We all know that the weather can throw a spanner in the works when it comes to putting stunning looks together. While dressing for hot summer days and chilly winter climes can often be simple, it’s the seasons in-between that can throw up a serious sartorial challenge. If you’re looking for pieces for that awkward transitional period that bridges the seasons, here are some treasures to add to your wardrobe today.
A lightweight coat
Temperatures are tumbling, but it’s not quite time to dig out the puffa jackets and duffle coats. If this is a scenario you’re not prepared for, there are some fabulous options out there. Duster coats, macs and lightweight quilted jackets are ideally suited to gray autumnal days or spring afternoons that are sunny and bright but not quite warm enough to go coat-free. Colors like beige, light gray, camel and navy work brilliantly all year-round, and they go with almost every other shade.
A leather jacket
No wardrobe is complete without the style statement that is fashion leather jackets. Leather jackets are always on-trend, and they can be used to dress virtually any outfit up or down. You can team a vintage leather jacket with a pretty skirt and trainers for an edgy spring/summer vibe, or add an embellished jacket to a chic blouse, heeled boots and skinny jeans for a cool winter smart-casual look.
Mastering the art of layering is crucial for surviving changes in temperature and unpredictable weather conditions. Investing in long-sleeve tees and lightweight crewneck and polo neck jumpers will stand you in good stead come rain or shine. Once you’ve got the basics, you can add cardigans, jackets, coats, or scarves to keep you warm, or dress up a plain top with a necklace, a brooch, or a statement bag and shades if the sun appears.
Skirts and dresses
Skirts and dresses are having a moment right now. If you’re panicking that you’re going to have to stash your favorite summer pieces away as colder days loom on the horizon, don’t get your storage boxes out just yet. Midi, maxi, and even mini skirts and dresses are ideally suited to almost every season, as you can add layers to make them more winter-friendly. If there’s a chill in the air, you can swap vests and t-shirts for jumpers and long-sleeved tops, add tights and replace sandals or ballerina pumps with boots or sneakers. If it gets really cold, layer up with a coat, a hat, a scarf, and gloves. You can create casual or smart looks depending on the occasion. For dinner or drinks, take a pleated metallic skirt, add a plain black crew neck jumper, a statement collar necklace, opaque black tights, heeled black boots, and a smart overcoat. For a stroll in the park, team a denim mini with an oversized wooly jumper, a parka, thick tights, a bobble hat, and trainers.
Most of us know what to wear when it’s hot outside or there’s frost on the ground, but what about those tricky transitional periods? If you’re preparing for the new season, or you’re looking to make your wardrobe more versatile, hopefully, this guide will ensure you look chic whatever the weather.