Sydney, the city formally known for its balmy beaches and almost-endless summer weather, is now known as the city of rain.
So, for the 2023 resort wear collections presented at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, it's understandable why the phrase on every designers lips is soft layering.
While the week long runway presentations usually consisted of garments that made suitable additions to your summer capsule wardrobe, this season the designers have shook things up by placing a new found focus on textural silhouettes and added value pieces that can be layered on top of one another for a more elevated aesthetic.
And given the cool temperatures, increased rainfall and collective penchant for something new and unexpected, we couldn't be more grateful.
Of course, any fashion fan will understand the appeal of soft layering. Not only is it a contrast to the hard and heavy forms of layering we see in winter, soft layering allows for a seamless and relaxed diffusion between pieces which makes it the ultimate transeasonal styling choice.
Sustainable womenswear label Bianca Spender showcased that the layering of contrasting prints or even two toned pieces can give your look some dimension.
Though some of the label's collection features architectural protrusions, the soft layering of an asymmetrical sweater over a skirt and pants or the inclusion of lightweight stockings over a silky dress provided an additional unanticipated element to the overall ensemble.
Newcomer Beare Park also expanded their horizon of staple ready-to-wear basics by incorporating segments of soft layering, a testament to designer Gabriella Pereira's excellent choice in timeless and luxurious fabrications.
Bec + Bridge also offered a glimpse of how the soft tailoring style can transcend certain looks in styles with their contemporary take on 90s grunge and glamour. The ever so popular Y2K skirt-belt (we're still not sure if it's a belt the size of a mini skirt or a mini skirt the size of a belt) was worn over sheer trousers.
Elsewhere, in a move the likes of Bella Hadid and Blumarine will approve of, a semi-transparent cardigan was layered over see-through blouses and bralettes contrasted with loosely tailored shirting.
It's safe to say the AAFW is proving the power of a soft layer. Keep scrolling below for some of our softly layered looks.