Style Guide: Women’s Transitional Fashion

It’s that awkward time of the year again – the dreaded transition between summer and autumn – when deciding what to wear becomes more stressful than a looming deadline. As temperatures start to drop, your strappy summer dresses don’t quite suffice anymore, while your knitwear collection leaves you in a hot sweat. So how can you get your outfit just right in this tricky period?
With the arrival of a new season, you may think that you need a whole new wardrobe, however, there are a few tricks that you can use to adapt your current wardrobe for the change of weather. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a few new pieces too though!

Layer up

Ok, so it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but the age old trick of layering is a fail proof way of transforming your wardrobe for the adjusting temperatures. A lightweight jacket or long-line cardigan can be your saving grace over the autumn months, as these items are perfect for throwing on over the top of your summer favourites. If it’s getting a bit too chilly to bare your legs, you can give your summer dresses a new lease of life by simply popping on a pair of opaque tights. It really doesn’t get easier than that!
Get creative with your layering, by dressing down a midi-dress with a laid back sweatshirt on top or smartening it up for the office by adding a tailored blazer. A simple roll neck can look really chic worn underneath a sleeveless dress too.

Opt for long sleeved designs

Mixing up an outfit to make it more autumn appropriate can often be as simple as opting for a longer sleeve length. While your favourite skirt may have looked gorgeous paired with a delicate camisole over the balmy summer months, that doesn’t meant it won’t look equally as elegant partnered with a long sleeved blouse or a chic piece of knitwear.

Throw on a poncho

Ponchos and capes are a fantastic alternative to a jacket during the transitional period, as they are ultra-easy to throw on over the top of your outfit for some added warmth, without feeling quite as heavy and structured as a coat. Pair with jeans and ankle boots to create the perfect transitional look.


Change up your colours

The arrival or autumn doesn’t have to mean throwing all of your summer brights to the back of your wardrobe, however, you may want to incorporate a few autumn hues into your day to day ensembles. Channel the autumn leaves by mixing warm and cool shades such as a deep red, orange, plum and green.

Swap your sandals

Exchange your open toed shoes for a trusty pair of ankle boots, for a finishing touch that is appropriate for an evening out, the office or simply a trip to the shops. If you’re still pining for the summer, roll up the hem of your trousers to reveal a bit of skin.


Original published on Zee & Co