Summer is over…
Actually, when it comes to style, autumn is my favourite season, for two reasons. First, it’s not too hot, I can finally feel comfortable. And second, it’s still warm enough to wear nice clothes (instead of hiding under layers of wool and a heavy winter coat, that is).
However, before I unearth my autumn staples (trench coats, tights, pencil skirts, scarves, jeans etc) I plan to squeeze every bit of life out of my summer clothes. Why, you may ask. Shouldn’t I be dying to get my hands on new season styles?
Of course I look forward to wearing new styles and new outfits. Or the old, time-tested favourites. But not before the temperature drops so low that I can’t go around without socks and a coat anymore. Until then I will hang on to my summery outfits for dear life (with a jacket or a poncho added for extra warmth), only relinquishing them, one piece at a time, when I start freezing my butt off.
You see, where I’m from, winter lasts way too long for my liking. And it will be a good 7-8 months before I can even consider wearing a breezy summer dress again. So, enjoy it while you can, that’s the idea…
Everything I’m wearing here, you’ve seen on the blog before. Many times, in fact. For example, this is the third time I’m featuring the dress (see the first outfit with this dress HERE, and the second one HERE), and the second time I’m wearing the necklace (you’ve seen it HERE before). And the jacket and the bag… well, I’ve featured them in so many blog posts that I’ve lost count.
The truth is, I don’t have a huge wardrobe. And I don’t want to have huge wardrobe, either. I’m completely against buying new clothes all the time, and I try to limit my consumption of fast fashion.
There are ethical concerns, too: indulging in cheap, disposable clothes weighs heavily on my conscience… I mean, if a t-shirt costs 5 euros (or pounds / dollars / insert your choice of currency here), how much can the people making fast fashion earn? And when clothes are that cheap, we don’t appreciate them, either, and just discard them after a few washes. Not exactly environmentally friendly…
I haven’t abandoned fast fashion completely, though. Yes, I admit: I allow myself an occasional quick fix in well-known fast fashion emporiums. What can I say? I’m not perfect. That being said, I treat my fast fashion purchases as if they they were classic pieces meant to last. Thus, I favour natural fibres and classic cuts, and stretch the lifespan of a trendy item until it’s practically considered vintage (in fast fashion terms, that is). Mostly, though, I prefer good quality clothes that stand the test of time. And because I expect to wear all of my clothes for several years, I’m willing to pay a reasonable price for them.
However, since I have limited funds, I have to plan my purchases carefully and make sure I get maximum wear out of everything I buy. This means that I only buy new clothes if can wear them with something I already have in my wardrobe. And of course I should be able to mix and match everything at will, allowing me to come up with endless combinations and outfits with just a few pieces. As a result, I may not have a huge wardrobe, but it’s one hell of a capsule wardrobe…
Jacket: Gerry Weber (old) / dress: Boden / bag: Furla / shoes: Clarks /
sunglasses: Michael Kors / necklace: Poola Kataryna
location: Holland Park, London
Are you looking forward to wearing autumn styles?
Or are you clinging onto your summer outfits?
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