How fashion girls are layering for autumn – it’s perfect for right now in Canberra

Build your look to cool-girl status.
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This year, summer hasn’t exactly had the sun-soaked holiday vibe of previous years. In fact, we’ve barely seen blue skies and it’s already starting to feel like it’s all over for another year. So even though autumn is drawing in, we’re not ready to let go of our summer wardrobes, especially those flirty wrap dresses we’ve barely worn. Yes, we might be in denial, but we’ve done some research and – lucky for us – we’ve discovered that the fashion crowd are making their summer dresses last through autumn with a clever layering trick.

Here at onthecover, we’re all for a slightly offbeat styling solution, and if it means holding onto to some warm-weather feels for just a bit longer we’re all in. Right now, our favourite fashion bloggers are layering a button-up or t-shirt under a summer dress to instantly update it for autumn’s cool mornings. For an even more fashion-forward twist, layer your dress over jeans – this style is basically made for right now in Canberra. 

The other reason we love this look? You don’t need an entirely new wardrobe to hit the trend. Grab your staple white tee or shirt, the summer dress you just didn’t wear enough over summer, and you’re good. 

Interested in giving it a go? Scroll through for inspiration on how to style this clever combination, and keep those summer vibes going all season.

Over a white tee

Because what could be easier? Pair it with your fave white sneakers and you’re done. Sunglasses optional.

Camille Rowe @fingermonkey

Buttoned up

Balance a floaty dress with a preppy button up for instant cool-girl appeal.


Stripes make a statement

Going into autumn means black is back. Although, if we’re honest, did it ever really go anywhere? Pair your fave stripes with your fave dress, or vice versa.


Layer it over pants

This fashion-girl style is getting more and more popular. Dress, jeans, boots, belt: repeat.

Matthew Sperzel
Kirstin Sinclair Photography

It’s all about the sleeves

For an ultra-feminine look, layer a shirt with a bold statement sleeve.  

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