How to perfect your autumn wardrobe

minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee

Brandy Melville linen tee (similar here), ASOS mom jeans, ASOS sunglasses, Zara pumps (similar here), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Paul Hewitt watch

Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.

START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.

EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.

INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.

10 Comments

  1. Kat March 17, 2017 / 2:46 am

    Arhhh so good! We must have great minds as I’ve been wearing the same outfit, love it and it’s so classic.

  2. Cat B March 17, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Do those ASOS jeans keep their stretch for more than a couple wears/fit true to size? I love the look but was worried about the 2% elastane, since I’ve had a bad time with elastane denim in the past…
    Thanks! 🙂

    • jamie-lee March 17, 2017 / 7:09 am

      I find that they do stretch out a little with wear but then shrink back as soon as you wash them. I did a video on my YT talking about these as I had a lot of trouble actually finding a pair of jeans from ASOS that fit me (they we are always too narrow in the leg, too big at the waist etc) so these have been a godsend as i think they’re such a flattering fit. Hope that helps hun xx

      • Cat B March 17, 2017 / 9:27 am

        Thanks! It does 🙂

  3. Jenelle March 17, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I wish I had seen those jeans before my size sold out! So good! Not that I need another pair… 🙂 One of the Acne Studios scarves though, is a different matter all together.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  4. Amy March 19, 2017 / 8:03 am

    Loving this post. I vaguely remember you saying that you generally have about 100 items in your wardrobe at one time… Was wondering if you could do a vid or post on these items, kind of to add to the essentials series? Looking forward to the next installment!

    • jamie-lee March 19, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks Amy! Yeah so my wardrobe does fluctuate a little either way although I would say that there are some core pieces in there that are ones which I keep gravitating towards, and wouldn’t ever part with (at least not in the foreseeable future). I do want to do another video on wardrobe basics/essentials so I’ll have a little bit of a think about what that could entail 🙂

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