After the exceptional heat of the summer, the time to don warmer clothing is upon us, and fashion commentators have identified silk scarves as ‘the’ autumn fashion accessory. In an autumn nutshell, they are a great way of keeping warm whilst looking cool. For men, now is the time to add a versatile day-to-night pocket square to your wardrobe for the darkening evenings.
When does autumn start?
There are two autumns! A meterological one which is based on average temperatures. It also aligns neatly with the Gregorian calendar, and runs from 1 September to 30th November. This is to enable consisent year-on-year weather data comparisons.
The autumnal equinox is the more traditional date for the start of autumn. It can vary by a few days each year as it relates to the earth’s orbit around the sun which takes a little bit longer than 365 days (hence our leap year to catch up).
Sunday 23 September 2018 is the date this year when the earth’s axis doesn’t tilt away from or towards the sun. This means that the sun shines directly on the equator.
The official term for this is “equinox”. It also happens in Spring – the Vernal Equinox. And for my readers in the Southern Hemisphere, the two seasons are reversed.
The term “equinox” comes from the Latin meaning ‘equal night’, as the length of day and night is nearly equal around this time. (At the equator it’s always equal). However, the actual date when you experience almost 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night varies depending on your latitude. People living only a few degrees north experience the date several weeks after the rest of the hemisphere.
Autumn Fashion Accessories for Women
A recent article on stylecaster says everything about why silk scarves are the best of autumn fashion accessories:
“I used to swear by chunky knit scarves … but my silky go-to has done more in the way of temperature regulation than any of my bulky knits have… all that fabric does a lot for insulation—plus, since it’s wrapped around your neck (one of your body’s quickest-cooling points), it’s pretty efficient, too.
And the best part is:
Silk scarves are cute. You can stay warm while looking pretty damn trendy
—and you don’t have to weigh yourself down with outfit-obscuring layer after outfit-obscuring layer. Silk scarves are the perfect solution to particularly breezy fall days…”
Blue Flamingo scarves aren’t flimsy chiffon as with many high street options. They are quality medium weight silk to keep you warm, are made in the UK and are hand-finished. They are large enough to style in a variety of ways to create many different looks to complement your autumn fashion. And at just £65 including P&P, they don’t come with the price tags of the designer labels in the Stylecaster slideshow.
Autumn is a season of such variety: gloriously turning leaves, Keats’ “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, and shining lights in dark evenings. Here are three scarf designs that encapsulate each of these aspects.
Autumn Fashion Accessories for Men
“The great thing about about the City Life pocket square is its versatility.
By simply folding the square in an alternative manner, you can achieve a completely different look. It’s almost like having two pocket squares in one, which is highly useful especially in the city. Leave this one in your desk drawer to class-up your suit for important meetings, or switch from green to gold as you leave work and head to the bar.”
The Downtown design was added to the collection after The Debonair’s review, but it also oozes sexy city styling with its golds and bronzes of downtown office lights streaking by. Definitely one for a dynamic go-getter.
Star also reminds me of bright lights, and fireworks.
As with the ladies scarf, the Sloane Square pocket square with its bare tree design in muted greens, blues and ochres captures that misty, smoky feel to the season.