September (to pararphrase MacNeice) has come. It is theirs whose retaility* leaps in the autumn, whose nature prefers jumpers with sleeves and boots worn with midi dresses. It has blown in with gusto this week – and I write swaddled in a knit, a bowl of blackberries waiting to be turned into crumble sitting on the side, and a bottle of red wine winking at me invitingly. There are up sides to autumn – one of which is a wardrobe overhaul. Here’s what’s on my (imaginary) autumn shopping list.
I am trying to be restrained in my shopping habits because, you know, this whole buying a new house thing (which needs work and decorating throughout, plus a few minor tweaks: a new roof, for instance). However, I can always shop from my own wardrobe. I am very much liking the idea of loose-ish, cropped-ish leather trousers with chunky knits; cardigans belted over dresses and skirts (I am very tempted by this which currently has 20% off at Warehouse); and pared-back essentials, like the entire outfit from Mango [below].
2. This sweater, with it’s check collar and back bow is one of the most French things I’ve ever seen. Little wofer it’s from La Redoute (£52 – save 40% with code AUTUMN).
3. I think I might have come of the age when I can pull off loafers (I find shoes very tricky at this time of year), but these moccasins (Mango, £59.99) look pretty tempting, too.
4. Checks, ruffles, a nod to Little House on the Prairie, this is pretty much my dream dress. (£99.99, Mango – which is having a strong season).
5. I really love a checked coat – adds a jaunty edge to the simplest of outfits. This one is £198 from Boden.
6. I am loving yellow right now. It’s such a happy colour. This dress (£119) keeps catching my eye when I walk by my local Mint Velvet.
7. A houndstooth knit. Now there’s a thought. Quite like the idea of adding some chunky gold jewellery. (£39.99, Mango).
8. Leather is everywhere for AW. I keep reading that short skirts and knee-high boots are back. (When did my husband start writing the fashion pages?) I’m not sure it’s a look I can pull off the school run, but faux leather slouchy trousers with a knit and some pointed flats – that I can see myself wearing. (Maybe not on the school run.) Especially when the trousers are £25.99 at Zara.
9. Yep. Still not over leopard print. I saw someone wearing a pleated leopard print skirt with a grey sweatshirt the other day – and she looked fab. I love the burgundy/camel combination in this skirt (£29.99, H&M).
10. Quite literally my cardigan dream. Please can someone buy this for me? Thanks v much. (Puff sleeve cardigan, £45, & Other Stories.)
11. I really like paperbag trousers and I also like subtle checks. (£19.99, H&M). And please see the loafers. See what I mean?
12. Essentially, if it’s from Sezane, I’ll like it. This striped blouse (£85) is no exception to this rule.
13. My bra collection is woeful and ill-fitting. For shame. In recent years, I have started to eschew underwire, so this bralet (£16, M&S) caught my eye.
14. This dress is even called ‘Autumn Daisy’. The signs are all there. (currently £52 at Warehouse).
15. The pussybow blouse (£27.50, M&S) really feeds into this season’s preoccupation with dressing like you’re on a country weekend with the queen. Works with jeans as well as tweed btw.
16. Dungarees have become one of my wardrobe essentials. (DO IT, Alex. You won’t regret it.) These from the Stylist Edit at Fatface are a great cut: not too slouchy, not too tight. (£59.50)
Just in case you’re curious and aren’t familiar with it – here’s the original text…
September has come, it is hers
Whose vitality leaps in the autumn,
Whose nature prefers
Trees without leaves and a fire in the fireplace.
So I give her this month and the next
Though the whole of my year should be hers who has rendered already
So many of its days intolerable or perplexed
But so many more so happy.
Who has left a scent on my life, and left my walls
Dancing over and over with her shadow
Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls
And all of London littered with remembered kisses.”
From Autumn Journal
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