I have just arrived back to England for winter. This is the first time in a couple of years that I have been through this. An English winter does not deliver much in addition to dry skin and a cold. It is more often that not grey, rainy, and with a kind of chill in the air that really gets to your bones. The beginning of Autumn however, I think, is worse. You can just see Summer heading off over the horizon, occasionally sneaking back to give us that last afternoon or two of warm sunshine. In the meantime the cold sneaks in abruptly, whilst we were busy waving to summer, and we are left feeling rather miserable. Last night we lit the fire for the first time since last winter. That’s it now. No going back.
The hardest thing is deciding what to wear. It is cold, but then it isn’t. Your winter stuff is still in boxes, and your really putting off bringing it out… ‘do I really have to?’
What to wear now:
Layers are good. However, this doesn’t have to mean covering up completely. I love pairing a bare leg with a knit jumper. Experiment with layering thickness of fabrics. Let a knit do the work of keeping you warm, and allow your legs to enjoy the last chance of an outing before the real cold weather chills you to your core. Alexa Chung was spotted doing this fabulously this week.
Jacket wise, for now I find the best piece in my wardrobe is the trench coat. A Burberry trench is never out of fashion, and should it rain, well, its got you covered (literally).
White is never amiss and was all over London Fashion week. The white shirt never came in so handily as it did now. For the office or street style – its functional, covers enough flesh to be warm, and yet is light enough for the warmer days. My favourite fashion Blogger Pernille Teisbaek wears hers with a tartan skirt for a great transitional outfit.
Now is the time to say goodbye to the colours of summer and fall in love with wintery tones all over again. Now is not too soon. My favourite is grey, and grey is everywhere right now. Embrace a little grey for Autumn and it will take you right through winter. Make like Alexa Chung and do a grey skirt, which can be worn with tights on cooler days.
What to sell now:
On unpacking all the bags of winter clothes that I had put into storage a couple of years ago, I felt that now would be the perfect time for a good sort out. I am in the midst of selling a lot of things on good old Ebay. Trying to do great photos is tricky as the natural light is terrible as it is so grey outside. The other downside to selling items at this time year is Autumn is a time for layers and the beginnings of a winter wardrobe but we are still holding out for those days where we can wear a summer dress.
I have skiing stuff to sell, and the time to sell that is October. People are booking ski holidays, as something to look forward to, and so as soon as October hits, it’s going online.
Now though, it is still September and people are still hankering on to the last threads of summer. Summer dresses that can be paired with tights, or a jacket and are hard-working seasonal transitional pieces are hot right now. Get them online. I have the glitzy, sequined, and party dresses ready for the next month to sell for people thinking about Christmas parties.
Shorts are a good sell right now, I have sold a couple of pairs online recently. Knits are a big go-to for this kind of weather. Shirts and anything that layers is a good seller right now: gilets, jackets, and anything transitional. For me, I am making space for the winter hues and the warmer fabrics, ready to go through the cold in the most enjoyable way as possible!
Hang on to your Summer stuff. I strongly suggest packing things away. This means that when you need things again it is refreshing to see what you had forgotten about, and it leaves your closet clutter free and makes getting ready a lot easier. When you come to bring it out next Spring, anything you don’t want can be sold – it will be the perfect time. Now is not the time to sell it. Wait until you are ready to update your Spring/Summer wardrobe next year to decide what you want to keep and get rid of.
So sort out your closet, follow my tips for what to wear now, and try to enjoy this iffy time of year. Light the fire, and enjoy watching the leaves turn in to those wonderful Autumnal colours.
Photos: http://www.vogue.com and http://www.lookdepernille.com