Layer up in style with these five trending wardrobe essentials

3 March 2022
By Hemma Vara

Stay ahead of the curve with these seasonal staples.

Model wears the Ruby ‘Franka’ vest, Maggie Marilyn sleeveless shirt, Kate Sylvester ‘Alba’ trouser, Zoe & Morgan ‘Adella’ earrings. As seen in Fashion Quarterly Summer 2022. Photography: Jenna Smith. Styling: Courtney Joe.

No matter the weather, Autumn is always a good time to get reacquainted with your wardrobe. Whether you’re looking to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe or invest in the latest trends, you’ll love dressing up or down in these versatile layering staples.

1. The dress

Knitted 'Dylan' dress
Esse 'Lumen' shirt dress

A button-down dress is a versatile number that can be half-buttoned and styled over suit pants, bike shorts or worn as a long open top. Look for a versatile cotton or linen blend that’s not too light or heavy, and when the climate gets a little cooler, pair over a merino turtleneck or under a heavy wool coat for added comfort. 

2. The vest

Saint Laurent leather vest, from My Theresa
Moochi 'Sequester' vest

A vest just pulls everything together, and it’s also a chance to play with textures galore — from rich velvets and chic leathers to cosy knits. Layer over a t-shirt and mini and play around with belting for the cherry on top.

3. The skirt

Caitlin Crisp 'Sable' skirt
Twenty-seven names 'Phoebe' skirt

Put a swing in your step with a colourful mini or midi skirt in a thick corduroy or wool blend. Show a bit of skin, layer with tights, and dress up with a pair of knee-length boots — or team with crisp white sneakers for the ultimate weekend attire.

4. The boots

Mi Piaci 'Dolly' ankle boot
Kathryn Wilson 'Amelia' boot

From combat to stiletto, invest in a boot style that will freshen up your look and fortify your feet to navigate the seasonal changes with ease. A quality boot should tide you over for years to come, so choose a classic neutral over a colourful hue if in doubt.

The suit

Rebecca Taylor 'Spring Check Espresso' blazer, from Muse
Anine Bing 'Becky' short

Swap out the florals for the understated check or plaid suit set, of course in a tonal autumn palette. Not only will you feel put together, but the cohesive look goes perfectly with quality wardrobe basics, making for endless styling opportunities.

The trench coat

Holland Cooper 'Marlborough' trench coat, from Angel Divine
Camilla and Marc 'Mae' trench coat

Would it be a trans-seasonal style edit without mentioning the trench coat? This timeless garment was originally designed with protection from the elements in mind, so you’ll be right as rain by investing in the stalwart staple.

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