Dressing for this MOODY weather!
12 tips on how to work around the transitioning of seasons in style. The main takeaway point are investing in mid-weight jackets, layering pieces and start introducing pops of colour to welcome Spring! Remember, you can also use your accessories to warm up/ cool down your look- swapping a strappy sandal for an ankle boot can make all the difference!
TIP 1: Always have a warm scarf on hand! A casual afternoon coffee can often turn into a lingering afternoon wine…invest in a neutral tone scarf in wool or cashmere. You’ll be able to throw it around your shoulders in the afternoons as it cools.
TIP 2: There’s a reason why a classic trench features in every stylists Must Have List! I think this is such a key piece for any wardrobe, especially when it comes to trans seasonal dressing. This black trench can be worn day to night and over a dress or pants and it always gives your outfit extra sophistication.
TIP 3: Keep your head warm! Don’t underestimate how much the humble hat does to keep you warm and your outfit looking season appropriate. By throwing on a felt hat and a knitted suede cardigan over cotton pants a t-shirt, you’ve covered all the seasons!
TIP 4: Learn how to layer! As I type this, we’re supposed to be at the end of Winter, yet it’s already a balmy 26 degrees outside. This morning it was a chilly 9 degrees! Invest in natural fibres that will breathe, so if things start to heat up, you will still feel comfortable. Also, if you aren’t confident yet in layering, start with keeping all your piece within the same palette and fabric, that way you can put a foot wrong. Finally – think about proportions – for example – here we have a long, tunic style shirt, therefore we have chosen a slim leg. If you’re short, cuff the ankles slightly to show some skin and consider knotting the tunic to your hips!
TIP 6: Often overlooked in trans seasonal dressing is the sleeveless knit, but it deserves a second chance! Hear me out: if it’s a little windy but still in the mid 20s (aka half of the year in Brisbane), you need a top that you can easily layer with but still isn’t too hot in the heat of the afternoon. A sleeve;less knit, especially this mock turtleneck, is perfect as you can throw a jacket over it morning and night. During the day, the turtleneck and knit fabric will still keep your look feeling wintry, without you overheating as the day turns unexpectedly warm.
TIP 7: Learn from the Army. The military jacket is making a comeback and you should welcome it into your wardrobe with open arms! This khaki, long line jacket in a heavy drill cotton will keep you protected from the elements and can be pared back with white, navy, black & neutrals.
TIP 8: Keep your look fresh with shades of crisp white & blue. If you want your jacket to have a more summery feel to it, pair it back with summery tones and try rolling up your sleeves.
TIP 9: If the weather can’t make up its mind, why should you? Mix it up a bit by throwing together a range of textures. I love this bold silk print shirt paired with a creamy tan leather jacket. It still makes a fashion-forward statement, but tones it down just a little bit. Soft suede flats and a belt add a wintry feel to the look to finish it off.
TIP 10: If you’re not confident showing off your arms, invest in a short-sleeved knit. This one has a detailed mock turtleneck and softly structured shape that’s flattering over tailored trousers. This style of knit is especially handy for the corporate lady who often wears jackets. It won’t be too warm during this transitioning of seasons and you’ll still be looking appropriate in case you remove your jacket.
TIP 11: Wear your thermals under your favourite blouse! If you’ve just bought this new print shirt and want to wear it straight away (who could blame you!?) even thought it’s still quite chilly, just layer it over a thermal. My favourite is a woollen silk blend that we have in store, with a scooped neckline and figure hugging sit. It will keep you warm, let your skin breathe and won’t move around during the day. It’s also an essential piece for any jet-setter!
TIP 12: Always have an all-weather coat on hand! My pick of the season is this reversible coat in french-navy and sandy beige. Honestly, it goes with everything short of a ball gown, so you can throw it on if you need warmth, protection from the wind or rain. The cut is simple, straight through but not too bulky, and the attention to detail really elevates it from being just an everyday coat to elegant outerwear. It features a practical hood, silver embellishment at the cuff and a drawstring collar.