Tonal Focus | Xenon '22

It is that time of year when the foliage colours transform, evenings seem darker & layering becomes a necessity. Our Autumn collection, Xenon, features vibrant retro prints and elegant earthy tones such as emerald greens, burnt oranges and deep chocolate shades. These colours will instantly elevate your mood, not to mention your wardrobe, during the cooler months ahead.


If you own any of our pieces, you know that our garments are designed with versatility in mind, enabling them to be easy-wearing & trans-seasonal. 


The Hutton Maxi is this season’s most adored design! Offering a pop of colour to your wardrobe, this design can be worn as is with sneakers during the day or heeled boots for an evening out. Transform the design by wearing it unbuttoned as a lightweight coat over pants or belted and half unbuttoned over shorts in the warmer months (as styled by our designer, Belinda) - this must-have offers endless versatility all year round. 


“I always wear plain colours, and definitely no prints. However I love how I can style OnceWas prints into my wardrobe. They easily translate throughout both my summer and winter wardrobe. For example, I really love the Hutton dress because I can convert it to a kimono over my pants! Love the versatility with this look!!!” - Dani Stevens


Looking for something tonal and timeless? Our latest leather designs offer classic wardrobe staples in a warm palette of chocolate and husk. Worn as separates or as a set, the Halston Blazer & Pant can be styled with your favourite stiletto for a sleek evening look or elevate your favourite jeans & tee with the Halston Blazer. Wear the Halston Pant with one of our best-selling blouses for the office or with your favourite chunky knit and sneakers for a chic off-duty look.


The styling possibilities are endless with our sumptuous Farrah and Halston Knits. Both knitted in a luxurious extra fine merino wool blend, they bring vibrant colours to your Autumn wardrobe & pair back just as easily with tailored pants & skirts as they do with causal denim or comfy joggers & sneakers.

Hear what our customers say about their new season OnceWas pieces: 

“I love the Hemingway Top, especially when worn with the matching pants, but also looks gorgeous with jeans! Can be worn all year as fabric isn't limited to a specific season. Always so happy with my purchases from Once Was! It's my 'go to' label for style, elegance and quality.” Edina V


"Love the Hutton Skirt! The fabric is so smooth and soft! Looks great with knitwear and boots or a soft blouse and sandals. Perfect for all seasons." Pamela


Buy now, wear forever – whatever the weather or season. We invite you to shop the Xenon collection online with free* shipping & easy returns, or visit us every fortnight at our Styling Studio.

Left to right: Farrah Pant, Halson Skirt & Hutton Pant.
Left to right: Dani Stevens wearing her Halston Pant with the  Hutton Coat,  Hemingway Top & Halston Bomber.
Left to right: Roopa wearing the Manhattan ShirtHutton Pant, Nadine wearing the Halson Blazer & Manhattan Pant, Roopa wearing the Hemingway Top & Halston Skirt.
Auburn Cascade
Left to right: Model is wearing the Farrah Dress & Hutton Maxi.
Left to right: Model is wearing the Halston Top & Parker Blouse.
Left to right: Neha Wahla, Dani Stevens and Rebecca Little are wearing the Hutton Maxi.
Left to right: Model is wearing the Halston Skirt, Farrah Pant & Hutton Skirt.
Left to right: Model is wearing the Halston Knit & Farrah Jacket.
Left to right: Jane Scandizzo wearing the Halston Bomber Halston Skirt, Nadine wearing the  Halston Knit, Sharon Johal wearing the  Farrah Jacket &  Farrah Pant.
Left to right: Roopa wearing the Manhattan Shirt & Hutton Skirt, Davi Stevens wearing the Farrah Jacket & Hutton Maxi, Nadine wearing the Hutton Skirt & Farrah Pant.
Fonda Floral
Left to right: Model is wearing the Hutton Maxi, Farrah BlouseManhattan Shirt Manhattan Pant
Left to right: Tina Arena & OnceWas Director and Head Designer Belinda Glynn both wearing the Hutton Maxi.Left to right: Emily & Nadine both wearing the Hutton Maxi.
Left to right: Head of Wholesale Linda Cenry wearing the Manhattan Shirt & Pant, model wearing the Farrah Dress.