An aftersummer without the blues is what we all want. Ironically, this year, we get there riding a wave of blues and monochromes. Click on the cover for a bit of real-life streetwear inspiration.

Oh, how we love to hate September. But remember, it's only in your head. The weather is usually kind enough for us to steal a bit of summer back into 9 to 5, and finally, we get dozens of opportunities to strut the newest additions to our transitional cover-ups all over town. 

This year's staples in that department are the leather biker, the panelled biker trench and the varsity jacket, while we get more and more heavily into blackwatch tartan, monochrome checks and contrasts. Dark boyfriend jeans are another micro-obsession, so I shot a quick exercise of 3 ways to wear... School or work may be back on the agenda but a laid-back approach to smart dressing will take most of the stress out of the weekdays.

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Whether subtle or bold, print combinations and monochrome with blue can work miracles, like Gap's navy zigzag trousers with a grey-white stripe shirt, or a nautical stripe tee with a micro-gingham overlay. The first outfit won Gap Hungary's Instagram snap contest mostly for its glam simplicity I'd guess.

navy zigzag trousers: Gap, contrast collar and cuff grey stripe shirt: Uniqlo, leather and iron lion necklace: a gift, stiletto chelsea ankle boots: Dr. Martens, leather biker jacket: Zara

Blue pencil skirt and nautical stripe tee: H&M, gingham shirt: More & More, patent leather colourblock shoes: Topshop, bag: I Am, antique style iron disc necklace: River Island, leather jacket: Zara, round sunglasses: Topshop

monochrome check high neck shell blouse and quilted jacket: New Look, trousers: Primark, oversized sunnies: Topshop, bag: I Am
leather-sleeved varsity jacket: New Look, denim shirt and jeans: Zara, elastic pushlock belt: charity shop, bag and sunglasses: as before

grid print jersey top: New Look, textured blazer and coated blue trousers: Mango, belt: a gift
black & blue floral jeans: ASOS, leather jacket: Zara, self-stripe shirt: H&M, zip backpack: New Look, sunglasses: Topshop, belt: as before

smart dungarees: River Island, grey-blue leather blazer: Mango, blue-black sunnies: vintage, tattoo print blue-white satchel with neon tassel: Paul's Boutique
tartan cropped trousers and leather jacket: Zara, elastic disc belt: Topshop, bag: I am

Simple black and white, that is, complete with a bit of grey, stone and a tiny flash of colour here and there.

contrast sleeve biker trench: Primark, skinny tailored wool trousers: Gap, cotton shirt and chain belt: New Look, bag: I Am, green, brown and white silk spot scarf: Marni

white cotton sweatshirt and mirrored sunglasses: Topshop, pleated jersey skirt: C&A, scarf and music charms necklace: gifted, quilted jacket: New Look, chelsea wellies: JuJu at Topshop
Neon beaded collar top: Drole de Copine at New Look, long-sleeved tee: Primark, leather jacket: Zara, skinny tailored trousers: Gap, sunglasses: Topshop, studded shopper: New Look

Just for fun - Gap's classic dark indigo selvage boyfriend jeans at their most laid-back smart. Perfect for more than just hanging out with a furry neighbour.

jeans and sweater: Gap, wool trench coat: New Look, embossed leather belt: vintage

jeans, belt and V-neck sweater: as before, tartan blazer: Zara, fedora hat: New Look
jeans and belt: as before, V-neck cropped sleeve sweater: Promod, sheer polka-dot blouse: Primark, leather ballerinas: Clarks

They are your best friends - not only at the weekend but to shake up smart outfits or basics. Wear them with everything including tailored trousers and blazers.

Ballerina tee: a gift, vintage style ripped jeans: Zara, gold metallic bag: Miss Selfridge, mirrored shades: Topshop, nude leopard print ballerinas with chain detail: Primark, gold metallic leather belt: Mango
cashmere blend dodo sweatshirt: JW Anderson x Topshop, biker trench: Primark, self-stripe skinny jeans: River Island, minimal lady bag: I Am, mirrored shades: Topshop

Days are getting shorter, work is getting harder... always take a minute, a few hours, or a few days to wind down.

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