Shorts in Autumn? With a bit of sun and a chunky knit, why not.

I can’t remember the last time Autumn started out this warm. My coats are all still packed away* and I’ve not once thought about tights (hurrah). I’ve not even used a proper jacket yet, just throwing a jumper, cardigan or knit blazer over dresses, skirts and all the Summer stuff that would normally have been packed away by now. This post carries on with the theme of the last one – soft tailoring and rediscovering old pieces. The tailored shorts are 80s vintage that I thrifted for less than a fiver a couple of years ago and the cardigan is a fairly knackered one that I’ve had for yonks. It’s buttonless so I was initially going to wear it open and slouchy but in the end I decided to add the belt for a more pulled together look. I think it worked quite well, don’t you?

Personally, I don’t see the need to go out buying anything for Autumn right now. Get more wear out of those Summer favourites while the weather lasts: throw an over-sized jumper over that dress or floaty skirt, add ankle boots, grab a brolly and your sunnies and make the most of it! And the best bit? This hot weather/cold weather clothes mash-up works even as it starts to get colder – just add tights and a chunky scarf. 

Thanks for reading. Always great to hear from you so feel free to leave comments!

Addie x

I am wearing:

Cardigan (Matalan)|Shorts (Vintage)| Belt (Primark)| Boots (Maison Margiela) |Bag (Jean Paul Gaultier)

 

*Packed away at the dry cleaners!  I hand in the coats at the beginning of Summer and don’t see them again until I pick them up in Winter.  It’s a sweet system if you struggle for space like me but be warned that using your dry cleaners as an extension of your wardrobe can be risky: don’t lose your ticket and make sure you check to see if they have a dumping policy!

 

WARDROBE TREASURES: Transitioning into Autumn with soft tailoring (and an old vest!)

It’s no secret that I love a good rummage in my wardrobe every once in a while. Usually on a space- saving clear-out mission but sometimes just for the fun of rediscovering something that I haven’t worn for a while. The last time I wore this Hysteric Glamour vest, it was with baggy jeans, a baseball cap and Converse hi-tops.  Thankfully, the baggy jeans and baseball cap – along with my days of dressing like a teenage boy – are long gone but I’ve hung on to this foxy wee vest.  The Gomme blazer is an old piece too and I still do wear it from time to time. Thanks to its cut and fabric (a patchwork of boucle, silk and wool) it’s not at all bulky and is a fab alternative to a cardigan and perfect for transitioning into Autumn.

It was a gorgeous sunny but cool day and I was going for a soft-tailored casual look which the graphic vest and trainers completed nicely. The high-waisted slouchy trousers are from H&M’s premium label and the trainers are Isabel Marant (although my Stan Smiths would have been just as fab).

Most of us probably think of tailoring as reserved for work/business meetings/job interviews. In my opinion it needn’t be! Soft tailored pieces might lend themselves more easily to off-duty wear, but it’s fairly easy to soften-up sharp tailored stuff. Just throw an over-sized fluffy jumper over those “work” trousers or pair your “work” blazer with some sports-luxe bottoms, add a box fresh pair of trainers and voila!

How divine are these H&M trousers?

So are you game? Let me know how you get on!

Thanks for reading,

Addie xx

I am wearing:

Vest (Hysteric Glamour)| Blazer (Gomme)| Trousers (H&M)| Trainers (Isabel Marant)| Bag (Victoria Beckham)| Sunglasses (Celine)

 

Ripped jeans. Is there a cut-off date?

Like most people I own the odd pair of “mildly” distressed jeans. However, I’ve not been anywhere near a pair of properly ripped jeans since the late 90s. Mainly, because of how dull the mass produced versions of today (with their identikit rips) are compared to the DIY original creations of back in the day. But also because, well, should a forty-something year-old still be wearing shredded jeans?!  Anyway, pushing such misgivings aside, I decided to give this cropped pair from Primark a go. And I LOVE them. The denim’s decent, it’s cut well, low cost and super comfy. I also like that it’s stonewash – all very much in keeping with the 90s vibe! If like me, you are of a certain age and are similarly doubtful about carrying off extremely ripped jeans, go for grown-up but playful styling like I’ve done here. A plain t-shirt with booties will work well too.

So, I guess the answer to my question is NO. You shouldn’t have to stop wearing super ripped jeans just because you are older. My only tip would be to try and keep everything else grown-up and low key.

Thanks so much for reading – outfit details are at the end!

Addie x

I am wearing:

Jeans (Primark)| Shirt (Top Shop)| Shoes (Isabel Marant)| Bag (& Other Stories)| Sunglasses (Celine)

A foxy little black dress is not just for the night.

A little black dress is not just for night time adventures and frolics.  This All Saints dress has seen many nights out paired with heels or foxy boots but it only needed these studded flats to transition into an outfit suitable for running errands around town on a sunny Saturday afternoon. So girls get the most out of your cocktail LBDs by showing them some daylight! Just add glam comfy sandals (black or metallic – avoid browns) or any style of trainers……..

Short and sweet this time! Thanks for reading.

Addie x

I am wearing:

Dress (All Saints)| Sandals (McQ)| Bag (Givenchy)