Layering for Autumn

Saturday 17 October 2015
Autumn layering

1. Maje Basalt leather jacket
2. Nike tech fleece cape
3. Frame Denim jeans  (up to 70% off HERE)
4. Isabel Marant Etoilé  Karon striped top  (50% off red version HERE)
5. Mansur Gavriel tote
6. New Balance 620 sneakers

I find autumn a rather tricky month to get my outfits right. It's not overly cold but one can be easily fooled by the occasional sunshine which disappears in a blink of an eye. One minute you're toasty warm and the next, you're freezing, thanks to the gusty Arctic wind. If you're living in the U.K, prepared to get drenched any point of the day. Ah........the joys of living in the Northern Hemisphere where we do go on and on about the weather. #bloodyEnglishweather

To survive the temperamental English weather means tackling the art of layering so that you're not roasting alive in a thick winter woolly nor risk hypothermia (like secondary school kids who'd rather freeze to death for the sake of looking cool than put on a winter coat like normal humans. Yes, that's the mom in me talking). Let's start with this popular Isabel Marant Etoilé  Karon striped top which is sheer enough for layering but looks great on its own when you need to peel off the outerwear.

I must've been a cat in my previous life because I hate getting wet but detest carrying an umbrella. The solution to my problem is to wear coats/jackets with a hood attached. I've seen rave reviews of this Nike tech fleece cape which is designed for optimal heat retention, a low back hem to cover the butt (yay!) and an oversized hood (don't you just hate hoods that barely cover the head?! Like seriously WHY??! WHY??!). The arm holes are narrow enough for a better fit so that you won't look like a walking human tent. I love the idea of wearing a hoodie (here's an affordable cashmere hoodie) under a black perfecto leather jacket. It has a rocker punk vibe to it without sacrificing comfort.

When it comes to leather jackets, I'm all about the fit. The shoulders have to sit just right, the sleeves not overly loose, the armholes narrow and the waist slightly tapered so that there's still a semblance of a womanly silhouette when worn. I've tried on many leather jackets and the best of the lot are still French. I adore leather jackets by Rick Owens (Rick Owens is an American but his atelier is based in Paris so I guess his clothes can be considered French), Balenciaga, Maje and Iro. Mango does a mean job for a High Street brand. Oak is a fabulous AND an affordable brand but their jackets are sold out in most stores. I guess the trick is to find one that's fitted but still has enough room to layer.

My friend, Laura who has seriously amazing taste recommended Frame Denim ripped black jeans. I'm going to give them a go as I rarely find jeans that fit well.

I'm still totally rubbish with heels. Can't run in them either unless I want to smash face down on the concrete ground. Can I just repeat how much I love the current sneaker trend? May it go on and go till eternity. Amen. Anyway.........since I'm pretty darn short, I try to find sneakers that have nice thick cushioned soles which will add a much needed inch or two. I'm planning to get a pair of New Balance 620 sneakers to replace my well worn 420s.


  1. Hello Marlene, love your Fall selection! The Nike looks promising.

    how do you like the Gemma for FR36? Do you think sizing up to FR38 would be a too roomy? Thanks!:)

    1. Hiya! I prefer the slightly fitted look so I sized down. FR38 is my usual size but it would've been too boxy which would've been ok if I were taller.

    2. Thanks Marlene!

  2. Uh-oh, I gave someone my frame sickness! �� Love everything in this post so much! My uniform! I'm missing that Nike jacket, though. Laura

  3. OH...I just bought the new balance 620 in navy. So perfect

    1. Lucky you! I'm still trying to get my size without resorting to using 2 (!!!) insoles!!!

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