he nights are drawing in, the morning dew is setting on the grass, and the leaves are littering the ground. This only means one thing – autumn is on its way. Not only does this indicate the piling up logs for the fire and the carving of pumpkins, but it inevitably leads to changing up your daily work attire. It is time for the summer dresses and light cami tops that we enjoyed during the 2- 3 weeks of blessed summer that we are gifted with here in the UK, to be reverently stored away for next year, while the standard roll neck jumpers, cashmere cardigans, and Chelsea boots are brought back into their standard rotation. Hail Britannia.
However with intermittent warm days throughout this changing season, it is often easy to be tripped up by the interchangeable mood of classic British weather. It is all too common to be caught out sweating in your winter coat during a burst of unexpected summer heat, or similarly shivering in sub-zero temperatures, sadly blinking up at the tricky winter sun that had looked so promising when you donned a sheer blouse at 7am. This transitional period can be even more of a nightmare for your working wardrobe, where you want to look your best and most comfortable at all times. But how to solve this transitional wardrobe trouble? Below are five outfits compiled to suit ‘transitional’ weather and to act as a guide to beginning to embrace your winter wardrobe.
It’s time to move away from the pastels and delicate florals of the summer months and begin to reflect the more majestic burnt flavours that encompass the autumn season. Think rubies, garnets, emeralds and all things queenly when selecting your transitional colour palette, as it is the time of year that the richness of the fall scenery should only be challenged by your wardrobe. Choose the burgundy and claret tones of the Seymore Knitted dress by Whistles for a warm and stylish autumn look, and pair with similar deep gemstone and navy colours. For a more opulent and luxurious finish, take the look one step further and garnish yourself with a hint of gold and sparkling gems like a real business queen in your accessories.
Knitwear With Flair
For the soon to be particularly bitter days that are on their way, it is essential that you invest in some quality knitwear for your working wardrobe. Luxuriously soft cashmere in a snug fitted cut will ensure that you retain an appropriate business image, while a sweater with a touch of seasonal quirk will hint to your creative and stylish personality. While the trusted turtle neck remains a solid fashion friend in these chilly times, a subtle pattern, an asymmetrical waterfall cut or a touch of unique detailing will be sure to set your business style apart and dispel the myth that knitwear is boring.
Layer Me Up
Shop the look: Maxypunk Bow Cardigan by Claudie Pierlot | Ruffle Trim Cardigan by Max Mara | Cooper Belted Long Cardigan by Sandro
Continuing with the seasonal obsession with beautiful and luxurious fabrics – why stop at just one? With British weather during these months being fickle at best, a smart fashion choice is to invest in several light layers to avoid being caught out in unexpected weather. Once the remit of grandmas only, fashion has reclaimed the cardigan as a subtle shield against the chill, or alternatively, layer a light sweater over a chic and professional shirt for a fashion forward way to keep off the cold. Ruffles and waterfall detailing come highly recommended for an interesting twist on the cardigan classic. Finish your layering by investing in your staple coat for the season to come in the AW16 trend of navy and easily match to your selected gemstone autumnal tones.
Autumn is a season of multiple textures and patterns and this is something that you should certainly insert into your wardrobe. Embody the spirit of crunching leaves, frost tipped grass and blustering winds wrapped up in the delicate and beautiful textured lace high necked blouse by SET and pair with either a black or gemstone coloured skirt. No one said autumnal work wear had to be boring either, so make like Theresa May and finish the look with a fun quirky pair of leopard print heels.
To round off the perfect autumnal office look we are continuing with the theme of layering. Silk and cashmere scarves in warm and vibrant colours and patterns are a luxurious way to keep warm and brighten up one of your plainer office outfits. For the days when the sun unexpectedly appears from behind the clouds, a delicate scarf can still be encompassed in your ensemble by simply wrapping it round the strap of a handbag as a bright memory of warmer days past.
Words by Scarlett White