Sautumn, noun: The unofficial awkward stage between Summer and Autumn. September is drawing to a close. There’s still the odd day of sun, possibly still one more day of barbecue weather. The leaves aren’t quite browning, but the days are getting colder, the air con is gathering dust, and the waterproofs have made their way to the front of the closet. But wearing a winter coat seems wrong when you were slapping on the factor 40 just last month.
The weather this time of year makes choosing your outfit for the day inexplicably awkward. When the sun’s out but the rain is falling hard, and there’s a conflict between wind and humidity, you find yourself a mismatched aesthetic of sunglasses, shorts, raincoat, and boots. You find yourself staring into your wardrobe with a perplexed expression asking yourself “will I sweat if I wear knitwear?” “Will I freeze with bare arms?”. There are simple fashion essentials however, that can make the transition into autumn a breeze.
Duster Coats: Lightweight coats are the go-to outerwear choice when you can’t decide whether you’ll be okay in just a jumper or cardigan. They also come with or without sleeves, so you can avoid those pit stains if the sun is shining brighter than anticipated, but either way you can easily layer them up to suit whatever the weather decides to do that day.
Compact umbrella: Whilst crooked handle vintage umbrellas have a certain aesthetic to them, they aren’t exactly practical. Especially when you haven’t got time to shake off the excess rain before being forcibly squeezed between commuters during rush hour and have to endure the entire journey with a damp umbrella pressed against your leg. An umbrella that folds up and fits in your handbag is much more convenient.
Thick Soles: There’s very little as uncomfortable as damp feet, and when you step in a puddle and haven’t got a change of socks, your feet are going to remain damp for the rest of the day. Suede fringe may be in this season, but when you’re constantly trying to avoid mini reservoirs, those tassels aren’t going to remain in tact. Chunky soles are ideal, as they’ll provide a good inch of protection from puddles. And those with grip will keep you vertical in slippery conditions.
Tights: Bare legs aren’t worth the risk. Thankfully tights have forever been a godsend. They come in all sorts of styles: opaque, sheer, patterned, seamed, hold-ups, stockings, fishnets, so you can your legs turning blue without feeling like your nan.
Midi Skirts: Long flowing skirts are the epitome of this season. They go with flats, boots heels, and whether it rain or shine, you look prepared. Just make sure you’re wearing nice underwear for when that inevitable gust of wind comes and yanks that skirt up to your midriff.
Large-ish bag: Because of course you’re going to need somewhere to put your just-in-case-umbrella and hoping-for-the-best sunglasses. As well as the spare socks, pack-a-mac, and emergency extra layers. You just can’t get away with a strappy dress and cross-body bag in ‘Sautumn’.