I used to think red stripes were a bit too much like running away with the circus, but as summer gives way to autumn they might just be the perfect way to transition.

details: image via Man Repeller /  Trousers: Mango / Dress: Zara / Shoes: Kurt Geiger / Bag: &OtherStories / Earrings: Topshop

As I write this, I’m looking down the barrel of a bank holiday weekend and one that officially signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. For me, it’s been a typical one where we haven’t strayed far, apart from a lovely week in Lyme Regis and sartorially speaking, my wardrobe hasn’t been much more adventurous than that either. So this whole dress and trousers look sported by the inimitable Pandora Sykes back in the spring, may seem a bit outlandish but I reckon it’s perfect right now as we try to transition the seasons.

Khaki paper bag trousers of varying hues and waistbands still seem to be a safe bet and the ones I bought earlier in the year (see this outfit post) are still going strong. Mango has some good alternatives at the moment including these and these.

But let’s get to the main attraction and discuss those red stripes. A few weeks back Grazia magazine hailed a red-striped Zara dress as its must-buy pick of the week, which made me chuckle at the time because just a few days earlier I’d tried on the very same one in the Leeds store and decided it was a bit much (just goes to show what I know).

You see I’ve always been a blue stripes kind of girl but then I found an old red striped t-shirt in the back of my wardrobe and took it on holiday with me. Maybe it was the good old British seaside or the effects of a bit of a sun but all of a sudden, dressing like a pirate or a deck chair didn’t seem so crazy after all.

And while we’re still trying to figure out how many more days we have left to get the legs out, I can’t help thinking this striped tunic might be a good halfway-house. If you’re planning a late summer getaway, it’s perfect to take abroad and throw on over a bikini but the darker maroon colour will also work for autumn over trousers or tights.

As for the red shoes, they’ve always been a winner in my book as you know but I could never really run to a pair of Gucci loafers, lovely as they are. Instead, these ones from Kurt Geiger are a good dupe and again the slightly darker colour is perfect for autumn and will probably tone in with a few more pieces in your wardrobe. No socks yet though – it is still technically August, after all.




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