>> Obviously I wasn't just going to don a pair of desert boots and leaf crunch wearing the birthday suit… the boots needs some serious outfitting to take on the activity that is leaf crunching.  Given that autumn is my favourite season, I'm dutybound to do the season justice by going with cliched codes of autumnal attire such as mixed plaid, jaunty scarves and gloves that don't necessarily keep the hands warm but are there for aesthetic value.  I'll happily go with those cliched codes especially to accomodate this Harris Tweed cape that was a collaboration with Beyond the Valley (hopefully some New Yorkers got to see BYT in action as part of the LES/Newburgh Quarter 'Wish You Were Here' boutique swapping programme…).  Initially I was going to go for a Sherlock Holmes-dedicated outfit given that Guy Ritchie's flick is coming out this year… alas, I was lacking some proper tweed trousers, the right hat and a pipe to really make the ensemble truly shine.  Instead, I've resorted to ol' fashioned autumnal check mixing to make this cape the perfect leaf-crunching partner in crime…


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(Vintage red and white checked shirt, vintage pale blue and cream checked wrap skirt, Universal Works special edition scarf – stolen from Steve, Natascha Stolle for ASOS leather gloves, Tabio knee high ribbed socks, Liberty print Clarks desert boots, Harris Tweed x Beyond the Valley cape)

Comments (68)

  1. I totally love this. This cape is amazing, and I am a massive cape fan.
    Also I wondered what the Clarks were like on as I had my eye on this pair, they look lovely!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you wear so much red before! Good job on conquering your colour phobias! 😉

  3. cassiopeia says:

    You look amazing! I love all the colours and check. Outfit love! 🙂 Xxxc

  4. kelly says:

    this outfit is soooooo good for you! really love it!!!!

  5. i dig those shoes – they have a tiny outdoorsy vibe mixed with floral and paisley, good choice!

  6. fox says:

    Wow! You look amazing! I love your hair like this

  7. Jasmin says:

    I love plaid, tartan and tweed in autumn – yum! Especially the cape looks great. As it happens I have a plaid cape too, so I think it’s time to pull it out of the closet!

  8. Beth says:

    Love your coat!
    And those shoes are super cute.
    Haha you are looking good 🙂
    (as always of course!)

  9. Eline says:

    Oh my god… the colours and clashing of prints is just so perfect I could marry you in this outfit (sorry, Style Salvage Steve).

  10. B* a la Moda says:

    This look is incredibly good. You look awesome. I really like the combination of colors and textures. Great vintage finds.
    B* a la Moda

  11. missdtm says:

    i really love the way you mix prints and colors–it’s the perfect combo without looking like you just threw whatever together–aka–hot mess. LOVE it though. this outfit is amazing.

  12. SRR says:

    I love it. This really is the ultimate Autumnal outfit. The bursts of red are so cheerful.

  13. Those shoes are soooo cute:)!!! And your rockin that cape!

  14. Kirsty says:

    i really love this outfit on you! i love the deep reds and grays, it all looks lovely, and the fitting of the coat really looks good on you!

  15. p.s. says:

    susie, this might be my favorite outfit of yours EVER. your hair looks divine up in a high bun. this cape is to die for.
    amazing!! xx

  16. Marnie says:

    This is perfect. Such a lovely outfit!

  17. violetville says:

    Love this! The cape looks very vintage, the plaids make me want to go play outside! The liberty print is an inspiring contrast – It all comes together quite nicely!

  18. WendyB says:

    Red is a good color for you.

  19. Kazuko says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous. Like your hairdo!

  20. Michael K says:

    This is a masterclass in mixing patterns and autumnal colours.
    I think this is one of my favourite outfits you have shared on your blog!

  21. Katy says:

    What a beautiful cape! such a perfect outfit

  22. Sarah says:

    So perfect- has to be one of my favourites! love the red soks! <3

  23. so autumnal and fresh…a delightful look! it’s all checks and plaids, and then *bang!* the shoes! how cute are they?!
    ahhh, to be leaf-crunching….a favorite childhood activity. wish i could do that again, but no fallen leaves around here- unless we get a hurricane or storm.
    anyway, i really do like this outfit.

  24. Niche says:

    I LOVE THIS OUTFIT. Such great inspiration for an autumn look.

  25. jasmine says:

    aw damn, ive been after a cape like that forever. is it still available?

  26. KD says:

    Wow! This is a perfect perfect outfit. That cape especially . . . sigh.

  27. carrie says:

    oh wow – the cape!! i need one. x

  28. Isabel says:

    These boots (and your outfit) are superfantastic!

  29. I love your cape! Saw one quite like it in Beyond Retro today but, as usual, didn’t buy it due to lack of funds. Yours is really lovely though, and I do like the shoes.

  30. susie_bubble says:

    Jasmine: Yup, it’s still in store at Beyond the Valley…
    Thanks everyone…seems like ppl are feeling all autumnal….!

  31. Bobbin Talk says:

    Love all the prints clashed together, colors and plaids and all! Looks great!

  32. love it! the shoes are a great touch!

  33. Tili says:

    this is adorable!
    love the cape, i really want one too 🙂

  34. The Style PA says:

    I gotta admit, I usually look at your outfits and love them, but not to wear myself. This ensemble however I would definitely be able to throw together myself. Good look.

  35. Claire says:

    Harris Tweed makes me feel like waving my arms and making gasping sounds. It’s just SO GOOD.

  36. hek says:

    I can’t even believe how good you look.. Love the layers and the patterns here, but even more the volumes.
    And the hair! Hot:)

  37. K-Line says:

    Susie – The cape jacket is amazing! Love it to bits.

  38. Jane H. says:

    Best autumn outfit. EVER.

  39. Kaylene says:

    That is what i wish to be wearing RIGHT NOW! You look amazing.

  40. phil says:

    shit i want those shoes

  41. e.rega says:

    ohh, why’d I check out the Clarks website? I’ve always loved desert boots, and now they have them in tweed. shoot.

  42. jetblackdye.blogspot says:

    ahhh those boots r so cute, ur outfits r so adorable 🙂

  43. Winnecke says:

    SUSIE ! This is absolutely positively truly ruly my most favourite thing I have seen you wear on your blog yet. fantabulous !

  44. Jasmine says:

    Susie – fabulous, you’re a star. I’ll drag my ill arse over there on Monday. x

  45. Suzanne says:

    cute shoes 🙂

  46. missmilki says:

    Fabulous outfit. I love the cape! Not usually a huge fan of capes in general but I love the way this one belts at the waist.

  47. Jacquie says:

    er, you have amazing clothes and brilliant style… OBVIOUS OBSERVATION OVER, and this outfit is perfecto! the cape is the most fantastic cape i have ever seen!
    I’ll buy it for a tenner… (gotta love my poor student status)

  48. Caroline says:

    That cape is absolutely wonderful, perfect for the autumn and leave crunching.

  49. Helen says:

    LOVE the Autumn feel to these photos!
    I really would like to get my hands on this cape, I checked BtV’s website but it isn’t on there, so guessing I shall have to call and ask about it. How much was it if you don’t mind me asking?

  50. sioux says:

    beautiful and funny. I really like how you managed to mix and reinterpret the classical drapery fabrics typical of English menswear tailoring, using bright colors, new volumes and fun accessories. A little Paul Smith, a little Jean Paul Gaultier: genius!

  51. Carmina says:

    I love how it’s classy and funky at the same time. I think the hair bun suits your face well too! Have you tried tying up your hair so it looks like a bow? Such as http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2009/03/hair-tutorial-ribbon-shaped-up-do-alice-and-the-pirates-jacket-betsey-johnson-skirt/
    Could be very cute on you!

  52. sweet! i loooooooooooove the cape!

  53. kirsty says:

    looking lovely and toasty for the cold cold weather xxxx

  54. calamityjem says:

    A really happy autumn outfit, the shoes are fabulous & I love the cape action too.

  55. Meguchan says:

    THis is one of my favourite outfits I’ve seen you wear!!! Although all are great

  56. dreamsequins says:

    Well played, Susie Bubble, well played. I don’t know how you manage to mix all those colors, textures and patterns together and still make it a look. But it looks great.

  57. mimi says:

    cute kicks

  58. Kate says:

    Hey Susie, I’ve been a long time reader and this is one of my favorite posts! You look really great. How’d you get your hair like that?

  59. that’s a really well put together outfit. the cape has a perfect cut. that makes 2 sites having me think about capes again. i LOVE fall!

  60. Eyeliah says:

    Featured and linked your look on my blog, hope that is okay. http://stylesymmetry.com/2009/11/02/plaid-jewelry-overdose-boyfriend-t-shirts-and-hats/
    xx Eyeliah

  61. Sara Berman says:

    Stumbled across this on Twitter this morning. Such a gorgeous cape AND in Harris Tweed!
    I went up to The Outer Hebrides to the only existing mill still producing Harris Tweed in November for our AW10 fabrics and loved every minute of it! Such a wonderful place and a wonderful history.

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