If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen the below photo I posted about a week ago during the height of our Indian Summer. I spotted the tree on my way to work. Look at it, quite rightly, flaunting its leaves in all its cinnamon spice glory. I don't love the heralding of shorter days but I do love the ever changing canvas of colours this season gives us.
Then a couple of days ago, I also posted one of fallen leaves. Don't they look like Autumn confetti? Both photos reminded me that I have a skirt with swirling leaves in these colours - pumpkin and cinnamon. Up until this weekend, I've not felt very Autumnal but with the leaves finally turning and falling, I'm ready for Autumn now. It's really arrived.
I played around with the styling of the outfit. I knew I wanted a layered effect whilst still showing off the pistachio in the skirt and cami top but layers can be tricky. Too thick and they can add bulk.
I've had this cami top for ages, bought specially for the skirt but it's not a colour that works on its own with me. It has to have a companion colour to tone it down, hence the contrasting green. To allow each shade of green to stand out, rather than compete against each other, I layered a cream shirt in between.
Originally, I tied the shirt in front but what looked fun in the mirror, screamed NO, NO, NO on camera! It only served to make me look really heavy around my waist. The dreaded bulk. Too much flapping material! And flapping in this case, is NOT a euphemism for a swear word beginning with 'f'! It literally was too much material flapping about my midriff. I don't quite have a long enough torso to work that look.
Darn my short-waistedness!
When faced with a dearth of length, employ the old trick of creating an optical illusion! By tucking the shirt in but keeping it open the pistachio was a long 'v' in the centre, drawing the eye upwards. Bingo! Much more streamlined.
To add a little more visual interest, I flipped the shirt cuffs over and slipped on a trio of Autumnal coloured bracelets and one of my favourite necklaces I wore with my Vintage Style Gladstone Bag and Denim Shift dress.
A pumpkin coloured bag to fit the season and tone in with the colours of the skirt. A light counter-point to the greens.
I'm feeling a little smug about this bag - yes, it's my favourite shape - another mini tote. I work to the school of 'if it ain't broke...' I'd seen it when it first arrived in New Look back in August. I bided my time and a couple of weeks ago, it was in the sale and under a tenner! Looks perfect against the pistachio, nutmeg and cinnamon colours.
The material of the skirt although lined, is quite thin. Wearing it this time of year really means donning some warm woolly tights or knee high boots. I want to hold out wearing knee highs for as long as possible though. Gawd knows they'll be on intensive rotation for at least the next 4 months.
For now I'm sticking with either ankle booties or shoe boots. Or are they booty shoes or faux boots? Or even,
White Stuff Swirling Leaves Skirt (preloved e-bay)
Monsoon Pistachio Cami (preloved e-bay)
Cream Shirt (ancient from the Emporium of I Forget)
Dorothy Perkins Waterfall Cardigan SS15
New Look Mini Tote (sold out online). Here's a Brown snake winged Tote, River Island
Necklace (gift from my mum-in-law)
Bhs Shoes Boots (AW14)
Throw over a cape or a trench and you're good to go!
Still fancy that pumpkin latte? Good job I never drink coffee. I'd be rushing to the nearest coffee shop with all this talk of cinnamon and spices. I'll see you there though. You have a latte, make mine a ... green tea.