In the autumn, a fashion blogger's fancy turns to thoughts of layers*. And tights. And knits. And scarves, hats, boots and all the other deliciously cosy things that have been neatly packed away in vintage suitcases since April.
We class autumn as September-November, don't we? It may technically still be summer now but I've already given up on it. It's been warm enough for bare legs about three times all year and I'm officially pronouncing it time to start donning tights and jackets again. I don't care if it still says August on the calendar.
Now I'm not one of those people who dives headlong into look books at this time of year and starts fantasising about the squillions of pounds they're going to spend on new knitwear. Mainly because I don't have squillions of pounds. Partly because I don't have that big a wardrobe/house either. I mostly have to make do with what I've already got, with the addition of a few nice new bits and bobs.
I've been saying this for months now, I know, but I really am trying to buy better. That means tracking down things I actually need and filling gaps in my wardrobe rather than adding to my enormous collection of grey jumpers. Instead of indulging my love for Irregular Choice and buying these, I was practical and bought these . Actual sensible, waterproof footwear. Go me.
The one obvious gap in my wardrobe was leather jacket shaped, so when French Connection emailed me and asked if I'd like to review something from their A/W range I knew exactly what to go for.
I absolutely love it. Why have I never owned one before? I did this with shorts: was absolutely convinced they were not for me, tried them, loved them. Perhaps I need to expand my clothing horizons a bit more. Anyway, back to the jacket. I trust you know I wouldn't be saying this if I didn't truly think it (my opinion is not for sale) but it's beautiful. Feels fantastic, looks wonderful, makes me feel considerably cooler than usual. What's not to love?
Jacket - c/o French Connection
Dress - People Tree sale
Boots - Aldo via ASOS sale
Ring - Primark
Necklace - belonged to my Grandma
*apologies for mangling Tennyson