A sweater and a special skirt are all that’s required to look thoroughly modern for those impending mid-winter special occasions.

That old adage "never leave home without a coat" rings truer now as temperatures cool for winter, but how to solve the issue of looking polished and staying warm on a night out or at an after-5 event without the bulk? As several designers ramp up their knitwear offerings this season, many have focused on lightweight, warm cashmere and wool blends that work particularly well for cool evenings.

Dressed up with an elegant-looking skirt, no-fuss heels and the addition of a watch or a pair of statement earrings, this is how to nail casual glamour - which sits well with our general preference for understated, effortless dressing whatever the occasion. A beautiful knit sweater or cardigan works just as well with a sleek pair of pants appropriate for the office, teamed with a neat blazer.

Adding some special jewellery for the evening takes the look to the next level. Bonus points for keeping the look print-free, with a focus on harmonious block colours and luxurious textures.

Seiko watch, $550, from Stewart Dawsons.
Olga Berg bag, $149, from Smith & Caughey's.
French Connection earrings $34.90.
Swarovski choker $349.
Georgian garnet and pearl brooch, $295, from Graeme Thomson Antique Jewellery.
Rafa heels, $457, from Well-Made Clothes.


From left to right:

Zara jumper $85.

H&M cardigan $60.

Staple & Cloth jumper $259.

Country Road jumper $179.

From left to right:

Red Valentino brocade A-line skirt, about $453, from Matches.

Isaac & Lulu skirt $249.


World skirt $449.

French Connection pleated skirt $119.90.