Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it Last
If, like many a modern human, you have minimal free-time/patience/shopping stamina yet still want to refresh your style this autumn, then let us adopt that cliched phrase (often seen circulating social media channels) and tell you simply… we’ve got this. And by ‘this’, we mean a few pointers to help achieve that ultimate goal: hassle-free autumn dressing in a climate of highly unpredictable weather.
Start with the essentials…
Potentially not something that’s going to wow your instagram following, but a few organic cotton basics work wonders in getting any outfit off the ground. Pam is currently our go-to skirt for pared-back high-quality daytime dressing done in a rush. And if you’re keen to inject a subtle bit of new season colour into last winter’s wardrobe then the Isadora sweater in mustard blends beautifully with blacks, greys and khakis.
Build on what you’ve got
Continuing on the mix-n-match theme, introducing a few new statement pieces is often the most cost-effective route to a wardrobe refresh. With this in mind, I often look for tops with all-round qualities so that once dressed there’s absolutely no need to change regardless of what’s happening that day. Something with pattern or print to liven things up such as Emily or Ella. As for shape, an elegant shirt such as Beatrix, or flattering v-neck like Brianna – both made from excellent-quality, natural fabrics – will drape beautifully and easily take you from brunch to lunch to dinner.
Moving onto grown-up day dresses…
Despite the weather being so predictably fickle, we’re now past the August watershed where rocking up to the office in a sundress was borderline acceptable. If your remit for an autumn day-dress is akin to ours – glamourous(ish) but in a modern, low-key way and with a ¾ length sleeve at the bare minimum – then Anita fits the bill. As does Bara Shibori, another chic print, and a fantastic option if you like something that falls below the knee. However, if you prefer the more Toastesque androgynous aesthetic, then this contemporary sweater dress by Beaumont Organic’s gets a big thumbs up from us.
More shapely than a shift but still, to all intents and purposes, something where you can let it all hang out the shirt-dress also deserves a mention here. Flattering in cut due to its slight tailoring, Mikaela is a transitional investment piece that works just as well over jeans as it does with tights and boots.
All hail the contemporary culotte – a liberator of the skinny jean and the one item that never fails to get me into my sartorial groove. Where skirts seem too much effort, and tapered trousers far too smart, a pair of culottes seamlessly fill the void. Choosing styles that work equally well with a casual knit and trainers, as with a silk top and ankle boots is key. Both Thought’s Carolee style and these People Tree corduroy pair were designed for that very purpose.
Oh and one last thing
Be sure to invest in a great quality bag that’s just a little bit different to what you normally find on the high street. We’ve earmarked these two new arrivals from Matt & Nat, both in gorgeous Pomelo-coloured vegan leather. The mini Mumbai is sturdy enough to cycle to work with, whilst the Fleury is a more structured satchel that holds pretty much everything.Index