I love summertime and never want it to end, but as soon as the kids break up for the holidays I know it’ll be over in the blink of an eye. With this in mind I’m keeping an eye on the A/W trends and thinking of ways to transition my wardrobe. Opting for rich tones inspired by nature reflects the changing of the season and heralds a new phase in the sartorial calendar.
The enchanted birdies blouse and navy paperbag waist trousers are part of the Woodblock Floral end-of-summer range of smart casual daywear at Laura Ashley.
The key to transitional dressing is wearing light fabrics that can be layered. This blouse is a lovely lightweight cotton while providing plenty of coverage. I adore the exquisite bird print and mix of colours, which make it really versatile. It would look great with flared dark wash jeans and platform sandals for a 70s vibe – just add a wide brim floppy hat and a sleeveless cardigan as a topper when the temperature dips. It’s also perfect for pairing with a pencil skirt or trousers for the office. For cooler weather and air conditioned offices a navy jacket would add an extra layer and pull the look together for a smarter option. The enchanted birdies blouse and navy paperbag waist trousers are part of the Woodblock Floral end-of-summer range of smart casual daywear at Laura Ashley.
Having a pair of trousers in classic navy that can be dressed up or down is a real wardrobe hero.
These trousers are so soft and feel lovely on. Plus they have deep pockets, which is always a bonus for me! What makes these trousers so comfortable is the loose cut and high waist, which has an elasticated section at the back. The tie belt can be adjusted – handy if you’ve had a big lunch! Having a pair of trousers in classic navy that can be dressed up or down is a real wardrobe hero.
Of course, bag and shoes don’t have to match – you could mix it up with any combination of the accent colours, or simply opt for neutrals for a pared down look.
The ankle length hem is ideal for showing off your shoes so I chose a pair of orange patent sandals. I paired them with a bright orange bag to match. The burnt orange accents give a nod to autumnal hues, but the mix of colours in the print gives you plenty of options for choosing accessories. Of course, bag and shoes don’t have to match – you could mix it up with any combination of the accent colours, or simply opt for neutrals for a pared down look. I’ve picked out several of the colours in my jewellery with a carnelian bracelet, malachite ring and turquoise earrings.
The enchanted birdies blouse is so striking and unusual that I get compliments whenever I wear it. Best of all is that I can wear it all year round with a few seasonal styling tweaks!
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Enchanted Birdies blouse and Paperbag waist trousers c/o Laura Ashley | Miss Sixty sandals (old, similar) Just Cavalli sunglasses (similar) | Asos hat (similar) | orange leather bag (old, similar) | Pia bracelet (similar) | Pia ring (similar) | earrings (local market, these would be perfect with the blouse)
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