The Five Workwear Pieces You Need This Autumn

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As I type, we’re entering the second week of March, and the weather feels like it’s finally transitioning to Autumn, which is reflected by all the coats, knits and boots that have hit the stores downtown Down Under.

As much as I’d like to wear a turtleneck knit and jeans every day, unfortunately it doesn’t cut it in a conservative work environment like a law firm (…or a government agency where I’m currently seconded). Autumn outfits require a bit of additional planning – how many layers to wear, coat or no coat, bare legs? I’ve been taking stock of my workwear to consider any potential gaps in my wardrobe that need to be filled.

Keep scrolling to see my five Autumn workwear essentials that you should have in your wardrobe.

#1 – Double-breasted blazer

double breasted reiss jacket, autumn workwear essentials
Reiss blazer, Marks & Spencer Knit (similar here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Tony Bianco Mules (sold out – similar here and here), Celine Belt Bag (see my bag review here)

The weather in Sydney is fortunately quite mild. For days when I don’t need to wear a coat, a long-line jacket like this one I’m wearing is enough to keep the chill out. I typically gravitate towards darker hues during the colder months but I’m making a conscious effort this year to wear lighter neutrals throughout the whole year (…the Labor Day moratorium on white clothing doesn’t really apply here in Australia. But tell me – is it still a fashion crime in America?!)

I’ve been loving this Reiss jacket. It’s such a flattering colour and after a quick trip to the tailor to take the sleeves up, the jacket now looks like it was made for me.


#2 – Knit dress

woman wear light knit dress by reiss and celine belt bag for autumn
Reiss dress, Gucci belt, Tony Bianco Mules (sold out, similar here), Celine Belt Bag (see my bag review here)

Now I’m sure this addition to my list would come as no surprise! To date, this dress has been my favourite piece that I’ve added to my wardrobe this year. An effortless way to look chic for work during the cooler months.



#3 – Suede pumps

H&M coat and knit (similar here), Gucci belt, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Celine Small Cabas Tote, Vince Camuto Suede Pumps

A pair of pumps just screams Autumn workwear essential! Personally, I wear suede pumps all year round – I love how the fabric is a bit softer and provides me with a bit more comfort. For work, I opt for mid-heels or mules so I can wear them all day long.


#4 – Statement coat

Everlane coat*, COS knit, Gucci belt, H&M pants, Chanel slingbacks (affordable dupes here and here), Tory Burch Tote (see my comprehensive bag review here)

For a non-bright-colour-wearing person, you can imagine that I have strong feelings on any colourful trend. That said, I actually wore a lot of vibrant colours in my 20s – bright pinks and greens. But one colour I never thought I’d come to wear? Orange.

But then, 2018 happened and we started seeing more of the colour on the runway… and it started to grow on me. And now that we’re well into 2020, it’s clear that orange is here to stay and I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.

This coat is a muted version of the bright orange hues that we’ve been seeing around (and pairs so well with navy, white and grey). It’s well worth trying if you too are ready to come over to the not-so-dark side.


#5 – Ankle boots

woman wearing casual friday outfit - autumn workwear essentials
Reiss peacoat, COS knit, Nobody Denim Jeans, Everlane boots, Chanel bag (unavailable online)

You can’t deny the power of black ankle boots. They are so classic and versatile and I live in them during the colder months. I always look for block heels to give me that additional height and comfort to wear all day. I’ve worn this pair I’ve featured solidly for the last two A/W seasons and they’re showing little signs of wear. They’re a staple for my Casual Friday outfits and one of my top Autumn workwear essentials.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Check out my Autumn workwear wishlist and the labels to shop in your 30s.


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