Autumn is still in that tricky territory of having some hot days interspersed with cooling temperatures so it’s about having a balance of pieces that can easily work for varying temperatures. One of the great things about navigating trans-seasonal weather is that you can easily get around it by working with layers. I’ve been working on building up my own wardrobe for this season and these are some of the things I think every closet needs.
A lightweight knit
You don’t need to go into full blown heavy jumper territory just yet so a nice lightweight jumper in neutral tones will see you through the next few weeks with ease.
A roomy tote
After having such a deep love affair with smaller daintier bags it seems the tote is making a comeback. Think nice and roomy enough to fit all your essentials but understated and chic in design.
A good pair of jeans
Invest in a good pair of jeans now that will take you through to winter. I am loving the slightly straight leg silhouette with a more stiffer denim as a change of pace from my old favourites, the skinny leg.
You always need a great pair of ankle boots to survive autumn/winter. Find a pair in black and you can wear them with everything from jeans to pants and dresses.
A trench coat is a forever classic but this season in particular it’s going to be huge. You can easily pair it with most things in your wardrobe and it provides just the right amount of coverage and protection if you’re out and about and the weather cools down.
Anything in animal print
Animal print is another big trend to look out for. I’m a big fan of anything leopard so I will definitely be incorporating a few pieces featuring that print in my wardrobe.
A printed long sleeved maxi
The great thing about a long sleeved dress is that it always looks polished and is perfect for trans-seasonal weather as it provides ample coverage from the elements. This season dare to go bold and opt for a printed maxi style that’s designed to add a punchy element to any outfit.
If you don’t already have one, a black blazer is a must. Look for a nice fitted silhouette, in a simple design that will be versatile enough to work with myriad looks.
Hair accessories are going to be huge so if you’re not one for bling, this is an easy way to dress up an outfit. A gorgeous hair slide will add a pretty touch to any look and also look majorly on trend.
The start of another year marks also the start of another 12 months of getting dressed day in and day out which begs the question: are you happy with your style? If you’ve been feeling as if something is lacking in the fashion department of late and you need something to help you get excited about your wardrobe again then you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few easy ways to change up your look this year with minimal fuss.
Challenge yourself to use something you wear infrequently
We all have those pieces in our closet that we still like but admittedly don’t wear all that often. So this year, make an effort to put those pieces into rotation. Often you can end up wearing the same things from your wardrobe all the time that incorporating something into your look that doesn’t get used frequently can make it feel new again.
Learn to play with accessories more
Accessories are honestly one of the easiest ways to inject some new life into your existing wardrobe. A pair of statement earrings here, a necklace there or a great pair of sunglasses can really lift an outfit and make it feel fresh.
Try different silhouettes
Of course we all have our favourites as far as the style of clothing we go for goes but sometimes that can get a little monotonous. So why not try working with different silhouette styles? Relaxed pieces as opposed to fitted, long instead of shirt, dresses instead of pant—these are all easy ways to inject a little different style into your life.
Look to your style icons
A style refresh needs a little outfit inspiration to get it going. So why not check out what the women whose style you admire are doing? Often a quick scroll through your fave blogs or Instagram accounts can help you hone in on a few new trends to try and looks worth experimenting with.
Broaden your colour palette
It’s easy to get caught up wearing the same ol’ colours all the time so this year, make an effort to go beyond your favourites. Try colours you usually wouldn’t wear to help add a new dimension to your fave outfits. Often a little injection of colour here and there can really transform your old favourites.
Tell me—what are some ways you’re trying to change up your style this year?
Winter can sometimes feel like a never ending stream of jeans and knits and big coats. And whilst layering is great and can ultimately result in some great looks, it’s understandable to want your outfit to have a bit of oomph. And this season it’s about embracing gorgeous textures.
I’m really starting to appreciate mixing and matching textured pieces to give a look a little more depth. Case in point: I wore the above denim jacket to Fashion Week and whilst the colour and cut were great what really turned it from a garden variety jacket is the feathered trim. It was so much fun! It was definitely something that made a statement and took my ensemble into a different direction. I wore it paired back with a PVC skirt and enjoyed pushing my fashion boundaries and dialling up the glamour.
A quick scroll through Instagram shows that I’m definitely not the only one incorporating texture into their everyday looks. From furry Teddy Bear-style jackets to faux fur coats Insta’s style set show there’s something quite glam about adding a statement-making textured piece to a pared back outfit. A pair of jeans and a white tee can suddenly look next-level with the addition of a bold garment with lots of texture. So if you want to elevate your look this winter it’s time to quite literally think about its look and feel.
See below for ideas on how to rock the look in your own wardrobe…