A guide to autumnal dressing

 Dressing appropriately in the transitional seasons doesn’t have to be a battle. Here’s our list of tips to help you effortlessly navigate it all – from stuffy commutes to cool evenings.

embrace the elements

 A lightweight, packable windbreaker is your best friend for unpredictably wet or blustery days. These breathable beauties are a lifesaver if you cycle to work too, averting wind chill and making your journey a whole lot more comfortable. We recommend finding a style that’s sleek, waterproof and compactable. Just stow away in your bag and you’ll be prepared for anything.


Our Picks:

Nike Women’s Sportswear Windrunner Jacket, Rebel Sport 

Men’s Cutback Windbreaker, Factorie

build on your basics

 Making your summer wardrobe go the distance is as easy as adding an extra layer. Wear a long- or three-quarter-sleeve top under your dresses, or pop on a lightweight cardigan over a sleeveless top. A round-neck or V-neck cardigan that falls to your hips is a versatile option for the office, while longer styles that hit mid-thigh – or even a full-length style – look great when paired with jeans or a simple t-shirt dress on the weekend.

 

Our Picks:

Louisa Long Line Cardi, Cotton On

Cotton Slub T-Shirt, Country Road

Solid and Sheer Knit Cardigan, Veronika Maine  

embrace the classic white shirt

 Not really a cardigan person? Try a breezy button-down shirt instead. Wear it unbuttoned over a slip dress or go buttoned up with rolled-up the sleeves and some tailored pants for a smart work look. Go for a relaxed, slightly oversized style in soft cotton or linen. The vibe is Mediterranean holiday rather than black tie, so avoid the stiff cotton of a traditional white shirt.


Our Picks:

Boyfriend Shirt, Sportsgirl

Soft Half-Placket Shirt, Sussan

find the ideal in-between jacket

 When autumn nights call for something heavier than a cardigan but lighter than a coat, look no further than the denim jacket. There’s a multitude of washes and styles to suit your mood this season – from classic blues to fiery reds, collarless and distressed looks. Dress it up with heels or wear it casually with a day dress. For work, try out a longline blazer – it adds a touch of class to a simple white t-shirt or blouse without looking too prim.

 

Our Picks:

Washed Black Denim Jacket, Country Road

Corey Denim Jacket, Bardot

choose versatile shoes

 What to do when it’s a lovely 25 degrees outside but it no longer feels appropriate to wear sandals? A closed-toe slide will grant you the best of both worlds – covered up in front and breezy at the back. For guys, a desert or chukka boot will easily take you through the seasons. Look for shades of tan or brown, which work well with both blue and black jeans.

Our Picks:

Rubi Bella Point Mules, Cotton On

Timberland Men’s Killington Chukka Boot, Platypus Shoes

Helmer Leather Block-Heel Mule, Nine West

invest in quality fabrics

 Sick of peeling off layers amid the office heating, only to put it all back on for the walk home? It’s time to invest in quality natural fibres. A lightweight merino jumper will keep you warm – and cool – when needed. Not only does wool keep you cosy, it quickly absorbs and evaporates any moisture from your body too, meaning you’ll stay cool when you need to. Likewise, cashmere has both insulating and moisture-wicking properties, and is incredibly soft and lightweight.

Our Picks:

Merino V-Neck Knit, Roger David

Swing Sleeveless Knit, Country Road

Let us help you wear the seasonal shift well – check out 2018’s Autumn/Winter fashion essentials at our women’s and men’s clothing stores today.