Autumn essentials

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like
they’re falling in love with the ground.”
― Andrea Gibson

It’s officially Autumn here in Australia, and I was researching for a post on ‘Autumn essentials’ in terms of, well, stuff.

Then I came across this gorgeous little poster…


It made me admit that I was being a tad materialistic, and that the best parts of Autumn lay in the crisp breeze ruffling through the trees gracefully letting their leaves fall to the floor, the mugs of hot chocolate, heavenly figs, chestnuts, warm apple and cinnamon muffins and the pure, magical days of hazy blue skies and a cold snap in the air…

We have this obsession with needing to buy new things every season. Suddenly we need a new coat, or a scarf, or new sweaters in the ‘on trend’ colours. I mean, come on. The colour palette for autumn is generally not going to diverge far from browns, tans, maroons, soft whites and black. Right? And as an adult, your body shape and weight isn’t going to change so drastically as to need new clothing every season. Children are another matter. And at some point, you can buy them clothing that’s two sizes up, and roll up the excess (come on, admit that you do this to your kids).

The solution to not buying something new every season is to buy quality, classic items that will last you years. Of course, this may be more expensive in the short term, but it will save you money in the long run, and the impact on the environment will be gentler.

This season, give it a go. Refrain from buying a new coat just because its the latest cut or colour. Be grateful for what you have, and wear the hell out of those clothes. Until you ACTUALLY need a new coat, or sweater, or jeans, because you’ve worn the old ones to pieces.

Bouquet image via Boutierre Girls.

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