An evening in Dulwich

Please excuse the excessive number of pictures used in this post – when one encounters such a fabulous setting, it becomes impossible to choose just a few pics. A few weeks ago, my mum and I decided to check out Dulwich Picture Gallery, and were pleasantly surprised by the sheer loveliness of the place…

Cardigan, NW3 (seen here). Shirt, River Island (July Shopping list). Skirt, Primark (seen here). Tights, New Look (seen here). Earrings and ring (right hand), & Other Stories. Other ring, vintage (left hand). Necklace, from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Shoes, Zara (seen here). Bag, The Cambridge Satchel Company (seen here).

So what did I decide to wear for an (early) evening filled with art and autumn leaves? I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve rocked a shirt – lately it’s been all about knitwear not just for me but for fashion in general, judging from how relevant in-your-face sweaters are this season. At one point in my fashion life I was really into shirts and blouses, so this felt like revisiting my roots!

Because I easily turn into an ice cube a shirt on its own during this time of the year is not possible – this is probably why I developed a strange addiction to cardigans. I fell in love with this one the minute I saw it at work. Neutral, oversized and cosy as hell, not to mention the granddad buttons – what’s not to love? I bought it as part of my work uniform but didn’t realise quite how essential it would become for my out-of-work look too – I feel like I’ve been living in it for the past two months.

Back to the shirt, the pictures should be pretty self explanatory as to why I bought it. A planet print?! Hell yeah! It’s super cute without being ridiculous (right?) and the cut of the shirt itself is not too bad at all. That’s one way I justify sale items that I don’t really need – very sensible.

I’m not sure if I was allowed to sit on these pretty rocks, they’re actually a sculpture by… someone, can’t remember the name, sorry! This is my way of honouring them, they’re seriously the cutest and most picture-friendly thing ever!

I managed to walk around coatless for a good 10 to 15 minutes, but obviously felt super relieved when my ASOS coat came back on. It sort of ties in with the background, non?

I feel so bad that this bag has barely been on the blog – it deserves a post of its own! In all honesty though I’ve not used it that much. I bought it in 2010, probably not long after starting this blog – it was a good time to buy it because I think they’re almost twice as expensive nowadays! It started off as a great buy, then became a regret buy (I’ve never been a lover of brown but at the time getting a brown satchel just felt right) and is now a rediscovered buy – I am starting to appreciate and even love it again. Plus, one can’t deny that it goes well with autumn.

Now that’s a bit of good old Oxford school matching right there…

As you can see I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful gardens surrounding the gallery. For one thing, it’s practically in the middle of nowhere, which makes all the more charming. My mum and I went on a Sunday afternoon, and even though the gallery itself was fairly busy the gardens felt incredibly peaceful – I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves a bit of classic as well as a sensible dose of nature and tranquillity.

These pictures – and the gardens – made me appreciate autumn a little more. I’ve never had much of an opinion about this season, but there really is something about falling leaves and a multitude of shades within the ochre palette that’s undeniably nostalgic.

Pictures taken on November 3rd at Dulwich Picture Gallery.


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