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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Into the Wilderness...

With the last few sunny summer days being squeezed out in the last few weeks, it's pretty safe to assume that Autumn has arrived. In preparation for the new season, most stores have started to carry their Autumn/ Winter lines since August.

I love this time of year. Let's layer up and go on an adventure.

A recurring theme for this Autumn/ Winter has been that of the Great Outdoors - layering outerwear with rich heritage fabrics. Knitwear, thick tweeds, chunky socks and - yes - hiking books. Male and female explorers seeking outdoor excitement can brave the woods, moors or even the local high streets mixing earthy tones with a flash of brighter checks. Take for example, this green parka, courtesy of Topshop:

This item mixed with a muddy brown sweater and layered over a lumberjack-style checked shirt would prepare you for any adventure, rural or urban. At D&G, their cosy Nordic knits will guarantee that you are protected from the elements

Boys - a pair of boots, whether hiking boots, army boots or wellingtons will ensure that you are well-equipped for stomping though the crisp brown leaves, puddles and (eventually) snow, and will see you through the season. The same goes for us girls:

In particular for les femmes, stack-heeled hiking boots are sure to be a key staple this season. Good thing there is a range available to suit all budgets, from ASOS' suede pair (£55) to Chloe's wedge-heeled beauties (£575). Don't forget to pair with long, thick socks, a la Rag & Bone and Michael Kors' recent Autumn/ Winter shows.

While roaming in the wilderness, carrying one's essentials is well, essential. A satchel bag (below, left) or shearling backpack is practical and bang on trend.

A chunky scarf or snood will keep the cold wind at bay and a tweed baker boy hat (as seen at DKNY) will help you to embrace the countryside in style.

Now that the outfits are sorted, all that's left to do is get out there and explore. I leave you with a few snaps from one of my last outdoor adventures...

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