The weather is cold and dark and while it’s common practice to move into hues to match the mood, we’re pulling back the usual artillery to move into more neutral territory. Whether you’re planning on retreating to a European summer or are ready to fight the cool sting of winter back in Australia, the social occasions tend to never stop, so when opting for sartorial dress this season we suggest changing your tactics from the usual houndstooth suit variety for something fresh.

It is tempting to dig out the turtleneck but if you’re looking to stay warm (or cool), open shirt layering is the way to go. While summery prints and a light colour palette lend a resort feel, we suggest going one step further. Playing on the double shirt approach, create a ’70s vibe with a knitted mesh long sleeve, open camp collar shirt and slightly oversized jacket. To keep the look refined, try a pleated, high-waisted pant and classic oxfords for sense of timelessness.

Finishing off the ensemble, rust orange socks create depth and additional texture while a Jacquemus straw necklace bag adds trend appeal.

Change your strategy this season and look to a soft hues and neutral palettes to brighten up your winter blues.

Shop the look below.

Asos White Mix and Match Beige Suit Blazer / $180 AUD SHOP SIMILAR
Asos White Mix and Match Striped Sage Pant / $110 AUD SHOP SIMILAR
Commas Water Colour-Print Silk Blend Shirt / $506 AUD Available from MATCHESFASHION.COM SHOP NOW
Zegna Knit Long Sleeve Shirt / $545 AUD SHOP SIMILAR
Mr P Lucien Polished-Leather Derby Shoes / Approx $579 AUD SHOP NOW
Jacquemus Le Gadjo XS Straw Necklace Bag / $416 AUD Available from MATCHESFASHION.COM SHOP NOW
Zara Camel Socks / $10 AUD SHOP NOW