Even though we are technically still in Summer at this time of year I find that I start to wear shorts less often and start thinking towards what I’m going to wear for Autumn. It is also a weird time to shop as most Brands are in between Sale and New Season stock. Whilst its great to pick up some last minute bargains it can often be frustrating when you are looking for some new season pieces.
This outfit I have put together is a perfect example of transitional style as it combines some things I have picked up in the end of the Summer Sales along with some new season pieces. Believe it or not most of the items I picked up on Sale excluding my accessories. Although sizes may be limited I always prefer to shop the sales when they have been on for a while as the mark downs always seem to be much deeper than the initial discounts when the Sales first launch. This sometimes does involve checking several stores and literally hunting for the last available sizes but I can assure you it is worth it.
When I shop the Sales I often look for Trend led or Seasonal pieces that I might get some wear out of before the end of the season. Examples of this can be Holiday items such as shorts and short sleeved shirts. If I pick something up for cheap enough I really don’t mind if I only wear it a few times as I know I can wear it again the following Summer or during a winter holiday. Fashion faux pas I know wearing last season but come on who doesn’t do it?! Fashion is much more transcendent now and although I am aware of trends I tend to not always follow them to the rule preferring to stick with items that I genuinely like and feel comfortable in. There is nothing worse than suffering for the sake of fashion. This is one rule I always stick by – Always be comfortable in your clothing as it will be obvious that you aren’t.
In this day and age it is hard not to be influenced by Social Media and the moment I seen this “Unknown Future” t-shirt from River Island on Instagram I knew I had to have it. I liked how it had a nod to the Stranger Things logo and I was extremely surprised to find out that it was marked down to £7 in the Sale. I have already have lots of wear out of it proving the cost per wear of it to be very little!
Another joy to Sale shopping are the Diamonds in the Rough ie. the classic items that you are surprised to find are marked down. I picked up these Classic Levi’s 501’s from Selfridges for a mere £20. I seem to only wear this mid blue wash of Denim and having my recent vintage pair recently die on me, these were a no brainer. Having worn my vintage pair lots I know I will get lots of wear out of these jeans throughout the rest of the year. Although I picked up my Cos Mac in last years Sale it is perfect to wear at this time of year where the temperature is unpredictable. Its so lightweight and easy to put on and take off. Perfect for when the Sun pops its head in and out of the clouds! Again this style is a classic that won’t date and can easily be layered with a hoody when it gets a bit cooler.
To complete the look I teamed it with my Gucci Vegas Loafers and a Louis Vuitton scarf. Both these items are new in my wardrobe and from both brands Pre-Fall Collections. This outfit is a great example of mixing high street with designer. I tend not to buy designer ready to wear pieces however buy more into designer accessories which I can mix into my wardrobe. Also worth noting are my Sunglasses from Cubitts which I have worn non stop this Summer. These are the Judd style. I cannot recommend this brand enough. They offer some great glasses and sunglasses which are stylish yet at a reasonable price.
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