The cooler weather might be enough to convince you to just stay in. But it’s fine to make an occasion out of a winter night- especially when you are excited about what to wear. You want to appear sexy, but you also consider yourself to be sophisticated and stylish — and managing to find a happy medium when the cool wind’s blowing isn’t always easy.

There are more outfit options than you think and they’re all chic, elevated, and on point for a handful of “going out” destinations, where you’re looking to turn heads.

The sister of the silky dress is key for the season and you need to introduce it to your wardrobe now. This skirt option was so loved in the 90’s and it has now fully found it’s place in fashions good books. The simple elegant design brings out the ease in any occasion. The skirt is easy to pair with everything from ankle boots, knits, a blouse as well as tee shirts and trainers too. The slip skirt is light, body skimming and serves as an insulating layer in winter dressing.

I am the first to admit that colour in winter is tough! The shade signalling the darker days is auburn red and its exuberant if worn from head to toe or striking when worn as a creative detail. Choosing a colour in winter is all about the full-bodied feel as it sets an elegant and retro tone when in warm reddish-brown.

When looking for a new silhouette the streamlined nature of a sock style boot with a small heel offers a polished and active aesthetic. The best part of the boot is the slimming illusion and of course their practicality in the cooler months. When teamed with a midi skirt or tailored pant they’ll keep your ankles toasty warm.

The prints sneaking into your closet should be snakeskin and tartan, but not as you both know them. These two prints have staked their claim and they are nestling in in full colour this season. They are great news for your wardrobe for many reasons but the most important one is that they can both be classified as neutrals when tonally appreciated for the most part. And besides in the all black frame of mind it is the best way to break it up this winter.

Wearing: Hyper animal skirt $139.95, Victorian blouse $99.95, Snakeskin clutch bag $49.95, Sheike; Luca boot $199.95, Nine West. Check tapered Pant 229.00, Check tapered Jacket $459.00, Veronika Maine; Abree sock boot $199.95, Nine West.

Christie Sutherland has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities. Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines. Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for Treasury Brisbane through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few. Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.