This is clearly not leaving my consciousness! And for a committed shopaholic this is a big deal! And let's be honest any transition to slow fashion for me is going to be well ... slow. I am not going to change overnight. But the mantra 'buy less, choose well' won't leave my head!
Usually in September and October I would be rushing out to refresh my wardrobe with new finds for the autumn. Will I still do that?
I have had a really good wardrobe sort out this summer as you know. It does mean that I have reduced my wardrobe by quite a lot as it was getting out of hand. It would be silly to then refill it again (well a little silly)! I am delighted to have both donated to charity shops and to have sold a few items and made a bit of cash too - which I have put into my savings towards a future investment purchase (not sure what yet but past purchases have included my Louis Vuitton bag, my Gucci belts, my Jaeger camel coat and my Gucci disco bag).
Above: Animal print, fluffy jumper, statement bag and classic black ankle boots - new in at Hush.
I will be looking back over my instagram feed at what I was wearing last autumn and thinking about what can still work this year, what feels past it's best (usually the faster fashion items from the lower end High Street stores) and what still has lots of life left in it and if I still love it (and these items are usually slow fashion from the higher end High Street stores). Basically quality, classic items.
And more and more we can wear items that cross the seasons. I've worn my pleated skirts in the summer with white trainers or sandals and a sleeveless top. But I can also wear them (colour permitting) in the winter with my black boots and a cashmere sweater. Same with dresses, I can add my biker jacket when it gets cooler. Ok probably not mid-winter but certainly into the autumn.
Above: Sports luxe casual style - from the new autumn drop at Hush.
So what are the AW19 trends and can we wear what we already have?
What I have noticed though is that 'anything goes' and whilst we might make a nod to a trend generally there are the classics that are staying in our wardrobe and can be worn year after year.
Like white trainers and a dress, like skinny jeans or wide leg jeans, leather or coated jeans, pleated skirts, long boots, short ankle boots, cashmere knits, blazers, scarves, the statement handbag, florals and spots and even animal prints are becoming a more classic neutral.
Above: Simple styling from Marks & Spencer, black dress, black boots and a camel coat that will never go out of style.
In truth I don't think there is anything much we need to rush out and buy. But going through our wardrobes and making sure we have really classic basics, the core of that elusive capsule wardrobe, will be essential - I'm working on a blog post with my autumn essentials - if you don't want to miss it then do subscribe for blog updates!
My 'wish list' is to find one or two more dresses that I can wear on not so cold days, I've loved wearing dresses this summer. I will be looking for a couple of cashmere jumpers I can style with my skirts. I will be checking my jeans to make sure they fit and feel fantastic, I will be reviewing my 'boot' collection!
Above: Floral dress and trainers from Marks & Spencer, perfect transitional dressing.
I visited Vintage & Vogue in Beaconsfield again this weekend, I love their little garden studio and selection of pre-loved items. I enjoyed that more than I did when I popped into my local shopping centre on Thursday. My weak spot though is the ease of online shopping and that I love the feel of new clothes.
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