AW/21 Emporium Edit | Earth Tones

WORDS BY BIANCA O’NEILL.

Channel warmth this winter with this season’s earthy tones.

There’s more than one way to introduce warmth into your wardrobe as the cooler months approach – and this week, it’s all about the warm, earth-coloured tones trending for Autumn/Winter ’21. Add shades of coffee, latte, and chocolate to your line-up this season, along with tan, ochre, and caramel, for a modern take on cold weather dressing.

I sat down with Emporium Melbourne stylist and Creative Director at Style By Us and Them, Karinda Mutabazi, to chat about all the cosy colours on offer in-store – and how best to wear them.

Utility Beyond Khaki

EARTH TONE TREND #1

Utility is trending again – but this year, we’ve moved away from traditional military detailing in khakis and browns, and towards a more modern take on the trend. Look for function over form here; it’s all about pocket details, comfort fabrics, and all manner of ties, zips, and toggles.

“Modern utility dressing is a long way from the heavy-duty military style it takes it inspiration from,” Karinda tells me. “Sleek and functional silhouettes that feature military design elements – such as cargo pockets, epaulets, and even parachute-style – are trending.”

In terms of trending colours, your latest road trip may have provided the perfect inspiration, as it seems the Aussie landscape has acted as a muse for our fabulous local designers of late. Karinda agrees: “This season you will find great examples in all the clay tones of the Australian desert – but look further afield to Eucalyptus greens and desert sky blues.”

We loved this parachute-inspired Oroton cinch-waist dress, paired with a neutral, suede Scanlan and Theodore boot.

Retro Colourways

EARTH TONE TREND #2

As we move away from monochrome toward earthy shades like mustard, ochre, and chocolate, it’s the perfect opportunity to channel styling from decade’s past. Avoid looking like you’re attending a costume party by adding modern touches, like a pair of slick sneakers, and keep your hair and makeup neutral.

“There is always a trend toward era-specific design, and this A/W is no exception,” says Karinda. “Think That ’70s Show big collars, column high waist pants ­– or even flares – and shirts with exaggerated collars.”

“The earthy tones play right into the era, mixing tonal mustards, tans, and oranges with textures like suede, rib knits, and jacquard fabrics with metallic details.”

We loved this Sandro wide-leg pant and button-down top in delicious mustard and tan shades, for a casual weekend look.

Luxe Leisurewear

EARTH TONE TREND #3

As we approach winter, it’s no surprise we’d all like to return to our cosy WFH track pants – but there is a better way. Thankfully, this season, we’ve seen some super cute leisure sets in warm, tonal beiges and butters to help elevate your weekend go-to. Karinda tells me that we can level up our leisurewear by paying closer attention to our fabrication choices.

“Tonal leisurewear (made famous by the Kardashian/West empire) has now become the must-have wardrobe staple,” says Karinda. “The key to nailing this look is choosing a lux knit over a cotton classic. Look for cashmere and merino blends as they will stand the test of time and keep you warmest in the winter months.”

Karinda tells me we should stick with one shade in our leisurewear to keep it sophisticated and modern. “There is something about a single colour en masse that turns heads, and gives you a polished look without much effort. Luxe leisurewear can be paired with your favourite chunky boot, heel, or mum sandal for those in-between days.”

We loved this Camilla and Marc set in an easily wearable neutral tone, paired with this season’s must-have mom slide.

Silky Silhouettes

EARTH TONE TREND #4

Keeping it casual doesn’t have to be about sleek sweats – we can also take inspiration from the bedroom for A/W. Silky separates are trending this season, and it’s hard to imagine a downside to wearing your PJs out of the house.

“Pyjama dressing is more than just an aspirational style, it is the ultimate in comfort dressing for life,” says Karinda. “Done well it can be the look that takes you from day to night with ease. This oversized style can be balanced out with a fitted knit or rib tank that shows off your natural silhouette.”

Warm aubergine, cinnamon, and mocha shades look delicious in textural fabrics that add a luxe sheen for nighttime. “This style is all about layering tonal colours in fabrics with a bit of shine,” Karinda tells me. “Look for silks, satins, or even velvets. Wear this look with a sandal or loafer in the day, and add some chunky gold jewellery and a heel to take you into the evening.”

We loved this Jac + Jack silky two-piece set, paired with a simple Jac + Jack singlet underneath. The chic sandal featured with the look is by Witchery.

DISCOVER NEW SEASON AW/21 EARTH TONES ARRIVALS

Viktoria & Woods

VIKTORIA & WOODS

Blessed Shirt, $390

Chemistry Knit, $390

Witcher Skirt, $390

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Sass & Bide

SASS & BIDE

Another Lifetime Skirt, $450

Riding Solo Low Boot, $590

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Scanlan Theodore

SCANLAN THEODORE

GGT Paisley Print Dress, $1,200

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Bassike

BASSIKE

Oversized Polo Neck Knit, $450

Chunky Crew Neck Knit, $380

Fitted Scoop Rib Tank, $130

Oversized Cotton Trench, $650

Tapered Utility Pocket Pant, $340

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Bassike

BASSIKE

Slouch Fit T-Shirt, $110

Light Cotton Pull On Pant, $295

Branded Fleece Sweat, $340

Lo Slung Fleece Shirt, $280

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Gant

GANT

Wool Flight Jacket, $1,269

Wool Cashmere Turtleneck, $699

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Manning Cartell

MANNING CARTELL

Essential Hardware S/sleeve Shirt, $349

Book Lovers Wide Leg Pant, $449

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Sportscraft

SPORTSCRAFT

Long Sleeve Knit Polo, $129.99

Bedford Jean, $179.99

Sloane Trench, $299.99

Easton Lounge Pant, $129.99

Cher Cotton Cashmere Knit Hoodie, $169.99

Quinn Utility Jacket, $279.99

The Perfect Organic Cotton Tee, $79.99

Ronja Soft Skirt, $179.99

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Seed

SEED HERITAGE

Diamond Puffer Jacket, $149.95

Casual Woven Pant, $99.95

Basic Terry Sweater, $79.95

Core Terry Trackie, $79.95

Acid Wash Tee Dress, $79.95

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Seed

SEED HERITAGE

Terry Bunny Jumpsuit, $44.95

Bunny Slip On, $44.95

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Aje

AJE

Veil Smock Lace Dress, $595

Ryka Cropped Shirt, $295

Rebellion Panelled Trouser, $355

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Sandro

SANDRO

Philario Sweatshirt, $445

Socrate Jacket, $645

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Sandro

SANDRO

Knit Sweatshirt With Embroidery, $425

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Scotch & Soda

SCOTCH & SODA

Smocked High Neck Top, $199.95

Pleated Midi Skirt, $239.95

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Marimekko

MARIMEKKO

Aaltoilee Linssi Dress, $665

Aalloilla Iso Mehu Dress, $550

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Gorman

GORMAN

Romi Shirt Dress, $229

Cloud Forest Polo, $149

Arizona Dress, $199

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Converse

CONVERSE

Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Beyond Retro High - Tan, $140

Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Beyond Retro Low - Tan, $140

LOCATED ON LOWER GROUND
Converse

CONVERSE

Unisex Converse Run Star Hike Wild Archive High Top Candied Ginger, $150

Unisex Converse Chuck 70 Organic Canvas Low Top Midnight Clover, $130

LOCATED ON LOWER GROUND
Bec + Bridge

BEC + BRIDGE

Riviera Midi Dress, $260

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Super Glue Store

SUPER GLUE STORE

Article One - Heavyweight Long Sleeve Crew in White, $49.95

Article One - Amari Cord Overshirt in Stone, $99.95

Xlarge 91 Pants in Off-White, $89.99

Nude Lucy - Binx Longline Corduroy Jacket in Biscuit, $109.95

LOCATED ON GROUND AND LOWER GROUND
Super Glue Store

SUPER GLUE STORE

Nude Lucy - Carter Classic Hoodie in Sand, $79.95

Nude Lucy - Carter Classic Shorts in Sand, $59.95

LOCATED ON GROUND AND LOWER GROUND
DIIDA

DIIDA

Revolution Midi Dress, $699

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Ted Baker

TED BAKER

AMALI - Leather Round Cross Body Bag, $319

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Sunglass Hut

SUNGLASS HUT

VERSACE - VE4405 54, $327

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Swarovski

SWAROVSKI

The Elements Pierced Earrings, $299

The Elements Tree Bracelet, $129

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Maison Tsumiki

MAISON TSUMIKI

Colour and cut

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
124 Shoes

124 SHOES

Conflict For Interest - Chelsea Boot, $569

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Yellow Earth

YELLOW EARTH

Classic Ugg Boots for Big Kids, $69.95

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
QBD Books

QBD BOOKS

The Tour, $22.99

The Silent Listener, $22.99

LOCATED ON LEVEL 3
Kikki K

KIKKI.K

Canvas Lunchbag Forest Green: Living Well, $19.95

LOCATED ON LEVEL 3
Kikki K

KIKKI.K

Porcelain Mug Multi: Living Well, $15.99

A5 Categorised Shopping List White: Living Well, $12.99

LOCATED ON LEVEL 3
Din Tai Fung

DIN TAI FUNG

Hot Cross Bao

(Available for a limited time)

LOCATED ON LEVEL 4

DISCOVER THE EDIT

Trend 1

“As we return to the office in 2021, it’s time to pack up the trackpants and transition into something more upmarket. Yep, that means suiting is back – but for the upcoming chilly season, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort.”

SUITING
Trend 1

“Each winter, the boot is a staple for your cold-weather wardrobe – and this year, a raft of cool new styles are demanding a little space in your 2021 line-up. From comfortable options like easy-to-wear flats and chunky heels to on-trend detailing to help you stand out from the pack, there's something to match every outfit.”

BOOTS
Trend 4

“From classic staples with a twist, to new styles and easy-to-wear options, this season’s coats are all about staying comfortable, whilst ensuring versatility when pairing them back with your existing wardrobe go-tos.“

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