Post by TM
Are you as ready for autumn as I am? I heard people moaning about the end of summer on the radio today, talking about the days shortening, the onset of SADS and the kiddies going all the way back to get some knowledge and, well, I just could not relate. We had a great run of it this year, it felt like a real summer but, yes, it’s time to embrace the ‘fall’.
I’m done with the sun! I’m ready to cover up my pasty skin again and itching to not have to even think about tanning (in fact, I think I might give up tanning for good). I can’t wait to cover up and start wearing my woollies again. I’m going to wear hats! Scarves! Knee-high boots! And all things nice.
Autumn has always been my favourite season. I love all the typical autumnal elements like the changing colours of the leaves, the crisp, clean atmosphere (when it’s dry…), Hallowe’en and most of all, the fashion. In Ireland, your autumnal wardrobe is important because many of the pieces you wear can actually be worn in all of the other seasons. It’s all about the layering, you see. That’s the autumn code.
Some things you need more than others however. How’s about a top 5 Fall Essential list? Well, don’t mind if I do!
1. Trench Coat
Trenches are often associated with spring but are just as handy in autumn, and the typical camel or caramel colour looks great with autumnal colours. Despite my resolution to myself to keep my clothing palette neutral (I’m trying a new ‘look’) I couldn’t help but pick up a berry coloured trench in Stradivarious, which I can pair with knee high brown boots (see below!) for a 70s vibe, which works so well this time of year.
2. Big, Long Scarf
Layers, layers and more layers. Layers galore! It’s also worth investing in a good belt to work the Burberry look which is set to be the biggest of the season – even if the skinny belt goes out of fashion in favour of a chunkier version next year, you can be sure that it will come in handy again in no time.
3. Knee-High Boots
Trends have favoured ankle boots in recent times, but all hail the return of the knee-high number! They work with both 60s mod silhouttes and 70s looks, both perfect for A/W14, they’re practical AND keep your tootsies cosy and dry in unpredictable weather. Steer clear of a stilleto heel and go for a stack or block, and keep them loose and roomy to bring them bang up to date.
4. Wide Legged Trousers
Don’t ditch the skinnies – you can still wear them with your knee high boots and a long woolen sweater – but if you do splash out on a specifiaclly A/W 14 essential make it wide legged trews. Leg-lengthening, slimming, on trend and when it gets really cold you can wear tights underneath! They generally look best with a bit of height so wear with heels.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Brogues are perfect for when rain is on the cards and you don’t want to wear wellies. They look great with tights and a short shirt, and I’ll be doing the androgynous thing by pairing them with tuxedo pants.
Garance Doré is shown here wearing gold numbers – a pair I was coveting this time last year! – so it’s safe to say the trend is still going strong and you can certainly break 2013’s version out again.
Did we miss any Autumn wardrobe essentials? Let us know in the comments below!