Can you believe our red leaf bearing, cool morning friend has arrived?
While we’re still feeling all the high summer vibes here in Melbourne (two weeks of scorching 30 + temps will do that), I’ve been slowly buying a few pieces here and there that I can’t wait to wear the minute the temperature drops.
Because that’s the thing about March isn’t it – it starts out like summer but slowly, gradually, eventually, we need to start thinking about adding another layer for those beautiful, refreshing cool Autumnal mornings and evenings.
So as I was putting together this month’s What to Wear post, I was looking for layers, re-introducing jeans after all these months of happy frockery (sigh) and floaty sleeves for cooler nights.
Here’s outfit one – a simple but chic monochrome outfit for the office/workplace.
ABOVE: Abingdon Trench Coat, $299.50 from Boden; Swishy Mara Dress, $138 from Boden; Earrings, $19.95 from Portmans; Sophie Work Tote, $49.95 from Portmans; Matthew Black Nubuck Heels, or Verali Heels, $79.95 from Style Tread.
I’ve had this lovely cotton dress in my shopping cart since it arrived in the Boden online store last week – it’s versatility appeals on so many levels. Here, I’ve corporate-ised with some sensible but chic accessories for work – a tote, jewelled studs and heels. A lower wedge would also work if you have to walk a reasonable distance as part of your commute.
Come the weekend though, simply add a clutch and some beautiful earrings (like the Mimco earrings in the third outfit, below) for a party or other special do.
If you’re a planner, I think this dress would serve you well come racing season too, particularly any Derby Day regulars.
And how lovely is this soft pink trench? A great trans-seasonal option which works well with winter greys, blacks and charcoals as well as pretty florals and prints come Spring.
The second outfit is a casual look perfect for weekends or those of us who work from home.
ABOVE: 1. Najo Earrings, $40 from Birdsnest; 2. Embellished Boho Top, $119 from Bohemian Traders; 3. Distressed Skinny Leg Jeans, $39 from Target; 4. Monique Vintage Swing Bag, $29.95 from Sportsgirl; 5. Sidecut Leopard Oxford by Rollie, $159.95 from Birdsnest.
On the top of my wish list every Autumn is a great pair of jeans – this Target pair, with it’s distressed look, is a great budget option at $39.
Paired with a boho inspired top, earrings and a practical saddle bag, this outfit works across a range of casual scenarios.
I’ve added some lightweight and super comfortable Rollies in leopard print to make things a little more interesting without compromising on comfort. This sidecut style is a great trans-seasonal option too which allows for some ventilation. Tan sandals or ankle boots would also work here too.
Finally, if you have a special event coming up, this outfit might be up your alley …
ABOVE: Jasmine Sparkle Clutch, $39.99 from Forever New; 2. Vasette Print Tuck Dress, $299 from Thurley; 3. She’s a Mod Stud, $79.95 from Mimco; 4. Lipstick in Cougar, $20 from Sephora; 5. Verali Heels, $79.95 from Style Tread.
How I love this frock! This stunning Thurley dress doesn’t need much in the way of accessories – the glam print doing most of the work. I’ve simply added some jewelled studs, a simple black heel and a silver clutch which complement each other and the dress.
If you’re wondering about Thurley sizing, I’m generally a 12 – 14, depending on the shape (I’d probably be a 12 in this shape or a 14 in a straighter shift style). Given the price point and online returns policy, I also always try before I buy. Thankfully, my local David Jones stocks Thurley and has a much better returns policy, so I generally head there first.
Finally, if you’re looking for some statement shoes with a metallic accent (and if you have gold accessories) check out these gorgeous Stockholm Block Heels, $79.95 from Portmans which I came across in my research for this post.
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Are you happy it’s March? What’s your go to this month? Could you see yourself in any of these outfits?