‘Oh, it’s fiiine!’ they said. ‘Just wear your summer clothes but with a jumper or biker jacket thrown over the top. Easy!” Anyone who tries to tell you that, really, autumn dressing is just about wearing more clothes is wrong. Oh so wrong.
As I forget every new season and then remember when suddenly I’m looking at a wardrobe full of clothes I love but have forgotten how to wear, the way we dress changes subtly over time. This has a lot to do with trends and that harder to grasp notion of what looks right now- the length of the skirt, the height of the heels, the proportions of a coat. But our age, job and what’s going on in life plays into it too- clothes are as much an emotional beast as fickle fripperies. Which means that we need to give a little focus to finding our mojo again (it’ll be different every time).
This is effectively your Stars in their Eyes moment. ‘This autumn, Matthew, I am going to be the woman who makes jeans look interesting again/ who nails the pleated skirt for every occasion imaginable/ who proves that Brigitte Macron isn’t the only grandmother who can wear a mini skirt/ who faithfully upholds the tenets of heritage chic on the school run.”
Alas, we don’t all have a team of TV makeover experts ready to wave their magic wands upon us and clearly this isn’t about an extreme transformation. Just a little simple mojo locating. It may come from falling in love with one particular new season buy which then becomes a linchpin for everything else. Or seeing a look which totally encapsulates who you want to be right now (after careful reflection, mine is Claire Foy in a pink Stella McCartney suit at the Toronto film festival).
Once you have your starting point, mojo will follow. Easy!