Five A/W Wardrobe Essentials

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With the turn of every season, a crop of new trends pop up, and we’re inundated with temptations to get on board. While it can be hard to resist, I set myself some style goals earlier this year and those goals included taking a more considered approach in my purchases and staying away from trends. The pieces that are still going strong in my wardrobe are the classics that were purchased after much research and consideration and I’m all about getting more bang for buck out of my closet.

Now that it’s properly chilly here in Sydney, I’m sharing with you a curated list of classic A/W essentials for your wardrobe. My list is made up of classic pieces that are both versatile and have serious staying power. And while they may be more ‘sensible’ styling choices, they certainly don’t compromise on style.

So let’s get into it.

Behold, my top 5 autumn/winter wardrobe essentials:

#1 – A luxe and cosy scarf

Wearing Acne Studios scarf, H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Ray Ban sunnies

I can’t imagine stepping foot out the door without a scarf these days. And these days, it’s my Acne Studios Canada scarf that has been getting a lot of love.

I finally bit the bullet earlier this year and bought the scarf after wanting it for so long. It is one of those wardrobe essentials that never seems to get old. And while it’s a lot of money to spend on a scarf, I really think everyone should get one. The quality is exactly what you’d expect for the price – it’s soft, cozy and a great size to style. I can see myself wearing this for many years to come and I’m toying with the idea of adding another colour to my wardrobe – perhaps a navy or a camel one.

#2 – An extra-fine knit for layering

Wearing Uniqlo knit, Uniqlo skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Celine bag

Knits are obviously winter wardrobe essentials but I’m specifically highlighting the extra fine merino knits that are fitted, can be worn as tops, look great under blazers and jackets but still keep you nice and toasty.

Uniqlo’s Merino Wool Knits are the business – thin, fitted and extremely warm. I heavily rely on these for my A/W work wardrobe as they layer so well under blazers and suits. I want all the colours.

For a more premium offering, it’s hard to look past Reiss’ offering of fitted knits. The semi-sheer options below layered with camis are so chic for the office.

#3 – Ankle boots

Wearing The Curated Coat* (AU link / International link) (similar here and affordable dupe here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Acne Studios Scarf, Everlane boots, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunnies

One of those no-brainer basics, but I couldn’t resist including these in my top five. I like my boots to be classic, stylish, and comfortable, as they’re often my shoe of choice for walking around on chillier days (with a block heel being non-negotiable). One of my favourite pairs are these ones from Everlane, and I also like these ones from Tony Bianco, which will last for years because of their classic style.

#4 – A chic neutral coat

Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here and here), Gucci belt, Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag, Ray Ban sunnies

My collection of coats (recently shared in this long post here) is made up of predominantly neutral tones. I’ve found that keeping a minimal colour palette has opened up a world of styling options. This particular coat is from H&M and was a steal compared to the many investment options out there but it just goes to show that you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to build up a wardrobe of classic pieces.

#5 – A high-neck knit

Wearing Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Scanlan Theodore skirt, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag

And last, but certainly not least, is a high neck knit. I love both the extra fine and chunky knit variety. I mainly style my finely woven knits in corporate looks for the office and reserve my chunkier knits to keep my cozy when off-duty.

And that rounds up my top five autumn/winter wardrobe essentials. Thanks for reading!

P.S. The four outfits for any type of WFH day, my edit of knitwear to elevate your WFH looks and my *entire* coat collection.

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