Autumn Fashion Essentials*

AD] Anyone else excited by the fact that it’s nearly cold enough to throw on knitwear, tights and boots again? I know I am! It’s no secret that Autumn (or ‘Fall’) is my favourite time of year, from Autumn fashion to warming drinks (mines a soya hot chocolate) and of course Halloween. It really is the perfect time of year.

As the new season approaches I’ve been thinking a lot about my personal style. Trying to determine what my style actually is and mixing up my wardrobe from the Autumn and Winter months.

It first started with my CBT sessions actually. Side note, unless you follow me on Twitter, you may not know that I’ve recently completed a course of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) for social anxiety and agoraphobia. With one of the techniques being exposure. This included getting me being comfortable going into clothes shops alone again (among other things). Hence starting to learn about my personal style.

I’ve spoken a few times about overhauling my wardrobe and buying clothes that suit my lifestyle, and the more I declutter, and try on clothes, the more I’m beginning to understand what that looks like. If you’re looking for a good place to start defining your personal style, I’d highly recommend Victora’s style posts. I’ve learnt a lot from her.

With this wardrobe cull I ended up donating two bags full of clothes to a local charity shop!

Pile of Clothes - Decluttering

Autumn Fashion Essentials

Dresses – especially when they’re worn with tights, a leather jacket and boots!

During the Summer months I found I own a lot of jeans but not much else as far as trousers are concerned. This proved problematic with the hot weather we had this year, I was melting(!) and spent a lot of my time in dresses instead. That’s one of the things I discovered or should that be rediscovered… I like wearing dresses.

Leather Jackets

You knew this one was coming, right? I pretty much live in my leather jacket throughout Autumn (and early Spring). Their perfect for dressing up a casual outfit or to go from work to a night out with the girls. As previously mentioned, you’ll usually see me wearing mine with a dress and tights.

Boots!

Nothing says Autumn like a nice pair of boots, am I right? There are many different styles you can try but the most popular tend to be ankle boots (booties), which are perfect for transitioning from the Summer and knee-high styles, which are great for Winter. Although I’m loving the mid-calf trend which I feel is the best of both worlds.

If anyone can recommend nice pair of black booties that don’t have a HUGE gap at the top, I’d be very greatly. I have very skinny legs at my ankle.

Pumps

OK, not an Autumn Fashion essential per say, but there’s never a bad time of year to reach for a pair of pumps*. Their classic for a reason and go with almost anything in your wardrobe. They’re also a good option when you want something a little dressier or it’s still too warm for boots.

If your looking for a good base to start with try black pumps* or beige pumps* as good neutrals, of course you can mix this up with different fabrics, patterns and styles. My go-to this time of year is a pair of Mary Jane style pumps which I can see myself adding to my usual dress, tights, leather jacket combo.

Cardigans

There’s nothing cosier or comfier than throwing on a chunky cardigan (or jumper) this time of year. Cardigans are the ultimate layering essential and I have multiple styles and shades in my wardrobe, they’re great for pairing with neutral outfits to add a splash of colour.

Jeans

I love jeans all year round but when it comes to Autumn and Winter I favour skinnier styles, think skinny or straight legged jeans that can be easily tucked into boots. As for colours, I love a dark wash or burgundy / plum.

Scarves

Scarves are the perfect way to add a bit of colour and intrigue to an otherwise neutral outfit. From patterned (hello tartan!), solid colours and even geeky designs, there are so many different ways to style this particular accessory.

What are some of your Autumn Fashion Essentials?

* This was a collaborative post.

20 thoughts on “Autumn Fashion Essentials*

  1. Lisa says:

    Oh dear, I fear you and I are not on the same page, I really don’t like Autumn at all, haha. I’m a confirmed Summer girl. But I agree with you about pumps, they really are true wardrobe staples. Great post, Kim πŸ˜‰ Lisa x

  2. jess says:

    Scarves are my favourite autumn accessory! They can add colour and just make an outfit and are a cheaper alternative to revamping my entire wardrobe! They also have the added bonus of keeping me warm!

    Jess | http://www.jessrigg.com

  3. Sophie Wentworth says:

    A/W fashion is my absolute favourite. I love jumper dresses with thick tights, layering, boots, oversized blanket scarves. This is my time of year for sure. I’d happily dress that way all year but I’m very much looking forward to it becoming more socially acceptable in the next few weeks πŸ˜‚ X

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  4. what corinne did says:

    I am obsessed with big chunky cardigans. Too bad I don’t have any. Scarves and boots always for me! Same for leather jacket! It’s too hot right now to wear it but I can’t wait!

  5. Jaya says:

    Cardigans and scarves, two of my favorite fall accessories. It is amazing how even summer and spring clothes can be adapted to autumn with a jacket and boots!

  6. Lauren says:

    I love autumn clothing! I love the checkered dresses with tights and boots! I love that theres so many different types of scarves as well! This is a great post! X

  7. Sahara says:

    I’m so excited to see that it’s almost time to be wearing sweaters again! Autumn/fall is my favorite weather mainly because it’s the perfect weather to go for a run in. Most of my outfits for autumn/fall are always paired jeans but I do have a few dresses that I could be getting more use of!

    I have one pair of black boots and they’re my absolute favorite to wear once the weather is just the right temperature. I have a few cardigans but recently felt like crocheting my own – I love a good challenge!

    My autumn essentials includes jeans, scarf, and a sweater!

  8. Evie says:

    My favourite thing to wear in Autumn is dungarees! It just makes getting dressed so much easier as all I need to do is throw on a jumper underneath. I’m hoping to find a chunky knit cardigan that I like for the upcoming months.

  9. Emily says:

    Yesssss, I love autumn fashion! Cardigans, boots, flannel, scarves, ugh you name it, I love it! You have such a good list of all the autumn fashion essentials, and I’ve never worn pumps before, but now I kind of want to!

    And congrats on working on your anxiety and going shopping! That was the hardest part of being agoraphobic for me a few years ago- I avoided going shopping like the plague. But I think the benefit of you going through this exposure if the passion for fall fashion! What’s a better reward for your bravery than some new autumn clothes, right??

    Great post and perfect for the season! <3

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment Emily. 😊 I’ve still got a way to go but at least I can step in a, very quiet, shop now!

      I’m loving all the fall fashion popping up at the moment. Still haven’t found any flannel shirts that fit me well (I’m busty) but I love the look. xx

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