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So Last Season

Bidding farewell to the summer

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 8:40am

I went to the most lovely event at the weekend at The Fish Basket in Long Strand as part of A Taste of West Cork and we were 'haunted' with the weather as the saying goes.

It was lovely to be able to sit out at the beach, eating delicious seafood and having a few glasses of wine, but it definitely felt like it marked the end of the summer for me.

Even though I’m quite aware we are already in autumn, we all know that you can get some of the best weather in September. So while I toughed it out in a floral dress with no tights, I did break out the ankle boots for the first time in months and I had my leather jacket to hand, also.

Now that my outdoor events have been completed for the year, I am more than ready to move my wardrobe into the autumn zone, so I will be packing away sandals and high summer pieces and focusing my attention on what I’ll be wearing for the coming few months.

With autumn weather being quite changeable, I need pieces that are versatile and I also want to piece together a good capsule wardrobe of basics that I know will work well together.

Workwise, this part of the year is always really busy for me, so it’s good to have a collection of pieces that I don’t have to think too much about. I don’t really need to buy much this season, as I invested in some good basics last year.

One of the items I cannot live without in autumn is a good jacket. A fitted blazer smartens up any look and houndstooth or check print really brings that autumnal vibe. The trusty jacket also works pretty much over anything from the easily styled jeans and t-shirt look to a slip skirt and cosy roll neck pairing. It really is a hero piece!

One of the things I am on the look out for though are a pair of high waisted flared jeans that I can wear with ankle boots. I haven’t seen any I like just yet but I might have a look at some of the vintage stores for a pair.

I love a classic pair of flares in the winter and they look great worn with chiffon blouses or with fitted knits.

Speaking of chiffon blouses, I spotted the nicest selection of blouses in River Island recently, if anyone is looking to update their collection. A black and red floral print one with pussy bow neck tie has caught my eye and works well with jeans, leather skirts or trousers.

There is also a really nice pair of faux leather joggers in River Island at the moment. I never thought I would wear something like that but I tried them on recently and they were really nice just styled with a t-shirt and white converse. They are loose fitting so you don’t have to have a Ross from 'Friends' moment with talcum powder although I must say I got the impression you would be pretty warm in them.

This time of year is always very exciting as they new collections hit the shop floors and while I’m trying not to pick up too much, it’s great to just get inspired for the new season and I’m just really looking forward to digging out my winter pieces and just seeing what bits I’ll get the most wear out of.

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