It has been quite an eyeopener to have to survive on a quarter of what I own and realise I have still had plenty to wear. It has also forced me to be more creative with extending the life of my Summer wardrobe into cooler weather and so I thought I'd share a couple of outfits I'm taking with me into next season.
This clashing floral print trouser suit from Sportmax has been one of my Summer favourites. Given the cold wet summer we had, thick cotton trousers and a long sleeved collared silk shirt turned out to be a far more practical combination than floaty dresses and I am still wearing this outfit out now for extra warmth in place of a top and skirt or a dress. Besides, it seems that florals, clashing prints and in particular statement trousers aren't really going away over Autumn, it is just that the palette is darkening up.
I don't know about anyone else but I'm not ready to revert to wearing everything in dark shades just yet. Maybe it is because the clocks have not gone back yet and we are still officially on British Summertime. Maybe it is because we've had a few rebelliously bright September days as Summer fades slowly away. Maybe it is because I still need to wear something colourful and pretty to brighten the days up before the long dark nights of Autumn really set in. Or maybe it is just because the floral prints of this Summer were some of my favourite looks in many years and I'm not ready to let them go yet.
It was a bit of challenge for me to embrace clashing florals but I found it quite a refreshing change to see myself wearing a lot of colour, head-to-toe. I wore this outfit to an eightieth birthday party and the birthday boy told me that my "pyjamas were very elegant".
I'm not in the mood to do some serious shopping for Autumn yet either with all the doom and gloom being bandied about the economy and when there are beautiful things I could be wearing from my own wardrobe. Shopping ban still officially on (although I'm not going to lie, there have been two black marks!). To warm up this outfit for colder weather I've been adding tights, black ankle boots, a black wool blazer or knitwear, topped with a black coat and imagine I will continue to do so for a while yet.
I particularly like the studded collar on this shirt which is removable and can be replaced with a plain floral version. Alternatively the detachable collars can be left off totally for a Grandad style collar instead. Three versions of the same shirt in one!
That is not my baby grand piano by the way. That is Mr V's grandmother in the picture frame though.
How are you doing with the changeover from Summer to Autumn? Are you eking out the Summer wardrobe as far as you can or have you packed it all away already and brought out the Autumnal gear?
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Silk floral print shirt and floral print trousers: Sportmax; Shoes: from a shop in Sardinia