Looking good, feeling good this Autumn

Autumn is without a doubt my absolute favourite season. A gleeful farewell to sandals and sunshine and a happy embrace of boots and blazers. Oh yes! This is definitely my happiest time of the year. I love the colours on the trees, the falling leaves, the first smell of fire smoke from chimneys and the darker evenings. But most of all, I love the choice that fashion affords us once the weather starts to get cooler again.

One of my favourite accessories is a scarf and despite a determined culling each year, I’m convinced they reproduce in my wardrobe. Somehow I tend to always have an alarmingly large quantity! But the great thing about scarves is that they are multi-functional

I often refer to my uniform during the colder months, as the staples tend to be the same at all times. Boots, skinnies and top with a blazer and scarf – a variation on this theme just seems to work for me every time. This year, the craze for the OTK (over the knee) boots doesn’t seem to be abating and is definitely top of my wish-list. These work with skinny jeans or leggings, and if paired with opaque tights, they will also work brilliantly with skirts or dresses. Honestly, it’s a win-win! Your legs will be completely covered; you will be bang on trend and better still, fashion dictates that comfortable flats are the only heels to wear this season. Sign me up! A definite favourite that I have my eye on are the Dune Trish pull on over the Knee Boots. Just perfect!

Over the knee boots

A really great blazer will add style to any outfit. You may be just wearing a pair of jeans and a simple white tee, but add a well cut blazer and suddenly your look is immeasurably smartened. This is one item that is worth investing in as it will serve you well not just in Autumn, but through the Spring months as well. A great store for finding beautifully tailored blazers is Hobbs. Possibly a little pricier than your average high street store, but certainly worth the extra investment. Remembering that darker shades can often highlight flaking, it’s usually better to opt for a lighter shade that will act as a camouflage, such as this pale grey Edith jacket. And if this is just a little too pricey for your budget, it’s always good to keep an eye on the mid or end of season sales to really bag a bargain.

Grey jacket

One of my favourite accessories is a scarf and despite a determined culling each year, I’m convinced they reproduce in my wardrobe. Somehow I tend to always have an alarmingly large quantity! But the great thing about scarves is that they are multi-functional. Super for adding some interest to your outfit and quite often a life-saver for covering up the shoulders of a darker jacket or top if scalp psoriasis is a problem. Unless you need to battle the elements each day going to work or school, chances are you won’t need the extreme warmth of a big coat. A scarf however, will certainly add the required warmth to a blazer. Quite often it’s possible to entirely change the look of your outfit by playing with different colour scarves. It’s worth spending your money on the basic jacket staple and then ringing the changes with accessories. Mint Velvet usually have a fabulous selection of scarves each season and this Spot Ombre Scarf is no exception It has the very on trend pom-pom decoration whilst the ombre shading will confuse the eye should any rogue flaking occur. And imagine how great this would look with the grey jacket featured above? Oh, I love it when a plan comes together!

Velvet scarf

However as much as I love my uniform, it’s always nice to break out of one’s comfort zone every now and then. And for me, that break would involve a dress! As wonderful as opaque tights are for concealing psoriasis, sometimes the flakes will work through despite our best efforts. But hey! Our new OTK boots will now take care of that problem so how about this wonderfully named Ditsy Spotted shift dress from Marks & Spencer? Soft enough to be kind to skin, yet stylish enough to make a statement – pair with flat boots for a completely up to date and comfortable look. Do you know what? I think I’m talking myself into a purchase here! The colour is ideal and it would be a nice piece to have in your wardrobe for that special date night or lunch with the girls. If you really wanted to dress it up (and your legs allowed!) this could also be paired with some high heeled shoe boots for a really glamorous look. Yep! I think I’m doomed – I feel a purchase coming on!

Spotted dress

I firmly believe that if you know you look good, then you will automatically feel good! And this is why I love Autumn so much. Try adapting the ‘uniform’ to your wardrobe and see how you much better you feel. I promise you – you’re going to look fabulous!

UK/IE 2013b/00057d. Date of preparation: July 2015

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