Autumn, with its crisp mornings and cool nights, is slowly but surely creeping in. As the mercury begins to dip, the weather becomes increasingly difficult to predict. Bouts of rain between sunshiny days, rising humidity levels and unexpected gusts – it’s no wonder the office is fighting over the thermostat.
But dressing appropriately in the transition between seasons doesn’t have to be a battle. Here’s our list of tips to help you effortlessly navigate it all – from workplace air-con to stuffy commutes and colder nights.
Brave 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.
Left: Nike Women's Sportswear Windrunner Jacket - Rebel Sport. Middle: Santa Cruz Men's Ogsc Block Windbreaker -General Pants Co. Right: Adidas Men's Blackbird Packable Wind Jacket - Ozmosis.
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.
Left: Louisa Long Line Cardi - Cotton On. Middle: Cotton Slub T-Shirt - Country Road. Right: Soft-Feel Cardigan - Zara.
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.
Left: Boyfriend Shirt - Sportsgirl. Middle: Pop Over Solid Linen Blouse - Jacqui E. Right: Rustic Shirt - Zara
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.
Left: Denim Jacket - Trenery. Middle: Melange Check Jacket - Cue. Right: 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.
Left: Rubi Bella Point Mules - Cotton On. Middle: Timberland Men's Killington Chukka Boot - Platypus. Right: Helmer Leather Block-Heel Mule - Nine West.
Invest in quality fabrics
Sick of peeling off layers while aboard public transport, only to put it all back on for the the walk home from your stop? 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.
Left: Merino V-Neck Knit - Roger David. Middle: Swing Sleeveless Wool-Cashmere Top - Country Road. Right: Long Ribbed Cardigan - Zara.