Wednesday 10 August 2011

"Planning your autumn wardrobe"

"It is hard to start thinking about your autumn wardrobe when it's still summer" says the Times today. My anwswer to this would be: in that case, don't. But then I don't have an autumn wardrobe. Or, come to that, a spring wardrobe. I have winter clothes (jeans, shirts and sweaters) and summer clothes (ditto, but tee shirts if the weather's warm). Oh - and occasionally skirts. I see no point in having spring and autumn clothes, since the rest do the job well eneough, and I quite simply can't be bothered.

But in case you are (bothered), apparently this season (ha) "jackets, cardigans and bags must be outsized". Why? I've no idea. This bewildering advice was accompanied by a picture of a woman carrying what looked more like a sizeable overnight bag than a handbag; room for a lot more than money and tissues and keys and old train tickets and a library book and sundry receipts and half a Polo mint and the interesting stone your (grand)son gave you get the picture.

But if you do want advice in assembling your autumn wardrobe, you (possibly) read it here first.


  1. I'm already ahead of trend then, as most of my clothes are outsized (if that is a word).

    The rest are the ones I look at longingly while the zips and buttons beg me not to put them through the torture of trying them on 'just in case'.

  2. Oversized handbags? Not for me. I always travel with as little "stuff" as possible, and that means also handbags just big (and heavy) enough to hold my wallet, mobile, tissues and keys. In winter there usually is lip balm, and in summer, when I know I'm going to walk quite a distance, a small plastic bottle of tap water I always keep in my fridge for those precious afternoons I spend in the park sunbathing and reading.
    Most of my clothes are worn almost all year round, except for the most heavy sweaters and the sunniest dresses; like you, I do not have an autumn or spring wardrobe.

  3. Baggy is in, Bernadette! Aren't you the lucky one? (I'd give the others to Oxfam, then they won't keep nagging you.)

    Librarian, you alwasy sound enviably tidy and organised. Could you come and teach me how to do it, please? (I'm so glad you use tap water. I cannot for the life of me see the point in buying water when clean water's free.)

  4. Well I thought after reading the title of your post, 'Frances is into giving fashion tips?' so I wandered over. Adore your humour Frances :-) It will be spring over here soon... looking forward to that. What to wear? Who cares, lol, just looking forward to the warmer weather and hopefully less of these aches and pains. Tho our coastal winters here are probably not as cold as yours over there!

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  6. Frances, not having a car (and never having learnt to drive) means I always have to be able to carry my stuff around comfortably; that makes you automatically pack only what you really need :-)

    Our tap water here is under such close scrutiny by the authorities that its quality is actually better than what you get in the bottle at the supermarket! Plus there is, once again, the not-having-to-carry-it factor.

  7. Well, that's us all sorted now, Frances. Don't know why we bother with seasons here as we have them all at once in Scotland.

  8. No chance, Diane (fashion tips, that is). Spring...oh, you lucky woman! We've just got another horrible British winter to look forwards to!

    Librarian, you don't surprise me (re the water, that is). "Spring" (bottled) water could be horribly contaminated for all we know.

    Rosemary, it's much the same in England (tho' we hvae had quite a good summer this year).