Like most fashion bloggers/readers, I love shopping. A lot. Unfortunately this can lead to a lot of impulse buys which sit in my wardrobe not getting worn. As I'm living on a student budget, I can't really afford to waste money, so I like to try and get my thoughts together every time a new season comes around, and semi-plan what sartorial direction I'm going to be taken. Once I've got that clear, it's easier for me to "buy within the lines" so to speak, and not spend my money on clothes which aren't going to fit in with the rest of my wardrobe.
My plan for Spring/Summer worked reasonably well, and I've been able to get lots of wear out of my SS buys this year, so hopefully I'll be able to stick to the plan for AW.
I know it seems a bit regimented but of course if I see something I absolutely fall in love with and haven't planned for I'll still get it. And it's mainly an excuse to look over lots of style.com pictures and daydream about clothes. Yes I'm tragic. No, I don't care :p
This isn't a very straightforward and coherent direction by the way, just to warn you. This post is, as you can probably guess, more for myself than anything else, so um, bear with me if you can and I'll get back to some more interesting, less nonsensical posting soon!
The notion: Military general come Scottish country gentleman.
Luella Bartley's collections are consistently up in my favourites season after season. I think it's something to do with the inherent British quirkiness present in all of her designs. This season is no exception. I love the dolled-up military vibe, which I will try and emulate with army-surplus jumpers and a statement coat.
Sexed-up country at its best. The thigh high waders aren't exactly practical for uni (not that I could afford anything like them anyway!), but the tweed shorts,jacket and even dress could be easily replicated, along with the chunky cardigans. There's even a bit of military thrown in there too (even if it is of the Roman soldier kind!) Corpse make-up optional of course.
Erin Fetherston and Ann Demeulemeester
Erin Fetherston's collections, despite being criticised often for being gratuitously frivolous, always appeal to the girly girl in me. This season however, she's thrown in some new elements in the form of more structured jackets and coats (even if they are still made in silk/satin). I especially love the look in the dead centre, with the matching jacket and waistcoat. It looks very English country gentleman on-the-hunt (which I totally disapprove of just to make it clear!)
Ann D's clothes seem to me to be a mix between military and 18th/19th century romanticism, with a kind of Jane Austen-y thing going on, but without looking costume-y, something I'm very keen to avoid. And then there are those killer strapped leather corset thingymabobs. I may have a go at DIY-ing one. Not that I'd ever wear it out I doubt, but it would be amazing to look at.
You may (if you've been paying attention, which I doubt, in fact if you've got this far through the post then wow) be wondering where the Scottish bit I mentioned came from. Well, I think it's important to not blindly follow trends, and instead to kind of squoosh new elements in with your existing style. This is where the Scottish comes in, or, more accurately, tartan. (Yes I know I'm being wonderfully stereotypical here and there is much more to Scotland than tartan and vice-versa cause you can get Cornish tartan etcetc, but it helps to streamline the whole Autumn vision into the whole "military general come Scottish country gentleman" character.)
I love tartan (or plaid, whatever) and other such check-y patterns, and I'm planning on introducing a lot more into my wardrobe this autumn. Mainly via the medium of Uniqlo shirts. I love Uniqlo flannel shirts. There will also be argyle. I already have a psuedo-argyle top from H&M, which has hearts instead of diamonds, but I want more. Again from Uniqlo I think. Oh, and possible fairisle. Is that how you spell it?
L-R: Jack Wills, ASOS, Uniqlo, Uniqlo, Topshop.
A statement military/countrified jacket will be the main component of this whole look I think. A sweeping military/tweed coat would probably be better fitting, but I'm more a jacket than a coat fan. Jackets are easier to shove on, take up less room and can be stuffed in a bag. Also my legs don't really feel the cold so much, so a long coat is kind of unnecessary. Here are some nice possibilities:
Clockwise from top left: New Look, Topshop, Next, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins.
Other key elements will be:
Chunky knits, long woollen socks, knee-length or OTK boots, some kind of canvas knapsack/backpack and possibly some kind of old-man tweed cap.
Right, I have rambled on quite a bit more than I imagined writing this post, so I shall stop now. I'll probably do at least one other post like this though, probably next week? I'm not sure.
What will you be wearing this autumn anyhow*? Tell me, I'm nosy and I want to know.
*or spring, if you're one of them southern-hemisphere types.