Before the weather took a turn for the dreary, I had been dressing in light layers and monochromatic hues, relying on fringe knits or washed linen for texture and tortoiseshell buttons as an accent.

This outfit can be elevated to uniform status with an accessory change: periodically swap in medium-brown or light-olive accessories and shoes to add definition to the outfit without changing the fundamentals.

A word about the Topshop Emilie Paperbag Waist Tapered Trousers seen here: while the material–100% polyester–is unremarkable, it does drape well and has sufficient weight to avoid being wrinkle-prone or see-through. If you are curvy and/or have athletic legs, give these a try as the style is cut generously through the hip and thighs, but not overly so. For those new to Topshop, you can use the online size guide to decide which size to order.

Here are a few more Topshop bottoms to consider:

Happy shopping!

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