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I always love the end of summer – gingers don’t really do too well in heat, and I’ve always liked autumnal weather, colours, and fabric more than the brights and pastels you see around in the warmer months. These are a few of my favourite pieces in September, as I happily dive back into tights and big black boots (and lingerie to match).

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Couture isn’t just for red carpets and black tie events – there’s something wonderful about treating yourself to the finest silks, most delicate lace, and lingerie that goes beyond function to something decadent. Unfortunately a lot of brands who call themselves luxury tend to differentiate from the high street on price more than cut, construction, and quality, but there are plenty of designers who are committed to creating beautiful pieces that live up to that label. Here are a three of my favourite ‘if money and size were no object’ brands.

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Ever since seeing that picture of Irene Adler in a vintage peignoir again, I’ve been obsessing over gowns. I’ve started a Pinterest board full of gorgeous retro lingerie and there are just so many beautiful pieces.

Luxury now is in the fabrics and details, but we just don’t seem to go for the same shameless excess as the golden age of Hollywood. They used more fabric in a single gown than I have in all of my maxi skirts, and then added fur trims without thinking anything of it. Functionality completely went out of the window in favour of creating jaw-dropping pieces that my cats would definitely dispose of within 12 seconds.

Luckily, we still have designers who are willing to put form miles before function and create truly decadent designs that would make Mae West proud.

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yolke luxury silk pyjamas wysteria

I never used to really ‘do’ pyjamas – if I was lounging around the house I’d just wear old t-shirts and shorts or leggings. Despite a total obsession with underwear, PJs never really came into it. That was until I ended up in M&S on a lunch break and bought¬†these pyjama trousers (pic below) since they were cheap and look pretty (I just checked the site and I’m afraid these are discontinued, but these are pretty similar and only cost a tenner).

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