“October, baptise me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup […] carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” When I saw this quotation from Rainbow Rowell – a.k.a. brilliant young adult fiction writer and owner of one of the best author names – on Instagram this weekend it really resonated. The idea of Autumn cosiness, new beginnings, nesting instincts and home comforts are seasonal perks I can definitely get on board with!
The part about about being swaddled in corduroy certainly sounds appealing to me. Is there anything more comforting at this time of year than cosy seasonal fabrics? From velvet to corduroy, lightweight knits to chunky jumpers, tactile textures (now there’s a tautology) not only warm me, but never fail to transport me back to seasons past. Corduroy in particular has an extra layer of sensory meaning: the fabric was a mainstay of many stylish homemade childhood ensembles and as such has a sartorial nostalgia that chimes perfectly with the Autumnal mood for me.
Rendered in favourite seasonal burgundy, this button-through needlecord skirt encapsulates that seasonal feeling perfectly, with oversized buttons and pockets a nod to retro style – but in a contemporary, grown-up A-line shape. It’s finally knitwear season to boot, and this ultra-soft crew-neck jumper is the perfect transitional layering piece. I love how the blush hue tones in with the burgundy, and the teeny wee gold button details. The button box holds fond memories of helping my Gran – who was a dressmaker – with sewing projects, including some of the aforementioned corduroy ensembles. With my vintage satchel in hand (a bargain from a vintage fair earlier this year) my off-duty outfit became an unintentional nod to seasonal style nostalgia – and I like it.
What’s your Autumn style nostalgia?
What I’m wearing: jumper, skirt and boots c/o Boden; vintage satchel and accessories. All love of Autumn fabrics and nostalgic details my own!