Teenage style: how to update your autumn-winter wardrobe

Samantha CheneyFashion, How to 10 Comments

Editor’s note: Sammy is Miss SY’s best friend from school and a journalism/PR student. Each month she shares some style and beauty tips that are relevant to teenage girls of all ages – please leave us a question if you have a teenage style/beauty question you’d like answered.

Autumn-winter fashion. My favourite.

In fact, I’ll let you in on a bit of a secret of mine.

Cooler season clothing is the only reason I make it through summer.

THERE. I said it.

Yes I am a Queensland girl, both born and raised, but I can tell you after growing up during some pretty painstakingly hot summers, I definitely don’t mind splurging on a coat or two when it comes to winter.

BUT. I definitely do feel for you all down south, whose winter chills can start as early as March! Yet here I am still flouncing around in sandals and summer dresses, absolutely craving for a jean day.

Anyhow, to prep you for the cooler months ahead, today I’ll be showcasing some autumn-winter looks, cool enough to wear through the last few weeks of this warmth, and cozy enough to layer up as winter first arrives.

Today we’ll also be running through some basic staples which are key essentials for your autumn-winter wardrobe, and can be used to layer up and create different looks.

Autumn-Winter ’16 Trends

SY Autumn-Winter '16

Dissh Dress | Dissh Sunglasses | Miss Shop Heels

AW16 Colours

First up, as each season rolls around, you would probably notice a change in colours just from doing some  basic window shopping.

For this particular season, you can most definitely get away with both warm and cool colours, but the catch is about finding the right shade for your skin tone.

As you’ve probably noticed, the colour ‘rust’ is quite common in autumn – and if you’re not a big fan or you prefer not to shake up your wardrobe too much, it’s okay to just incorporate seasonal tones in your accessories, whether it be a new scarf, pair of boots, or even a shade of lipstick.

AW16 Style

1. Sheike Altitude Maxi Dress $149.95 | 2. H&M Short Turtleneck Top ‘Black’ $9.95 | 3. Cotton On Check Up On It Scarf ‘Dusty Stripe’ $16.95 | 4. Bardot Joni Aline Skirt $119.95 | 5. Sheike Alana Knit Vest $99.95 | 6. Miss Shop Hottie Black Pump $89.95 | 7. Miss Shop Winnie Tan Pump $89.95

AW16 Basics

In terms of staple items – stripes, basic tees and a good pair of fitted jeans get a big tick of approval for winter fashion.

Below you’ll find a bargain basic I picked up over the weekend, from a relatively new Queensland store, Ghanda. After my first wear, I could instantly tell the fabric is 100% breathable, and oh so delicate on the skin. And at $24.95, what could be more pleasing?

SY Autumn-Winter '16

Ghanda Tee | Dissh Skirt | Zara Boots

When choosing your jeans (depending on the style) be sure to always go for the size down, as body heat and movement can cause the jeans to grow a size or two larger! So by choosing a more snug fit, this will allow the jeans to adjust perfectly to your body shape – just be patient enough to stick through the first few wears 😉

Not sure what jean fit suits you best? You can read more here.

Teenage Style: AW '16 Trends

1. Country Road Stripe Pocket T-Shirt $29.95 | 2. Witchery Colour Block Tee $59.95 | 3. Topshop Moto Super Rip Jamie Jeans $85 *subject to AUD$ conversion rate 4. Topshop Petite Bleach Ripped Hayden Boyfriend Jeans $79 *subject to AUD$ conversion rate | 5. Uniqlo Cotton Cashmere Cricket Sweater $49.90

AW16 “that 70s look!”

Another style you may have seen about this season, is the new modern take on the 70s.

You’ll find that it’s all about structured pieces, and bringing back detailed fabrics. Don’t forget layering as well! Whether it’s a new wrap coat, or even a coloured bomber jacket, these staples are a simple way to build on your autumn-winter wardrobe.

SY Autumn-Winter '16

Portmans Dress | Temt Dress | Zara Boots

As I said earlier, autumn is also about warm and cool tones. So why not mix it up with greys and blues?

Another trend is the wrap-style, which is an extremely flattering look for all shapes and body sizes. Wrap coats and vests are also a great layer to throw over jeans or a long knitted dress.

As for the structured 70s look, below you’ll find denim overalls, which is a great staple for the transitional months. The best part being that you can dress it up with a pair of leggings or flesh-coloured tights in winter, or ditch the stockings and rock it with some converse over summer? Win-win situation!

AW16 Style

1. Valleygirl Cascade Coat $59.95 | 2. H&M Sleeveless Turtleneck Top $9.95 | 3. Sportsgirl Tie Up Sleevless Midaxi Dress $79.95 | 4. H&M Denim Dungaree Dress $59.955. Rubi Shoes Arlo Cut Out Heeled Boot ‘Tan Grainy’ $49.95 | 6. Cotton On Elle V Cut Out Boot ‘Tan Smooth’ $49.95

So there we have it Stylers! AW16 is well and truly here. So be sure t0 rug up – and remember, layering is key!

So tell me, what’s on your shopping list for AW16? Do you have a must-have item? 

Samantha Cheney

Samantha Cheney is a Brisbane-based freelance writer at www.samanthacheney.com, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business degrees at the Queensland University of Technology. Her interests include travelling, writing, and photography. Check Samantha out on instagram to follow her adventures @sammycheney

Comments 10

  1. loving your look Sammy!
    the outfits are great whether at uni or not!
    hope you are enjoying your studies this year!
    aren’t you off to the usa this year? …
    love m:)X

    1. Thanks M! You know I love my fashion. And I am indeed – departure date is set for August – eep, so exciting! I hope you’re well xx

  2. Always love to read your posts Samantha…. And Love that I can adapt your ideas for my own clothes….even tho Im well past the age of 30, Ive become a matured aged student/1st year undergrad, so your posts are another good source of uni-wear ideas.

    1. Thanks Andrea – always good to hear! Very happy to help. Have you checked out my previous posts, specifically on uni wear?

  3. Thanks Samantha, some gorgeous things here. Will show my teen….if she ever gets out of bed. She will love your 70s look recommendations. And for me, I LOVE that Sheike dress. And the Bardot denim skirt. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks Kathryn! I’m sure she’ll love it – there are some really beautiful pieces around this season! X

  4. I’m with Nikki I see a few things I like off this list too and I’m far from being a teen,love your style Samantha xx

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