What to wear when the weather is still making up its mind.
The Art of Trans-Seasonal Dressing
What to wear when the weather is still making up its mind.
Published 29 March

Autumn, with its crisp mornings and cool nights, is slowly but surely creeping in. Unfortunately, for Melburnians, autumn can be a confusing time to dress for. In the past weeks, we’ve been treated to gale force winds, sudden humidity, chilly nights and brief blasts of heat. It’s no wonder that the office is fighting over the thermostat. But dressing appropriately in the transitional seasons doesn’t have to be a battle. Here’s our list of tips to help you effortlessly navigate it all – from workplace air-con to stuffy commutes and cool evenings. 

Brave the Elements

A light-weight, packable windbreaker is your best friend for unpredictably wet or blustery days. These breathable beauties are a lifesaver if you cycle to work too, averting wind chill and making your journey a whole lot more comfortable. We recommend finding a style that’s sleek, waterproof and compactable. Just stow away in your bag and you’ll be prepared for anything. Three to try: 

Nike Women’s Jacket, Sportsco

Windbreaker, Factorie 

Blackbird Packable Wind Jacket, Ozmosis 

Build on your Basics

Making your summer wardrobe go the distance is as easy as adding an extra layer. Wear a long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve top under your dresses, or pop on a light-weight cardigan over your sleeveless tops. A round-neck or V-neck cardigan that falls to your hips is a versatile option for the office, while longer styles that hit mid-thigh – or even a full- length style – look great when paired with jeans or a simple t-shirt dress on the weekend. Two to try: 

90’s frill long sleeve top, Ghanda 

Frilly fashion cardigan Cotton On 

The Classic White Skirt

Not really a cardigan person? Try a breezy button-down shirt instead. Wear it unbuttoned over a slip dress or go buttoned up with rolled-up the sleeves and some tailored pants for a smart work look. Go for a relaxed, slightly oversized style in soft cotton or linen. The vibe is Mediterranean holiday rather than black tie, so avoid the stiff cotton of a traditional white shirt. Three to try: 

Waterfall shirt, Ally Fashion 

Monique Shirt, Cotton On 

Boyfriend Striped Shirt, Ghanda 

The in-between jacket

When autumn nights call for something heavier than a cardigan but lighter than a coat, look no further than the denim jacket. There’s a multitude of washes and styles to suit your mood this season – from classic blues to fiery reds, collarless and distressed looks. Dress it up with heels or wear it casually with a day dress. For work, try out a longline blazer – it adds a touch of class to a simple white t-shirt or blouse without looking too prim. Three to try: 

Marcella Blazer, Cotton On 

Riders by Lee Long Denim Jacket, Just Jeans 

Boyfriend Trucker Denim Jacket, Cotton On 

Versatile Shoes

What to do when it’s a lovely 25 degrees outside but it no longer feels appropriate to wear sandals? A closed-toe slide will grant you the best of both worlds – covered up in front and breezy at the back. For guys, a desert or chukka boot will easily take you through the seasons. Look for shades of tan or brown, which work well with both blue and black jeans.Three to try:

Desert boots, Spendless 

Nakita slides, Novo 

Bella Point Mules, Cotton On 

Investing in Quality Fabrics

Sick of peeling off layers in your peak hour commute just to put it all back on for the walk home? It’s time to invest in quality natural fibres. A lightweight merino jumper will keep you warm – and cool – when needed. Not only does wool keep you warm, it quickly absorbs and evaporates any moisture from your body too, meaning you’ll stay cool when you need to. Likewise, cashmere also has insulating and moisture-wicking properties – it’s incredibly soft and lightweight, too. Two to try: 

UJC Merino Waterfall Cardigan, Harris Scarfe 

Merino Wool Blend Top Short Sleeve, Lowes