In light of the lovely autumnal weather we are enjoying at the moment (I've literally just had to run home in the rain after being drenched multiple times already this week) I have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to try out some of Dr Marten's new Autumn / Winter collection, and put together a sort of 'back to college' post, which is really what I need as I've found it very hard to break out of the summer holiday mindset this last week.
That being said, I still like to keep it colourful and pattern-y as often as I can, as for me it really helps me feel a bit better about being in school if I'm surrounded by prints and colours. The Dr Martens floral 1461 shoes I chose were absolutely perfect for this - not even a grey and rainy day can detract from how vibrant and bright they are, meaning all I need do is look down at my feet for an instant bit of floral encouragement to carry on and get through the day. The multicolour floral pattern, although you might not think it at first, actually makes them surprisingly easy to wear, as they match pretty much everything. At least one flower will be the colour of the thing you are wearing, making them versatile and even easier to add more patterns to an outfit.
It's really easy to forget that Dr Martens, as a brand, make more than just shoes - their products have been known for decades, and seem to have created for themselves a sort of community and collective style which unites all sorts of people from all different walks of life. It therefore seems fitting that the brand expand and branch out into accessories, clothing and stationary, allowing people to be more 'Dr Martens' in more areas of their lives. The durable quality, clever design and comfort the shoes are famous for is present in every item they make, and being so closely tied to the music and arts scene, they rarely miss a beat and manage to create pieces incredibly up to date and covetable for everyone and anyone, individual styles aside - if you like DMs, you will love their ethos, and everything else they make. It all comes under the umbrella of their united style, where everyone is accepted and anything goes.
Amongst the vast array of back-to-college themed products on offer, my favourites include the book that documents the history of Dr Martens, taking you on their journey from work-boot, to signal of rebellion, to fashion statement, to the must-have shoes they are still today. It's a fascinating read as it documents much of British culture and sub-cultures, as well as exploring the way styles have travelled across the globe. A little slice of the inspiration offered in this book is also featured in the front of the customised moleskine notebook - not only the best kind of notebook (not much can beat moleskine paper, it's just the way it is!) but a few pages to both inspire and interest you on a day to day basis, and also provide you with something to read whenever you might need it.
Anyway, thank you so much to Dr Martens and Exposure for giving me the opportunity to style some Dr Martens products - I hope this post has helped with the whole getting out of the summer mindset situation, as it's so hard transitioning into autumn sometimes. You can see the rest of the Dr Martens A/W15 collection here.