It’s official, it’s time to get creative with transitional dressing as the weather starts to turn (rather haphazardly, might we add). We’re not quite in the cold clutches of winter yet, but we are certainly done with the fun, summertime good life. But fear not, we have the hook up on how to take awkward-weather dressing to the next level.
So what is transitional dressing anyway? Transitional dressing is all about finding smart ways to wear summer clothing in the awkward cooler months before winter hits. This involves wearing the right fabrics, bringing out key pieces from winter storage, and learning the fine art of layering.
Key pieces for transitional dressing
There are five key items that can make it easier to move from one season to the next. A light trench/duster coat, a denim jacket, a bell-sleeved blouse, a light knit and a pair of cool sneakers.
Take your favourite shirt dress from summer to autumn in three easy steps: ditch the sandals for sneakers, layer it under a light jersey dress, and throw on a light jacket to complete the look.
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Storage do’s and don’ts
You don’t have to bring out your entire winter wardrobe just yet. All you need are a few key items that you can easily incorporate into your summer clothing. So do bring out a light trench coat, and pack away your sexy bodycon dresses. Don’t bring out the (faux) fur jackets just yet as heavier jackets are harder to layer and immediately add on bulk. Do pack away your sandals and bring out all the cute ankle boots you’ve had stored away.
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Layer like a pro
Layering for both style and warmth is very important at this time of year. So take the opportunity to inject some colour into your outfit using at least one of your layers. Play with textures for a modern take on a tried and tested layering combination. Layer a bright knit under a neutral coloured dress, or wear a fun print shirt under a muted denim shirt or cardigan. You can even use accessories like berets, stockings and a fur boa to add a colourful nod to winter, without fully committing just yet.