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5 staples to take you through transeasonal weather

7th September, 2022

The button down shirt is high on my list of style staples

Here we are again – that time of year when you walk outside and anything could greet you weather-wise. It’s not winter anymore but not strictly warm spring weather either so dressing for the day requires being prepared for whatever the day might throw at you. It’s important to wear pieces that are going to be able to be worn in warm or cool weather, and it’s why pieces that are suited to layering work best. Being able to peel off or put on various layers means you’ll be comfortable regardless of what the temperature is outside. Having navigated this enough times, I’ve come upon a few staples that are ideal for transeasonal dressing. Here are the five that are definitely front and centre in my closet of late.

Lightweight sweater

A crew neck sweater in a lightweight wool, cashmere or cotton is perfect as it breathes but also retains warmth. Also it’s quite versatile in that it can be paired back with everything from jeans and trousers and can easily be thrown on over a tee or shirt. Opt for ultra reliable neutrals or you could start embracing slightly bolder colours signalling the change in season.

Button down shirt

A layering must-have, the button down shirt is very much a style chameleon. Wear it tucked on or out, open or closed, tied up… it can be styled according to where the day is going to take you. The trend of late also is to wear it open with a white tee or tank underneath which also adds to its usefulness as a layering piece. A white shirt is always a classic, but you could also opt for bright pastels or bold stripes for a modern take on this eternal classic.

Tailored pants are a must

Tailored pants

Love a tailored pant as its potential is almost limitless. I packed a pair on a recent overseas trip and I was able to dress them up or down so easily, plus they’re great for dealing with climbing or dropping temperatures. They also tick the layering box as you could pair them with a shirt or a tee, then add a sweater or a lightweight jacket on top.

Knit dress

This is one of my favourite trends of the season. I’ve seen so many good iterations of it from chain store to designer, there are plenty of options available to suit any budget. I think a long sleeved knit dress is ideal as it has the cocooning effect required to keep you warm, but it’s not going to cause you to overheat if the day gets hotter. Opt for a fun pastel, print or classic neutral — any option will be guaranteed to be on high rotation.

Trench coat

A trench consistently makes it onto style staple lists because it’s timeless and so utilitarian. A great trench can be worn with jeans, over a dress or paired pants and it works equally as well. Plus you can wear it with the sleeves pulled up or down, belted or open, meaning you can adjust it according to what the day brings. Opt for a knee length style to ensure that it can be paired back with as many different outfits as possible.

What are some of your favourite transeasonal style staples?

Fashion

Trans-seasonal dressing 101: how to dress when the weather won’t behave

11th April, 2022

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, never has it been more obvious that the time for trans-seasonal dressing 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.

Kate Waterhouse wearing long sleeved Zimmermann dress

Sleeves are great, especially when they’ve got next-level detail

Introduce textures

I will start to add heavier fabrics slowly as the weeks go by such as a wool or cashmere. Right now it’s great to utilise breathable fabrics such as cashmere or 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 open 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 trans-seasonal 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 trans-seasonal must-haves?