I don't know why, but for the first time ever I'm actually excited about autumn weather. Perhaps it's because we had that week of Indian summer to start it off. Or perhaps it's just because it's been so mild so far this autumn that I've been able to play with autumn looks without having to worry too much about actually keeping warm.
One reason to get excited about cooler weather is because it provides an opportunity to get out the vintage gloves. I love gloves. My growing and colourful collection of vintage gloves is now housed in one of the small suitcases I scored at a recent car boot sale. These are some of my favourites...
Of course day gloves can be worn year-round, but wearing gloves in summer does fairly shout VINTAGE. But as soon as it's officially autumn, they no longer look out of place and can easily be incorporated into your outfit. They're a great way to add instant vintage chic to your ensemble; they're also good for extending your colour scheme.
Plus, they can be had very affordably (though not all the time - when I went into one of Chichester's two vintage shops to enquire about their vintage gloves I was told they start - start - at £10! Er, no thanks). The most I've ever paid for a pair of gloves was I think £6 for the beaded pair below.
Good places to look for vintage gloves are antique shops, car boot sales / estate sales, vintage fairs and charity shops. You can sometimes find bundles of vintage gloves on ebay, which often make good bargains. Nylon gloves are by far the most common, but if you can find cotton gloves remember they can be dyed any colour with normal cold water dyes.