We’ve dispensed with a theme this week, basically because I’ve been really taken with a lot of new, seasonally appropriate things hitting the shops. They got me all excited about getting into some more autumnal outfits. I love that we have seasons in the UK. As much as I enjoy going to hot places, I really do love it when the seasons change. Autumn being my favourite. It’s not TOO cold, it’s not TOO hot, but you can dig out the knitwear and start layering up.
It’s time to look forward to Sunday pub lunches by an open fire. Swapping your Aperol spritz for a large glass of red. Salads are replaced by sprouts (god, I love a good Brussels). The big duvet is on and the linen trousers are substituted with glorious corduroy. Imagine how dull it would be to have the same temperature all year round. How could we complain about anything if we didn’t have any weather to talk about? Although it would be far simpler if instead of telling us the wind speed and the precipitation, the weather forecast just told us what we should wear. ‘Wear a light jumper over a T‑shirt, but also take your brolly and a suitable jacket for later, you might need it…’
I’ve also got an exciting knitwear-based collaboration that launched this week which I’ve been itching to talk about, so let’s start there…
MY NEW MITTENS!
You may recall last year, influenced in part by Claudia Winkleman’s penchant for a fingerless glove or mitten on ‘The Traitors’, that I got a fantastic pair from Black & Beech. They had ‘Feminist’ written on them, and I wore them a lot. Over the course of this year I got to know the brand more and we decided to collaborate on a limited edition pair of mittens. Being that I’m a sweary oik, I decided to have FFS on one and WTF on the other, so you can show your displeasure without actually punching anyone.
We went for two colours, the slate grey and blossom pink here and the navy and scarlet red you will see later on. They’re made in Scotland out of 97% recycled Italian cashmere and 3% merino wool. Of course I love them. I know a lot of you did too as the grey sold out in less than 3 hours! (but we are working on a restock).
- Karen Millen wool blend cosy cardigan (use code LTK20 for extra 20% off)
- Black & Beech x Kate Hiscox salte grey/ baby pink cashmere fingerless mittens
- White Stuff Belle tweddy wide leg trousers
- Massimo Dutti wool blend bomber jacket
- Dr Martens Adrian smooth leather tassel loafers
THE COAT OF THE SEASON
I missed out on this Mango coat last year, so I’m very tempted to go for it this year now they’ve bought it back. I think it will really work with jeans and Chelsea boots. I was trying to talk myself out of it, but I appear to be doing the complete opposite. Mango really excel at coats and jackets. Probably best to not even look. The temptation is real.
- Mango faux shearling coat
- Amazon chunky gold earrings
- Abbot Lynn gold initial choker necklace
- Jigsaw Tyne wide leg jeans
- & Other Stories buckled leather bucket bag
- H&M blue and white stripe shirt
- Sezane Pippa cowhide leather ankle boots
And so it begins. My corduroy obsession knows no bounds. Today I plan on doing the summer/winter wardrobe switchover, so the cord is coming out! These are the vacuum bags I use to store my out-of-season clothes under the bed. They’re good. Not infallible, but I have had mine for four years now and they still work, so I’d say that’s not bad. I then make good use of my big steamer to get rid of the creases that occur when clothes have been sealed for months.
I can’t advocate enough having a good steamer. When I was going through my coats the other day I found a wool blazer that I thought I’d lost. It was all scrunched up on the floor of my son’s wardrobe. The cat had been using it as a bed, but after a once-over with a heavy duty lint roller and a full steam it’s come up as good as new.
- Museum of Peace and Quiet cotton jersey sweatshirt
- Uniqlo oversized grey pocket jacket
- COS pleated cord barrel leg trousers
- Genevieve Sweeney merino wool stripe socks
- Nike Dunk low trainers
A POP OF RED
I had to come up with another outfit that centres around the mittens. Plus the TikTok fashion experts in my phone keep telling me that red is THE colour this season. I’m not sure that’s wholly true; looking at the high street, it feels as if grey is more prevalent this year, but I do love a pop of red. I’ll wear with navy as I love that colour combination, along with this Weekday coat. If you’re tall, I have to give a shout out to this oversized long navy coat from Topshop, yes, Topshop. I’m still annoyed it doesn’t have its own dedicated website but the designs and the styling have picked up this season. Worth a look again.
- Chinti & Parker wool mix cashmere crop jumper
- Weekday Daphne long navy overcoat
- Amazon Hotwill leather triangle buckle belt
- River Island high waisted wide leg turn up jeans
- Black & Beech x Kate Hiscox cashmere / merino wool fingerless mittens
- ANYDAY leather Chelsea boots
NOT SO NEW NEUTRALS
Another look for your white jeans. Don’t hide them away for the winter. I love the clean look of this. Obviously it probably won’t stay clean for long so stock up on the Vanish Oxi Action first. I definitely plan on wearing mine with a good Aran-style knitted jumper and the Sézane boots I have – the boots that, even with a heel, are genuinely comfortable enough to wear all day. I sized up so I can wear with socks and not feel the toe squeeze.
- Arket cable knit Alpaca jumper
- Arket maxi cotton/linen padded coat
- COS straight leg white jeans
- Russell & Bromley suede slouch shoulder bag
- Sezane Jules cowhide heeled ankle boots
SORT OF SPORTY
- Massimo Dutti stripe knit polo collar jumper
- & Other Stories cropped black pea coat
- COS white leg wool trousers
- Liberty Iphis embossed leather tote bag
- Adidas Gazelle indoor leather trainers
I’m going to do skirts next week. Which is a bit of a departure for me, but I have a new-found love for them and I’ve discovered some really good ones.