The age-old question of “what should I to wear to work today?” always becomes a little harder as the seasons change, the wind is just that little bit cooler and heat waves are fewer and further between. The workwear staples and combinations that have worked well throughout the warmer months are suddenly less appropriate, leaving you cold when those first autumnal days hit. So how do you transition your work clothes from summer to autumn?
Swap out your blazers
A light blazer will take you effortlessly through summer, but come those cooler days you’ll be feeling a chill through the fabric. Simply swap out your blazers for a jacket in a thicker fabric, such as wool, for a perfect substitute to throw on over the summer dresses you’ve been wearing to work all season. A simple black women’s wool jacket is not only eternally stylish, but a quality one will serve as an investment piece giving you years of wear.
The end of summer does not mean the end of dresses, it just means that you need to style them in a way that keeps you warmer. And if worn the right way, tights can be the ultimate winter style weapon, freshening up your staple women’s workwear pieces. Ditch the 50 denier black tights and try a polka dot pair, or even a bold colour like maroon. Pair them up with a turtleneck, tunic and pencil skirt for a warm and elegant look.
Tone it down
One of the best parts of autumn is when the leaves start to change colour, so take a leaf out of their book and change the tone of your work clothes as well. You don’t need to completely ditch your summer brights, simply keep your neutrals along with one or two colours you particularly like from your summer workwear, and build an autumn palette around them. Select some new, key pieces in autumnal colours and fabrics, like a tweed skirt, long sleeved top and a pair of boots, mix and match them with your summer pieces, and “voila!” an easy transition from summer to autumn.
Wrap it up
A good scarf is the perfect transitional piece, adding that little bit of extra warmth you need to your autumn workwear before the full chill of winter hits. Not only does rugging up in a scarf keep you cosy, but it can also add that pop of colour your outfit may be missing as we head towards the more muted tones of winter. Or, if scarves aren’t quite your thing, why not give a poncho a try? Ideal for layering under coats or over knits, a poncho is a versatile and elegant wardrobe edition.
Invest in a good quality, warm overcoat and you’ll be amazed how it can instantly transform your summer work clothes into autumn workwear. A woman can never go wrong with a classic camel coat, thrown on over some tapered pants and a white blouse. And when paired with casual pieces like a striped top, jeans and sneakers, a good overcoat can carry you into the weekend, doing double time as well as keeping the cold out.