It’s that time of year when you’ve bought the knitwear, are dying to show off your new winter coat and have the 100 deniers all washed and waiting… and yet it’s just not quite cold enough for any of it.
I came back from our holiday last week ready to fully launch myself into all things autumn. As much as I loved swanning around Spain in floaty dresses and jumping in the warm sea in a skimpy swimsuit, I was equally as excited to get home to my growing knitwear collection. I took great delight in doing the seasonal switch up of my wardrobe (and Evie’s for that matter), packing away all of my swimwear, floral wrap dresses and crop tees for another year (happy that I’d allowed them one last outing) and filling my wardrobe instead with colourful knits, long sleeved dresses and chunky cardigans so that I’d be greeted with all the cosy autumn feels when pondering what to wear each morning.
Switch over complete, I woke to grey skies the day after returning from Spain and rather smugly dressed myself in my cosiest, chunkiest knitted jumper, dark denim jeans and ankle boots while layering E up in tights, knitwear, and a host of blankets before setting off on our daily jaunt… I’d barely reached the end of the road before having to de-blanket E, and de-layer myself before I hyperventilated. Update: it’s definitely not cold enough for autumn layering yet.
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We’re currently in what the fashion insiders like to call the ‘transitional period’, but which most of us know as – that point when the weather doesn’t want to make its mind up and getting dressed is a daily risk of either sweating profusely or shivering so much you come home with a cold. So we spend much of these weeks sporting neither our summer favourites nor our new autumn garbs and instead opt for fail-safe denim and stripe bretons until such a time when we can be safe in the knowledge that the wind will freeze our noses off and so a wool coat and beanie hat are indeed acceptable attire.
But despite the fact a LOT of my knitwear is going to have to wait patiently for the thermostat to drop down a few notches, there’s actually a lot to love about this in-between stage – your hands and face being able to be exposed to the elements without risk of frostbite being one of them – and I think I’m starting to get the hang of this transitional dress code. So here are my tips for transitional dressing;
Rock the ‘half in half out’ look
This is probably one of the few times of the year where you can happily rock both a chunky sweater AND bare legs, or thick tights yet bare arms. Skirts + sweaters has to be one of my all time favourite fashion looks with a bare leg being pit against an oversized fluffy jumper so I’m aiming to make the most of the opportunity to rock that style while I can. As a general rule though, just think ‘half in half out’ – want to wear that cosy new jumper? Flash some skin in the leg/ankle area and you’ll avoid looking too wintery too soon.
Choose a midwash
This is the midwash jean’s time. They’re not fully at home in summer with all the bleached washes and white skinnies, and they’re not suited to winter either when the dark denim and faded black styles take over. But right now? It’s all about the mid wash denim. Whether in a button front A-line mini teamed with a mustard sweater and ankle boots, or in a high waisted jean teamed with a crisp shirt and velvet flats, choose those vintage wash blues for the perfect seasonal look.
Embrace the accessories
Of course accessories can be embraced at any time of the year but I feel like they really come into their own in this not quite cold weather yet phase. Don’t know about you but during the summer, I take a really minimal approach to accessorising and opt for as little jewellery as possible, avoid anything that makes me overheat and usually carry not much more than a small handbag and a pair of sunglasses. By the time we reach the depths of winter, I’m so over layered that aside from a wooly hat, any accessories I’ve chosen largely remain unseen. Right now is the perfect time to show off the fedora hats, the statement jewellery, the un-practical large clutch bags and the dainty flats that soon won’t make it through the frost.
Free the ankles
Which brings me nicely onto my next tip – take the opportunity to free those ankles while you can! Soon there will be no place for a bare ankle and cropped jean and that’s rather sad because OMG there are just too many cute as a button flats out there at the moment, from my H&M bow front style to these velvet Zara numbers which I’m currently trying to talk myself out of.
Enjoy being coat free
The time of the coat will come, and it will be long. So if you’re dying to show off your knitwear collection while the leaves allow for a – toss us in the air – photo opp, then make the most of being able to step out sans coat and let your jumper keep you cosy. Or if that’s a little too risky for you, get the wear out of your denim jackets, leather bikers and lightweight trenches before there’s no chance of those protecting you from the elements.
Show off your colours
Ever feel like your outfits never see the light of day in winter because you have to hide them under a million layers of wool, cashmere and water resistant coating? It’s honestly one of things that really gets me down about winter – there’s no chance to show off my clothes!! #firstworldproblem I know. But now is the time to show outfits off in all their glory while you don’t have to bundle up too much. Enjoy that glorious feeling of waltzing out with your blazer unbuttoned (oh my!!) to show off those gorgeous autumnal colours like the true risk taker you are.
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Are you a fan of this in-between stage with the seasons when it comes to fashion? Any tips to add for transitional dressing?
All photos by Debs at Bang on Style