It's been one scorcher of a summer, so you can't blame us for being excited by the idea of wearing jeans, jackets and tailoring after months of linen dresses, bare shoulders and sandals. After all, no matter how long ago you left school, September brings with it that feeling of starting fresh. It's a good time to edit and fill in wardrobe gaps: perhaps a corduroy blazer or an Instagram-worthy handbag? Though it's not the time for a complete seasonal switch just yet (we're officially in that end-of-summer period), you can still wear your summer investments whilst introducing new autumn pieces. We've scoured the latest outfits of some of our favourite dressers to bring you a little inspiration for what to wear during what the French call la rentrée. Enjoy.
Style Notes: Leopard is stealing the show left, right and centre this autumn. Here's a case of styling an easy shirtdress with red accessories. It's an age-old formula, but if it ain't broke, why fix it? You may just want to swap out sandals for something with a little more coverage (it's raining as we type this).
Style Notes: In case you haven't noticed, corduroy is set to be a winner for winter. But to make it more autumn-appropriate, pick a pastel like Alex Stedman's blazer. It looks great with pale denim and tees now, but it will also work well under a trench or wool coat once the temperature drops.
Style Notes: Navy is a winner no matter the time of year, as are co-ords. Chic Parisian Ellie shows that your co-ords don't have to be meticulously matched. Simply throw separates along the same colour theme together; then throw in a contrasting accessory to break it up.
Style Notes: We envy a lot of Mancunian Alice Catherine's effortless outfits, but even she gets thrown by the unpredictable weather. She captioned this shot with "'In between' dressing, because the weather has no idea what it’s doing anymore … (and neither do I)," and she's exactly right. The solution? Cosy up top and skimpy on the bottom. It's a formula we're off to replicate ASAP.
Style Notes: Can you still wear light, floral-printed skirts and dresses come September? Of course you can. The art lies in juxtaposing them with chunky trainers, a sharp blazer and a bold handbag. See Alexis Foreman for all the styling inspo you could need.