A s far as seasons go, I always find autumn (being the prelude to its harsher successor – winter) to be my most productive time of the year. To me, the season brings with it the excitement of upcoming fall trends, as well as reinstating the classic pieces that remain staples every autumn / winter season. And when the cold front hits, it also offers those who dare the chance to advance layering in the most innovative ways. Alas, all good things must reach it’s end, what with the southern hemisphere already welcoming summer, it still felt necessary to give Autumn 2017 it’s much-deserved closing chapter.
You see, this year, fate had thrown me headfirst in to several conversations, some of which offered key life lessons which I took with me. These sentiments echoed from my subconscious all the way to front row; unable to fade from memory, the advice breathed new life in to my autumn / winter wardrobe without compromising the existing flow and function of the capsule I’d already put together.
“Minimalism isn’t a color palette, it isn’t just a wardrobe of black and white – it’s more than that. It’s about choosing select pieces [color or not] that truly reflect your personal style; an interchangeable wardrobe able to meet all the demands of your lifestyle.”
– paraphrasing sentiments by style icon, Jackie Burger.
A midst seemingly casual conversations, and style and wardrobe workshops, the unanimous advice to experiment truly stuck with me, and I came to realize the value in revisiting my wardrobe and what purpose I wanted it to serve. I embraced color on a small-scale, but it’s impact was notable. Choosing to dip my toes in to a bright vibrant red, I paired this HM blouse with simple black trousers and an oversize coat – in 2017’s most coveted print – to bring a wearable look suitable for work and play. While slicked back hair reminds me of off-duty streetstyle, undone hair with a parted fringe would, in my opinion, tone down the look for a night out or a lunch date. It’s a look that carries with it a certain attitude of purpose – it commands attention, without demanding it.
To me, it’s an intentional step in to Autumn, not a half-hearted stumble.