Yup, that is right I am thinking about autumn in a heat wave. Really the bay area has had a very mild summer. Now its September and its finally warming up and the pools are closed and the kids have almost been in school for a month.
Anyways, I blame the Toast UK autumn lookbook. Its so wonderfully cozy and chock full of boots, woolen pullovers, plaid and scarves. I am predictable and steady. I would probably still have all of the sweaters, coats and plaid things I have ever owned if it were possible to keep every piece of clothing one has owned for twenty five years.
Another great thing on the internet are pictures from past catalogs that people post. They all seem timeless. I had a page torn out from a catalog on my closet door in our Highwind house It was this cat sitting on a wool blanket (as seen below). The paper was thick for a catalog and in those days Toast would send them across the world for free. I would gush over the quality of them to maiki and memorize every page. Now I make do with digital versions but I appreciate them all the same.
As I much as I love Toast I have never bought anything from them. My plan has always been to find inspiration and then scope out the thrift and vintage shops. Nowadays I use Thred Up and Etsy as well as thrift and resale shops. Good design does not go out of style.