I’m a stylist and these are my 6 must-haves for autumn in Canberra

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It’s about that time of year in Canberra where we have everything and anything going on with the weather – cool mornings, warm days… maybe a bit of torrential rain here and there. So it can be a real struggle knowing what to wear.

Being a stylist in Canberra, means I need to solve those struggles. Here are my tips on what you need in your wardrobe to carry you through the in-between seasons. For more inspo, check out my insta @hannahwalkerstyling

A textured shacket

The first thing that usually comes to mind with trans-seasonal dressing, is a good cotton trench coat – it’s one of those wardrobe classics we will always love and never ages. But if you’re looking for an easy and lighter wardrobe option transitioning into the cooler weather, consider a shacket as your new hero piece. 

Shackets are essentially a slightly oversized shirt-jacket hybrid and the absolute perfect laying piece through autumn, winter and spring. Popular wool blend, leather or utility styles make them thicker than your average shirt, but thinner than your heavy winter coat, so you can easily layer them throughout the colder temps.

Mia Check Shacket, $139.95, at Decjuba
Faux Leather Shirt, $109, at Zara
Denim Shacket, $129.95, at Witchery
Sigrid Jacket, $238, at Sir The Label

A long-sleeved flowy dress

While we saw lots of structured cotton dresses last summer, softer dresses with a longer sleeve are a perfect choice for these in-between months. Dresses with lots of movement are a great all-rounder piece for your wardrobe, and I guarantee they’ll come to the rescue on those ‘I don’t know what to wear’ type of mornings. Opt for a maxi or midi-length style and team with ankle boots, a leather waist belt and you’re good to go. 

Button-Down Utility Dress, $229.95, at Bohemian Traders

Leonie Viola Midi Dress, $199, at Auguste The Label

Finders Keepers Long-Sleeve Dress, $199.95, at Fashion Bunker

Geometric Draped-Waist Dress, $339, at Veronika Maine

A knitted vest

Knitted vests are ideal thrown-on pieces – and they’re making a huge comeback. Whether you’re working at home or going into the office, they’re a great comfortable layer without being too bulky, like a full knitted jumper would be.

Higher necklines and heavier fabrics work well for the colder side of autumn, and round or V-neck vests are also great for many body shapes. Wear over the top of a blouse with your favourite pair of jeans, some chic flats, a statement necklace and voilà! 

Aime Knit, $80, at Assembly Label

Openwork Cotton Gilet, $44.95, at Mango

BDG Charli Knit Top, $66, at Urban Outfitters

Rib Knit Vest, $29.99, at H&M

Elevated leggings

Leggings are one of those humble items that quickly came to the rescue when we started spending more time at home last year, but they actually offer plenty of opportunities when it comes to street styling as well. As we start to look for comfort-driven options beyond loungewear, leggings are a great year-round option to dress up or down. Try pairing them with a white collared shirt, textured blazer or trench coat, and knee-high boots. 

Stove Pipe Pants, $129, at Effie Kats

Jett Pant, $229, at Hansen & Gretel

Mossman Twin Peaks Pants, $129.95, at The Iconic

Leggings with Metal Buttons, $ 45.95, at Zara

A comfy cardi

I’ve always thought a lightweight wool cardigan is a must-have in any wardrobe and thanks to Katie Holmes absolutely turning her street style looks out lately, it’s reaching new heights once again. Soft styled cardigans over silky slip dresses or skivvies will have you looking elegant all year round, and oversized or textured cardis with jeans is always a winning off-duty combo.

Betsy Cardigan, $249, at Steele.

Ruri Wrap Knit, $349, at St Agni

Stella Cable Knit Cardi, $89.95, at Decjuba

Cable-Knit Cardigan, $69.95, at Zara

A silk scarf

Last but certainly not least – a silk scarf is such an easy and low-cost way to level up your look this autumn. It adds a little colour, pattern and texture and can take a simple look and elevate it into something much more playful. They’ll keep your neck warm if you’re not quite ready to get out your chunky wool scarf just yet, super cute tied on your bag or even styling in your hair. And another bonus – you’ll always be able to find a fun selection of them in second-hand shops!

Morgan & Taylor Halsey Scarf, $34.95, at The Iconic

Printed Silk Scarf, $55.95, at Zara

Navy Lucky One Silk Scarf, $99, at Frankie Peach

Silk Chain Scarf, $99.99, at Sportscraft

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