Summer’s gone and winter’s on its way, leaving us torn between those denim shorts and boyfriend jeans. When it feels like 30C one day and 13C the next, it’s hard to know what to wear – let alone what to hold onto for next season. While the weather forecasters may not always be helpful, stylist Kirsty Ash’s fashion predictions are spot on.

When it comes to dressing for the seasons, Australian weather certainly doesn’t make it easy. Should we keep that denim jacket that served us so well last winter? Should we hold on to our ruffles and maxi dresses? Is it really necessary to buy that trench coat when it’s still sunny and 23C? Fashion stylist Kirsty Ashe says “Yes, yes, yes!”. There’s no need to completely dismiss your summer wardrobe – her secret to trans-seasonal dressing is smart layering and practical purchases, and she’s a firm believer in giving those ‘summer pieces’ a new life in winter.

“Button-up maxis and shirt dresses are a great example,” Kirsty says. “You can wear them as a kimono-style cover-up over pants, skirts and dresses.”

The key is thin layers that you can add to or take away, like a lightweight scarf stowed in your handbag or a military jacket that can be tied around your waist.

When it comes to colour, the usual monochrome, grey and navy may dominate our winter wardrobes but expect some blush tones, neutrals and pops of red to insert some pop into the coming season. Summery details like ruffles and lace are being repurposed for winter, too.

“Ruffles in particular will last through winter into spring and summer, so don’t be afraid to purchase them now as you’ll get a lot of wear out of them,” Kirsty says. “Simply go for heavier fabrics, like denim, or be creative with layering.”

When it comes to accessories, Kirsty says statement earrings will be even bigger than season hats and beanies. Statement shoes will also make a big appearance – metallic boots can be swapped out for metallic slides or slippers on warmer days.

“We won’t be letting go of sneakers or the ‘athleisure’ trend any time soon,” she says. “Simply add a bomber or denim jacket, or even heels, to your workout gear for that easy off-duty look.”

So what should we be investing in this winter, and for winters to come?

“Everyone should have a denim jacket,” Kirsty says. “You can wear it with a summer maxi or your drop-crotch pants or jeans year in and year out. The bomber jacket has also gone from a trend to a major staple, and a long line coat in a neutral colour is timeless. Investing in these pieces now will serve you well beyond this season.”

Words // Anastasia White



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