Autumn In My Bag

Mentally I am not ready for Autumn, it seems the Summer has gone far too quickly and the thought of wearing layers is (unusually) not filling me with joy.

Thankfully I bought a couple of items in preparation before I went to France and kept them in their bags and boxes, so the excitement of unwrapping them again could get me geared up for the new season.

The first thing I bought was this gorgeous Gucci Marmont bag from Matches Fashion. I’ve been wanting a red bag for ages and this is a beautifully deep colour which I think will stand the test of time.

imageAlthough it’s small, I’m so impressed with how much can fit in it. The depth of the bag fans out, so is surprisingly roomy and the lovely chain is detachable so you can wear it as a clutch, crossbody or shoulder bag.  I’m petty confident I’m going to get a good price per wear out of this one! I’ve also seen it in pink and it looks stunning in black. (If anyone would like a more in depth review on this bag with more pics, let me know.)

My other naughty purchases are this Mary Katrantzou skirt which I’m hoping is another forever piece and of course this amazing vintage Chanel from Vintage Heirloom.

As with everything Mary Katrantzou – the work in this is amazing. This is the first piece of hers that I have bought full price and I do feel slightly sick at the thought but I had one of those ‘if I let it go, I’ll regret it forever’ moments and the next thing the tag had been removed accidentally-on-purpose. It’s still the only one I’ve seen in my size, so I think I did the right thing! I’m seriously salivating over all her coats this season too.

I promised myself this Autumn that I would not buy any more jumpers and I’ve failed already. I saw this gorgeous snuggly, alpaca, sequinned beauty in my favourite boutique in Bath called Square (but you can find it online here) and totally fell in love. I’ve been getting it out of the bag to stroke it every so often!

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It’s by Mes Demoiselles which is a really interesting Parisian brand with a global influence – definitely one that will remain on my radar for future browsing. It reminds me a bit of Isabel Marant. I love the pattern, texture, sequins and boxy fit of this jumper – it manages to be stylish but slouchy at the same time, which I love.

Since I am now recovering from the holiday blues, I am devouring magazines and getting more excited about the new season. As I have a big wardrobe already, I’m pleased to see that I can revive a lot of things – like a military Burberry coat, a pair of black-patent ankle boots and some long layering cardigans which I will update with the use of a belt. When I’m spending money now, I really try to buy things that will last and that I can incorporate easily into my existing wardrobe.

With that in mind I’ve bought myself a Gucci belt as although Gucci is having ‘a moment’ I think this, like the bag and loafers, is a classic and should date nicely as it has a heritage quality.

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This one is from Browns Fashion, although it’s worth noting that the belt I received is actually blue & red – so if it’s specifically red & green you’re after it might be worth calling them beforehand. (If you’re petite like me and need a small size, you do need to purchase them quickly as they don’t stay around for long.)

I’m really loving the jewel colours in velvet this season. I managed to snap up this J Brand velvet cami on The Outnet and I’ve also bought these great velvet slippers (unbelievably comfy) by Michael Michael Kors from Net-a-Porter.

Probably not forever pieces but they were both good value and I’ll have a lot of fun wearing them. I’ve been hankering after a pair of slippers (in particular Gucci and Stella McCartney ones) for ages but didn’t want to pay a fortune for them. I’m hoping these will satisfy the craving and won’t break the bank in the meantime. Velvet shoes are so beautiful (Aquazzura has some amazing velvet boots this season) but really not practical in a damp climate – does anyone have any tips on how to keep them nice?

Lastly, in order to get more out of my Gucci loafers, slippers and customised cropped and frayed jeans I’ve bought some rather garish but fun socks!

The check ones are by Marni from Matches Fashion and the tropical (these are actually mens but fit fine – I’m a 38) and glitter ones are from Asos. They’ll definitely lift my spirits on a dull day!

I’m still resisting the urge to buy another pair of Gucci loafers (this time in red) as although they’re not the most flattering shoe – they’re so ridiculously soft and comfy I can’t stop thinking about them.

What have you bought for Autumn?

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