The first weekend of October in London was brisk, fresh and, after a few quick air-cleansing showers, sunny. Will and I went for a stroll around Pimlico on Saturday late afternoon, which was everything you could ask for from an autumn day. I rarely drink coffee, but the rich, steaming hot bittersweetness (with a dash of cinnamon of course) was a perfect start. The leaves are turning and falling, and in the golden light of the lowering sun, our quiet London neighborhood was a little surreal and not a little breathtaking. Smile-inducing indeed.
I wore an outfit I’ve really been looking forward to for our stroll, not least of which because it calls yet again upon the power of the leather-look which graces (err, emboldens) current fashion trends and that I praised a-plenty in last week’s fashion post. It was also the debut of my first-ever sweater crop top, a concept which seems at first to defy practicality but, on deeper consideration, suits a fairly mild autumn rather well. I also have this thing about granting my stomach freedom – it likes to be one with the world, but I’m also a bit too shy to don the trendy crop style often. In the end, I wear it for an hour or so then hastily change before walking out the door. Today was not that day.
Boldly did I stride out the door in my deep red leather-look skinny trousers and soft gray, diamond patterned cropped sweater (both H&M; the key to non-high-end High Street shopping is to search for quality materials and looks – buy 100% cotton and viscose). My vintage look pendant necklace, vintage look dangly pearl earrings and smoky quartz ring (all gifts, brand unknown). And not to be missed, my River Island Chelsea boots (completely comfortable and pass the one-mile test, so excellent for travelling and sight-seeing) and my white leather Miztique handbag.
It might not seem a saintly outfit, but the Saints of Pimlico didn’t seem to mind. We strolled around the lovely, large, sandy-stoned St. Saviour’s Church (pictured in top photo), as well as St. George’s Square which abuts it, which was sporting the lovely colours of just-turning leaves and startling green grass of early Autumn, accented by still-blooming, sweet-smelling light yellow roses. St. Gabriel’s Church is another lovely church to see further on in the Pimlico Grid, its dark mid-19th century stone walls a contrast to the white Georgian style buildings that surround it.
If you can’t tell, I have a thing for doors. I like the idea of what lies on the other side, sometimes a mystery, sometimes a promise, sometimes something familiar. But the older, more mysterious, more wooden they look, the more I want to open them and go in. St. Saviour’s has a pretty good door indeed, and I was all about bold confidence in those trousers. Sadly, a questioning push yielded nothing (oh locks!), but that’s okay. I’ll try again another day.
I’m happy that greys are in the mix in Fall Fashion 2014, because, well, I’d wear them anyway. Grey is a colour too, you know, and I think it’s underrated.
I love the way the trousers change colour, from an almost plum-like purple in the cooler shadows to a dark, rusty red in the golden sun.
I rather liked this outfit, and the individual pieces are excellent for dressing up and down. Versatility is key after all when packing – particularly for weekend getaways, and I see both of these pieces in my carry-on for near-future fall weekend trips. To demonstrate, I’ve swapped out the cropped sweater for a lovely white cotton knitted sweater from GAP, which transforms the look into casual elegance.
Have you taken up the leather-look standard? Any pieces to recommend? Should I never wear these trousers again? Any opinions welcome in comments below!