Style · November 20, 2022

My Autumn Wardrobe Staples

 
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With the change in seasons, this year it feels a bit like I’ve finally mastered a bit of a mini capsule wardrobe situation (despite being ever the wardrobe maximalist)…

Not simply going for ‘maroon and burgundy florals’; but turning to pieces that work in a number of ways and transcend seasons too. Having been circulating these particular items long before September crept around, I’m confident these are the pieces I’ll be wearing long into the winter months too (and beyond).

So- for a bit of fun (and after a deep delve through some old Lula magazines and the ‘London Calling’ style Vogue fashion shoots of yesteryear which made me want to traipse along the Southbank with Cara Delevigne and Daisy Lowe), I roped in Beatrice for a waltz around some of my favourite London landmarks, in the rain no less; because is there any better way of road testing the best of autumn then in the pouring rain and wind?

 

 

The Classic Blazer

Although for a long time I struggled to wear blazers with anything other than matching trousers, I’ve recently hung in there and discovered a couple of styles which are really working hard from my wardrobe, and those include this Alexa Chung tailored coat and this & Other Stories blazer. This blazer looks just as great with tailoring as it does blue denim, loafers as it does trainers- and feels like the perfect dose of ‘80s Meg Ryan without steering into boxy territory.

(styled with a Toastblouse, Sandro trousers, Sezane sunnies and Carel shoes)

The Brown Trousers

Oh god. HERE SHE GOES. My hero piece and the colour that like a great pale blue denim, seems to go with everything. Find the perfectly tailored pair of brown trousers and I can assure you that you’re quids in. Got a great floral blouse that needs a partner? Brown trousers! Pale blue cardigan? Brown trousers! Want something to pair with the tan autumnal pieces in your wardrobe? Brown trousers! Did I mention that I really like them?

The Mary Janes

When it comes to a fun, comfortable and chic shoe for an evening out, I love a Mary Jane. This Carel pair are without a doubt one of my best purchases this year, and although they’re not cheap; they look amazing with mini dresses, great poking out underneath a maxi and really soften tailoring too. I love how sixties they feel, and so long as they can take me from day to night blister free I’ll be wearing them for a long time yet.

The Everywhere Dress

Although when it comes to getting dressed up I’m a suit girl through and through, there’s something special about a magic little dress that you can pull out and feel amazing in, and this number (in fact all numbers) from Queens of Archive, will do that for you. Billowed sleeves? Statement collar? Mini and velvet? Check, check, check and check! They’re the kind of dresses that make you wish you could play guitar and sing lead in a cool girl band- but until then you can always wear them for a good old boogie which I’m sure is second best.

(styled with old Orla Kiely x Clarks boots & an Essentiel Antwerp feather boa… naturally)

The Platform Boots

Ah, the humble platform boot! Surprisingly weatherproof (the higher away from the puddles you are, the safer IMO) and when patent all the better to wipe clean too. This pair had been sitting pretty in my wardrobe since about 2012; under an illusion that I wasn’t cool enough for them and they were far too tall for me. ANYWAY- fast forward a decade (ahem) and they’re the comfiest, coolest pair I own (search Orla Kiely x Clarks on Depop/Vinted/eBay).

…and a brolly. Obviously.

 

 

 

 

The Printed Blouse

Whether I’m layering under dungarees, jumpsuits, waistcoats, jumpers, cardigans- or adding a little flash of fun under a suit- a great printed blouse, be it floral, spotty or striped is pretty much an essential in my wardrobe. This special number from Seraphina is a really beautiful paisley gold flecked autumnal addition, which feels really seventies and looks amazing paired with indigos and browns, and will look amazing layered under vests too.

(styled with Zara Marine jeans, Toast scarf, Madam Popoff sunglasses, Sezane bag & Monki boots)

The Wide Jeans

Without fail, when these jeans disappear into the washing basket once a week (probably after an inevitable Same Jeans situation), it’s inevitable I’ll feel lost. The perfect crop, waist height and colour, the Marine Jeans from Zara are pretty spot on in every area (plus, they’re widely available on Depop too and are very true to size)- win win.

 

The Statement Trousers

These Cordial Vintage brown trousers started their life as a pair of men’s vintage trousers which were pretty much an all in one on me, but with a bit of tailoring are now my statement slacks of dreams (apparently wearing them also makes me talk like an 80 year old gent, so just bare with me). But! They feel like a really wearable alternative to jeans or tailoring; somewhere in the middle- a bit sporty, but gave me allllll the Gucci/Wales Bonner vibes too. Paired with this Adidas jacket I feel way over my head in terms of trying to be a ~trendy wendy~, but love how they pull out the yellows and pinks in this jacket, and think they’ll look just as cool with a cream silky blouse or band t shirt too.

(styled with Adidas x Wales Bonner jacket, AMO top, Boden sunglasses and Gola trainers)

The Retro Trainers

I’m a real trainers girl through and through (and not in the way that I need the ~latest launches~, just more I like comfy shoes…) ANYWAY. Some of my favourites are the Gola Classics, which are super comfortable but also come in some really fab earthy greens and mustards which always work hard pulling outfits together and look great with absolutely everything. I also love the Novesta trainers (and high tops), Adidas Gazelle’s (and Sambas) and this Grenson pair too.

 

 

(photos by the incredible Beatrice Granados)

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1 Comment

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    Victoria Elizabetha Alves
    November 20, 2022 at 10:48 am

    This made me dream to travel to London during autumn once again 🥺🤎 Love all the tips and Taylor Swift Midnights this gave me!

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