An autumn short break is an opportunity to invest in some of fashion’s most luxurious offerings. Stephanie Smith reports.
As the season of mists falls upon us once again, as colours heighten and a not-unpleasant wisp of a chill catches the air, thoughts inevitably turn to the prospect of taking a mini-break.
Abroad is a possibility, of course, but why bother when our own country is at its most beautiful in the autumn?
No need to travel far either, with heaven-inspired dales, moors, wolds and coasts right on our doorstep. Just find a place to hunker down for a few days, a stately pile or a picture-postcard cottage, and life doesn’t really get any better.
All weathers must be prepared for, however, with clothing and accessories carefully selected to cope with wind, rain or shine, while impressing through an artless combination of style and practicality (always the best way to plan for any type of break, as there is nothing worse that being away from home with an inadequate wardrobe).
In fashion terms, early autumn is the season of new and beautiful knitwear, to wear both indoors and out.
Now is the time to invest, especially in new key outdoor pieces, such as capes and ponchos, cable cardigans and shawls.
In terms of colour, look out for mulberry and plum, flashes of fiery red, and shades of grey from smoke to charcoal (the very names evoke autumnal variegation). For underlayering and indoors, seek out cashmere and fine knit sweaters, and luxurious mohair tees and tops, to team with jeans or tailored evening separates.
Faux fur evolves throughout fashion year on year, bringing both glamour and easywear warmth to the outdoors wardrobe. These are beautiful pieces in themselves, not fakes or fun garments. As with knits, they work both with casual and more formal outfits, but make sure you choose a length that suits your body shape – mid thigh often works best.
Finally, luggage. This does not matter much if you are renting a cottage but, for a swish hotel, smart bags will certainly help make you feel more at ease, even if no one else cares. Go for matching or vintage-style options, especially leather holdalls and mini chests. And don’t forget your Pjs – but that’s another story.