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.
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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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.
Thank you Tina, what a lovely thing to say.
It can be tricky when the temperature changes often by several degrees during the day!
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!
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!
Wonderful look for transitioning to Fall, PSV! Love the setting too, and the photography. thanks for linking, xo
Thanks Patti, had to make the most of the location!
And you know what else is great about these crop trousers? Your ankle boots get full view!!
Great look Jacqueline!!
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!
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
Thank you Jacqui. They are worth investing in once you find the right pair!
Very nice. Floral anything looks good in my opinion. And O'Keefe's paintings are beautiful.
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.
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.
I look so teeny tiny next to the poster, I had to take the shot! It rather tickled me!
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.
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.
I absolutely love the print of your jacket! It looks great with the crop pants!
Jeans and a Teacup
Thanks Jessica. They are a match made in heaven and so easy to wear too.
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!
Thanks Anna. I think I'm going to get alot of wear from that jacket! I bared my arms today for about 20 minutes!
Cropped trousers are great for this time of year I agree and I love how you styled yours. That jacket is so beautiful! Gemma x
I couldn't resist the gorgeous print of the jacket, Gemma, it lured me in!
Well this outfit is fabulous. I love the florals mixed with the fun orange bag. I am also sharing Fall florals, layers and cropped pants on the blog today. Welcome by and linkup. Thanks, Ada. =)
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!
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
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!
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!
Thanks for linking up to the Top of the World Style party.
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
You're looking chic and pretty, Jacqueline my dear! And yes, Georgia would approve! That's an amazing shot!
Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday! Hope your weekend in wonderful!
Lovely look. Such a pretty jacket. I love floral 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop
The outfit is super pretty!!!x
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!