11 Outfit Hacks to Elevate Your Autumn Wardrobe

Autumn Wardrobe Update


From leggings to pearls to leopard print, here's everything you need to own to complete your new-season look.

1. Add texture

Natural, tactile fringe detail should adorn everything from handbags to throws. Stick to shades of stone and rust for added warmth.

Kurt Geiger bag
Kurt Geiger bag, $289. Hansen and Gretel dress, $459.

2. Swap jeans for cropped tights

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Ease your way into the trend with knee-length black tights and a longer-line blazer. Sneakers work for the weekend and pointed pumps for nine to five.

Swap jeans for cropped tightsCamilla and Marc blazer, $850. Running Bare tights, $59.99. Simon Miller bag, $569. Spring Court sneakers, $235.

3. Replace millennial pink with marigold

Say hello to super-bright yellow. Blazers, coats and top-handle bags are all the more fun in this happy-inducing colour. All you need is the mood to match.

Sans Beast bag and Nobody T-shirtTrelise Cooper dress, $599. Sans Beast bag, $199. 

4. Trick up a headband

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Christian Dior

Whether it’s double-wrapped or super-padded, your hair’s best accessory is just an elevated version of your plain face-wash band.

Gregory Ladner HeadbandGregory Ladner headband, $99.95. Morgan & Taylor headband, $59.95.

5. Learn to clash

Leopard print, muted florals and subdued checks mean unlimited fun. Combine any of these pieces for a perfectly clashed ensemble.

Mimco earrings, Kurt Geiger bag, Sportscraft topMimco oearrings, $169. Sportscraft top, $99.99. Kurt Geiger bag, $229.95. 

6. Mismatch your jewellery

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Minimalist, super-fine jewels take a back seat to supersized chains, floral motifs and beaded pieces. The only rule? Wear them all at once.

Meadowlark earrings, Gucci ring, Amber Sceats necklaceMeadowlark earrings, $749. Amber Sceats necklace, $149. Gucci ring, $2330. Cult Gaia earrings, $139.95. 

7. Let your clothes do the talking

The latest iteration of 1990s nostalgia involves retro-looking logos in a go-faster palette of black, white and red. Pair the pieces with another ’90s icon: straight-leg denim.

Superga sneakers, Calvin Klein Jeans skirtSuperga sneakers, $99.95. Calvin Klein Jeans skirt, $189.95.

8. Saturate your lips

Autumn Wardrobe Update


Layers and layers of lip colour (and very little else) make a bold statement and punctuate a new-season wardrobe. Blot and reapply a few times to make it rich and opaque.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet N°5

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet N°5 Limited Edition, $55.

9. Spotify your ensemble

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We recommend leopard print be worn head-to-toe but you can ease into the trend by starting with a spotted blouse. For maximum effect, layer it under a leopard coat.

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Reiss blouse. Gianvito Rossi booties. Rebecca Valance blouse

10. Buy a blazer one size too big

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Stella McCartney. Dion Lee.

Channel a borrowed-from-the-boys aesthetic by investing in a slouchy blazer with shoulder pads. It’s worn best with colour-matched cigarette pants or straight-leg denim and should be long enough to pass as a coat.

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Viktoria and Woods blazer.

11. Belt everything

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Givenchy. Fendi.

No head-to-toe tonal look is complete without a coordinating textured belt. Go for a complementary shade of oatmeal to cinch everything from paper-bag-waist trousers and oversized blazers.

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Witchery belt. Country Road belt. Status Anxiety belt.

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