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. It 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.