To say that Autumnal weather can be at times temperamental is probably the biggest understatement of the year. Here in the UK, dressing in October can at times feel like a bit of lucky dip, as temperatures can drop or soar faster than you can say “major wardrobe fail”. Blazing hot mornings can, within a gust of wind, turn into a cold blistery rainy day and if things weren’t complicated enough already, you then start packing for that half term European getaway, sending the wardrobe dilemmas into overdrive – Should the bikini make the cut? Will winter kick in the day that I get there? This season, to pack the jumpers or not to pack the jumpers is almost certainly the question on every cabin bag wielding traveling fashionista’s lips. So how should one deal with this not yet winter, still not over summer dilemma?
Well, one thing is for sure, this year I wasn’t going to be sitting on the floor again, rocking next to a half open bulging suitcase, filled with every single item from my wardrobe. Nor was I prepared to face imminent bankruptcy by going out and buying a whole new special Autumnal wardrobe. No, instead this year to beat the ever changing weather whilst still embracing Autumn, what I have focused on is finding key solid wardrobe staples, which I can dress up with layers, boots, scarves and hats on colder wintery days and which I can wear with little or no accessories, with heels or without tights on warmer sunnier days. I find it really handy to think about this when I am shopping, as if the pieces can be worn with both boots or more summery shoes, I know that by getting them, I can create a whole variety of looks. With just a few pieces, I am ready for any occasion, for any Autumnal weather.
The type of items that are really great for creating both types of Autumnal looks, include long or medium pencil skirts, thin roll neck long sleeve tops, three quarter length cigarette trousers and ripped skinny jeans. All of these are often easy to find throughout the year both in or out of the sale. I also really like to choose darker, richer colors, such as dark browns, blacks or dark greens for my base, as these can be made to look brighter with rich red, yellow ochre or deep blue accessories whilst also providing a rich neutral base that goes well with any type of jumper, jacket or scarf should you wish to dress them up on colder days and use them later on during the winter. I also find that it is good to choose tops and skirts made from lighter fabrics as that way you can wear them on hot days or add a few more layers to them for colder days.
Indeed for my recent trip to the South of France I decided to take with me a roll neck top to wear with a long length midi skirt both of which I bought online in the sale this month. On the first day of my trip it was very sunny and I had quite a chic meeting and shoot in a very bijou French village and so I decided to wear the look with black high heels only. The day was warm but not scorching and so I wanted to be able to feel the warmth of the sun and to look fashionable. What I loved about this look is that it did all these things and thanks to the length of the top and the skirt I wasn’t cold when the sun went in.
A few days later though the weather broke, the clouds moved in and it was really quite cold. So I decided to wear the same long velvet skirt and black roll neck top but this time I wore it with dark brown pointy ankle boots, a brown stripped rustic jacket and a moss green bag. The outfit looked completely different, by changing just a couple of things I got a completely new wintery look, no one even knew I was wearing the same thing!
So here are the photos of my chic French Summer / Autumnal look featuring my two key Autumn staples that I got in the sale. I really hope you like it and don’t forget to also head over to my blog www.mygirlsontour.com to see the very different wintery look that I styled using the same sale pieces!