It’s hard to find a more versatile piece of clothing than the classic black blazer. It’s not only chic and flattering, but it can also be dressed up for the corporate world or fancy soirees, or dressed down for casual occasions. Since autumn is always temperamental weather-wise, a blazer comes in handy on chilly days when a coat is too much but going bare-shouldered is not an option. While it’s fun to experiment with printed and block-coloured blazers, a black one is essential for every woman’s wardrobe. The key is to choose a style for your figure.
If we had to choose just one piece that’s perfect for transitional dressing, jeans would be it. Denim is a go-to weekend piece, whether you’re shopping, lunching or bar-hopping and it’s even appropriate in some creative workplaces. It’s also incredibly versatile: It’s one of the very few items that go with just about everything. In autumn, wear your jeans with tees, a blazer and flats when you’re running around, and team them with a blouse and heels when you’re hitting the town. In terms of cut, skinny leg and straight jeans are always safe, flattering options and "boyfriend" style jeans are comfortable, on-trend and effortless.
SheKnows loves: With their skinny cut and dark wash, J Brand 912 Pencil Leg Jeans have serious style cred.
Cropped pants make a comeback on the racks every autumn season and if you haven’t already invested in a pair, it’s time to do so. Sleek and slim-fitting, the best cropped trousers have the ability to "polish" any outfit. (They also elongate your legs, which is a major bonus. Pair them with heels to enhance the effect — we won’t tell anyone.) Cropped pants are a lifesaver on those days when the weather is all over the place: They offer more coverage than skirts and dresses, but aren’t quite as warm as jeans or long, woolen trousers. For work, team the pants with a crisp white shirt or a pretty blouse, and for play, go for a simple tee and flats.
SheKnows loves: DKNY Perry Cropped Trousers are chic and comfortable — a winning combination.
Forget bare necks and stuffy wool scarves; in autumn, your best bet is a lightweight scarf. This kind of scarf will get you through any weather situation: When you’re waiting for the bus in the morning, it will be a saving grace, but when the temperature creeps up on your lunch break, you can ditch it without ruining your outfit. When you’re choosing a scarf, go for a breathable material like cotton and a fun print. Most women tend to live in neutral hues (black, grey) in the cooler months, but it’s amazing how a bit of colour can lift your mood.
SheKnows loves: Nordic Scarves Spun Scarf is the ultimate accessory. It can be thrown on and off without making or breaking your outfit.
Instead of buying a whole new wardrobe especially for autumn, go down the lazy girl’s route and invest in a good quality pair of opaque stockings. That way, you can still wear your gorgeous summer dresses and skirts — just chuck a pair of tights on underneath. Too easy. When it comes to stockings, there is so much variety to choose from. In the in between months, skip the heavy, high thread count versions and go for a "medium" pair. As a guide, they should look fully black and a little sheer when you wear them, but if you stretch the fabric, you should be able to see right through them.
SheKnows loves: Spanx Tight End Tights lift and smooth your derriere and legs under your clothes. The best part? They look just like regular stockings, so no one will ever know.
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