3 Ideas for dressing in-between seasons
I’m a big fan of making the most out of every item in your wardrobe. Getting that all important cost-per-wear down as much as possible and only bringing new pieces in when you know when, where and how you’ll wear them.
This time of year is great for digging into your wardrobe and trying new outfit combinations that allow you to continue to wear your summer pieces for longer. I might be writing this during a late summer heatwave here in England, but I know that it won’t be long before the mornings and evenings are chilly, meaning easily removable layers, ready for the afternoon sun will be essential.
Today, I wanted to share 3 ideas for layering up your summer outfits so that you can stay comfortable (and stylish), whatever the temperature, until its time to dig out the boots and the knits!
1. knitted waistcoats
I love the idea of these nifty little knits which are mostly worn sleeveless. A knitted waistcoat is more substantial than a cotton vest or simple top but feels less of a commitment than a jumper. I’ve seen them paired with shorts, satin skirts, jeans and tailored trousers and each and every combination has looked fabulous.
I’m yet to take the plunge but I could see a knitted vest quickly becoming a wardrobe staple for me.
You could still add a light jacket over for chilly mornings but on it’s own is a great stylish piece.
When I used to think of a ‘shacket’, (a cross between a shirt and a jacket), I automatically pictured a lumberjack style checked version or a sturdy canvas oversized shirt. These days there are so many shirt-style jackets around that will cater for anyone’s personal taste. This one has a lovely relaxed, classic feel and would work well to smarten up jeans as well as over tailored trousers or a skirt with volume.
3. Ponchos and wraps
These blanket-like layers may appear to be deep-winter appropriate only BUT since they are one of the highlights of the autumn/winter fashion trends, I think we should dust them off and start using them now! I bet you have one squirreled away on a high shelf? A wrap scarf is less of a commitment than a coat and can double as a blanket when you find yourself shivering in an air conditioned office. You will start seeing these everywhere very soon so maybe it’s time to get ahead of the game?
I realise that everything I’ve shared here is neutral in colour – there is good reason, I promise.
When your layers are neutral, you are freer to wear them over any colour as well as other neutrals. This doesn’t mean that layers can’t be colourful, just think carefully if you are buying something new and check that it’ll work over enough of your existing outfits.
That’s all for now, I’m going to have a cuppa in the garden and make the most of this final bit of summer!
Do leave me a comment and let me know which layering piece you are going to try. I always love to hear from you.