Surviving Autumn, African Stylie

So October awkwardness has arrived in London and it’s finally too cold to keep clinging on to the summer dresses we've been running around in the past few months.  Yet still too warm for those thick jewel coloured winter coats without looking a bit dramatic, not to mention sweaty. In the meantime the clocks haven't even gone back yet, which is when you know winter just got real, so navigating this tricky transitional phase is such an art that we say a three day weekend should be instated during this time for us to recover from the stress of it all.

The key is finding things that distract you from the depressing thought that as everyone keeps reminding us, as if we’re living in an episode of Game of Thrones, that winter is coming. Our plan of action consists of eye catching jackets, head-turning prints, and statement accessories that will divert attention away from our seasonal depression. 

Turns out it’s a lot easier to embrace Autumn after ten days in Accra's rainy season trying to avoid being eaten alive by Ghanaian mosquitos, which FYI are the size of small birds. On a cool Accra evening all we needed was a quick wrap of everyone's favourite Tanzanian brand Chichia London’s Moyoni blazer around the shoulders, which helpfully also confused away even the most adventurous mosquitos. Now back in London this is going to be the real piece de resistance to our Autumn style, mostly because it's nonsensical to be sad in a purple blazer with orange hearts all over it. I reckon we can get away with short jackets for another couple of months so we've been living in the Moyoni on those days when you want to look everything but basic, and our green Choolips quilted bomber jacket for when you want your casual to look more warm sports luxe. 

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We’re also relunctantly starting to wear pants again, but when they are as fun as these blue Chichia London ones we really don't mind. Paired with a structured shirt and dark blazer they’re also a great way to keep some summer colour in your office wardrobe even as the days get darker.

Or layer up a mix of prints that can be strategically peeled off and on as the temperamental weather dictates. If there's one thing we learnt in Ghana it was to fully embrace print on print on print. Walking through a city where wearing plain black will prompt "sister is everything ok-o?" questions, you quickly lose your printhibitions in ode to the inspiring fabrics constantly on display. 

As it gets colder you can keep the look by swopping out the silky under blouses for progressively chunkier knits until it really is time to surrender all hope of leaving the house wrapped in anything but a duvet with a belt on it. Or make like SBA and fly South for the winter, pop your prints back on and post your smug smile to Instagram. Hashtag winning. 

By Kiran Yoliswa, Co-Founder Styled By Africa 

Our Autumn Favourites 

Chichia London Moyoni Blazer 

Chichia London Wima Trousers 

Chichia London Wima Trousers 

ZAAF Collection Blue Spruce Leather Handbag 

ZAAF Collection Blue Spruce Leather Handbag 

Choolips Quilted Jacket

Choolips Quilted Jacket