Autumn style edit - part 1
The changing seasons are definitely upon us right about now. You can feel the chill on your hands when riding a bike, and the trees have changed colour in the most beautiful way. The autumnal colour palette is a lot of fun to play with - sitting between the bright and light colours of summer and the dark blacks and navy's of winter.
The tans and plum colours of the season can be found right now in Debenhams, where Saville Row's Patrick Grant has brought sharp tailoring to both formal and casual looks with his Hammond & Co label.
I've been loving a long dark camel coloured Epsom coat with wool and cashmere (£145), which dresses up every outfit, and works well with many colours. It's warm, totally wearable and not to stuffy, so that when the late season heatwave comes you can still keep it on.
I've been pairing it with a wine coloured J by Jasper Conran shirt in a tailored fit, made with luxe cotton (£38). It features a distinctive two-tone design when viewed up close, catching the light in an interesting way - as if shimmering in certain environments and remaining more muted in others. Smart enough to wear to the office, and also works nicely in a more casual style with some jeans.
I have tended to stick with super skinny stretch jeans in the past, but have really taken to experimenting with a slightly wider leg, particularly when wearing boots or a chunkier shoe. The dark denim and thick starched structure of the Hammond & Co. Dark blue raw button fly straight leg jeans works well at this time of year, and I've been surprised at their versatility.
The boots are a tan leather Chelsea boot (£100), which has recently become my new favourite footwear style. Capturing the whole season somehow, slipping on a pair of boots and hitting the streets in a special kind of experience, and I love how the colour of these offsets darker fabrics, and draw just enough attention.