September is well and truly here and that can only mean one thing for me… It’s Autumn!
My favourite season has started.
Technically a british Autumn season begins on the 22nd September but as I type this I can see from my office widow the trees are beginning turn a warm shade of orange and the air con in the office has been shut off for another year. It seems that the good old British summer started and ended in May.
The feelings of guilt and sadness that plague me through summer are over. No longer will I worry about not having that Summer Body (until next year).
My ghostly white complexion will not stand out, my legs can be covered without any of the “aren’t you hot in jeans?” comments, my scarf collection will make its appearance!
Yes, it really is the best season.
I’m taking the opportunity whilst I’m visiting home this weekend to dig out my winter wardrobe and grab as many blankets and onesies as I can carry.
My Outfit Planning
During Autumn, my outfit planning becomes less and less traumatic. I know that an average September day can be both frosty and hot. Meticulously designed outfits would be rendered useless. I can happily stick to the classics.
Jeans, Vest, Chunky Cardigan, Boots.
Pinterest has this style nailed.
I’m excited to get back into skirts this season, which I know may sound strange as we’re coming out of one of the hottest summers on record but with my chunky, pale and sometimes prickly legs (why is it that whenever I shave my legs there is always a bit I miss) I avoid all skirts when it’s warm. All those girls that have experienced the dreaded “chub-rub” will sympathise.
Now the tights are out. Black tights go with everything, thermal tights are one of the best inventions of the 21st century, even clear tights can even out any irregular tan – from a bottle, don’t get too excited, my skin only burns in the sun.
My wardrobe also houses a large collection of boots – in summer this isn’t exactly useful but coming into the cooler months it’s a god-send. They work with almost every outfit. From the Ariana-Grande-inspired-thigh-high boots that took me weeks to find (chunky thighs mean only lace up ones fit) to my ever-growing obsession with the Chelsea boot. My bright pink Doc Martins may even venture out from their solitude.
September also brings one of the better perks of summer, the end of season sales. A chance for me to leisurely waste time flicking between websites looking at all the summer clothes that I can either buy for next year or transform into autumnal outfits.
Yesterday saw the beginning.
I regularly shop on online discount websites – why spend loads of money on something that won’t fit me if I lose weight (optimistic outlook).
For the first time I found a website selling clothes for under £5… I’ve already spent my university years shopping in bargain bins and then slowly worked up to everything5pounds.com as I crawled out of student debt.
Now lessthan10pounds.com is my new go to site. My latest purchases:
(Photos taken from lessthan10pounds.com)
The pretty floral top, well, it’s pretty. I love cold shoulder tops and even if I don’t get to wear this till next year, it will be cute in spring. At a cost of £4.50, I think it will be fine to wear if the weather warms slightly this month.
The black floral one, I think this will be nice for relaxed evening drinks this month. Trying to meet new people is difficult and my aim is to join something before I get to winter and refuse to make the effort.
I already work in black jeans so to throw this in my bag with a pair of chunky heels and my leather jacket means I can go straight from the office to the bar.
The cobalt blue cami. I love love love swing cami tops. It always seems like a slightly dressier way of wearing a vest, and it covers my slightly podgy tummy.
Blue dominates my wardrobe so I did have to really think about buying this but for £2 how could I not?
I’m going to wear this at the weekend (assuming it’s delivered on time) with ripped jeans, ankle boots and a beige chunky cardigan (‘vintage’ cardigan bought for my late grandma 21 years ago). Effortless and comfy.
I’m constantly looking for new outfit ideas and I can guarantee that I will be able to find something in one of the hundreds of charity shops that fill my home town and there are always the forgotten gems at the back of my wardrobe.
I’m mainly excited to dig out my scarf hoard!