Already you can hear the whisper of Autumn on the air. In theory it’s Summer until the 23rd of September, but that last month of Summer is ever changeable. Sometimes, late August and early September are baking hot, and it feels like the relaxation of Summer will go on forever. More often though, by this time of year there’s a cold North wind reminding us of what’s to come. While some mourn the loss of shorts-weather, many of us eagerly anticipate the return of Autumn every year. It’s the time of year when you can really start to layer up, when you get to turn the heating back on and light every candle you own. Autumn is warm and cosy, where summer is hot and, if we’re being honest, kind of sticky. Reader, I can’t wait.
I’ve been feeling really uninspired by my wardrobe and couldn’t figure out why. The answer is simple – all of my Autumn clothes are still packed away. Although we’re still expecting a few days of good weather (26 years and counting and it’s never rained on my birthday), and we’re definitely going to have a lot more rain and cooler days all round. I don’t think I’ll be wearing shorts again any time soon. As such, I thought it was time to dig out the clothes under my bed.
This little green velvet dress was a Primark panic purchase last year, and considering my renewed dedication to avoiding fast fashion and embracing sustainability, I decided that I wanted to get as much wear out of it as possible. It’s a gorgeous forest green shade and I love it in both casual and dressed up contexts, and it’s definitely a piece you’ll be seeing a lot on the ‘gram! The boots are second hand from Sue Ryder but originally Topshop and I bloody love how they look. They’re higher on the leg than my other boots, and while that sometimes makes me feel like my legs look a bit shorter when combined with a short dress, I love them so much I don’t care. The only issue with them is they’re a lot higher than most of my shoes and don’t have a platform, meaning they’re agony to walk in for any length of time; I can’t recall how many times I’ve fallen or nearly fallen in these but it’s a lot. I’ve been attempting to wear them around the house a bit to get used to them but I think I’m fighting a losing battle; if I can’t get to a stage where I can properly wear them – rather than just for a quick jaunt to town without much walking – I think I’ll have to give them away, devastated as I may be.
As bored as I was by my wardrobe, pulling out the Autumnal clothes I had forgotten has really made a difference. I’ve packed away my shorts and sandals, but left out things like t-shirts and summery skirts that I can restyle for this transitional period. Summer is definitely the time I struggle the most style-wise, but I think Autumn dressing is my strongest, so pulling out the rust-coloured jumpers, forest greens and midi dresses is getting me very excited for the next season. Bring on bright windy days, orange leaves and cosy knitwear please.