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layering for autumn

Grey, navy and black… this smart colour palette shouldn’t just be reserved for uniform shopping this month – browse our edit of clever trans-seasonal buys you can wear now, then style cleverly throughout autumn too.

The key to shopping for trans-seasonal buys is to look for natural fibres – as summer wanes and we arrive into Autumn, you want to have those pieces to hand that can stand alone on warm days, but then effortlessly layer up without being bulky (or threaten to overheat you!) when the mercury dips.

vilagallo dress

This is a great post-holiday dress, the kaftan neck and white panels will show off a tan beautifully; wear with bare legs and sandals whilst the weather is still warm, then layer under a Vilagallo jacket, with tights and boots come autumn.

Vilagallo, Lydia dress, £119

minimum DK shirt

The simplicity of the Minimum DK Shirley skirt makes it a timeless wardrobe classic. Wear now with a cami top and ballet pumps, or one of our graphic tees and sandals, then with knitwear, tights and heels as the weather cools.

Minimum DK, Shirley skirt, £50

vilagallo blazer

Thought blazer shopping was only for the kids? Think again. The classic tailored navy blazer from Vilagallo, complete with embroidered pocket patch, is a great layer for autumn when you don’t quite need a coat, but want that extra warmth. Great for smartening up a simple tee and jeans, or over shift dresses – this gorgeous wool/cotton blend style will see you through to winter, and beyond.

Vilagallo, Harlow blazer, £249

hello slogan grey t-shirt

Not quite ready to dig out your knits? A good quality, thicker weight t-shirt like this one from our Chalk Clothing collection is the perfect switch to make from your summer short-sleeve styles. Wear on its own now and layer over a Rosemunde lace-trimmed vest (see main pic) when you need to double-up.

Chalk, Tasha long-sleeve t-shirt, £45


This quirky icons shirt from Vilagallo might not be strictly ‘school regulation’ but it is definitely the perfect mum uniform for the school run. Easy, yet stylish – team with jeans and trainers, or skirt and boots for a smarter look – the flocked navy graphics are ecclectic and fun, a signature of Spanish brand, Vilagallo’s beautiful print pieces. Layer under one of our knits, or jackets when you feel the chill.

Vilagallo, Natasha shirt, £95

Rosemunde’s Laica cardigans are the perfect travel companion if you haven’t been on your summer hols yet. Lightweight enough to pack easily, they’re great for covering your shoulders after sundown, over a cami or strappy dress. In autumn they become a great mid-layer, adding warmth with their cashmere/wool mix blend, without bulk.

Rosemunde, Laica cardigan, £135

rosemunde benita

Another staple from Rosemunde, their tanks are great under linen shirts with shorts right now, then layer under our cashmere jumpers from Wyse, allowing their signature lace hems to peep out. Their silk/cotton mix are luxuriously soft next to skin and a dream to wear. A great everyday luxury to see you through winter in style.

Rosemunde, Benita tank, £56

duffy cashmere stockist

A cashmere wrap is a lifesaver when it’s warm one minute and chilly the next (hello British summer). Perfect for throwing on when travelling; it can double as a blanket on long flights and an evening wrap if the temperature drops after dark. The ultimate in cocooning luxury, they’re a great added layer over dresses or shirts and trousers for when those mornings start to turn chilly, too.

Duffy NY, cashmere mix wrap, £184

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