Au­tumn fashion no light­weight

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLOSET - WITH Sarah Barnes

THE shift from sum­mer to au­tumn is home to the “mid­dle man” of dress­ing. You don’t want to dust off your win­ter coat but you can no longer swish around in a sun dress – queue the light knit. Here is how to style light­weight knitwear so you look your best.

A turtle­neck is clas­sic and of­ten as­so­ci­ated with Parisian style. De­signed in a light and breath­able fab­ric made with nat­u­ral fi­bres, it can hug your fig­ure and trap heat on cooler af­ter­noons. Paired with a blazer, and on trend in a pin­stripe or a soft block colour, the turtle­neck is the best ca­sual ba­sic that you can dress up or down.

Wrap dresses, made leg­endary by fashion de­signer Diane Von Fursten­berg, are the ul­ti­mate fem­i­nine sil­hou­ette. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from this, an au­tum­nal op­tion comes in the form of wrap cardi­gans. Flat­ter­ing at the waist and with a low point­ing neck­line, this is the rein­vented cardi­gan that can be thrown on over any­thing. Wrapped over silky tops or even just worn bare un­der­neath and tucked into a skirt, you will be ready for the sea­sonal change with an­other stylist’s ba­sic.

Af­ter ver­sa­til­ity? The jumper dress is a per­fect fashion hy­brid cre­ated for dress­ing in the tran­si­tional sea­sons. Made in light­weight wools this wardrobe es­sen­tial is an all-in-one item that will keep you warm. Belted at the waist or left in a shift shape, the jumper dress is an ef­fort­less throw-on piece for those evenings on a boat or for when hav­ing drinks at the beach. It’s the one-stop knitwear sta­ple that you need.

ONE OF DIANE VON FURS TENBERG’ S WRAP DRESSES HANGS IN THE METROPOLI­TAN MU­SEUM OF ART

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ The turtle­neck is a must-have clas­sic for sum­mer to au­tumn dress­ing.

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