last of the summer sun


When someone asks my favourite season I usually say Autumn. However, it's definitely more the change into a new season, whichever one it may be, that I enjoy most. I love the shift in weather, the transition in what we wear and the anticipation of a fresh start. For some reason, this time of year holds a sense of new beginnings for me - perhaps it's the built in connotation of starting a new school year that makes me feel like I should be buying stationary and planning...more.


September can be a funny one weather wise in Scotland. As the shops start to fill with knitted jumpers, thick coats and bobble hats we tend to get a last minute effort from the sun to give us what some might constitute as a late Summer. However, this can be both fleeting and temperamental; in direct sunlight, it will delightfully warm your skin but find yourself in shade or under sudden cloud cover and it will feel like you've stepped into midwinter (potentially a tad dramatic)... 


Red remains the colour of the moment and is continuing into the new season too. This red split midi skirt worn here with a pair of dusky pink espadrilles and a twist front crop still feels appropriate for wear now but as the days cool off, a knitted cropped jumper like this one could be layered in the evening for effortless transitional wear. Alternatively, a pair of chunky boots and long wool coat would give even more warmth if needed whilst still feeling like a purposeful, stylish outfit and not one worn due to necessity. 


I already have my eye on so many new season pieces - namely this coat of dreams. However, as the sun is currently still fighting through my blinds I will attempt to hold off and enjoy the last of the warmer days and light nights before investing too heavily in a season we are yet to experience...for a little longer at least.   


Top: Urban Outfitters | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Espadrilles: Topshop (old) Alternative 

fuss free fashion

I am probably the world's best over-thinker (about pretty much everything). Sometimes being analytical is a good thing; seeing details others don't or helping to achieve the most out of a situation by being thorough. However, often it can lead to unnecessary worrying. When it come's to dressing sometimes it's best to just not think and go for some tried and trusted styles and combinations. After all, the act of picking out an outfit for the day should definitely not be a source of anxiety. After six years in retail, the most repeated mantra by colleagues is 'at the end of the day, it's only clothes', and it's worth remembering from time to time.  

Pretty much everything in this outfit is a staple in my wardrobe; a stripe button down, denim, a tan belt and block heeled sandals along with my jewellery which is the same every single day. For me there is something so effortless about a shirt. The deckchair stripe of this Urban Outfitters number paired with the tortoishell buttons makes it super easy to style for Summer as tan accessories tie in perfectly. This denim mini from Topshop features white topstitching which is a detail we are seeing come across into A/W Season too, making it an easy way to update your basics. I love the rich shade of blue contrasting against the white stitching and raw hem.

As I mentioned, tan accessories work well with this ensemble giving it an easy Summer feel. This brown leather belt is one I've had for a few years, which in my opinion is looking better with age as the leather has softened and cracked. A pair of wrap up suede block heel sandals finish off this simple, timeless look.

Really, it's nothing groundbreaking; no crazy of the moment, tricky, uncomfortable styling - just classic pieces worn in a flattering way to create an easy, go-to look for when you wan't to throw on an outfit without thinking!

Shirt: Urban Outfitters (sold out) Similar | Skirt: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Belt: Topshop (old) Similar  | Sandals: Topshop (old) Similar