With the summer months officially behind us it is time to make way for our beloved chunky knits and cosy outdoor wear. Whilst the summer months can’t be beaten in terms of holidays, BBQ’s and sunglasses there is really no time like autumn to show our flair and love of fashion. One tricky element of going from summer to autumn however is the tricky fashion transition that this time of the year demands of us. With some odd days of warm sun mixed with much cooler evenings it can be tricky to get our outfits just right. So for those looking for a seamless fashion transition from summer to autumn read on for our top tips.
Whilst the summer is all about bold colours and mixing and matching multiple bright colours, the fall is all about embracing the monochrome. Basing your autumn wardrobe around a subtle and neutral colour scheme is always a good place to start. Your wide leg cream trousers, that you have been wearing with flipflops and vests in the summer, can now be matched with soft cashmere jumpers and pale fitted shirts. Pale jackets and blazers are a sure fire way to look chic and ready for yet another year of fall fashion.
It’s all About the Layers
The yo-yo-ing weather, at this time of the year can make it really tricky to know what to head out of the door in. That is why autumn is all about the layers. Those summer dresses are not to head into storage just yet as they look fantastic layered up with warm cardigans and tights. Why not try wearing a shirt or long sleeve t-shirt to get an extra few weeks wear out of your favourite summer dresses. You can match skirts with chunky knit jumpers and turtle neck jumpers. You can also keep those playful summer platforms and cute summer ballet pumps out in circulation for a while longer by pairing up with jeans or skirts with tights or to be extra flirty why not couple up with knee high socks.
Embrace the Masculine Influence
Summer certainly pressurises us to be our most feminine selves, so autumn can bring some much needed release for those of us with tomboy tendencies and those of us like to be a little less dainty with what we wear. Integrating structured silhouette pieces and masculine lines is a really fun way of changing the way we feel as the seasons change. Buttoned up boyfriend shirts coupled with sexy pencil skirts are a good way to embrace masculine lines whilst remaining feminine.
Masculine lines are also a really good way to sharpen a wide variety of outfits. Polished and pointy brogues look fantastic with drainpipe or skinny jeans. And wide shoulder pad blazers can enhance the silhouette of any outfit. So think sharper lines and boulder silhouettes when integrating an interesting masculine twist to your autumn wardrobe.
Whilst summer is all about gorgeous summer dresses, sandals and hats, autumn is all about bringing out that bold,statement jewellery. The great thing about accessoring these days is that it is just so affordable meaning we can continually mix and match to our heart’s content. So get mixing those colours, textures and shapes to really bring your autumnal outfits to life. Perhaps you are looking for exquisite one-off pieces in which case you can look for companies such as frostnyc.com or maybe you prefer being able to buy a few pieces at a time in which case the high-street is certainly your best friend. One of the best things about dressing for the autumn is that any classic or practical outfit can instantly be jazzed up with accessories so ensure that you are being creative and playful with all the extra details that you are adding to your fashion collection.
Jackets as a Key Investment
When it comes to autumn fashion there are few things more important than fab jackets. They are also a really good place to start when planning out your wardrobe. As jackets are your outer layer throughout this season it is a good place to plan your outfit starting from your jacket and then working your way in. Investing in great autumn jackets is one of the best ways to spend your money when it comes to this season, check out instyle.com for this years top fall jackets. Not only are they the cornerstone of any great autumn outfit, but if chosen well, can remain a classic and stylish staple over many years. Think of long trench coats for classic style that never gets old, velvet blazers for instant glamour and corduroy gillette’s for countryside chic.
We all know the staple shoe wear that defines the autumn trends. Ankle boots are the type of autumn shoe that are prone to get the most air time as they can be our most versatile and reliable autumn shoes. Summer ballet pumps and platforms, as discussed above, can still make an appearance on the warmer days, along with stylish and minimal trainers, meaning that autumn is one of the most versatile times of the year when it comes to our footwear. Most of you will be glad to know that the much loved knee-high boot is making a comeback this year which is music to our ears and we assume it will be to yours too. Easy to wear, pair up and gloriously comfortable, knee highs are a must have this year and are fantastic coupled up with fitted jackets and long and oversized scarves.
Black is Alway the New Black
We have to admit to always getting excited when we can get the darker items of our wardrobe out of storage. We all know that black is a girl’s best friend and after a summer of exposed skin and thin, unforgiving materials, getting back to black feels fantastically comforting. Of course that doesn’t mean that summer florals and bright colours are to go away for another year, not just yet. As black is the most complimentary of all colours they offer a gorgeous contrast to flowery summer blouses and bright items. So play around with dark outfits, with a dash of colour and dark outfits that elongate and slim the body.
We all have certain colours that come to mind when we think of autumn and this is the time of year to bring those colours to the forefront of our wardrobes. From mustard jackets and jumpers, to brown suede handbags, all the way through to rust coloured dresses and cardigans. Autumn colours are wonderfully calm and work well with monochrome outfits or by mixing and matching with patterned dresses or skirts. So experiment with how these colours work best for you.
There are of course some autumn items that never go out of fashion that just make us feel fantastic year after year. Leather jackets only get better with age so they should always have a permanent position in any wardrobe and is well worth investing in good quality to make sure they last for as long as possible. Skinny jeans show absolutely no sign of going anywhere and with so many elasticated versions around these days, there is no excuse any more for unsightly saggy knees, ensuring that your jeans look chic and snug right until the end of the day. Faux fur shrugs and vests aways transform any outfit into instant glamour and chunky knit and boyfriend cardigans should also be a staple in any autumn wardrobe in order to stay cosy, comfortable and chic.