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Florals for Autumn: Styling a Spring Favourite All Year Round

"Designers want me to dress like spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like spring. I feel like a warm, red autumn." - Marilyn Monroe
We can all recall Miranda Priestly's infamous line in The Devil Wears Prada about florals for spring being ... well, not exactly groundbreaking. But when it comes to fall fashions, donning a botanical-inspired print is a bit more revolutionary. After all, crisp leaves falling from the trees tend to inspire womens fashion retailers at this time of year, not new spring blooms. However, this autumn I've really been enjoying incorporating floral motifs into my wardrobe.

Dressing for the season has made me enjoy the perks of fall even more: there's nothing like hunting for conkers and taking walks in the crisp air whilst wearing a perfectly autumnal outfit. It makes you feel like you're fully embracing fall even if, like me, you are not a pumpkin spiced latte fan. Today's post is dedicated to an outfit that has made me feel like as autumnal as the Great Pumpkin (Snoopy reference anyone?!), with an unexpected floral twist.

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The Dress

The star of my autumnal floral outfit has to be this beautiful yellow midi dress from ANGELEYE. The pattern is so detailed and intricate, incorporating branches of foliage where the leaves range in colour from green to red. The long flute sleeves are perfect for colder months and I'm confident that the dress will also be a key part of my wardrobe well into winter - it will look just as gorgeous with a black roll-neck layered underneath and a fluffy jacket on top. The fit is incredibly flattering and the elasticated waist will certainly come in handy if you're heading to an autumnal wedding.

One of my best friends tied the knot in a beautiful autumn themed ceremony two years ago - I helped her to put together some cute DIY autumnal wedding crafts in the lead up to her special day which made it all the more fun. I just wish I'd had this dress to wear to her reception! I stuffed myself with sweets and chocolates from the confectionary cart and an elasticated waistband would've come in really handy! If you're in the market for wedding guest outfits this season, definitely check out ANGELEYE's range. 

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The Boots

Styling my stunning ANGELEYE dress also encouraged me to dig out a pair of shoes that really haven't had much love from me in recent years. I was 17 when I first purchased these boots secondhand from eBay. They're originally from Next and they're fantastic quality but because they're platforms (and because I have the balancing abilities of Bambi on ice), I have rarely worn them. This outfit gave my the perfect opportunity to crack them out, however.

The chunky soles and utility style laces give a nod to the utilitarian aesthetic that has been trending on catwalks everywhere this season and when putting them on for this photoshoot, I was delighted when I realised that they're not quite as tricky to walk in as I remembered. I'll definitely continue to pair them with a thick trainer sock as I did here to ensure stability but I think I'll be cracking them out more often in future. The brown suede is super autumnal and I love how well it complements the yellow of the dress.

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The Accessories

Teeny tiny handbags seem to be one of autumn's hottest transitional trends. And while I was definitely not prepared to purchase one that's barely bigger than my phone, I did invest in this brown faux-leather cutie from eBay. At £6 it was a total bargain and it is surprisingly spacious - keeping my phone, wallet, keys, and other necessities inside without bursting at the seams. The gold hardware and white stitching on the front makes it look a lot more expensive than it really was! The brown colour is really versatile and I'm sure it'll go with a lot of my other autumnal outfits.

Turning now to earrings, I'm super fussy when it comes to this type of accessory. I don't like anything too heavy or gaudy or anything that looks like it belongs on Pat Butcher. But when I saw Stud and Tassel randomly pop up on my Instagram feed, I fell in love. Their tassel earrings are handmade to an exquisite standard and come in a huge array of colours. After investing in a bright yellow pair, I can guarantee that I'll be buying many more in future. Ranging from around £10-15 each, they're a fantastic price for the quality. They're a small indie business too so what's not to love?!

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What are your favourite autumnal fashion pieces? Drop me a comment down below and let me know.

*The dress featured in this post was kindly gifted by ANGELEYE in exchange for a blog post feature.

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