September may feel like a fresh start as we enter the new season, but when it comes to what to wear it’s not so clear cut. We Brits are used to unpredictable weather, but as the days get shorter and the sunshine is as indecisive as most of us are with the TV remote, there’s a distinct feeling of being ‘in between’.
Caught between the balmy heatwave of summer and the crisp chill of autumn, a stint too long in the shade can leave you feeling as though it’s dropped 10 degrees if you’re not well prepared – not to mention the potential of an unscheduled downpour carrying the threat of soggy shoes. But while getting cosy inside might be tempting, there’s no doubt we’ll all be spending a lot more time outdoors this season due to recent events – and it’s always good for us to get out into the open air and soak up some vitamin D.
So how do you nail transeasonal dressing without carrying your entire wardrobe in your backpack? Here are a few style tips to keep you well-dressed and ready for anything…
Put your feet first
Anyone who’s stuck their foot out of the duvet on a sticky night will know that keeping your feet comfortable is key in matters of body temperature. Even if it’s sunny, at this time of year there’s a nip in the air that will go straight to your toes if you insist on stepping out in your summer sandals.
Whether you’re out for the day on an autumn staycation or walking to your local beer garden, be sensible and stylish by opting for a chic ankle boot that’s practical yet right on trend, such as the FitFlop Skandi Suede Ankle Boots. Available in black or tan, they tap into the hiker look while putting your comfort first. With three levels of targeted cushioning from your heel to your toes, a fluffy shearling lining and ski-inspired two-tone laces, you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds no matter what the weather is doing.
Let there be layering
Of course, layering is key if you’re going to be well-prepared for a long country walk – but how do you do it without looking bulky? Gabrielle Teare, a personal stylist based in London, recommends mixing textures so you have the best of both worlds and don’t overheat, because you don’t want to have to carry your coat around once you’ve reached the top of a hill.
“To update your look for the cooler weather, put on a warmer jacket over a summer blouse combo,” says Gabrielle. “So you might have a light lace cotton top, then you add a wool jacket that you can remove.”
You can also play with lighter versions of winter favourites – think open-knit tops or a wool skirt without the tights – and don’t forget your accessories. It’s officially scarf and sunglasses season; both are easy to carry in your tote, and you can pick and mix depending on what the weather throws at you.
Add a dash of colour
The leaves may be golden, but that doesn’t have to dictate your colour palette. “This season’s trend is for muted shades, such as khaki, beige and claret,” notes Gabrielle.
While you may be sticking to more neutral tones with your autumn wardrobe, that doesn’t have to mean blending into your surroundings – you can mix it up with a dash of colour. “Just add a colour pop with your footwear, or perhaps a sweater,” suggests Gabrielle.
Be rain ready
Rather than checking the likelihood of rain every five minutes on your weather app, embrace the fact that getting outdoors in the UK this autumn is likely to mean getting caught in the odd shower. But it needn’t put a dampener on your look – choose the right gear and you won’t have to worry about looming black clouds when you’re heading out for a walk.
“If you’ve been wearing floral midi dresses, update them for autumn with cool ankle boots that will protect your feet and look chic. Add a lightweight coloured mac and you’re good to go,” says Gabrielle. The FitFlop Skandi range is ideal for pairing with jeans or dresses for warmer days; but if the forecast promises a downpour, then the WonderWelly is the fail-safe option.
FitFlop has taken the iconic silhouette of your go-to wellies (choose from short or tall) and added comfort through biomechanically engineered technology, with a contoured sole, high-rebound micro ‘springboards’ in the forefoot and lightweight design. Those hollowed-out heels that can leave you with aching feet have been filled in with an innovative honeycomb design to absorb the impact of every step, and it comes in a range of colourways, including rosy pink, bright red and on-trend grey – so that’s your autumnal colour pop sorted. Every cloud and all that…
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