Forgive me for jumping the gun here but with Fashion Week around the corner, I am all over transitional dressing. Let’s face it, the weather is erring on the side of autumn and now’s the time to star thinking about all those wonderful things that make this my favourite time of year for fashion. Tights. Boots. Coats. Beautifully rich, dark colours. Ah it’s going to be amazing!
Transitional dressing is something of a skill. Layering, print clashing, and most importantly, being prepared for all weather conditions – it’s a sartorial minefield. So, in the interest of being super organised and maybe a little premature, here’s how I tackle that awkward in-between seasons phase.
I may have a walk-in wardrobe but space is seriously limited and we all now how bulky those winter jackets are. So, the first thing I do is to pack away any high summer items. This means strapless tops, my beloved Bardot dresses and the sandals I’ve been wearing to death the last few months. I put them all in vac pack bags and store them in the loft – until next year my friends.
THINK IT OVER
This is the fun part – transitional shopping. The way I tackle it is this – if you love it, step away from it and if you can’t stop thinking about it three days later, buy it. It’s easy to get over-excited about new season collections. I’ve had my eye on these boots from Office for over a week and couldn’t justify another pair of black boots at the time. Fast forward three days and I was mentally teaming my wardrobe with them so it was time to get them on my feet.
To make sure I don’t make any rash purchases, I always start a couple of Pinterest boards to put together entire looks and get inspired.
Every season I try and pick one stand-out investment buy to take transitional dressing into a brand new, fresh start. This autumn I’ve got my eye on a new Givenchy tote. It’s completely out of my price range but it’ll stand the test of time and is the perfect bag to hold all those extra layers! With one luxury piece, I make sure I choose the rest of my fall wardrobe carefully. Think evergreen buys such as leather jackets, trench coats and beautifully made dresses that can be worn with and without tights. This is SO important to me to get the most out of my money.
I’m so glad that dark, floral prints are one of the biggest trends for A/W 17 and this Suncoo midi dress is perfect. With a paperbag frill waist and button-down shirt detailing, it’s lightweight enough for early autumn and would look amazing underneath a black faux fur gilet or camel coat.
You guys know how much I love me a bit of hardware and chunky, statement pieces are my go-to for transitional dressing. There’s something about an oversized bracelet or a shiny cocktail ring that finishes off an outfit or dresses one up. It adds a sense of luxury no matter what your wearing and doesn’t have to cost the earth. Breaking all the jewellery rules is an art form, you can find out how to master it here.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?…
How do you tackle transitional dressing? When do you start snapping up your autumnal wardrobe?