As I mentioned yesterday, leaving London at the end of summer and returning in full on autumn certainly focusses the mind on what to wear.
During the summer I tend to live in a uniform of canvas and denim shorts and white sneakers, paired with blousey shirts and Bardot tops, with the odd sundress, platform sandal and ribbon-tie espadrille thrown in for good measure. Given that I work from home that uniform takes me most places, and now that fashion has a much more undone feel no one raises an eyebrow at a bare shoulder or open toed shoe at a meeting. (Granted, I do work in the media – I don’t think this would swing in the City or, say, behind a GP’s desk.).
But come autumn this uniform not only looks completely wrong, but would herald the onset of hypothermia within five minutes of leaving the house. I wandered around in a jet-lagged haze last week in jeans and a stripey cashmere sweater laced with moth holes whilst I worked out what it was I wanted to wear this coming season.
I’m still struggling with who I am clothes-wise post-op, but I am gradually playing it less safe, and moving away from the navy blue sack dresses, to emphasise my waist more, now that I don’t look so much like a sack of potatoes with a bailer twine twisted around its middle.
However, one given is that because I remain blonde with exceedingly pale skin, you won’t be seeing me sporting neons, white, or colourful splashy prints any time soon.
What I am investing in this season
First up, two pairs of: pointy-toed kitten heel ankle boots. I do actually possess at least two plain black leather pairs of these from last time they were au courant, but they look quite a lot the worse for wear. (NB: no point in keeping things stashed away for the next time they come around if they look like the dog has been chewing on them.) I’ll get the black ones refurbed (hello The Restory), and I’ve already got Topshop’s Bonbon stretchy navy blue satin pair, and the black patent ones from yesterday’s Jigsaw shoot.
A grey/black/white fine check blazer. They were on the runway in Milan last week and we’re already wearing them this season. Zara has a good one, Topshop’s is great, and you’ll be wearing it for at least a year, I promise.
A new party frock. I long for this A by Jigsaw lace one. At £350 it’s a proper investment, but ohhhhh. (Note the all important loose hemline. What you categorically do not want in a lace dress is a pencil skirt. The Duchess of Cambridge is NOT your style icon here.) There may also be some of these floaty constellation dresses (£49) left at M&S.
A floaty long day dress with sleeves. Been around for a while, showing no sign of going anyway this winter. Works just as well for parties as for meetings. I’m sure you’ve all seen Marks & Spencer’s brilliant constellation dress, I’ve bought the navy Swiss dot one in the photo at top, and I’ve just ordered Warehouse’s carnation print midi dress. It’s also worth checking out this rosebud dress from & Other Stories.
If you like a more severe line then you will very much like Finery’s super chic navy Cochrane dress.
Weekend Day Dress. I don’t actually own any trousers bar jeans, preferring the ease of dresses. When I’m not going to be floating about in one of my long frocks, I’ll probably be wearing Whistles’ Luna Dress or their Autumn Leaf dress for weekend dog walks with thick tights and my Air & Grace Coachella ankle boots with the padded insoles – and they are now available at John Lewis.
A (frilly) midi skirt. Quite a long way from my comfort zone, but I’m thinking just how fantastic they look with a big slouchy sweater and knee boots. The obvious investment piece is Simone Rocha’s gingham poplin skirt, and maybe take a look at the JW Anderson x Uniqlo collaboration. There is a blue and white striped one, and a denim one.
A winter coat. Obviously I am all about a red coat this winter, as is every style publication out there, (take a look at Jigsaw’s Grace coat, which also comes in camel for red-swervers) but I’m also showing serious interest in this beautiful coat from Eudon Choi’s collab with John Lewis’ Modern Rarity label, and my inner child is very keen on Topshop’s Cocoon coat – so cosy.
New tops: I’m not going to be binning my jeans any time soon, and it’s time to replace those summery tops with something a bit more together for winter. I LOVE the re-imagined Warehouse. Emma Cook is, frankly, a genius, and I bought a lot last summer. This week I’ve ordered the pretty Dandelion print top and the Iris print top. (currently reduced to £15!). For something smarter I want Ganni’s silk jaquard top.
Below is a selection of clickable visuals of some of my favourite pieces this season. It’s taken from the ShopMyStyle section on LLG – which you can find on the tabbed browsing bar at the top of the site. I update it pretty much daily, so do check in for my new discoveries.
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