The summer vs. winter debate has polarized the fashion world forever. You would think that autumn dressing would be the perfect middle ground, but we’ve found that fall style is a whole other ball game. haven chatted with stylist Brooke Falvey about how we should tackle the tricky trans-seasonal terrain.
When most of the world thinks of autumn, they visualise orange leaves, cosy scarves and pumpkin spice lattes. In Australia, we do things a little differently. Autumn signals a break from the sweltering summer heat and a reason to give that jacket you bought last season, but never quite got the chance to wear, another go. But how do we transition from scorching days to freezing nights in style? That’s a question for the pro.
Brisbane-based Brooke Falvey, creator of fashion blog ‘Blonde Ambition’, says that this year is one of the first that she’s actually excited about dressing for autumn – and it’s all thanks to a jacket.
“I generally love summer, but I’ve just added a beautiful Jeanswest leather jacket to my wardrobe, so I can’t wait for it to cool down enough for me to try it on properly,” Brooke says. “Plus, it feels so long since I’ve pulled on a pair of jeans! Bring on those crisp mornings and cooler nights, I say!”
So, if it takes a new purchase to get excited for autumn, what should we be looking out for?
“When it comes to colour, variations of yellow and mustard are so hot right now,” Brooke says. “I’ve been wearing my favourite mustard dress with metallic sandals and accessories while it’s still warm but once the weather cools, I’ll team it with navy and a pair of ankle boots for a more autumnal vibe.”
Leather and faux fur jackets will be back again in autumn, Brooke says, with both available in a range of colours for those brave enough to go bold.
“For a more feminine feel, you could go for a blazer in a bold floral print,” Brooke adds.
In terms of trends, what is likely to be ‘hot’ and ‘not’ this season?
“Gingham will still be popular but will face competition from plaid and checks, while polka dots in all sizes are already appearing instore – and I can’t get enough of them, particularly in black and white. Team them with bright accessories if, like me, you need a pop of colour in your outfits,” Brooke says. “I never really did the velvet trend of last year – I had a beautiful blush velvet blazer from Zara but it never made it out of my wardrobe, so I’m happy to leave that behind.”
And if there’s one tip Brooke says you should keep in mind, it’s to invest in pieces that will carry you through the seasons.
“Jumpsuits are great right now, and once the weather cools you can add a longer-sleeved tee underneath, a shirt over the top or just throw on a jacket,” she says. “Ankle boots are a must-have in my trans-seasonal wardrobe – they’re perfect when the weather cools down, and until then I can wear them with summer dresses or skirts without overheating.”