15-piece autumn-winter 2016 capsule wardrobe

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, How to 46 Comments

There is a crispness in the air that I can no longer deny.

Sure, the days might still be warm (especially where I live) but as soon as the sun goes down, we are reaching for a wardrobe piece to keep us warm.

Welcome to the trans-seasonal autumn-winter season, where layering is key to outfit success.

To help you navigate this season, we’ve created a 15-piece wardrobe capsule collection that can be worn a tonne of different ways.

Ok, you got me, we haven’t done a tonne but we have created 28 different looks – that’s four weeks worth of outfits.

Styling You autumn-winter 2016 shop

I’ve worked with some of my favourite independent fashion designers and online stores to bring you a selection of clothes that can work for a multitude of occasions.

I’m all about the versatile garment that can be dressed up or dressed down and, in this autumn-winter edit, you’ll find garment to do just that.

The store is only open for one month – and stock is limited so if you see something you like, snap it up quick smart.

Garments range in size from size 6-20 (not all garments run to this size range but many do). Four pieces are one size or free size. The price range is from $49.95-$249.

The intention is to offer quality pieces that represent value for money – and pieces that will be in your wardrobe for many seasons to come.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store, shall we?

15-piece autumn-winter capsule wardrobe | Styling You autumn-winter 2015 shop

1. Sacha Drake dress $249

2. Bohemian Traders dress $149

3. Bohemian Traders dress $129

4. Bohemian Traders vest $209

5. Bohemian Traders skirt $89

6. Surafina knit $89.95

7. Surafina poncho/cardi $149

8. Surafina tee $49.95

9. O2Wear leggings $69.95 (twin pack)

10. Bohemian Traders jeans $129

11. Bohemian Traders shirt $129

12. Surafina blouse $129

13. Bohemian Traders jacket $149

14. Surafina faux fur collar $69.95

15. Surafina wrap/scarf $49.95

15-piece autumn-winter capsule wardrobe - worn 28 different ways - Styling You Shop


Please take note of our sizing suggestions with each product description. If we indicate that this is a garment to size up or down then please take that into consideration when ordering.

Jasmine (aka @prettychuffedis on board to also offer style inspiration. Jasmine is a blogger and stay-at-home-mum to two girls under three. She’s a size 10-12 and 158cm, so offers an alternative to my size 14-16, 166cm.

Free shipping

Until midnight Sunday, April 24, enter the code SYAW16 and get FREE shipping. Discount code must be entered at checkout for the offer to apply.

Gift with purchase

Throughout the month of the shop, spend $250 in one transaction and you’ll receive a Ruby Olive wood bangle valued at $12. One bangle per customer. Bangles will posted at the end of the shop period, from May 18 onwards.


Special offer

Purchase a copy of my book, Unlock Your Style, while the autumn-winter shop is open and you’ll receive a two-for-one ticket offer to see Mother’s Day, the movie.

AND Unlock You Style is just $20 until May 18. Run, don’t walk.



See this post for how you could win a $200 gift card to spend in store while the autumn-winter Styling You Shop is open. Entries close Tuesday, April 26.

Thanks so much for all your support. Tell me which items you like the most. Happy shopping!


Credits: Thanks to photographer Sarah Keayes for her fantastic work on capturing the outfits. Thanks to stylist Simone Merlo for keeping the shoot running smoothly and positioning us in our best angles. Thanks to makeup artist Bruce Rhebein and hair stylist Nadine from Cheveux Design and Espresso for making us look a more polished version of our everyday selves. All boots and sneakers featured in the photos are from the current FRANKiE4 Footwear collection.

Comments 46

  1. Can someone help me. I am a size 18, and I want a nice outfit to wear to the members area of the races. I struggle to feel comfortable/confident in anything that is a ‘dress’. I am waist less. Please suggest

    1. Hi Tracey, I don’t have a waist either and find that dresses like the Sacha Drake dress in my shop help to create shape with subtle definition. If you want an alternative to a dress, try dress pants, dress top, jacket and heels.

  2. Firstly I would like to say how great it is to part of the SY online community, so much wonderful style, character and inspiration all wrapped up in one. The Bohemian Traders Jacket and Surafina wrap/scarf are my favourites; style with expressionism one of a kind and femininity/uniqueness beautifully entwined, what an amazing 15-piece autumn-winter 2016 capsule wardrobe.

  3. Hi Nikki – love this capsule (as with the previous ones as well) – any chance of having a third model so the taller ones of us can get extra inspiration – I see all these great outfits on you and then imagine how short they will be on my 178cm size 14/16 body. Thanks.

    1. That’s always a possibility for the future Christine. The aim here has always to show an alternative model shape/size/height to what clothes are normally shown on.

      You’re actually closer to a traditional model’s height. The suppliers of these pieces I feature use professional models in their garments, so maybe head to their sites to see how those pieces look there. With your size, you can get an idea about that from what I wear.

      I can tell you that the striped skirt is ideal for a taller frame – Jasmine and myself have it tucked up under our bust!

  4. Morning Nikki, I love the Prairie Lace dress in Navy from Bohemian Traders thinking of getting the L, I have a L in their oversized stripped dress was wondering if the Prairie Lace dress is as roomy?? Great capsule :)x

    1. It’s not as roomy but it’s not tight fitting either. Having said that I’m a L in the oversized stripe dress from last year but an XL in the Prairie. Have you checked via your measurements? My hips always cause the need to go up in a non-oversized garment.

      1. Thanks Nikki, going to order the L and hopefully its a fit (I seem to be an odd size according to the measurements lol) if not well its back to the #stylingyoushop for an XL 🙂

  5. Wow Nikki, what a great capsule you’ve put together yet again! Have purchased the scarf/wrap and leggings (show pony and work horse right there) and taken on board lots of your ideas to re work my current wardrobe (may introduce a little caramel). Budget a little strained, being a mature age uni student and Frankie4 fan so these ideas are priceless. Gorgeous models as well x

  6. Sacha Drake Dress has sophisticated, elegant and chic designs . It is a perfect solution for my fat belly. I love Nikki Parkinson’s styles and confidence. I love it.

  7. Naughty Nikki!! Love it … Only wish there were a few scoop neck or v neck basics as I don’t do high(er) neck. Never mind love love other pieces xx

    1. The black top, grey knit and grey tee are scoop neck – not super low but definitely the scoop neckline benefits are there. Both Jasmine and I have a largish bust (Jasmine due to breastfeeding at the moment). The dress is a deep V and the shirt could be worn as open as you’d like it to be.

  8. I’m feeling very “pleased wiv own achievements”, I am a daily follower of SY, and had already purchased one of the pieces featured today in the SY Shop (the stripy swing dress) prior to the SY shop launch. This might not seem a big deal to you Nikki, but to me it means my very untrained fashion eye has had some Nikki styling you education over the past year or so and I am slowly learning to select things that will suit me and that are on trend. Yay. I’m sure there will be some more things in the Shop calling out to me. Thanks Nikki , I hope you realise what a difference you are making for people like me who were once very clueless about how to put things together. 🙂

  9. Hi Nikki, loving all the pieces. Am going to start ordering now – at least 4 items I must have right now!! If the sizing is off when we receive them can we exchange?

      1. Thank you Nikki. I am a size 14-16 so very similar to you so I am going to go with your size recommendations in the details. Let’s start shopping!

  10. What a great wardrobe!. Well done again. I already have several items (exact or similar) so thanks for the styling tips. Loving that suede vest though!

  11. Hi Nikki, been a stranger, reading your gorgeous blog but no comments with new job in last 3 months…love this and will incorporate in my new lifestyle,first step, re-reading your book and decluttering wardrobe.
    Love all that you do and so happy for all your success.
    Further to yesterday’s question
    I’m from Melbourne, during the week you’ll bump into me seeing clients and on the weekend at a market, love wearing my black and white stripey 3/4 t-shirt and want to buy some metallic pink brogues, love some plus size stylish options.
    Adore this capsule, esp stripes and leopard scarf (classics and stylish)
    Thanks a million.

  12. I love it all Nikki fantastic styling and you and Jasmine look wonderful in all the peices.I love the Bohemian traders vest and the Surafina poncho/cardi aren’t the Pom poms cute?
    I love all the looks and I’m going to steal some outfit ideas thank you Nikki yet again Xx

  13. You’ve done it again, I want it all! But, in reality I will be ordering the Surafina cardi, and either the grey knit or tee. Can’t make my mind up with them. Also love the BT navy dress. I think it just noticed a few gaps in my wardrobe 😀

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