There are two types of fashionistas: those who “do spring” and those who “do autumn.” What it means is that some of us tend to look forward to spring florals, pastels, and bare legs – I shall never comprehend these people, and believe me, I tried. While others get giddy at the first signs of autumn with its golden leaves, rain-soaked brick buildings, and nippy scarf weather. Being an extremely tactile person, I love the combination of textures we can have in our autumn outfits: soft silks, sensual velvets, calf hair. Add to this rich hues of burgundy, dark green, and tan, and you are in a sensory heaven!
I am also a firm believer in letting your style speak volumes, of bringing a part of your identity and heritage into your outfit. In the photos snapped for this post by my friend and colleague Romy, I combine my favourite autumn shades and textures with a traditional scarf from my homeland (and a dear present from my parents). Azerbaijani women were amongst the first in the Orient to throw off their veils but the traditional Kelagayi (silk scarf) are still treasured in the country. Mine is called Soghani Kelagani: it was hand-died with yellow onion skins (‘soghan’ means ‘onion’), hand-painted with and the feeling of silk touching the bare skin of your neck is, to me, the epitome of pure tactile bliss.
I provide the details of my outfit below but do tell me: are you a spring or an autumn fashionista?
Oh, and the dog is called Dave!
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (still available from Shopbop)
Blazer: Massimo Dutti
Shoes: Tory Burch