Ah, August. A time of indecisive weather and unreliable forecasts, of a winding down summer and not-quite-here-yet autumn. As August reaches its end in the coming weeks we’ll be well into transition season, a time when drizzly days mean your key summer pieces just won’t cut it, but it’s not quite cool enough to unpack your winter wardrobe and start layering up in heavy knits. So, how do you dress for this in-between period?
Don’t let trans-seasonal dressing send you into a panic, as there are some easy ways to make the shift from summer to autumn comfortably and fashionably. Trans-seasonal styles are exactly what you need to see you through before winter takes hold, and will become wardrobe staples in the cooler months as you turn them into essential layering pieces.
Trans-seasonal clothing gives our wardrobes a refresh with modern, wearable pieces that aren’t trend-led in nature, which means they can be styled time and again as they are incorporated into different looks. With some strategic styling and savvy shopping, you can repurpose your favourite summer staples and pair them with climate-appropriate pieces to create cool, September-ready looks. The trick is to invest in fashion that resonates with the coming season as opposed to the last, to ensure you stay super stylish as well as prepared for all weathers. Still unsure of what to wear? Don’t worry, we’re here to help…
A loose-fitting shirt can be worn with the relaxed pair of trousers you’ve been teaming with a plain tee all summer, providing extra warmth on breezy days. A casual shirt is also a great option for when you’re not quite ready to wear a jacket, as your relaxed button down can be worn open and layered over a t-shirt as a lightweight trans-seasonal option.
Wide leg trousers
For last minute heatwaves a pair of wide leg trousers can be styled with a laid-back off-the shoulder top, but this versatile staple piece will also come in handy on cooler days. Once you start to feel the autumn chill, pair them with a boxy shirt or a half-tucked-in sweater. A chic pair of wide leg trousers will look great in the office as well as on chilled out weekends.
A turtleneck may not seem like the ideal choice for warmer weather, but as it starts to cool this is the perfect piece to style with the floaty summer dresses you’re not yet ready to let go of. Alternatively, a lightweight cashmere jumper is the perfect layering piece to style with jeans and skirts as we move from summer into autumn.
A blanket coat is just the comfortable, cosy piece of outerwear you need to persuade you to leave your duvet behind on cold days and head outside. Layer a long, unlined blanket coat over your favourite t-shirt and mini skirt combo to keep those legs warm when you’re not ready to resort to tights or leggings.
If you bought the cutest floral dress a month ago, you don’t have to hide it away in a drawer until next year just yet. Instead, try pairing it with a leather jacket and ankle boots to transform your summer look into one that’s autumn-ready. Ankle boots have the same effect on many of your summer staples and can be worn with anything from flowing dresses and midi skirts to your favourite skinny jeans.
It might be time to opt for long sleeves, but cooler weather doesn’t mean your wardrobe can’t be lively. Invest in a versatile printed shirt to take you from the office to the bar, and from the end of summer well into winter, changing up your outwerwear accordingly.
If you’re going to have to reach for a jacket as you head out, make sure it’s a cool one. Leather is set to be a key trend for AW18, so stay ahead of the game by investing in a handsome layering piece now. If smooth leather isn’t really your thing, try a suave suede number instead.
Long sleeve polo
A polo shirt is a year-round essential, and you can certainly keep hold of your favourite styles as we head into autumn. However, for a truly trans-seasonal piece with a sleek, handsome appeal, stay warm in a long sleeve polo paired with casual jeans or tailored trousers.
Slim fit trousers
It might be time to say goodbye to your shorts, but don’t despair- trousers look cooler, anyway. A well-fitting pair of slim fit trousers are suitable for all occasions and provide a sleek professional look. They’ll also pair effortlessly with your favourite summer shirts and tees, so you don’t have to resort to a complete wardrobe overhaul.