All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey…
My apologies to Mamas and Papas, but this isn’t California Dreamin’. It’s St Andrews in the autumn and we need warmth, colour and style.
Autumn, for me, has always been awkward. Summer is only just over and you’re still desperately trying to catch the last dregs of the sun. That said, it’s not winter yet: Put on your thickest woollen jumper and you’ll be sweltering. The liminal state of autumn has never been one of my favourites, but nevertheless it is on the horizon and we must be prepared.
My autumn must-haves are simple but effective and all about the relaxed, ‘I woke up like this’ look. The jumpers and jeans combination, for example, is both effortless and timeless. Of course something new will come into fashion and maybe stick around for a while but you can never really go wrong with laid back chic.
The Red Coat
A thick coat like this is brilliant for the transition from autumn to winter. The red compliments the autumnal colours and I adore the “little red riding hood” style. I wear this coat most of the time and I admit, I have had it for a while. But that’s the perfect thing about this coat, it doesn’t date. Red coats are everywhere and they always have been.
Also, if you want to be really sneaky a red coat is very similar to the University gowns (that burn a £130 hole in your pocket). I wore my coat for official photos and never needed to invest in a gown.
This is just an example. I hoard jumpers and my wardrobe is currently exploding but I can’t stop. That aside, the jumper is key because some autumn days are too warm to wear a coat. This is where the jumper, flexible and chic, comes in. Wear a block colour, a roll neck, a v neck, patterned, whatever suits you. Make sure you find the right colour, however; I can’t wear all black because I have pale skin, brown hair and a full fringe (bangs). A black roll neck drains and yellows my face, which means I can only wear it with makeup.
Don’t skimp on the jumper because a few good pullovers go a long way. If they’re all a decent quality then they are less likely to stretch and fray.
Find a pair of well made comfy boots. I say “well made” because your Primarks will not last a day in these cobbled streets. I adore the Chelsea boot for autumn, as it screams Brit-chic and works so well with jumpers and jeans. They also have a bit of a heel, so they look smart, while the square shape and general thickness protect your balance.
So that’s my input for the ladies. But what about the guys? Let’s ask them…
Brown belt and brown brogues
“They really compliment the rich, burgundy and navy tones of autumn outfits. There’s just something about standing in fallen leaves and seeing your shoes co-ordinate nicely with the foliage. And a brown belt can really set off a pair of jeans and break up an outfit that would otherwise look too blocked out in colour.”
“Without sleeves, the gillet is fashion-transition embodied. Moving from summer months into crisp winter mornings, it’s the perfect in between item for my wardrobe.
“I think the tan colour is autumnal. They’re still quite slim and look like trainers so can be summery as well.”
So there you have it. Mix and match all you like and make autumn your season.