Two summer jackets (in autumn)

Hello there! At the time of writing it's blowing a gale outside with torrential rain battering against the windows which makes this seem a rather odd feature to be posting, but I've been promising this for days, so here we go. So far I've managed to get photos of two summer jackets and still have two more waiting in the wings, however they may have to wait until next year.

I was particularly pleased with the pairing of jacket and dress in this outfit. I love the stripes of colour echoed in each even though the patterns are different. The colours too work really well together. It's a real match made in heaven.

It's the first time I've worn the jacket (the brand is Divas) and it's a neat fit with discreet zip up pockets and zip front. The dress is by Per Una and is a perfect summer weight in linen with fitted waistband and inverted pleat creating a generous skirt and those lovely pockets making it a sure fire winner. The v neck kept me cool and the pretty pleating added a bit of style in what could have otherwise been an overly simple frock.

The dress, jacket and rings are all pre-loved pieces which just goes to show how second hand isn't just the green option, but can be a colourful and stylish one too. The necklace is by Drift jewellery one of the brands we stock in the Gallery. I collect Tresco sea glass from our beaches and send it to Fiona, the maker, who turns it into one-off pieces for us to sell. 

The Primark petal sandals have jewelled centres. I've had these for a couple of summers now and goodness, they're so comfy!

The second summer jacket is showcased just a day later in what was a real dose of pea-souper fog. It disrupted flights, delaying departures and arrivals with some guests not moving to or from the island at all. Fiona and I decided to go ahead, aiming for that atmospheric shot ...

The pre-loved jacket is by River Island. It's unlined, but has pockets and again this is its first outing. I seem to collect jackets as that handy item to finish off an outfit. I'm quite formal on the quiet, despite my efforts at rebellion sometimes. When I'm being smart, a jacket is the finishing touch and yet is easy to discard when it gets too hot.

The Topshop orange satin trimmed top is also pre-loved and very well worn by me. The off-white trousers were from F&F at Tesco many moons ago. They are great wash and wear trousers requiring the minimum of ironing to look sleek and smart. 

Comfort and style are combined in these glorious embroidered trainers by Replay, bought in the Harrogate branch of TK Maxx last spring. They certainly do draw lots of compliments every time I wear them. 

The shopping my closet theme continues with my jewellery too. Both rings and the tiny seed pearl necklace were all gathered along the way over the years. Vintage and second hand are always more interesting to me. 

And so here we are bang into autumn with fog, rain and gales. My newly found jackets look like the only place they're heading is into a suitcase along with the rest of my summer clothes. The big clothes change-over may be coming sooner rather than later...

In the meantime, I've got one more summery outfit coming up on Monday for our monthly style challenge with the posse from the Style Not Age collective. Our theme for September is "All dressed up with nowhere to go". It'll be no surprise to you if I say that I took this one rather literally! Do swing by on Monday to see what that might look like.

                                                                                                Anna x



  1. Ooh, what fun outfits! I'm ready to swap over my closets too, Anna, but finding the time is the tricky part - it takes so long! I'm actually going to take a day off work for it.

    Those sneakers ALMOST converted me to the sneaker trend! So cute!

    1. Thanks Sheila. Taking the day off work sounds like the perfect solution to the closet changeover - I'm more than a bit envious of you! I may have to fit mine in around the weekend chores :(

  2. I'm afraid I really have to say goodbye to my summer clothes now. Lovely jackets, so cheerful. Looking forward to see your Monday post. Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday link up party.

    1. This weekend sees me hauling out suitcases as I start the big changeover. I fancy it might take me two sessions to get it all done!

  3. Super jackets Anna; I particularly love the one with your dress, the match is so beautifully colourful. And, I’m in love with those trainers!
    I find the clothes changeover from Summer to Winter quite stressful as I usually question why I have So much stuff! I’ve ordered some storage boxes to simplify things a little.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s post.
    Hope you enjoyed a fun weekend !

    1. Thanks Phyl! I must admit I was feeling rather smug when I put that dress and jacket together - especially as they were both charity shopped at different times.

      My clothes changeover is nearly complete, but the volume of clothes seems to be mostly summer ones which means I'm going to find the last 4 months of my no-shopping challenge even more difficult. This isn't my favourite time of year and that seems to be reflected in me having fewer clothes...

      Have a lovely weekend too!
      Anna x


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