I hope you are well and enjoying the start of the autumn season.
Those of you who know me know that I am a HUGE shopaholic! From a young age I found a love for shopping all things clothes, bags, shoes, makeup, jewellery, homewear and stationary. I am one of those people who could spend a whole day shopping quite easily both online and off.
Many people will have a staple colour – even if they don’t want to admit it. Mine has always been baby pink. I absolutely love pastel colours no matter what the time of year. However, I have recently been more aware of my skin colour and which colours suit. With that being said, I woke up one morning and decided baby pink is not my colour. This then lead me to having a clear out of my wardrobe leaving me with little to no clothes. This, and the fact that autumn was just around the corner, meant it was a great time to go shopping!
I first took to my laptop and had a little browse on ASOS. I love to shop on this site as it has many different brands, prices and styles to try out. The first thing I purchased was some black skinny jeans from Pull and Bear. Normally I go for the classic Topshop Joni jeans but I wanted a pair of black skinny jeans to wear with a belt. They are super comfy and stretchy which is always a bonus! I also wanted to try a new style of jeans and bought some mom jeans. I have seen lots of people both on social media and at uni wearing these and they look so good. I was unsure on whether they would suit my figure but OMG I love them! They are super comfy and work well with either a T-shirt or a jumper paired with some trainers or Converse.
I then took to the shops in search of some jumpers and tops ready for the cold weather ahead.
Although I am studying in Birmingham and so close to the Bullring, I honestly don’t like shopping there. It gets so busy and everything gets so messy by midday that you can never find anything. I also find that if I don’t go early enough, most shops don’t have my size. So, when coming home for the weekend to work, I decided to go to West Quay in Southampton.
One of the first shops I went to was New Look. Here, I bought a white short sleeve shirt with black polka dots on. To some, it could look like a pj top but I love it tucked into a pair of jeans with a bright autumn coloured lip for when I want to look that bit smarted, or if I’m going out to dinner.
I also bought a gorgeous jumper stripped in different shades of pink and burgundy. It is super soft and looks great tucked into a black button down denim skirt I also purchased. Tie it all together with some cute gold hooped earrings with a pink accent and I’m all set for the autumn weather!
I have had a hit and miss relationship with checked shirts and have gone through fazes of loving and hating them. But one caught my eye as being very autumnal and in a green colour I thought I should try (as I am experimenting more with colours!) Again, great with a pair of black skinny jeans that can be styled in many ways. Tucked in, tied, as a cardigan or just loosely worn, it can be styled how you wish. My student discount meant I got a right bargain for all of these purchases.
Next stop was H&M, one of my favourite shops as it is good quality and good prices for students. Here, I bought this bright blue jumper with red and white accent going across the chest and down the sleeves. It looks really good tucked into the Pull and Bear (ASOS) black skinny jeans.
Zara is another one of my favourites as their style always seems so unique to me. Here, I purchased a gorgeous grey dress with pom poms on it and floats or kind of puffy sleeves. I imagined myself wearing this with a pair of tights and boots and a big knitted cardigan if needed. When I tried it on, I was unsure on the puffy sleeves at first, however I have seen this style a lot recently so thought, why not! I think this dress can be made casual or smart, so works well for all purposes.
Gilly Hicks in Hollister is one of my favourite places to get underwear, alongside Victoria’s Secret. I wanted to pop in and see what their bralettes were like as I love the idea of wearing one under a jumper and having the lace stick out a little. I bought two – one white and one grey as I felt they would go with anything.
Finally, I made a quick trip to Mac where I purchased two autumnal coloured lipsticks with the hope of branching out of my typical nude lip for autumn. I will show you these in more detail in a future post.
As much as I look at others for inspiration and trends, I think you should try and be you in your style. Be bold, be brave and be you. I know how hard it can be to worry about what other people think, but this year I have decided to forget them and do what I want.
I hope you enjoyed this post and have got some autumn inspiration to spice up your wardrobe!