I do love it when the edge of a Queensland summer is shaved off … even if it’s ever so slightly.
While we haven’t had cause to dust off our winter woolies just yet, it’s just a whole lot more pleasant getting dressed – and sleeping at night.
Elsewhere in Australia, I know you’ve had a taste of the season to come so I’ll keep these autumn-winter themed posts coming.
Today’s Model and Me post features two pieces that I know will be on high rotation in my wardrobe.
Winter in Queensland is all about layering. We start off very cold and warm up as the day progresses. If you don’t master layering, then it’s easy to get caught out feeling too hot or too cold depending on which end of the spectrum you’ve chosen to dress for that day.
When it comes to layering knitwear, I opt for either cotton, merino or cashmere. Fine knits are my friend. They don’t add bulk but do add warmth. And these particular fibres breathe beautifully.
Jen Hart from Everyday Cashmere has created a great business offering beautiful cashmere pieces that are wardrobe investments.
I’ve got one cardi I’ve been loving to death for two years now and it keeps on giving. So when she suggested I try the new winged sweater from her latest collection, I didn’t think twice.
And I knew what I’d team it with: one of my trusty relaxed linen Witchery tees and a pair of Country Road’s autumn equivalent to the chambray pants so many of us know and love.
Here are the models wearing the sweater and then the pants.
This is actually a piece that I’d get a lot of wear out of because it doesn’t fully cover the arms. You could layer a long-sleeve Metalicus top underneath for colder weather but for me, it works beautifully over a tee.
I’m wearing the M size so that the band sits across my hips and bum to balance out the winged sleeves. Because of this styling you could wear it with both streamlined pants and maxi skirts as well as ones with more volume.
If you’re cold, slip your arms underneath and button up the neckline to close it out. My big busted sisters, this is a great neckline for you in a knit. Yes, you’ll pay for the initial investment but it is one that will keep on giving each season.
In this outfit I’m wearing underneath what I would consider my autumn base layers – a tee and pants. You add on top for interest and/or warmth.
This AW14 version of the Country Road summer chambray pants I featured here and in countless outfit posts are well worth checking out. The fabrication isn’t exactly the same. The originals were a mix of viscose, lyocel (tencel) and polyester. These are 88% tencel and 12% cotton.
The cut, however, seems the same to me. Do try on at least one size down from what you normally wear in pants at Country Road (I’m wearing a size 14). They stretch very, very easily. And like my chambray pants, I roll them up a few times for a length that suits me.
What I love about this style is that they are as comfortable as pyjamas or trackies but very ok to wear outside the house.
I call them Sneaky Soft Pants.
Tell me, do you love a knit? A sneaky soft pant?
* The cashmere knit was sent to me for editorial consideration