Summer is fast on its way out, paving the way for an icy winter and we can feel the chill of the air seeping in during the early mornings already. If you’re like us, a tad unsure about what to wear or actively mimicking the layers of an onion only to find out that you're overdressed and stressed, we have the perfect guide to the basic wardrobe staples needed to bridge the transitional climate phase. Pull out your outerwear, reel in your midis and gear up for a fashion forward chilly season.
The Lightweight Trench
A lightweight trench coat is an investment piece that should last at least three to five years.But there are certain factors that affect the overall wearability factor and seasonal appropriateness. By selecting a trench that is lightweight, you’re simply making room for the concept of layering. Level up in your selection by choosing a statement trench that can even double up as a dress if tied correctly.
Key tip: Try basic colours that go with everything like beige, navy or grey. This will ensure maximum wear throughout the seasons.
A sweater is probably the easiest staple to find and can suit multiple occasions - casual or semi-formal - and can be worn with any type of bottom. Details to remember when it comes to selecting the perfect sweater are fit, proportion and textile. Opt for a lightweight soft knit as a transitional weather staple because the sweaters worn in the middle of winter are usually chunkier and heavier.
Key tip: Always take not of the length of the sweater when initially purchasing it and be mindful of the care instructions, as some sweaters tend to shrink when not washed properly.
Move in with a Midi Skirt
A midi skirt can be worn year round and usually pairs well with other staples like sneakers or a lightweight knit. Remember that there are several variations of the midi, especially around the waistline and hem length. A simple yet impactful way to rock the midi would be to invest in one with a standout pattern or button detail.
Key Tip: Be sure to try the midi on before purchasing it to check if the length suits you. If you are shorter, try selecting a midi that falls closer to the knee than to the ankle for a taller appearance. This is because longer midi skirts may stunt your height.
Dressed up or down, a jumpsuit can be paired with a jacket or turtle neck for the cooler climate. Watch out for significant details like the fastening, waist belts and fabric, which are important in the overall look and feel.
Key Tip: Try experimenting with the various fit options available as a jumpsuit can look super fashion-forward when layered underneath or over other pieces. A tight fitting jumpsuit will not give you ease of motion or allow for further experimentation.
A shirt dress is more versatile than than many of us assume. It can be worn as is with stockings and sneakers, or it can be worn as a jacket on days when there’s a light breeze. Worn under a skirt (refer to image), you are virtually kicking it up a notch.
Key Tip: Think ahead, don’t take the first shirt dress that you see, be aware of the various ways that it can be worn before purchasing it. Keep it casual and assess how you can make the dress look better on you.
As a proud supporter of the denim jacket, this fan favourite is definitely an important investment because it lasts forever. Whether it’s a distressed light denim or the ultimate dark wash, a denim jacket is that staple that you keep in the trunk of your car, why?, Because it will never go out of style.
Key Tip: In case you’re worried about investing in a particular type of denim with a signature blue tone, why not try something different like a black denim jacket instead?