September, you remind me of a teenager- one minute you’re laying it on thick with lashings of sunshine, the next you’re scolding me with a tantrum of rain. And, you expect me to put up with this behaviour? Well, I do because I love the way you bring me the start of autumn. Readers, I know you’re just as excited for the change of season as I am but are you finding this transitional period difficult to dress for? Because, I am.
Emily and Fin Nancy Dress: September Fashion
As you know, I was recently invited to celebrate 10 years of Country Attire at Proper Tea in Manchester. Despite the event being held in August, the weather was what you’d typically expect in September and it rained for the entirety of the afternoon, whilst remaining uncomfortably warm. I don’t know about you, but I find this type of weather so difficult to dress for and this time of year can be a challenge for my personal style.
So, I reverted to my factory settings and wore a dress because ladylike dressing seemed apt for High Tea. I wore the beautiful Nancy dress by one of my favourite brands, Emily and Fin
. I have loved this naval dress since the release of their spring/summer 2016 look book. When Nancy was reduced by 50% in Aspire Style’s summer sale, I took it as my signal to invest in September fashion Emily and Fin Nancy Dress
If you’re a regular reader of Polkadot Pink, you know that buying investment pieces is important to me- whether those investment pieces are brand new or second hand, it doesn’t matter as long as I love them. I want to build a wardrobe full of clothes to love. Last month, I was exceptionally lucky to find lots of pieces for my autumn wardrobe in north west charity shops. An added benefit of buying the Nancy dress meant I could wear the pieces I’d thrifted.
I was delighted to find this bamboo handbag as finding a retro bag had been on my summer wardrobe wishlist- one season too late but who’s being picky? Lined in red velvet, with an ornate golden clasp, it’s in immaculate condition and can you believe it was only £1.99? It is surprisingly roomy and fits my camera, mobile phone and keys in. It’s set to become a staple of my wardrobe.
// Nancy naval print dress :: Emily and Fin //
// Vintage Crimplene jacket :: Jospice //
// Tan Mary Jane heels :: Red Herring (Red Cross) //
>// Bamboo handbag :: No brand (Age UK) //
// Cherry brooch :: Luxulite //
Weeks later, I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this vintage Crimplene jacket in the Allerton Road branch of Jospice during a rare day of thrifting with Katie, from Life on Vista
. I believe it’s from the 60’s but vintage enthusiasts may correct me. It’s a size 12 and fits like a glove, even though I’m petite. I’m certainly not in need of any more jackets, but at £3.99 I think it’s earned a place in my wardrobe.
I’m also not short of shoes (I have an alarming amount of pairs), so why do I find it difficult to find a pair to complete an outfit? On the same thrifting trip, I also found these Red Herring leather shoes in a local Red Cross shop, in brand new condition. Tan is a colour that I always invest in because it’s so versatile, especially at a price of £1.99.
If you follow me on social, this week I’ve been seeking advice and talking about how I’ve started a Bullet Journal. Honestly, it’s been a revelation! In just one week, I’ve increased my productivity by managing to stay focused and on task. Next week, I am planning to pack away my summer clothes, start piecing together autumn outfits and donate/sell items that no longer fit me. It’s a task I’m looking forward to. Watch this space!