I love summer – and having lived in the Canary Islands for two years, I am fine with dressing for it. Being British, I also know how to wrap up warm in some sort of style. However, these tricky in-between days when an unpromisingly grey morning clears away into blue skies and balmy temperatures, or bright sunshine fades into menacing clouds and hair-whipping winds leave me feeling hopelessly, foolishly and uselessly inept in the wardrobe department.
Rachel never seems to have this problem: she just chooses her duds carefully so that pretty dresses, cool blouses and short skirts look as put-together in summer with bare legs and bright flats as they do in winter with black tights, high heels and a chunky knit. Also, she hardly ever wears a coat (naughty, I know). I, however, have a habit of falling in love with an item that requires me to buy something with which to match it. The result is lots of separate ‘outfits’ fit for only one purpose.
Seeing as autumn and spring take up most of the year in this country (and that autumn has set in more quickly than usual this year) I’ve decided that it’s time for a more integrated approach – there’s no point in looking good only some of the time. I’ve already found a fab autumn coat, and I still have a few brilliant buys up my sleeve from a couple of years ago. And last week I rushed out to the shops after work and before meeting a friend, in a sartorial panic that I had nothing to wear (turns out the friend I was meeting had done exactly the same thing – ha!). Here’s what I came back with…
Clockwise from bottom left: Pleather mini skirt, £29.99, River Island; round-neck sweater in dark grey, £19.99, Zara; Jamie dark blue jeans, £40, Topshop; black ankle boots, £45, Topshop (mine are actually gorgeous brogue-style Alpe ankle boots that cost £98 but I can’t find them online…); red textured cotton sweater, £29.99, Mango.
How do you dress for the British weather at this time of the year? What have you got your eye on for A/W 15?