SoCal Fashion Column: Pile on the fun accessories in autumn

ITV presenter and MK fashionista SoCal Val looks forward to the start of autumn fashion with a nod to the 1940s in her latest column…

Hello autumn!

Oh have I’ve missed thee! We can finally say goodbye to casual summer attire and lighter colour palettes and strike a more serious style note.

To celebrate the new season I’ve chosen to model a retro look in picturesque Stony Stratford. Aren’t we lucky to have such beautiful streets to sashay in? W

ith Stony’s rich history it seems appropriate to give a nod to the 1940s with a vintage style hat and a ladylike bow blouse and midi skirt combo.

I also added a fun and fancy-free accessory in the form of a book clutch… which is definitely one of the best conversation pieces you can invest in.

This one looks like I’m carrying a hardback copy of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ when in all actuality it’s where I stash my lipstick and credit cards! Clever, no?

I really do believe that autumn is the most fashionable time of the year. But preparing for the wardrobe transition does take a lot of organising.

This month I’m excited to get to work in my dressing room where I’ll be doing a huge overhaul. My spring/summer wardrobe of straw hats, raffia totes and breezy maxi dresses will be stored away to make room for my leather skirts, wool berets and elegant trench coats.

I find that in this organisation process I’m reminded of pieces I totally forgot about and I’m excited to wear again in various ways.

I take extra care when organising accessories too! Paying attention to detail is super important. It’s no longer appropriate to wear any sort of island ready jewellery such as tassels, ropes and shell motifs.

Instead I’ll be wearing a lot of chunky metallics, chain print scarves and jewelled headbands. Now is the time to get creative with layering fabrics, mixing textures and amping up your wardrobe with pieces that have character!

Stack necklaces, add gloves, try fishnet hosiery. Don’t limit yourself to one fun accessory! My advice is to pile it ALL on in celebration of the new season.

And perhaps copy my style here and try a dash of red lipstick to evoke timeless retro glamour. Why? Because looking like a lady NEVER goes out of style.

Follow SoCal Val’s blog at or on social media at @SoCalValerie

This feature was published in the September 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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