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How to make your summer pieces work in autumn

How to make your summer pieces work in autumn

Do you really want to lose all of those carefree, summer style elements when the season turns? We didn’t think so – and the good news is that you don’t have to. With the right considerations, you can slot your favourite summer pieces alongside your bulkier autumn ones. And that’s good for more reasons than just your style: it’ll help you get more wear out of your existing pieces, which benefits the environment and your budget. Those are some serious wins. But know that working your summer wardrobe into your autumn one isn’t as simple as throwing on a lightweight linen shirt and seersucker swim shorts. To steer you in the right direction, we tapped stylist Toby Standing to offer some advice. 

Give your light denim some legs

Autumn isn’t just the time to show off your selvedge denim. “Lighter-coloured denim is a summer staple, but can bring a nice element of freshness to an autumnal look,” says stylist Toby Standing. “An ecru pair like the ones in this imagery are great for bringing an element of earthy tones to your look too.” 

Neutral tones tend to work particularly well with an autumnal palette of rusty reds and jewel tones, so use them as your excuse to dip into more colour. The only thing to be wary of is lighter-coloured jeans and wet weather don’t always mix, so make sure your wear weatherproof boots to save you from an unfortunate encounter with a puddle. 

Embrace the patterned shirt

Just not the flamingo-printed ones of your tropical holidays. “The patterned shirt is a solid summer style staple that you’re probably used to wearing on bright sunny days,” Toby says. “And that’s because they tend to reflect warm-weather surroundings and transform a summer mentality into a technicolour reality. In autumn, it can take on a new, more mellow and subtle feel when it’s worn as a layered style – either lending a hint of colour from beneath a jacket or layered over a long-sleeved tee. It’s also great at dragging up the memory of warmer days when you’re currently in the midst of an overcast one.” 

Don’t kick off your suede shoes

“There’s often fear around wearing suede too late into the year, as it doesn’t play well with rain,” Toby says. “And that’s true, but if you put some good suede protector on it, you’ll be okay in a light autumn drizzle.” And on clearer days when rain and puddles aren’t an issue, suede is a great way to add texture to an outfit – think your favourite pair of selvedge denim and a rollneck knit. “Don’t let summer have all the fun with suede,” Toby says. “Give suede the autumnal life it deserves!”

Words: Allison Pavlick
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Millie Rich
Styling assistant: Toby Standing