I’ve only been paying attention to my wardrobe for around the last four years. And I really mean that. I’ve always liked lovely clothes. I always quietly wondered if given half the chance and a bigger salary bracket I could maybe even be a smidgen stylish. But I just didn’t prioritise it.
I was happy enough wearing a uniform of jeans and tees at weekends, or trousers, a shirt and a cardi for work. Hell a winter coat would last me half a decade. Dresses only ever made a guest appearance on a night out, and even then I’d still have opted for jeans with a pair of heels if I could get away with it.
Holidays were always the top of my piggy bank agenda – shopping for clothes was something I did in bulk once a year, and only because I’d worn everything to death and it was a necessity. Now don’t feel sorry for me – it was my choice to dress, shop and be like this. But looking back I don’t know why I was so determined to dress so dully and well I’ll say it – dowdily. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to put a bit of effort or considered thought into what you are wearing do you? You can just invest in a few staple pieces each season to see you through with a hint of ‘I want my clothes to represent the person I am’ about them.
And then I turned 30 and with that something changed. I can’t quite put my finger on the whens or whys of it – maybe it was just a case of getting older and being more self-aware and perhaps more confident – but my daily uniform switched to dresses. I started treating myself to clothes with every pay cheque. Nothing extravagant, but a new frock here and a skirt there. I started to care more about what I was wearing and the veil of anonymity that wearing black 98% of time brought me, disintegrated. Overnight I embraced colour, and just like that I stopped wearing jeans. Though I do love jeans… and they’ve recently made a come back!
When the brilliant White Stuff invited me to pick some of my favourite pieces from their brand new autumn/winter collection and to collaborate with them for this blog post, my knee-jerk reaction was – I can’t. On Instagram yes – I love to share outfits there and often do – but on this blog? Not so much – and here’s why.
When I started this blog I always said I’d never do a fashion post. How could I? Just because I’ve now decided that yes I actually quite LOVE clothes, and secretly count down to my favourite brand’s new collection launches from season-to-season – does not qualify me to talk about style on a public platform. I’m just a normal 30-something mum, right? Right!
But in the end that’s exactly why I’ve decided that actually that’s the very reason I can do this, and want to. I don’t have to be in the know about trends to share what I love. I’m not a travel expert and yet I write a lot here about travel. I’m not a parenting expert, but I blog frequently about motherhood. How many other women reading this have been like me? Transitioned to love their clothes over time? Maybe you too previously lacked the confidence to wear certain shades or fits in the past, but now like me you revel in it? You’ve decided that yes it’s okay to spend X amount on a new dress because it swishes like so or it makes you feel good. Or if you’re in two minds or on the verge of that, I’m telling you right now… it’s what you deserve. Buy the dress!
With all the above in mind, I’m actually pretty proud to share with you my favourite picks from White Stuff, because for me a collaboration like this is a big fat side step (or five) out of my comfort zone. As I said, I’m not an expert – but I don’t lack common sense… I know beautiful clothes when I see them and these two outfits really are autumnal loveliness at their cosy best.
My White Stuff Autumn Edit
This heavy-weight navy mix coatigan was top of my White Stuff Autumn hit list because I knew its versatility would mean it will be the item that gets the most wear throughout the season. Perfect for those in-between weather days it goes with almost everything, from jeans and a tee, to over a dress like I wore it when adventuring in the woods with Oscar (pictured). I like it best with its gridlocked pattern on the outside, but as it’s reversible you can also wear it navy side out too.
I chose the satin Minimal Dress for its breathe-easy lovely loose fit and elasticated waist, which is both forgiving and flattering – always a bonus! The boots are probably the sturdiest autumn footwear I’ve ever had, without compromising on style. I love them for their chestnut colour and Cuban heel.
As for the bag this will take me from season-to-season. Soft suede and roomy, it has both a hand and a shoulder strap, with zip detail and pleated-style handles. I opted for the grey as it will go with my entire wardrobe.
I’m head-over-heels for the Bette Soft Spot Skirt! I love its length, the colourful polka dots and the elasticated waist makes it uber-comfortable to wear. Going forward I’ll be able to pair this skirt with a shirt to dress it up, or a long sleeved tee for a more casual affair.
I teamed it here with the Meadow Jumper, which is a lightweight knit that’s brilliant for layering. I tucked it into the skirt for a smarter look, but the jumper has a relaxed fit and could be worn over the waist band, or with a pair of trousers or jeans.
This was my first scarf outing since winter and the Susie Sport Midweight did not disappoint! Generous in its size, it is super soft and cosy around my neck.
Sponsored by and in collaboration with the wonderful White Stuff, who provided the clothes and accessories featured for the purpose of this post, all handpicked by me. As always all words, opinions and photos are my own.