How to Style Cropped Pants for Early Autumn | Floral Blazer | Navy, Teal & Pumpkin

The beginning of September was spent in linen and chambray shift dresses it was so sticky.  More a case of ‘hotter than July’, as the impeccable Mr Stevie Wonder sang, than the usual Indian Summer we experience in September in London.

But last weekend, temperatures dropped – thankfully – to levels more akin to early Autumn.  Although it’s mid September, I’m far from ready to say adieu to my Summer wardrobe.  There’ll be more than enough time ahead to be wrapped up in Winter garb; I’m eking out a number of my Summer staples, with a few minor tweaks for early Autumn.

It’s not hot enough any more for flimsy summer skirts but we’re not ready for wool ones.
The time for flaunting light weight linen trousers has receded.
We don’t need coats but bare arms are a little too chilly.

What to wear when transitioning between seasons, when you often have both seasons in one day? 

Crop trousers are perfect for this time of year.  

They’re ideally suited for the transitional seasons of Spring and Autumn.  

The pair I’m wearing were in fact bought last Spring.  Tailored from stretch cotton-elastane they have a medium weight feel to them, making them suitable workhorses again for my Autumn wardrobe, after a Summer off.

Now floral bombers are all the rage at the moment.  You can’t turn a corner without being assailed by one.  Which of course is great, if you love bomber jackets.  But not everyone suits bombers.

If like me, you’re short waisted, petite and have a bust, they can make you look like the Michelin Man Tyre Logo!  A look you want to avoid at all cost!

If you want to stay au courant, swap the floral bomber for a floral blazer!  

You’ll gain this season’s print in a style that suits.

Winter florals are a big trend for the coming months and although my floral jacket is light weight, the dark navy background means it doesn’t look out of place in early Autumn.

I may still be wearing sandals but the tan colour along with the spicy pumpkin coloured bag, which brings out the colours of the jacket, make it more Autumnal in feel than Summer.

I played up the floral motif even more with a floral embroidery anglaise top in a contrasting yet complimentary colour to the jacket.  Autumn is all about rich colours.  The teal is a much more interesting choice to wear against the navy than blush or ivory.

The style of the necklace reminds me of sunflower or daisy petals; simple yet fitting.

Late Autumn And Beyond: 

And even when warm days become a memory this outfit will still work.  Here’s how.

The Jacket
– Slip on a long sleeve tee underneath or a tie neck blouse and I can easily wear the jacket for a few more weeks to come.
– A cashmere polo or turtle necked jumper as a warm base layer, with the jacket on top as a colourful overlay.

The Crops

– I love the combination of tights and ankle boots in late Autumn with crops, to extend their wear.
– The beauty of these crop trousers is that as they’re wide legged ones, there’s room for knee high boots to be worn underneath them in Winter.

Realistically, these crops and jacket are versatile enough to take me through to those crisp, bright days we get in November.

Boden Richmond Wide Crop Trousers which come in Petite, Regular & Long in 3 colours.  They also do Flare Crop Trousers in 3 lengths/3 colours.  
River Island Black Cropped Trousers

Marks &Spencer Floral Jacket SS16 bought in the sale, now sold out.
Petite: ASOS Petite Satin Floral Jacket or ASOS Petite Floral Blazer currently in the sale.
Regular: ASOS Floral Blazer or Wallis Black Floral Blazer or what about this gorgeous longer length Vera Moda Floral Coat Jacket

Embroidery Anglaise top, last seen here.

New Look Pumpkin Tote Bag.  Dune Bag

Camaieu Necklace   Majique Metal Petal Necklace

Floral Fancy Footnote

Now before some of you ponder were these photos taken on a building site?  Well, yes, the background looks somewhat stark!

Tall Brown Fox and I were at Tate Modern, to view the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition that’s currently on there.  We took advantage of the industrial grandeur that is the Turbine Hall, for our photo shoot.  All whilst dodging tourists and visitors, which ain’t easy when they kept wandering aimlessly in to the shot!

Channelling my inner Georgia O’Keeffe!  

It was completely by chance that I happened to be channelling my inner Georgia O’Keeffe that day. Here I am next to the exhibition poster.

Crikey oh riley, how appropriate are the colours and the print of the jacket I’m wearing???????
I think Georgia would’ve approved!  I’ll be posting later this week on the truly amazing exhibition.

How are you transitioning to Autumn?  What items of your Summer wardrobe will still be going strong in Autumn with a few tweaks?

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  1. September 19, 2016 / 4:19 am

    Indian summer, yes. In the morning cold, heat in the afternoon. Layering is a good idea.
    You look amazing in this outfit with this flowerjacket.

    • September 19, 2016 / 10:09 am

      Thank you Tina, what a lovely thing to say.
      It can be tricky when the temperature changes often by several degrees during the day!

  2. September 19, 2016 / 7:47 am

    I use to wear more trousers in transition seasons as I try to pospone he wearing of tights! ( really uncomfortable to me!! )
    Like you, I keep on wearing summery colours for a while…
    Thanks for sharing some tips…
    Have a nice week!

    • September 19, 2016 / 10:10 am

      I'm exactly the same, Dan! I'm not a lover of tights really. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds them uncomfortable.
      I love skirts in the summer because you don't have to wear tights but Autumn/Winter yes, I do prefer trousers!

  3. September 19, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Wonderful look for transitioning to Fall, PSV! Love the setting too, and the photography. thanks for linking, xo


    • September 19, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      He, he, gotta show off the shoes, Jodie! I was just about to pop over to yours, Jodie, your blog is open on one of my tabs so great minds!

  4. September 19, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    I'm liking the crop trousers, have been looking to get some culottes, but still haven't clicked the button yet! Love you look today – spot on for Autumn.x Jacqui

    • September 19, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you Jacqui. They are worth investing in once you find the right pair!

  5. September 19, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Very nice. Floral anything looks good in my opinion. And O'Keefe's paintings are beautiful.

    • September 19, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Yes, can't go wrong with florals. The paintings were quite an eye opener, Ally as I didn't really know much about her other than her flower paintings and there's so much more to her than them. Her work was stunning.

  6. September 20, 2016 / 3:01 am

    What a brilliant photo that last one is! I agree…you totally fit with the mood of the painting.

    I love the jacket. The whole outfit is great.


    • September 20, 2016 / 10:46 pm

      I look so teeny tiny next to the poster, I had to take the shot! It rather tickled me!

  7. September 20, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I am so envious of you in London with the Tate on your doorstep and the Georgia O'Keefe exhibition is one right up my street.Now on to your outfit, crop pants and that floral blazer , perfect for that in between season that can be tricky.

    • September 20, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      You would've loved it Jill, it was quite extraordinary. I'm posting about it later this week. I'm very lucky living so close to all the delights of the capital.

    • September 20, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks Jessica. They are a match made in heaven and so easy to wear too.

  8. September 20, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    What a fab jacket, Jacqueline and also those sweet strappy sandals. I love your transistional dressing with all of your styling tips on how to hold onto our summer without freezing. I'm still bared-armed some days, but think those days are numbered. Thanks for another lovely, informative post. And yes, the last shot is wonderful!
    Anna x

    • September 21, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks Anna. I think I'm going to get alot of wear from that jacket! I bared my arms today for about 20 minutes!

    • September 21, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      I couldn't resist the gorgeous print of the jacket, Gemma, it lured me in!

    • September 22, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Great minds think alike, Ada! Your florals pants are fun.
      Yes, I do think a bright pop of colour adds a little extra to the florals!

  9. September 22, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Loving the color palette here Jacqueline! The teal and pumpkin are shades I really love for fall, and love it with the structured bag and shades in the floral blazer. Lovely!
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  10. September 22, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Such a pretty floral jacket, I really need some floral prints with a darker background for the fall! I also love the pops of aqua and that pumpkin colored bag!


  11. September 23, 2016 / 12:58 am

    I think a floral blazer is still trendy, but classic enough to last throughout the years. Yours is darling! I love it with the cropped pants! Dark florals are so trendy right now!

  12. September 23, 2016 / 2:48 am

    Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style party.

  13. September 24, 2016 / 1:21 am

    Handy to know that you can buy in different lengths. I'm very tempted because I like all the cropped trousers out there, but don't want ankle grazers! A great look that Warren Ted a great location. I hope you enjoyed it x

  14. September 25, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Lovely look. Such a pretty jacket. I love floral 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

  15. September 25, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    The outfit is super pretty!!!x

  16. October 17, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    This is a great look for doing exactly what you described — transitioning seasons from summer to fall and staying on trend with the autumn florals! So impressed how you stayed cool while looking cool!

    – Sherry

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