Transeasonal dressing 101: how to dress when the weather won’t behave

5th April, 2023

I did a What I Wore post that touched on this very topic and with the past couple of days in Sydney going from sunny and warm one minute to torrential downpour the next, I’ve definitely had transeasonal dressing on my mind. That tricky time of dressing for unpredictable weather is now well and truly upon us. As far as fashion goes it’s sometimes hard to decide what to wear when the weather is temperamental but there are a few things I do to help get around it…

Layer, layer, layer

If I have a few layers to my look it’s easy to add or subtract pieces according to the weather. I find that bringing a jacket with me now is a good idea but it’s not really the time for a winter coat so I will use a denim jacket instead. It’s not too heavy, not too light and as a bonus it’s right on trend. I will usually pop one on over a slip dress with a tee underneath and I am set. If it warms up a bit it’s easy to push up the sleeves and leave my arms partially exposed.

Add sleeves

I think dresses are still weather appropriate this time of year but it might start to get a bit too cool to leave arms and shoulders uncovered. In this instance I find things like long sleeved dresses or layering a tee underneath a dress would be ideal as it keeps me warm without being overly rugged up.

Introduce textures

I will start to add heavier fabrics in wool and cashmere as the weeks go by and it starts to get chillier. Right now I find it’s great to utilise breathable fabrics such as cotton and a lightweight wool for those days when it might start out cool but get a little warmer later in the day. 

Swap sandals for closed shoes

It’s still possible to get away with wearing open toed shoes but the further we get away from summer the more likely it is that temperatures will cool down during the day. As such I am starting to swap my sandals for loafers or sneakers. Even if I’m wearing something lightweight, having closed shoes often helps balance it out.

A shirt that can be rolled up is perfect for battling trans-seasonal weather

Wear tops that can be rolled or pushed up

If I’m not quite sure what the weather is going to be like I’ll pop on a long sleeved shirt or lightweight knit. This gives me option of being able to roll up my sleeves or push them up if the weather is a little bit warmer. When paired with something that leaves a little leg exposed such as a midi skirt then I will be quite comfortable and won’t get too hot or cold.

Tie it up

A big trend at the moment is to tie a denim jacket or knit around the waist which makes for the perfect set up for a transeasonal outfit. I love having the option to leave the jacket tied around my waist or popping it on if I’m feeling chilly. It also means I don’t have to deal with the hassle of lugging around a jacket.

Tell me—What are some of your transeasonal must-haves?


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1 Comment

  • Reply Lisa Barrett 15th January, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Kate
    Love this piece on trans-seasonal dressing. More important than ever as consumers are making more conscious decisions when buying new.

    Mine would be a kimono top/shrug as I designed one for my small made to order brand. As a beach cover up with just a bikini in Summer and in winter, with a long sleeve or roll neck sweater and jeans. Versatlity is important

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