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.
– 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.
– 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.
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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