Unlike summer and winter, getting dressed for Autumn has its difficulties; one minute the weather can be crisp and cool, the next it’s muggy, and then—if you’re living in Melbourne—it starts to rain.
While for those living in sunny Queensland, like I do, it’s still steamy and humid outside and frosty anywhere that’s air-conditioned, so it’s no wonder we can’t decide what to wear!
In this case, there’s one thing to do—layers. Playing around with layers allows you to mix up your wardrobe, and your favourite looks, with just a few simple pieces.
To help you stay prepared for Australia’s unpredictable autumn weather, here’s some of my favourite pieces from my latest Marks & Spencer delivery which can all be transitioned for those cooler mornings and evenings.
The Double Breasted Trench Coat + Checked A-Line Midi Skirt
I recently watched The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and fell in love with Midge’s (Rachel Brosnahan) wardrobe and soon after set out to find myself a pink coat reminiscent of the one worn in the first episode—and I found one for under $100.
This Double Breasted Trench Coat (T49/3422) can be worn loose or fitted, and it is lightweight enough that it’s perfect for Brisbane’s autumn, but will be warm enough when layered over long sleeves or a lightweight knit come winter. And at $94, I had change left over for a coffee!
For those who aren’t so partial to pink, it also comes in six other colours—Navy, Periwinkle (baby blue), Melba Blush, Dark Stone, Black and Honey (yellow).
For an office-friendly outfit, I layered my trench over the Checked A-Line Midi Skirt (T59/7940), $94 with a Cotton Rich Longline Fitted Vest Top (T41/1519), $13 and a pair of black heels. Come winter, this midi skirt will be great teamed with a cosy knit and ankle boots, or a black turtleneck or silk camisole and a leather jacket.
The Denim Mini Skirt + Checked Trench Coat
For this look (which is very reminiscent of what I used to wear in the mid-90s) I’ve paired the button up a-line Denim Mini Skirt, $48 (T57/4004) with a Pure Cotton Contrast Stripe Regular Fit T-Shirt (T41/1566), $17 (super stretchy and great for wash and wear) and the Holiday Slogan Tote (T01/1660Y), $67 which I spotted last month.
This outfit was perfect for a casual Friday in the air-conditioned office, but I’m already looking forward to topping it off with this Checked Trench Coat (T49/3419), $85, ankle boots and a navy felt fedora for a winter weekend look.
The White Blazer
This season, think about giving your go-to black blazer a break and embrace one in winter white like this Single Breasted Blazer (T59/2867J), $131.
A white blazer can be worn over everything from a little black dress, to a button up shirt and a pair of denim shorts or, as I’ve done here, denim jeans and a white linen shirt for a simple off-duty weekend look.
For a more formal look, pair it back with tailored black pants or get the matching Wide Leg Ankle Grazer Trousers (T59/2867T), $85, for a sexy suit that’s effortlessly chic (just ask the divine Diane Keaton who has been rocking white suits since the 70s).
Check out Marks & Spencer’s New Arrivals for more great quality pieces, all designed at the Marks & Spencer head office. Plus there’s fast express shipping for order over $200, which means you’ll have your goodies within the week!
Which of these looks (or pieces) is your favourite? Is there an item you’d love to see me style differently?