Wardrobe Essentials: Autumn 2017

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

I’m back with some excellent wardrobe essentials to see you through the Autumn months. From the best boyish coat to the sexiest mid-length skirt, I have every angle covered. Bear in mind that I still have a bit of a baby tum and massive matronly bosoms and have therefore dressed accordingly. Or at least tried to. Hopefully that’ll help a few people who are in a similar sartorial situation – I find that consciously pulling in my stomach muscles until they ache does help a bit with straightening out a lumpy torso!

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

We shot the photographs for this post at the wonderful No15 Great Pulteney hotel in Bath. It’s a new boutique hotel that’s very quirky and cool – Mr AMR and I (the world’s smallest fashion team) had keys to a few of the rooms and they were gorgeous. Unusual art works, dolls houses with tea-sets inside them – we did toy with the idea of keeping the keys and not ever leaving. If you’re planning a trip to Bath, you can find out more on No15 here.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

But on to my first wardrobe essential for Autumn: the chunky knit. This one from AND/OR at John Lewis* is a gorgeous blush colour and has a really flattering cut. I’m wearing it with grey skinny jeans (also AND/OR*) and some amazing – very comfortable – brown boots from Dune.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

These are the Powars boots* and have just enough height in the heel to make you feel a little bit dressed up. But not enough to snap your ankles when you run for the bus. Always a bonus! I think that these look really smart – slightly equestrian, perhaps, in this chestnut sort of shade, but a really good shape for wearing with skinny jeans.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

This swallow-print shirt from Boden* is a nice little wardrobe addition for the colder months as it’s made from jersey, so a bit thicker than your traditional silk or thinner cotton shirt. It’s very warm and has a soft, cosy feel. This has gone into the sale since I bought it – it’s £35 instead of £50 here*.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

Also cut from a lovely thick, warm fabric; the Alexandra dress from Hush, here*. It has a soft, ribbed finish and a drapey, generous top that sits nicely over the tighter skirt section.

autumn fashion essentials

It looks very chic with heels – the long sleeves and voluminous top half of the dress give it a slightly eighties feel – but brilliant, thankfully, with flatter, more casual boots. These are the Merlin boots from Topshop* – very on-trend, apparently, with the rock-chick studs and buckles!

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

These are quite unusual in that they have a biker-boot feel, with the buckles, but then the daintiest, pointiest toe! Excellent with black drainpipe jeans and a leather jacket, also to toughen up more feminine dresses and pretty prints.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

A coat with a boyish cut is a brilliant buy for Autumn – one that looks relaxed and effortless can change the look of even the most basic of outfits. This cocoon coat from Kin at John Lewis* has cropped sleeves and finishes just below the knee so that your wrists and legs look all dainty.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

I like it with pale denim and a pair of smart court shoes. These are the new Sledge shape from LK Bennett* – keep your eyes peeled for a special post about them next week.

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

The new shape comes in a few different colours, but I really like this Oxblood suede. You can’t get more autumnal than a berry shade!

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

The cricket jumper: I’ve been procrastinating about this “oversized” sweater from Boden*, but I think it’s a keeper. It’s not actually oversized at all, really – at least not my idea of oversized! – but still has a generous cut and sits nicely past the hips. Keeps the kidneys warm, which is very important when the weather gets cold! (So says my Mum. Blimey, what is happening to me?)

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

At any rate, I like the unusual, colourful banding on this one. Very cheerful. What’s next? Team AMR had very little time left in the hotel, at this point – our key had to go back to reception – but we still had to shoot what I think is my favourite outfit. A bit of a pattern-clash (animal print on tweed!) but an easy way to spice up your wardrobe, if you’re bored of plain denim and classic jumpers:

autumn fashion essentials 2017

Check me out, the femme fatale waiting for her illicit lover! In reality, that would have been a bit awkward, because Mr AMR was – y’know – right there, but a girl can have a storyline. So: tweed pencil skirt from Boden here* – it comes in a number of patterns and colours and I would say that it comes up slightly large, just in case you’re wondering. I’m wearing a 10, but could easily have shimmied into an 8, I reckon.

autumn fashion essentials 2017

The top has the same print as the shirt I wore in last week’s fashion post – both are from LK Bennet here*. It’s a gorgeous, lightweight little number, but the neckline is high and wide so wear with caution if you’re big-bosomed – it needs to be nipped in at the waist otherwise it will drape from the boobs and make you appear wider than you really are. Cinch it with high-waisted jeans, a pencil skirt or a thin belt to create a gorgeous hourglass shape.

So there you have it. Some (hopefully!) helpful wardrobe ideas for the transition into the colder weather. I haven’t really featured a bag in this story, but I do find that my good old Mulberry Lily* goes with just about everything.

autumn wardrobe outfit fashion  I’ve had it for years and years, now, and though the fact that it’s un-lined bothered me greatly when I first bought it I must say that it has weathered quite a few storms and still looks great and relatively non-battered. A good investment piece – although it was a much smaller investment then that it would be to buy it new now…


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  1. Júlia
    September 29, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Absolutely adore the blue coat! Amazing post, Ruth! I can’t get enough of your content, it’s always spot on.

    • September 29, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thank you Julia, that’s so kind! xx

  2. johanna
    September 29, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Totally love that. Mr. AMR and you should found a really stylish magazine of some sort! This looks so professional. And I love your outfits, they are gorgeous and non-boring (which I think can easily happen when one tries to capture the spirit of a season in outfits ….).

  3. Stephanie-M-M
    September 29, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Those Merlin boots…oh my! You look fabulous in all outfits. You really have such an original and yet elgegant und cozy style (is that even possible?). Also beautiful pictures…when you have a man who knows what he’s doing! x

    • September 29, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Yeah, they are amazing aren’t they? xx

  4. Poorani
    September 29, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    You should watch the Modern Family episode with Claire and Phil pretending to meet in a hotel bar on Valentine’s Day. You look beautiful. Those cricket jumpers suit you so well.

    • September 29, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      I STILL haven’t watched Modern Family!

  5. September 29, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I adore the essentials you show here! The Boden sweater and the booties are my favs!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  6. Sam
    September 29, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Ruth you look fab! I seriously think you should tout your mini fashion team out to Boden. I’ve received several emails from them this week with the items you’re modelling and didn’t even look twice, let alone click, because they were styled so drearily – you make the clothes look amazing!

    • September 29, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Ha! Maybe they will read this… x

  7. Jag
    September 29, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Such a sweet and funny post. You look fab! xx

  8. September 29, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    You may be the worlds smallest fashion team, but one of the best teams for sure.

  9. Donna
    September 29, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Hi Ruth, lovely clothes – you always have great style! Just wondering what shade the balmain lipstick is? I saw it on your Instagram and it looks very nice :-) Donna xx

  10. A.H.
    September 30, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I had to comment your makeup makes you look very much like Twiggy and I do mean that as a compliment. The resemblance is really prevalent here; also excellent shoot.

  11. September 30, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    These are all stunning. I’m especially loving the dusky pink jumper – so cozy x

  12. Barb
    September 30, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    As always, you look gorgeous and I love your blogs. If only we had sweater weather here in the south, as in the US. Craving your weather and to be anywhere in Bath. xo

  13. September 30, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    You look gorgeous ruth, I myself have a blush pink jumper and there is something so flattering about that colour. LOVE THE LIPSTICK PHOTOOOOOO!!! What a gorgeous post.


  14. September 30, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I live in sweater dresses and thigh high boots at this time of year!

    Danielle xx

  15. Edel
    October 1, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I want EVERYTHING! You look amazing.

  16. bella
    October 2, 2017 / 12:47 am

    Beautiful as usual and of course–HILARIOUS!

  17. LegallyLN
    October 2, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    I’ve had the Lily bag for 5 years and it’s brilliant. This bag is very often my companion when I go out and it’s also perfect during the day… Bonus: Mulberry is not that popular in France, so little chance to be in a Parisian bar with other girls having the same. I love jumper dresses and I have to say it looks sooooo much better on you than on the website :)

  18. October 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    the blue coat, the cricket jumper are killer!! Love it.

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