Bright Bags And Coats To Add Colour To Your Autumn Wardrobe

Alison Perry

Black, grey, brown, navy – when I get on the bus or train, everyone’s autumn wardrobes seem to be a sea of dark colours. But I’m on a mission this month to brighten things up. After all, my summer wardrobe is filled with colour, so why should that stop when it gets colder?

As I’ve said before, I’m no fashion expert – far from it – but I do love fashion and as a size 14/16 curvy lass, I’ve started flying the flag for everyday 30-somethings. In fact, I’m going to start mentioning the size each piece of clothing is, in case it helps you when you’re shopping. I know how hard it is when you’re not sure which size to go for, especially when you’re between sizes like me.

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have noticed I’m posting more outfit photos and lots of them recently have been of colourful autumnal clothes. So here are some of my favourites…

Boden pink coat

First up, this is one of my favourites – the pink Sienna coat c/o Boden – I’ve got it in a size 16, I usually go up when buying coats, to allow room for layers underneath. What I love about it is how it lifts an outfit – I’m wearing it here with my black jeggings and white top (both c/o FatFace in a size 14) and a contrasting blue bag from Accessorize.

I’ve had so many compliments on this coat in the couple of weeks that I’ve had it – from afar it looks salmon pink, but close up, you can see it’s a herringbone stitched design with orange and neon pink wool, alpaca and acrylic.

Boden coat

Accessorize Ronnie bag

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I’ve also been LOVING this red jacket c/o Joules (it also comes in other colours). I’ve got it in a size 16 and it’s been ideal for rainy days – or days where black clouds are looming. It’s really practical, with it’s waterproof fabric, hood and big pockets but still stylish with its bright red colour and striped lining (see photo at the top of the post!) It’s become my go-to jacket for the school run, and the pockets are big enough to pop a snack for the six-year-old in there plus my phone and keys. Perfect!

I’m wearing it here with my black denim dungaree dress (in a size 16 c/o FatFace), my blue Accessorize bag and ancient old hi tops from Zara.

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Another coat that’s had lots of compliments – this bright blue number, which I’ve got in a size 16 c/o Boden, looks just as good with jeans and trainers as it does with a smarter outfit. I’ve been wearing it with this contrasting yellow cross body bag c/o Boden which cleverly transforms into a clutch (you know, for all those *cough* nights out I have). I’ve also been wearing it with this size 14 top from Tu at Sainsbury’s (which I popped into after reading this and this).

I’ve also bought this bright pink long-sleeved tee from Tu at Sainsbury’s to wear under my black dungaree dress, for a pop of colour!

Pink Joules bag

This pink bag c/o Joules is amazing – I couldn’t decide whether to get this one or the metallic one, but I’m SO GLAD I went for the pink. As someone who usually uses small cross body bags, it’s lovely to use this big bag for a change – you can get so much in it! When a shop assistant asks me if I need a 5p bag, I can smugly say no and pop my purchases in this bad boy.

I’ve also got my eyes on a few non brightly coloured buys – like this striped and sequinned jumper of DREAMS from M&S, these triple strap shoes from M&S and this gorgeous ‘going out top’ from Next (we all need going out tops, right? Even if we spend most evenings in front of Netflix with a glass of wine).

But what do you reckon – have I succeeded in injecting some colour into autumn?



  1. October 17, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Hoorah for that gorgeous pink bag! I love your colourful outfits, they really brighten up my Insta feed. I’m side-eyeing my black jeans/navy jumper combo from today, I really need to make more of an effort to wear more colour but I find it a bit intimidating for some reason! Off to hunt for that pink Boden coat, it’s gorgeous x

  2. October 17, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I love all your colourful outfits. Looking at my predominantly grey/black wardrobe, I think I need to go shopping!!

  3. October 17, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve discovered Sainsbury’s for clothes! About half my wardrobe comes from them. They have some lovely stuff and lots of flattering styles and cuts.

  4. October 17, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Oh how lovely to see a bit of colour! I love that red coat, I have a red coat too, always brightens up my day to wear it on a grey wintery day.

  5. October 18, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Love all of these – so cheery and proof that colour isn’t just for summer. Particularly loving the red coat. x

  6. October 18, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Great idea to start mentioning the size you’re wearing – everything varies so wildly from shop to shop and makes buying online really tricky doesn’t it?

    You look fab xx

  7. October 18, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    You look so bright and happy! Particularly love the pink Boden coat for its colour trickery close up 🙂

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  8. October 21, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    I absolutely love all your colour in your Autumn wardrobe Alision – the bags and coats and all ace!

    Laura x

  9. October 24, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    SO MUCH BRIGHT. I love it and I want EVERYTHING!

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