We’ve all been there. I’m there right now to be honest which is why I’m writing this post. The colder weather is creeping in, it’s dark by 4pm , more often than not throwing it down with rain (especially recently-when will it end?) and all you’ve just about forgotten how to get dressed properly as all you feel like throwing on is some jeans and a jumper because it’s easy and you’re cold.
So to give you a little inspiration for the colder weather, and to show you you can definitely still wear dresses even when it’s cold. I’ve brought together the ten winter dresses to get you out of that routine because as easy as it is to just throw on a jumper, I find it makes for lazy dressing and you can get stuck in a rut and get bored really easily in winter. Think heavy fabrics such as velvet, darker colours, long sleeves, knitted, longer lengths and darker patterns and prints. They also look great layered with a polo neck underneath to keep you warm.
Dress gifted from: Lily and Lionel, Boots: The Kooples, Bag: See by Chloe
These dresses are perfect with boots/tights/cardigans/cosy teddy coats etc etc and are in fact lazy dressing-maybe even lazier than jumpers and jeans as you’re only throwing one thing on instead of two! Win win really.
I love tonal dressing, I just think it looks so great when you wear an outfit head to toe of similar colours together, it really makes me feel all grown up, chic and put together. Plus I feel like it makes an outfit look more expensive too (even when it totally isn’t) My favourite colours to tonal dress are of course browns, rusts, creams, burgandy, and white! It’s a look that’s so easy to achieve.
Take for example this rust tonal outfit from Arket, which might just be one of my favourite outfits of Autumn so far, and the comfiest. I also added my brown Lack of Colour hat and vintage Dior scarf, still playing with the shades from the rust colour as well as breaking up the outfit a little, plus I think the gold jewellery works really well to tie it in too. Oh and not forgetting my beloved Gucci 70s style sunglasses, they were a little present to myself on my last trip to Italy and I absolutely ADORE them
I firstly saw this cardigan in this beautiful brown/rust shade on the Arket website and it was love at first sight, and then I spied the Arket trousers in the similar shade and just knew that they would work really well together as an outfit, then I pulled it together with my rust snakeskin Miista boots, they add a bit more interest, texture and depth to my outfit. I think that’s the key to tonal dressing, play with different textures and elements of your outfit to create a fun look.
I love the fact the cardigan really big and oversized too, and these trousers feel like wearing fancy pyjama bottoms they’re so comfy.
I’m really lucky to get a monthly gifting programme from Arket, and it’s fast become my go to for classic pieces and staple well made basics, everything I’ve had from them is so lovely and is really made to last. Plus they have a great recycling programme for all your unwanted textiles too, which you can read more about here. I just wish they would open a store in Brighton already!
I’m sorry, how is it Autumn already? I feel like I just skipped summer and woke up straight into October. Not sure where this year has gone or how time is suddenly speeding? Remember when you were little and the six weeks holiday felt like forever? (in a good way of course: who ever wanted to go back to school, not me!) but nethertherless here we are in Jumper season again.
I thought I’d show you this very cute fluffy (but definitely not itchy) jumper I was kindly gifted from my favourite french label: Sézane. (my computer just autocorrected Sézane to Suzanne and that made me chuckle, our Suzanne gave me this) ANYWAY, I’ll admit when I first got this I wasn’t too sure, I was like is it grey? do I like grey? but the more I wear it the more I love it. I’ve also decided it’s more of a warm mink colour anyway.
I’ve not tried any knitwear from Sézane before as I only discovered them and started working with them in Spring I believe it was, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the best kind of cozy with that vintage look, and those sleeves. I’ve also got this yellow onewhich again has that lovely vintage look, and cute sleeves. These two are on high rotation in my wardrobe right now.
The price point is slightly higher than high street alternatives, however the quality is just so much better. In fact, let it be said that I really rate how great the quality is of all Sézane products. This one is a mixture of mohair and wool so it’s super soft. SO FLUFFY.
Shops to avoid: I had a few jumpers from Mango last year and they were the most terrible quality for the price, I would never buy knitwear from them again to be honest.
Other high street favourites: And Other Stories is another great shop for high street knitwear, and I’m a fan of H&M as well.
I think knee high boots should be an absolute must have essential staple in anyone who hates wearing tights AW wardrobe, aka me. Can you tell how much I HATE TIGHTS. We do not get on, would rather not ruin my outfit thanks. Anyway, we all know how chilly in gets here in the UK so instead of tights, why not invest in some knee high boots to see through the cold, plus a great way of making sure you can get extra wear out of all your summer midi/maxi dresses and skirts. Don’t be so quick to pack them away just yet! Just add a jacket or a chunky knit, and you’re good to go.
I (obviously) love a tan colour, for those Autumn seventies vibes, but these arket boots i’m wearing also come in black, red , and light brown too. The heel might look high, and they are a little higher than what I’m used to, but they are comfortable. I’ve walked around Brighton all day in these and forgot I was wearing them to be honest.
I’ve listed my favourites I’ve found below, I love those cream ones from Mango with the contrast heel, and I’ve got my heart set on a burgundy mock croc pair next, either those stunning Ganni ones, or the stories ones. Ooh but those suede ASOS platforms ones though…decisions, decisions.
Let’s talk about Reformation. Not only are they one of the coolest LA based brands that I’ve been following for years, they’re a pretty amazing sustainable brand too. Because they use sustainable materials they design and make what you want to wear right now, plus their fits are based on body size and they’re size inclusive too. I’ll just take one of everything, please and thank you.
Seriously though, everything they make is just cool, I feel like they’re all just so effortless, you could just throw on anything from them and that’s it you’re good to go, not to mention all their styling and campaigns are spot on. Plus their social media is really witty too, I always love getting the emails to read the subject line, I highly recommend signing up to their mailing list for the puns alone.
Basically this floral dress is the vintage dress you long to find that fits perfectly and has all the trendy updates right now with the sweetheart neckline, shirred back and slightly puffy sleeves. I kept it simple and styled it with my beautiful new buttery yellow Gucci platform loafers which tie in perfectly to the yellow floral detailing on the dress, and some retro looking Chloe sunglasses kindly gifted from Brand Alley but I think the dress could look so great with white knee high boots and a suede fringe jacket too for a transitional Autumn look.
Plus on a more serious side, with the whole sustainability aspect they are completely transparent with all their practices, design processes and their fashion impact which is amazing for such a big brand, and definitely sets the bar for all other brands to be doing the same. You can read more about them here and here. They put sustainability at the core of everything they do, which is incredible.
Also to note, they now have free express shipping to the UK with all the duties and taxes included in the price so you’re not hit with a massive customs charge when your parcel arrives, which I know is the biggest off putting thing when ordering online from America, those pesky charges, some can be as much as what you paid for the item, how I don’t know?! But, drum roll please….
The biggest news yet! THEY’RE COMING TO LONDON. Get on the list here. I’m so excited for this as I’ve been desperate to go to one of their stores for a trying on session and now I can.
Shop my favourite Reformation dresses below:
Although the dress was kindly gifted I didn’t have to write this blog post, I just wanted to shout about how great Reformation are.