Summer keeps teasing us, we think its left for good then it rears its warm little head for a glorious few days then back comes the rain. I wore just a shirt yesterday and was left shivering all day desperate for a cardigan or little jacket. But don’t despair, I have a few styling tricks that will mean you’re never left too warm or too cold – and you can still wear those gorgeous Summer pieces you bought last month. It’s time to make your wardrobe work harder for you again.
Simple but oh so true – layer your clothes. That Summer dress will still work come Autumn, just add a long sleeve tshirt underneath and throw on ankle boots and a leather jacket.
The long sleeve tee
The leather jacket
Buy a polo neck. Make it a lightweight knit style that you can wear as a vest under your other clothes. It looks super chic and is a really simple way to update a floral dress, summer shirt, or little cami top. Or go serious chunky and wear with jeans and delicate shoes.
Rollies – and I am not talking smoking. Roll up your shirt sleeves, jumpers, ankles on your trousers and jeans. A quick and easy way to feel cooler and actually look cooler too.
Go Max or go home. The Maxi skirt and dress, even one you normally ‘save for best’ look effortless styled with a denim jacket, leather biker, over-sized blazer or a chunky cardigan.
Hats are your best friend. No really – forget about doing your hair on the school-run just grab a hat. And it’ll give you that added bit of warmth you need too – just to mention the practical. Baker boy, boater, fedora… what ever floats your boat. Just wear with confidence and the more you wear one the more comfortable you’ll feel.
Don’t forget your sunnies. Just because its no longer Summer it doesn’t mean you should pack away the sunnies. For one you should always protect those peepers – and two – they look good so why not. Just never inside.
Leopard print. Just because you have to wear a coat now it doesn’t mean it has to be black… a bright leopard print coat is a classic and there are so many good options on the hughstreet right now.
Go fishing – I am talking little fishnet socks that I wore last AW and will most definitely be wearing this season too. They look great with the little kitten heels pointy designs around courtesy of Dior – and with loafers – courtesy of Gucci.
Giant Scarf – I’ll often use the same scarf I use in the Summer as a sarong or cover-up as my Winter scarf wrapped round my neck in huge layers. When you get too hot just take it off and wear it as a loose kimono – see below pics.
More a note to say you do not have to put away your straw bags. Just maybe use another bag within in case of rain, a chic little drawstring one would work perfectly for easy cover-up when the heavens open.
Above all, transitional dressing is about mixing what you already have – and filling the gaps where needed. Less trend led – more basic led. So if you’re wardrobe is stocked with the basics as you would your kitchen you’ll always have pieces to fill in the seasons. That’s why I always recommend either spending big on the basics – classic leather handbag/leather boots – or going cheap and buying the same piece twice or three times even, when they fit perfectly – the classic white t-shirt for example.
Thank you for reading… hope its helped ease you into Winter…