The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Nope, not Christmas. I’m talking about the joys of Autumnal dressing and those heady days of jumpers without coats and bare(ish) legs with trainers.
Yes I’m a summer girl through and through, but in the U.K my ultimate favourite season, especially sartorially speaking, is Autumn. I loved this summer’s heat wave yes, but I find getting dressed in a city the easiest at this time of year. No ‘can you see my knickers through this flimsy summer dress’ conundrums and it’s still bright, light and warm enough to getaway without wearing multiple layers. You can wrap up in a massive jumper outside a pub with a glass of wine and merrily pretend it’s winter, sweetly denying what actual winter feels like (brutal just FYI). It’s that magical overlapping time of year when you can wear your new coat with just a t-shirt underneath or those new boots with your favourite summer dress. Essentially it’s when my favourite kinds of silhouettes really come into their own.
It’s also one my favourite time of year for new accessories, swapping baskets and sandals for sturdier, back-to-school essentials. I’ve long loved the bumbag over the body trend but have yet to find the right one. Enter Bally, and the perfect belt bag that feels elegant and cool all at once. I love the warm tan colour and the structured shape, especially when slung nonchalantly cross body. It’s timeless rather than retro and throwback which I love as it doesn’t feel overly trend-led which is important if you’re dropping money on something you want to wear a lot. Bally’s foray into trainers this year are the ideal thing to run around town in at this time of year too, and keep the whole thing sleek rather than overtly sporty. I love extrovert accessories sure, but sometimes you need some refined, minimalist numbers in your arsenal that make everything look that bit more elevated, even on days when you have zero time in the morning (me every morning).
I’ve got some great trips coming up this Autumn so I’m being that annoying person that is really relishing the chillier weather. Not to be too weather obsessed (allow it, I’m a Brit) but I think that’s the key to enduring the unpredictable seasons in the northern hemisphere; finding the good in the even the worsening weather and enjoying it for what it is. And without sounding horribly materialistic, enjoying new clothes definitely helps me find the joy in summer slipping away…
Ph. by Frances Davison
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