it’s bit of a treat, but I’ve seen similar ones in New Look and Mango for budget friendly alternatives. This one fits so well as the cut isn’t at all clingy or unflattering, but it doesn’t go baggy either, and it’s an investment because you can keep wearing a dress like this well into the cooler months with the addition of a chunky cardigan.
Jersey dress, £40 French Connection
3-A transitional skirt.
I love the versatility of a good skirt and if you choose one in a plum colour or muted tones it will look amazing for Autumn, either with bare legs or tights, paired with some brogues. I got this one from Mango in John Lewis this week, and I can just see it being one of the things I’ll wear most over the coming weeks. I already have my eye on a couple of others!
I have not bought any yet but these are on my shopping list because every Autumn wardrobe needs a pair. Also, chinos look casual but also quite chic and polished so you can pretend you didn’t roll out of bed for a 9am lecture! For classic pieces like chinos, head to Meadowhall and check out places like Zara-they tend to have a great trouser selection, and pairs in virtually every colour.