Back to School part 2: Your New Uniform?


When I started secondary school, the ‘old girls’ wore a green uniform. We were the first year to ‘go navy’. I thought I’d dodged a sartorial bullet. Not this season. Green is very much the colour du jour. And, err, I kind of love it. 0cf1351e71714d40beecb340676daa9dIt started when I spied this Chloe-alike oval messenger bag in Zara this week and thought, ‘hmm, you could fling that over a navy or black ensemble to give it a lift’. Green feels both suitably autumnal (apparently it’s going to warm up again but, quite honestly, I’ll believe it when I see it – and I’m fine with the chill. Whisper it, but this is one of my favourite times of year. The leaves turning. Crisp mornings. Cosy jumpers. Lighting the fire (which I did on 1st September because it felt wrong to put the heating on, but joyous to see the stove blazing).

You could always mix your shades  – this zip-back roll neck jumper, for instance, with this pleated midi skirt, which I also spotted this week. Or how about this cocoon dress from Cos? Alex and I are both loving the rebranded Atterley – and this dress is prime example as to why. Or this cashmere crew neck from Boden – perfect with navy cropped trousers.

Still, I am inclined to think that the easiest shortcut (particularly for those wedded to black/navy/suffering from Colour Phobia) is probably a bag or a coat. So chic. And a good way to avoid the Wicked Witch of the West connotations. Never a good look.

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Detachable collar coat, £175, Cos; Messenger bag, £25.99, Zara












Belted coat, £79, Topshop; Printed empire woven top, £45, Atterley




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