Autumn days to me mean picking blackberries for a apple and blackberry crumble before a night in front of the fire place, often with a honeyed whiskey and a board game (Carcassonne is our favourite).
Autumn is also a time when pubs feature much more heavily in my daily life; I love those with smokey interiors, low beams and a homemade pie.
Everything about the the nights drawing in means that I’m increasingly drawn to warmth and cosiness. This includes my fashion choices with berry tones seeping into my wardrobe as the weather turns and the leaves begin to fall.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shellsWith a sweet kernel; to set budding more,And still more, later flowers for the bees,Until they think warm days will never cease,For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.To Autumn, John Keats
You see, as much as I hate the turning of the seasons to what always feels like a long, dank winter, I love the turn in clothing. Autumn dressing is much more me than summer fashion. I feel more easily put together and enjoy the challenge of layering. Autumn means playing with textures – and regular readers will know that I love textures.
This Simply Be Ruffled Day Dress is very much a classic autumnal dress for me, with the ruched sleeves and ruffled neck adding a little bit of detail to a simply cut dress.
With autumn also comes tights, and with those comes shorter hemlines. Mini skirts rarely feature in my summer wardrobes. I tend to be drawn to longer, floatier hems during the summer months with mini skirts creeping their way in as September hits.
I particularly love shorter hemlines paired with boots – ankle boots are very much my go-to shape. Especially when they come with a block heel and strap detail like these Clarks Kendra Spice boots which look really amazing with skirts of all lengths and have long since become a staple of my wardrobe.
Now isn’t entirely an ode to Autumn, and autumnal dressing. Although that would be super easy for me to write.
The dress: I’m wearing a size 18 and I would say it is a little generous although not enough to size down. There is plenty of room in the sleeves (which is often a challenge with my swimmers shoulders) and the waist is elasticated to allow for differences in waist sizes. The hem sits a good few inches about my knees, which is my optimum length. For irregular readers, I’m 5ft10. The dress is priced at £39 and is one of those the will never go out of style and can be pulled out of the wardrobe again and again.
Simply Be has some really great Berry options for wardrobe so don’t forget to check the out. A few of my favourites are below … I particularly love the third which is also velour and would look simply amazing with over-the-knee boots and a knee-length trench.
Does your style change much in Autumn? If so, I’d love to hear how and what inspires you.
I’m also debating what to do with my hair for autumn? Any ideas?
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