In case I hadn’t already made it obvious this week, September is by far one of my favourite months. September style is one of the key reasons: I love nothing more than transitioning my love-worn summer pieces with a few new ones to welcome the new season.
The other evening, the girls and I were discussing the concept of sustainable shopping and how we each viewed shopping and style. Some of us were adhering to our own versions of capsule wardrobes and others liked to indulge in hauls every pay day. Which are you?
I personally have a small but perfectly formed (to me, at least!) wardrobe that comprises investment pieces like my FRAME Denim jeans, Levi’s, T by Alexander Wang T-shirt and Chloé scalloped edge flats. Within that, I also pick up two or three more trend-led pieces that keep my wardrobe fun to rifle through. In the summer, this included my leaf print trousers and striped summer dress. That’s not to say I never shop and never pick up the odd dream dress here and there, I just prefer to consume a little more mindfully these days as, at the end of the day, I can only wear one outfit at a time!
While I was packing for Ireland last week (technically yesterday, as this is a pre-written post!), I took the opportunity to put some of my summer clothes into storage and revisit a few of my autumn/winter staples. I thought the process might be useful if you’re about to refresh your wardrobe ready for the early autumn weather, so without further ado, please meet my September style heroes…
Check single-button blazer by New Look ∙ Scuba grid check blazer by New Look ∙ Zig-zag merino wool sweater by & Other Stories ∙ Ribbed cotton-blend sweater by Mango ∙ Leopard knit sweater by & Other Stories ∙ Zebra print skirt by Mango ∙ Pocket faux leather skirt by Warehouse ∙ Grainy leather chain beltbag by & Other Stories ∙ ‘East Side’ patent ankle boots by ASOS Design
Top of the AW18 trend checklist is checks. It’s an oldie but a goodie and I absolutely love integrating checks to my wardrobe: in keeping with the idea of investing in pieces that work harder, this New Look blazer is a gem. Whether worn to clash prints (try it with a striped tee), as a full suit to bring the Clueless vibes, or even to elevate a jeans and a T-shirt look, I think it’ll prove an infallible staple throughout September and October.
Not into checks? The other key trend to note is animal print. Oh yes. My arch nemesis in the style world. But it isn’t limited to leopard print, think zebra prints too and other inspired patterns. I adore this mohair- and wool-blend sweater from & Other Stories. Sure it’s pricier, but you just know this one will see you right the way through to the January blues.
If you’re not into the patterns, then let me introduce you to these cosy knits that I’ve got my eye on. First, this zig-zag sweater from & Other Stories – the perfect partner to midi skirts, dark denim, kick-flare jeans or leather skirts – is a darling piece. It’s a great throw-on-and-go option: just let the zig-zag pattern speak for itself. Next, this simple, slim-fitting Mango jumper with a cutesy scalloped edge collar. Wear it tucked in to jeans and with your hair in an effortless low up-do.
Also on my checklist is something glossy: whether that’s high-shine patent boots (a staple in any style connoisseur’s style kit) or a faux leather skirt, it’s all about the optical texture. Try this Warehouse skirt on for size. It’d make a great pairing with a chunky jumper, bare legs and glossy block-heeled ankle boots.
But what would be a better finishing touch than this SO BLOODY PRETTY SO HELP ME belt bag by & Other Stories?! I’m dying to wear this with my Sézane Orson jumper, a glossy skirt, heeled boots and these wire-frame ace & tate Neil glasses. Lastly, what better way to kick-start a shiny new season than with a matching lingerie set. This Reggipetto bralette from my beloved Love Stories is totally doing all kinds of things for me.