“These autumn days will shorten and grow cold. The leaves will shake loose from the trees and fall. Christmas will come, then the snows of winter. You will live to enjoy the beauty of the frozen world… Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy… this lovely world, these precious days…” Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White.
I always aim to embrace the wee things and goodness to be found in each and every season, but I’m an Autumn girl at heart – through and through. Today marks the Autumn Equinox: the official start of Autumn, when day and night are the exact same length. Before I go full-on ‘season of mists’, I thought I’d share one last late Summer outfit before I begin to relish the thought of all the new seasonal treats in store.
These shots were taken a few weeks ago on a trip to the countryside, where we wandered golden fields before they were harvested, in the shadow of the heather-clad hillsides. I was determined my white Summer dress (a ’50s number) would get at least one outing before the end of Summer as I bought it this time last year at Judy’s Vintage Fair, and my pastel green Cath Kidston cardi added enough warmth to see me through a late Summer day. Its matching Broderie Peter Pan collar – which is handily detachable – had me at hello, but I saved and waited until it went into the sale. I was lucky to snap one up on a trip to Aberdeen, and knew it would see me well into the Autumn. I’ll be wearing it next with woolly skirts and silky blouses. And we’ll certainly be needing the layers now: the temperature has dropped this week, almost at the same time as dark mornings and evenings make their presence felt, and it’s hot water bottle weather again. Here’s to the cosy season ahead – I’d love it if you joined in with my Instagram hashtag project, #myodetoautumn, to share all your favourite things about the season.
What I’m wearing: Cath Kidston Broderie Anglaise Cardigan; vintage dress; Clarks sandals; vintage accessories; bag c/o Laura Ashley.