September. Great for apples, blackberries and Downton Abbey fans. Not so good when it comes to getting dressed. One minute it’s cold, the next it’s muggy and then – you’ve guessed it – it’s cold again. Quite simply, what on earth are you meant to wear? The best way to deal with trans-seasonal dressing is to layer up and be prepared to shed clothes as and when is needed. It’s the ideal time to invest in a few key pieces that will not only help you negotiate autumn’s slippery slide into winter, but can be brought out again next March when spring weather is equally erratic. And if you, like me, are currently staring at your wardrobe and thinking ‘uh oh – I really need to go shopping’, here are four easy ways to update it right now.
A sleeveless coat
Fashion lunacy or a really clever trans-seasonal item? While a sleeveless coat might sound as practical as an umbrella with a sunroof, it’s actually an incredibly stylish way of layering up for autumn. Throw over a shirt or jumper and it will take you through those tricky early autumn and early spring months. Just think of it as a longer version of a gilet. If a sleeveless coat just doesn’t appeal, then how about a classic vest? This one from Zara is perfect for dressing up over a pleated leather skirt like this one from Whistles or dressing down with jeans.
A really great shirt
I love the versatility of a shirt. So understated and yet so cool at the same time – just like Celine designer Phoebe Philo who manages to make being stylish look as effortless as breathing. Wear under your sleeveless coat, on it’s own or under a fine knit sweater for easy autumn style.
I’m not someone who is naturally drawn to pink. There’s only one (hot) pink thing in my wardrobe (a pair of cropped Gap skinny jeans). But, I need to start thinking pink as it’s most definitely the colour of the season. You have probably read about M&S’ much-lauded pink coat (sold out), but if you can’t find a coat you like (I love the way that Wear & Where favourite Alexandra Stedman of The Frugality is wearing her Ganni one in the picture above), then how about a jumper, a bag or a metallic pencil skirt?
More than just a trans-seasonal item, ankle boots are must-haves for the majority of the year. They do however, work particularly well for autumn when it’s chilly in the morning and not so hot during the day that bare ankles are necessary. This red pair from M&S are not dissimilar in style to the pair worn by Vogue’s Fashion Features Director Sarah Harris in the photo above (note how she’s twinned her boots with a slouchy pair of trousers rather than skinny jeans).