Autumn Has Broken, Like The First Morning

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There’s something genuinely devastating – in a way that’s absent from the denouement of other seasons – about the end of summer. You suddenly remember all the festivals you didn’t go to, the aperol drenched nights you ended too early. Even the memory of that sticky tube ride, when sweat dropped from a suit-wearing dude onto your own face (it’s happened) is remembered with fondness. That said, I do enjoy Autumn dressing. It’s not yet cold enough for bulky coats and the palette is predictably, well, Autumnal: reds, browns, rusts. It’s a palette excellently represented at the reduxed high street brand Karen Millen.

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If anything is bound to make me feel nostalgic, it’s Karen Millen. Who can remember those heady days when you were allowed to go shopping unaccompanied, as an early teen? My haunts were Karen Millen, Oasis, Kookai, FCUK. My mum never let me have a FCUK t-shirt, mind. All those stores then fell off the grid a little and indeed, it wasn’t until earlier this year that I revisited – both mentally and physically – Karen Millen. And boy it’s changed. I think there’s a belief that because I work with a few (and I mean, a few) brands in the capacity of my blog, that I must have to force myself to like some things; to hype up some brands. Believe me when I say I do not do that. I do not endorse a brand unless I’m genuinely impressed by their efforts and it resonates in my own life.

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And I’m genuinely impressed by Karen Millen’s revamp. It’s more expensive, granted, but there are some really unique pieces. The fit was great, the concept original. This is the best folky pussy blouse dress I’ve found this season that doesn’t cost Burberry-style bucks and this polo neck, from The Atelier (the fancier echelon of the brand and really very good indeed) might just be my coolest polo neck yet.

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In short, I’m impressed. So much so that I’ve teamed up with Karen Millen to offer one lucky reader a £250 voucher to spend in Karen Millen and online, too. The competition is available globally, so don’t worry if you’re not a UK reader. Click here to enter the competition. The winner will be announced on 25th September. Good luck!

In collaboration with Karen Millen.

I’m wearing a floral dress (available on 27th September), suede over the knee boots, denim culottes and The Atelier polo neck, available in Karen Millen stores today and online from Monday – and a Balenciaga cross-body bag.

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