September 22nd officially heralds the start of Autumn – the season of cosy living, crunchy golden leaves and hearty home-cooked food. From wardrobe updates to thought-provoking podcasts, here are the ways we’ll be making the most of a chill in the air and darker evenings.
1. The wardrobe update
The start of Autumn means three things for your wardrobe: the return of coats, a chance to refresh your go-to denim and the opportunity to step back into an old favourite (or brand new) pair of ankle boots. Our picks? This delectable pea coat is perfect as we head into colder months, while our new cords – in our classic Brompton Boyfriend Jeans fit – are a perfect alternative to denim. Invest in these suede ankle boots and team them with everything from dresses to midi skirts to skinny denim.
2. The Autumn page-turner
Longer, darker evenings call for a thriller to race through, and this month’s comes in the form of Sarah Pinborough’s gripping Behind Her Eyes (HarperCollins). Tipped as this year’s Gone Girl, the hardback hit the number-one spot on The Sunday Times’ bestseller list. Now available in paperback, this is one to slip in your bag for your morning commute, or hunker down with on a quiet Sunday with a scented candle burning.
3. The name to know
The Galvin Brothers. The brains behind our new Brocklesby Furniture Collection, this family run joinery source all their timber from a local and sustainably managed estate before it is manufactured in their Yorkshire workshop. Hand-finished, every aspect of the process is kept in-house – meaning that the ideas, right through to the delivery of a finished product (and everything in between), is done in the UK. We think their wooden coffee table is a perfect living-room update as we head into Autumn. Style it with candles, books and fresh flowers.
4. Four favourites: luxurious finishing touches
Comfort and texture are the order of the day now that Autumn has arrived. Add some to every part of your wardrobe, from accessories to loungewear and pyjamas.
5. New to Netflix
If you’ve already raced through Narcos Season 3 and are looking for something to fill the Netflix void before Stranger Things returns, there are plenty of acclaimed films coming to Netflix this Autumn. If you missed Carol at the cinema (or, even if you didn’t) the Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt is one not to miss. An understated but bitterly sad tale of forbidden love between a young shop clerk (Rooney Mara) and unhappily married older woman (Cate Blanchett) in the 1950s, this poignant tale is heightened by fantastic cinematography and atmospheric scenes of New York in Winter. Dim the lights, snuggle under a throw and prepare to be transported to another era.
6. Podcasts to tune in to
International podcast day falls on September 30th, so that’s another great reason to immerse yourself in one on your next commute, spare hour or lunchtime stroll.
Fans of Serial will enjoy real-crime podcasts, Sword and Scale and Criminal, while history buffs will love You Must Remember This – an exploration of the darker side of 20th century Hollywood, or journalist Grace Dent’s The Untold, which sheds light on some of the lesser-known dramas of 21st century Britain with Dent’s signature dry wit.
Discover more things to do now that Autumn is here in our Live section.