My Autumn Wardrobe With River Island
There’s no denying I love the summer. It’s my favourite season of the year but Autumn comes in a close second. I love the oranges and browns of the leaves as they fall from the trees, dusting the pavements and crunching below my feet. I love the pitter-patter of the rain as I enjoy a cup of hot chocolate under the warmth of my blanket. I enjoy searching for conkers with my kids and lovely walks in the park but most of all I love kitting my wardrobe out with Autumn wear.I can’t resist stocking up on cosy knits, coats and jeans with a few skirts and dresses thrown in.I’ve been really lucky in my blogging journey so far to be able to work with brands that I have worn and loved for years. So I was really excited about doing a photoshoot with River Island, kitted out in clothes from the global fashion brand for a post about Autumn wear.Just to be transparent from the start, I wasn’t paid to write this post. Anything I liked from this shoot, I bought with my hard-earned cash.The two personal stylists at River Island in Birmingham – Afsheen Malik and Casey Fletcher – helped me pick out items to suit my shape and size, advising me on how to match up items to achieve a comfortable look with the latest trends.We chose items I would actually wear and that suited my personality. They even gave me tips on how to dress up or down the clothes and how to add that little extra pizazz.I think the River Island Style Studio provides a great service. I’ve never actually taken advantage of something like this before in any store or with any brand. But what’s not to like about it? It’s free and no one knows the items in store better than the stylists.I was in good hands with Afsheen and Casey who even got me thinking about some items I would never have walked into store and just picked up.Cosy knits are my favourite Autumn item. I’m in love with big chunky jumpers and cardigans in all colours. I normally buy everything true to size but Afsheen actually told me to go a couple of sizes up when buying a big jumper just for extra comfort and warmth.She was right. This brown knit bobble sleeve jumper looked better in a bigger size. It has a high neck and ribbed trim and you can get it in a few colours. You can get this design in a cardigan too if you prefer. I ended up buying the jumper a few days later.I wore the jumper with ripped skinny jeans, which I ended up going back to buy. I rolled the jeans up at the ankles over my boots rather than tucking them in, as per Afsheen’s advice, just for a bit of edge.This cream cable knit jumper was super comfy and I loved the way it complemented the jeans and boots. This is actually from River’s petite range and has a crew neck with cuffed trims.I could easily wear this jumper with literally anything, whether it’s a dress, skirt, trousers or jeans.Next up is this jumper which really stood out to me because of the vibrant blue colour. I love bright colours and it was the one item in all of those we picked out that wasn’t in neutral shades.It can be worn in three different ways; off the shoulder, draping off one shoulder or completely pulled up. I wore it in all three ways and went back to buy this a couple of days later.I’m a stickler for slogan and print T-shirts, which I mostly wear at the weekend. They’re so easy just to chuck on with a pair of jeans or wide leg trousers. This white leopard ‘Luxe’ print T-shirt was so apt for a season which has become identifiable with animal prints.I wore this in a few different ways. I loved teaming it with these velvet stripe wide leg trousers which were so comfortable I could literally stay in them all day. The material is super soft and they could easily be dressed up or down. They come with a matching halter-neck and although I love co-ordinate sets, I preferred to wear these with the slogan tee.My trusty white converse finish off this look. I would probably wear the cream cable jumper with this outfit and either tie it around my waist when it gets too warm or throw it over my shoulder.I also tried out the tee with this black knit varsity cardigan – again these come with matching bottoms if you wish to wear the whole set. I really like the contrast stripe trims and gold tone buttons. This worked well with the jeans and my stone suede boots. Again I kept the jeans rolled up for a more casual vibe.Finally I tried out this brown check print belted faux fur robe coat.I wore this in a couple of ways. The first was with the fur attached and the belt tied at the waist at the front. The second way was with the belt undone and tied at the back and finally with the fur detached and the coat fully open, allowing the simple black roll neck jumper to show through.I wish I could have chosen so many more items but time was limited. There are so many amazing reds in store at the moment and red is a colour I can’t resist for long. There were also so many other coats I would have liked to have worn. I’ve already bought two coats from River this season – a purple boucle and a yellow wool double-breasted coat too.I think I might be going back for some more chunky knits though before the season is out!
Here are some more photos from the shoot:
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