From cardigans to maxis and everything in between, autumn weather is often anything but predictable. With a drop in temperature and the rise in fluctuating weather conditions, it’s normal to feel somewhat confused about what to wear, purchase, and invest in this season. Shopping for autumn essentials that are as chic as they are comfortable can often prove quite the task.
Unlike Australia’s typically humid summer, autumn is a season filled with changing temperatures – hence the need for fuss-free seasonal staples. When selecting and investing in your most beloved capsule pieces this season, it is important to consider the practicality, functionality, and ability each item has to seamlessly slip into your wardrobe – while being seasonally appropriate, of course.
Despite trench coats, turtlenecks, and tailored pants remaining necessities, this year, knit dresses, hosiery, and flight jackets – otherwise known as puffer jackets – are this season’s trendiest frontrunners. Although autumn weather does encourage a more transitional and seasonless style of dress, an inherent love for colour should not be dismissed. The stereotypical fashion rules that lead us to believe that warmer, bolder hues should only be worn in corresponding climates is a thing of the past.
With many emerging Australian and New Zealand brands, such as Wynn Hamlyn and KowTow, continuing to produce rather colourful autumn/winter inspired collections, the typical autumn palette of subdued black and beige is being somewhat outshone by more vibrant, brighter colourways.
Although neutral tones remain autumn’s primary hues, it is important to remember that neutral does not necessarily mean boring or bland. A great autumn wardrobe is one that’s highly versatile and often dateless. A variety of neutral-toned basics enables wardrobe rotation, while a statement-making pop of colour adds a touch of personality.
This year, autumn fashion is all about embracing the changing climate and dressing for comfort, warmth, and practicality – and whether that involves you donning a nude trench coat or a statement red knit is entirely up to you.
When it comes to accessorising, this season focuses on the dainty and delicate. Simple, streamlined accessories paired with clean-cut silhouettes create a sleek yet timeless ensemble, able to be worn both this season and next.
While our accessories may be delicate, footwear this season is thick, slick, and chunky. Thick-soled loafers and slides have reigned supreme as one of the trendiest styles of comfort shoes. With autumn notably renowned for its irregular forecast, a closed-toe shoe provides both comfort and protection.
If you do happen to find yourself in a somewhat fashionable state of confusion about what to wear, layer, and invest in this season, see below for Casper’s ultimate autumn essentials.
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