Fashion: Seasonal change
15th August 2019
Charlie Bond looks at the ways we can transition our summer style to make it new-season chic
Right now as the remainder of the summer stretches before you, it might be hard to imagine a time when you won’t be sipping rosé al fresco and slathering on sun cream… but autumn is on its way. You’ve probably already seen the new collections arriving in shops – and while it’s not quite time to ditch the flip-flops, there are a few key pieces you can buy now – and actually wear! That’s right, we’re now officially coming into ‘transitional season’. This is the period of time when it’s technically still summer, but the shops say autumn…and as for the weather, that’s anyone’s guess.
But, fear not, you don’t need to ditch your summer wardrobe and wrap up warm just yet. Here are some easy ways to give your favourite summer pieces a little extra life…
A coatigan is still one of the best items of clothing I’ve ever invested in, and there’s a reason they come back year after year. They’re lightweight enough to wear in between seasons, add an instant update to outfits and are easily the perfect transitional piece to take you from summer to autumn. Wear with everything from your summer shorts and dresses to jeans and watch the magic happen! They can also be a great way to smarten up an outfit instantly too.
White Stuff duo reversible longline coatigan, £79.95 www.whitestuff.com
I actually wear ankle boots all year round, and believe it or not, they can work really well with summer dresses. Opt for a light coloured pair, such as stone or tan – they’ll look great with your summer wardrobe colours and will help you bring those items with you into autumn. Plus, they’re so versatile you can team them with everything from jeans to jumpsuits. Definitely a transitional item you’ll want to invest in.
Hush Otley boots, £219 www.hush-uk.com
It seems obvious to say ‘add a scarf when the weather gets cooler’, but a stylish scarf can add loads of impact to an outfit. Choose something long and drape over simple outfits like jeans or maxi dresses to give an instant update – or even use the scarf in your hair.
A lightweight scarf can also be a great alternative to a jacket or cardigan – just drape over you’re your shoulders, and voilà! (Anybody who works in an air conditioned office will be especially clued up in all the ways that adding a scarf to a summer outfit can keep you warm!)
Oliver Bonas lightweight scarf in block orange animal print, £28 www.oliverbonas.com
They’ve been one of the biggest summer trends around, but the great news is you can continue wearing your favourite midi skirt long into autumn. Swap sandals for white trainers or boots, add nude tights underneath on cooler days and pair the skirt with oversized jumpers and skinny-rib turtlenecks for an extra touch of stylish warmth. On the hunt for a new midi skirt? Choose one with a darker print – it’ll work harder for you during autumn as it’ll go with more of your black, grey and neutral items, but it’ll still look great for summer teamed with a cami top or white tee.
New Look black floral midi skirt, £22.99 www.newlook.com
A jumpsuit can be a great all-year-rounder, you just need to find ways to switch it up. Adding layers underneath is a quick, easy way to update your look and add warmth as the weather starts to cool down. A white t-shirt, long-sleeved plain top or thin jumper can all work well, as can smarter shirts and blouses. Depending on the style, you can also add layers over the top, so that just the bottom half is showing – giving the illusion of trousers or culottes.
Miss Selfridge Camel checked pocket pinafore jumpsuit, £45 www.missselfridge.com
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