Trans-seasonal styling can be one of the biggest fashion challenges we face. Most of us have experienced stifling heat one day, then freezing temps the next - sometimes we even get all four seasons in one day! What's the best way to navigate fickle weather and remain stylish? Read on........
The first and probably, most obvious, tip is to layer. That doesn't necessarily mean bulking up with a big knit and heavy overcoat, making you feel like Atila the Hun, but smart shopping and including the pieces in my capsule wardrobe will allow you to layer stylishly without overheating.
The pleated skirt remains a firm favourite, as does the satin slip skirt. These can be paired with chunky knit sweaters in cooler weather or look just as great with a casual tee and biker style leather jacket. For winter try a heavier fabric such as wool, or a leather pencil skirt, and mix them with mid-weight knits or lace. Try pointed, flat pumps instead of ankle boots for an edgy look.
Over-sized White Shirt
One of the best basics you can invest in is a good, crisp white shirt (or two!). Frankly, you can never have too many! Paired with jeans, heels and a blazer they can take you anywhere, but you can create an edgier look by tucking them into long, flowy skirts with tennis shoes or chunky combat boots (who can forget Sharon Stone at the Oscars in her husband's shirt with her gorgeous grey silk skirt?). They also look great under a knit in cooler weather, and for an office outfit, you can pair them with some tailored pants and classic loafers.
This jacket is a great go-to all year round. Don't limit it to winter only, when it can be layered over chunky knits and jeans. As the warmer weather comes, try it with a long, floaty dress or skirt or even silk pants and a tee. This timeless staple will last for years!
The maxi is one of the most versatile dresses you can add to your wardrobe. Worn with heels and beautiful jewellery it makes a gorgeous statement for evening but looks just as great with tennis shoes and a biker jacket for day wear. In cooler weather pop a heavy knit on and wear it with combat boots, or on warmer days pair it with light sandals.
Lightweight Merino Knit
A lightweight merino is another key piece for every wardrobe and can be worn year-round. A fine knit can be worn under jackets and chunky knits in cool weather, or standalone in warmer climes. They're also easy to wear around your neck for a casual look with jeans, but handy to then pop on as it cools in the evening. Always invest in the best you can afford to ensure longevity and no pilling.
Must-have Trans-seasonal Accessories
Ankle boots - you can't go past ankle boots and at least one pair is a mandatory addition to any wardrobe. You'll wear these staples year-round, and pair them with everything from floaty dresses and skirts, to jeans with biker jackets.
Midweight scarves and wraps - one of my favourite accessories is the midweight wrap and oversized scarf. They can hide a multitude of sins (for those of us filling out through our middle), but also add the final "je ne sais quois" to what can be a very simple outfit.
Good quality tights and stockings - flesh-coloured tights are never okay (apart from ballerinas). If you feel the need for them, use a tanning agent instead to provide a more flawless-looking skin. Otherwise, a mid- to heavy-weight opaque will work with your boots and pumps to help keep you warm as the weather cools.