One of my favourite things about Autumn, aside from the hot drinks, candles and cosy evenings (could I BE anymore predictable?) is the fashion. I feel like as soon as Autumn hits, the shops are filled with clothes in more colours, in a variety of textures and prints. And while I’m loving dressing for the new season, I’ve made a promise to myself to not get too spendy on buying new Autumn pieces. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about indulging every now and then, but in our society, consumer culture and fast fashion are more prevalent than ever before and oh boy it can be dangerous. We are constantly being pulled in different directions to buy new and better products, whether it’s through ads on the TV, in magazines or good ol’ Instagram. Now I’ll hold my hands up and say I am susceptible to a good ad and I’ll often find myself searching for a way to justify buying yet another cosy jumper. But as pretty as they are, clothes aren’t everything and it’s important for young folk like us to know when and when not to spend our hard earned cash. At the end of the day I want my clothes to be practical and stylish but I also want to find ways save my pennies, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way! So have a read to see one of my favourite Autumnal outfits, where I’ve re-styled some old pieces of clothing to show you (and myself) that you don’t always need to buy new.
I’ve been really wanting to incorporate this top from Glamour in a post for a while now, but ever since buying it last year it’s been one of those items collecting dust in the back of my wardrobe. I love the dark burgundy colour because it pretty much scareeems Autumn but I’ve never felt 100% comfortable when wearing it. Now I’ll let you in on a secret; it’s actually a playsuit but it’s ended up being one of those items that I put on and always end up changing out of before I leave the house, so I decided to re-style it as a top and I love how it looks! I paired it with a faux leather skirt and I feel like it’s given the playsuit a new lease of life and it’s saved me from splurging on a new top, so it’s a thumbs up from me.
And speaking of this leather skirt, I got this old thing about 4 years ago from H&M. From what I can remember it only cost about £15, so super cheap and it goes pretty much goes with everything- the ever vague ‘nice top’, chunky knit jumpers, shirts and now a playsuit so if you’re in the market for one, I’d definitely recommend, my friend.
Now because it’s Autumn and all, I wore this Suede Bomber Jacket that I got from Topshop last year. It’s one of those jackets that will last for years but most importantly makes you feel like a badass when you pop it on, so again, a great investment. As it was a sunny day I grabbed my sunglasses, which, FYI, are great Ray-Ban dupes also from Topshop. These bad boys only set me back a tenner or so and if you’ve seen my Instagram you will be able to vouch that I wore them to death over summer. And the fact they were so cheap will definitely help me not be totally devastated when I inevitably end up sitting on them at some point.
The only newer item of clothing in this outfit are these faux suede knee-high boots. I’ve been wanting to get a pair like these for a couple of years now but have been a bit hesitant to buy them out of the fear of having to hoick them up after walking every 10 steps or so. But I have to say I’ve been impressed with this pair from Asos. They’re not too pricey, have a low heel so they’re practical too and most importantly they have grip on the inside of the leg so they don’t slide down. Winner.
So there we have it, a lil’ Autumnal outfit made up of some forgotten oldies in my wardrobe. Maybe the next time you feel the urge to splurge, why don’t you have a rummage in your wardrobe and look for ways to show some love to those forgotten items? (However Crocs will never cute so it might be best to leave them there.) But you never know you might end up finding a hidden gem and save some pennies in the piggy bank.
‘Till next time,
Emily James xo
Photography by Olivia Foley