So here we are, it’s April! We’re not in summer anymore, Dorothy. (Unless you’re in Brisbane where it was 30 degrees and 100% humidity over the weekend. What. The?)
But we’re not in Winter either. URGH. Seasonal purgatory.
And you’re thinking GOD, I’m lost with these autumn trends…I have nothing to wear! Well, I bet you do. You just need to think creatively about the shit you own. At this time of year I keep cycling through my summer stuff and just jazz it up so it suits the change of seasons.
Here’s five ideas to help you revamp your summer wardrobe and bring it singing and dancing into autumn.
1. Jump, jump for my love!
Wear a jumper over one of your cute summer frocks. Let me repeat what I said. A jumper. I did NOT say cardi. Well, you can wear a cardi. I’ll concede that you can wear a cardi over anything, but tread carefully my friends, cardis can be at best tres boring and at worst frumpy and scream of giving up. Innit?
So pull out your favourite summer dress. Add a patterned or mohair or plain jumper. Throw on some closed in shoes: ankle boots or stilettos or ballet flats. A totes cute, preppy, vintage vibe.
2. Pleather please
Pleather – i.e. plastic/leather – i.e. vinyl. Controversial? Yes. Is it hip, or horrible? Hmmm, the jury’s still out.
This is one of the more irresistible autumn trends for me, I do like this gear! Takes me back to the 90s when I would go out sporting a pair of skin tight, super-shiny PVC pants teamed with a white t-shirt, the word ‘MILK’ emblazoned across my ta-tas. Because of the way it stretched across my substantial bosoms, my friends would all scream MMMIIIIIILLLLLLLKKKKKKK at me. Ah, good times…
Bring your look into the 21st century with your favourite stripy tee or a classic white shirt. Adorable, edgy. Julia Zamiro, eat your face off heart out.
3. Scarf it
Okay, so you’re mooching around your neighbourhood in your standard summer staple, a tank top and shorts. And you think well, I can’t bring this crap into autumn. Yes, you can! Just chuck a scarf on, swap your thongs for a pair of biker boots, and Bob’s your buncle, you’re autumnified!
And if it gets chilly you have permission to wear that cardi, I suppose. But make it a nice one please. Witchery and Country Road always do smashing cardis.
4. Jack-it if you want
I love a bit of rock chick action. Toughen up a frock with a biker jacket or team with a pencil skirt for a look that’s well on trend (sorry, I had to say it once in this post).
Or go for a boyfriend blazer. I have one that I wear with a yellow lace skirt or a pair of Tokito tailored shorts. Cu-uuuute! I’m heavy on top so I sometimes find jackets a bit bulky. To counter this I wear a fitted tank and something short on the bottom. Unless you’re puny, never do boyfriend jeans and a boyfriend blazer. You’ll look like a chunky bag-lady.
Oh, and I think it’s hilarious that the biker jacket in this pic is ‘vegan’. Nee vinyl. LOL.
It’s pants time ladies, hurrah! Get those jeans out of storage and chuck ‘em in the freezer overnight to freshen them and kill those panty-moths. The amazing versatility of jeans is never boring. You can wear them with a classic white button down shirt and flats; red stiletto heels, a punky tank and a vintage vest; or a seasonal tee and loafers.
Or better still, treat yourself to the best black trousers ever: Sacha Drake skinny, high-waisted brilliance. Somehow they give the illusion of willowy height. That’s where Sacha excels. She designs for real women. Just sayin’.
Am loving the brown boots and hat!!
Me too! I wish I could carry them off. Perhaps if I was Sienna Miller…
I love love love this post, Gillian! I will be doing all of these things (under your watchful eye, of course, because I don’t even know how to put a t-shirt with jeans). Is it just me, or does the chick in the vegan jacket remind anyone else of Michael Jackson’s Bad?
I have no idea how to dress for autumn, as I’ve never done it before. I’m confused by everything!!!!
hahahaha you’re hilarious, I bet you always look awesome!
I want that gold dot sweater BADLY.
Thanks Renee!!! I know, isn’t it absolutely cute as a button. Gorman do the most adorable jumpers and fun little hipster dresses. I’m a bit too round to carry the dresses off but big fan of their designs.
Great ideas. I never know what to wear in the inbetween seasons, I tend to either be too cold or too hot!
Hey Sam, yeah it can be a bit of a nightmare. Layers always work well too I reckon!
All gorgeous selections but it’s still WAY too hot to dress that stylish yet, well that is my excuse and I’m sticking with it!
God you’re so right Em, you’re up the coast aren’t you? Brisbane is bloody HIDEOUS at the moment. I’m dying for a little bit of cooler weather. Mind you I’m sure I’ll be rue-ing the day I said that when it’s 5 degrees! hahahaha xx
I dress for autumn by grabbing a jacket and wearing closed in shoes. And also packing in the car even warmer clothes and usually beanies for the kids as living in Tassie means you have to layer up and be prepared for anything. #teamIBOT
Hahahaha Sophie!! Yeah Brisbane is a bit different to Tassie! We’re still wearing shorts, thongs and tanks around here. My hubby and I often talk about moving to Tassie in our retirement, I love the col weather so much and Tasmania is SUCH a beautiful place. Jealous!!! xx
This is just the type of post I need to read! Actually I am updating my whole wardrobe after many years of neglect. Love to hear your thoughts on winter shoes for the flat-footed. I’m loving the cooler weather here in Canberra – a chance to pull out my gorgeous leather boots I bought in Buenos Aires 🙂
Oh yes, we’ll be talking about shoes! And stay tuned for a bit of an exciting giveaway coming soon…