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Playing it very cool this season

SUMMER is over but conditions are not cold enough to start dressing in the latest winter fashions.

Queensland's sunny, balmy autumn days followed by cooler nights can leave even the most stylish questioning what to wear.

With the change in season upon us, Westfield stylist Christie Nicolaides gives practical tips on how to master transitional dressing.

If you've only got a set budget, what are the essentials you should be investing in?

Christie's must-haves for this season are:

Trench coat: This perennial classic is perfect for the Queensland climate and can turn a summery dress into a workable winter look. If you don't already own one, I urge you to take the plunge this season and channel your inner Audrey.

Leather jacket: Leather is everywhere this season and this is another classic wardrobe updater that's worth every penny. Choose cropped, embellished styles in rich tones like chocolate, berry, teal and cream.

Coloured tights - A great value way to update your look. Team with a short skirt and cute heeled boots.

Felt hat: Gucci has single-handedly brought back the felt hat, with a bevy of elegant 1940s sirens working this look on its catwalks. Go for rich wine colours and keep the rest of your outfit demure and ladylike.

Fur gilet: Whether you prefer the real or fake variety, fur is back. The gilet is perfect for Queensland because it's so much lighter than wearing a full coat. Wear it with your felt hat and some killer boots.

Suede ankle boots: Ankle boots are flattering and practical. Wear them with a soft blouse and pleated knee length skirt, or with coloured tights under a fabulous trench coat.

To save money, make the most of what you already have in your wardrobe.

"Fortunately there are plenty of great pieces from the most recent spring summer collections which can be worked seamlessly into your autumn attire without the need for a completely new wardrobe," Christie said.

Her summer/spring favourites to carry through this season are:

Silk dress: Luxe fabrics with a subtle sheen are still bang on trend for autumn/winter. The lightweight fabric also makes it perfect for warmer climates and you can easily layer it up for evening with a cropped leather jacket, coloured tights and scarf.

Coloured jeans: This is one trend that won't be going away any time soon. Team with a soft chiffon blouse and a faux fur gilet.

Wedges: Every woman should own a pair. They made a huge comeback in spring/summer and are the perfect tran-seasonal shoe, looking equally stylish with a floaty summer maxiskirt as they do with leather tights, jeans or a trench dress.

Big plastic bangles: A wrist full of bangles in this season's winter hues - mustard, burnt orange, teal and berry - will be the perfect finishing touch to your look.

Tube skirt: If you already invested in a tube skirt last season, you're in luck. Simply update with a pair of coloured tights, knee-high boots and a coloured leather jacket for autumn/winter.

Leopard print: This bold and beautiful print is continuing to make waves.

Brighten up those autumn mornings with some well-chosen accessories.

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