I can’t believe it’s the middle of October already, I swear it was only just summer. Autumn is well and truly here in Scotland, the leaves have pretty much all turn that beautiful golden/red colour and are starting to fall. We’ve had a few beautiful crisp chilly autumn days (along with a few rainy ones too) so I’ve been making sure I get the dog along to the woods to enjoy our walks before winter sets in and it becomes a chore. This is the first autumn in years (since uni I think) that I’ve been spending most of the time at home, whilst this has meant the heating on during the day it also means I’ve busy cooking. I’m turning into a proper housewife making big batches of soups and casseroles for the freezer. The evenings have definitely been all about embracing Hygge with cosy wool blankets, hot chocolate and Netflix. This autumn has been about slowing down and enjoying the season as opposed to the usual running around trying to do everything at once. Along with the Hygge evenings, pretty leaves and home cooking, I’ve been getting to grips with my autumn capsule wardrobe and finding ways to style my autumn pieces. One of my autumn goals was to try to share more outfits here on the blog. I’ve always found outfit posts a bit boring to write, I find it hard to say anything other than here’s what I wore. Today I’m trying out a different structure to try and make outfit posts a little more interesting. So here it goes.
Proportions: This outfit has the opposite proportions from what I normally wear. Normally I would go for a looser fitting top with tight bottoms, here the top is tighter fitting with looser bottoms. The jeans have been carried over from my summer wardrobe and were one of my most worn pieces of the summer, I love the slightly looser boyfriend fit without being baggy. I’m trying to get used to wearing slightly tighter clothes on my top half and find this top a flattering fit. It manages to be tighter without showing all my lumps and bumps.
Just Add Heels: I wouldn’t normally wear heels like this on a day to day basis, but I was feeling fancy when taking these pictures. I think adding heels makes all the difference when wearing boyfriend jeans as they can make me look a little stumpy with flats. On a day to day basis, I would wear this outfit with a pair of ankle boots or even trainers depending on where I was going.
Colour: This outfit isn’t all black! One thing that really stood out to me when doing the 10×10 style challenge was just how much black I wear. This autumn one of my goals was to start wearing more colour and although this may not be the most colourful outfit there isn’t any black in it, which is a step in the right direction.
Stripes: A stripe top is such a classic wardrobe piece, which works for any occasion. I love how this top isn’t just another black and white stripe top and adds a little more interest to the outfit. There is no need for any accessories with this stripe top as it creates a focal point to the outfit.
For me, the stand out piece of this outfit has to be the burgundy stripe top. Red is one of my favourite colours, especially the deeper maroons and burgundy shades. You can pretty much guarantee that if I’m wearing colour it’s going to be a shade of red. For my autumn colour scheme, I knew I wanted to add some deep shades of red along with some navy and peachy pinks. So after seeing this stripe jumper in Whistles I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe. This top manages to incorporate nearly every colour in my autumn colour scheme. I love the way the colours add something special to what is a basic stripe sweater. And these are some beautiful colours (the photos don’t do them justice) with the deep burgundy, navy and dusty/peachy pink, they just scream autumn. I love how sometimes you can find one piece which encapsulates the whole season and pulls together your wardrobe. I love the subtle nod to 70s styling with this top but it still manages to stay modern, although with the right styling could create a true 70s look. I see myself getting a lot of wear out of this top this autumn/winter. It’s lightweight enough to wear alone right now, and there is room to fit a thermal underneath as the weather gets colder.
Sweater – Whistles (exact)
Jeans – Topshop (similar)
Shoes – Rainbow Club (exact can be dyed any colour)