Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oh autumn fashion, why must your be so dreary?

I did a post last week where I said I don't mind the change to autumn, but this is not entirely true there is one thing I really really hate about the start of autumn and that's all the dreary clothes!

I'm not massively into fashion, but I do have the same basic need as everyone else to wear clothes and I also love colour. So if I can combine these two, it makes the whole experience of purchasing and wearing clothes wholly more enjoyable, but yet, every autumn I'm confronted by the same dreary colours in the shops... Greys, browns, blacks, beige, dark green, burgundy and navy.

And every year I go round and round in circles looking hopelessly for clothes before finally shelling out for a few pieces from Boden at an extortinate price.

So help me! Between you you must know a few shops that I don't? Have you seen any of my autumn clothes wish list anywhere? I love grass green, pillar box red and canary yellow combined with stripes or bold geometric patterns and textures

* V-neck long-sleeved tops in bright colours or modern geometric patterns for wearing with jeans
* 3/4 length sleeve day dresses in bright geometric or modern patterns
* Bright corduroy skinny trousers (I know Boden have these, see the comment above!)
* A canary yellow cardigan Thank you H&M!
* Chunky winter knits, not crew neck

The only place I have found that sells the clothes I want to buy is the fabulous US based ModCloth, but even then a lot of the designs of their dresses I love are out of stock. Gap used to be so good at these kind of clothes, but not any more! Surely somewhere there is a winter wardrobe out there for me?  

And finally, I'm desperate for a pair of tan lace-up winter boots like this, and I've wasted hours looking online. Any suggestions?

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  1. Kensington do similar boots -

    If all fails ASOS have so much that they are sometimes good for checking out?

    True religion do the bright trousers, but they are pricey.

    It may sound daft but slightly younger stores - New Look for example - are often brighter?

    Wallis have a couple of key pieces like these dresses



    I happen to live in earth tones all year round but it really is hard to find winter brights!

    Good luck on your hunt!
    Becs x

  2. Replies
    1. ASOS do have a few gems, but the dresses are often 20 years too young (length wise!) for me! ;-)

  3. Have you tried "seasalt" a Cornwall based company. Not terribly cheap but beautiful clothes.

  4. Have you tried "Seasalt" a Cornwall based company. Relatively expensive but really beautiful and different to normal high street. Also like "fat face" and "the white stuff" again not cheap but worth holding out for a sale or signing up for their mailing lists as always some sort of promotion going on.

    1. Thank you Fiona, Apart from Seasalt's lovely Seafolly jacket http://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/women/new-arrivals/new-arrivals-clothing/waterproof-tin-cloth-yellow-duffle-coat-with-hood_mustard.htm I'm afraid I find their colours just as dirgey as the rest of the high street! :-( Same problem with Fast Face & White Stuff on the whole...

  5. Not sure I can be of any help, but can I just say that I love the yellow stripe dress!! Seasalt have good range of basics, although their prices are comparable with Boden. They make good quality gear, although the colours may not be up your alley.

    Following your blog for a while. Enjoying it loads.

    Leanne xx

    1. Thank you Leanne, I have just ordered this stripey dress from Modcloth http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/riviera-romance-dress?utm_source=transactional&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=order_confirmation&utm_term=[order_conf] Hoping it (1) Fits and (2) I don't get too badly stung for import! :-)

  6. Hi Clare,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, you must have read my mind as I've been shopping in Horsham today and trying (and failing) to find some winter clobber that's not drab. Charity shops are my usual source as I find there is more variation than the greige, navy, maroon and black found in the high street chains.

  7. I used to buy so much in Gap but they just aren't what they were. La Redoute often do items in lots of colour ways, which is useful if you like an item but not the colour. White Stuff and Fat Face do have brighter clothes you just have to be lucky to find them and at a good price. I find White Stuff does very funny and inconsistent sizing. I actually like the duller winter colours as I can dress them up with brighter accessories. I've been struggling to find the right chunky knits for years too!

  8. I thought of a handful of shops then glanced online - you're right, it's an ocean of grey out there! Disappointing.


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