I don't know about you, but as soon as Halloween and Bonfire Night is over, everyone just seems to start going crazy for Christmas. It's a whole 6 weeks away yet people - chill. Perhaps it is my laid back attitude towards all the festivities that results in a mad, panicked dash around town for presents two days before the big day...or perhaps it is simply a case of bad time management.. hmmm. Anyway, in my eyes, it is still very much Autumn and I intend to get as much use out of my collection of Autumnal mustard, plum and camel colour palette for a little bit longer, before I have to start whipping out the faux fur to fend off the icy cold air that December will undoubtedly bring.
I have only recently realised about myself, that Autumn is actually my ultimate favourite season for dressing in; it's usually not too cold just yet to have to completely cover up that beautifully constructed outfit with a huge polar bear esque coat, meaning you can really be creative with your layering and interpreting your clothes in different ways to get maximum use out of them. I think I have only recently realised this is my favourite season for dressing, because it's probably the first time it actually has been. For most of my life I've told myself Summer is my favourite, to prance around in floaty dresses and pure pastel hues. This Summer, finally feeling really secure and happy with my personal style, that was not what I dressed in. Last Summer I was probably coming out of it a bit, but this year I really and truly know what I like and what suits me. It's taken a long time, and I believe my personal style will probably alter and evolve again as I grow older, but for now, I really like where I'm at with creating a more refined, capsule wardrobe.
This outfit was worn on a particularly mild day, so I was able to keep the layering fairly simple, but usually I would have popped a lightweight, neutral trench coat over the top, or my cream leather jacket if going for a more casual vibe. Instead I went for a fail safe but effective use of layering a cute cropped jumper over a shirt. This works especially well if there is a little detail to your shirt - perhaps the collar is embellished or it has an interesting top button. This is my favourite simple white blouse from Laura Ashley, as the lace arms work really well when there is just a little bit of cuff poking out from the sleeves of the jumper, and there is also a nice bit of lace at the back which is just about visible. For a really laid back, casual vibe I paired this with these stone, cropped jeans and leopard loafers, both from Next. These are my absolute go to flat shoes for the Autumn months, providing comfort running round after the toddler or doing errands, but the pointed toe and animal print keep my feet looking bang on trend! Just add a Chloe 'Drew' dupe and you have your perfect casual chic, everyday look down to a T!
What do you think of this look? Are you a leopard print fan during the A/W months too?
What I'm Wearing:
*High Vamp Loafer in leopard - c/o Next
*Ecru Skinny Jeans - c/o Next
*Mink Saddle Bag - c/o Next
*Crochet Sleeve Blouse - c/o Laura Ashley
Mustard Jumper - Topshop (old)