How to do autumnal romanticism (1): the wardrobe essentials

20150829_162602As we head into Autumn, this feels like the mood of fashion: bohemian, romantic, sensual.

Alessandro Michele described his new direction for Gucci, unveiled at his AW15-16 show earlier this year, as being built “around the idea of individuality. The way you dress is really how you feel”.  I loved his eclectic collection and this is inspiring my autumn style strategy.  I’m planning to unveil a few favourites from storage, topped-up with a few new items, contrasting colour, texture and print.  It takes a bit of planning, to establish what I have; decide what could really enhance those things and crucially, what colours, textures or patterns will pull everything together.  So here’s my list of the things that I expect to become my autumn style essentials.

20150829_105131I love the look of the Poet Blouse, especially in red (like the Gucci version) and in eau de nil.  Vintage can be a good option here for late 70s/early 80s era blouses as long as the quality and condition is good.

I’ve got to have Ines de la Fressange’s glorious red corduroy jacket for Uniqlo.  It was a coup de coeur the moment I saw it: just one of those items that immediately got my imagination working for different colour/texture combinations and that’s always a good sign.

20150829_162626There are many options for beautiful print dresses in autumnal shades of gold, chestnut, greens, blues or burgundy.  Again vintage can be a good option but virtually every designer and high street shop will have a version and there are some gorgeous soft floral and ethnic prints out there.

The aran jumper also still reigns this season.  The Row is always a very reliable source of beautiful knitwear but at the other end of the scale, Ines de la Fressange has produced a lovely version for Uniqlo.  If you do buy a vintage version, remember to have it dry cleaned before installing it in your wardrobe to kill any moth larvae or eggs that may be lurking undetected.

20150829_162747I loved Prada’s slim leg, abbreviated trousers in brave colours like pink and mustard.  I haven’t decided yet whether to take the plunge but I’m very tempted.  In the meantime, I think my existing stock of culottes and pleated skirts will work nicely.  A midnight blue pleated skirt is a great neutral, made interesting by a finely textured fabric.

So enough on the wardrobe, what about the accessories to pull it all together?  More on this important topic to come….

Picture credits (top to bottom): John Everett Millais, Ophelia; John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Mrs Robert Harrison; Thomas Cooper Gotch, Alleluia; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine.  All on display at Tate Britain and next year there will be an even bigger Pre-Raphaelite show from 11 May to 25 September.


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