What To Wear: Between Seasons
Curate the perfect transitional wardrobe and navigate the unpredictable weather in style with our essential guide to the hero pieces that combine versatility with endless layering potential, from the flats that work with everything to the dresses you’ll want to wear on repeat.
Styling is everything when it comes to this holy grail of dresses. Whether you opt for a slip, shirt or jumper dress will depend on your personal style and wardrobing requirements but the perfect fit needs to be able to hold its own with nothing but a pair of sandals for company. From there you can layer up as your mood and the weather dictates, adding boots and, eventually, tights as well as a multitude of knits – layered under and knotted over - jackets and statement coats that will ensure you’re perfectly dressed for work and the weekend come rain shine or, more than likely, both in one afternoon.
The Essential Knit
Proving, should you think otherwise, that wardrobe fundamentals needn’t be boring, a statement knit is essential for getting you through the in-between weeks. Just what makes yours special is going to go by your individual taste: choose from slouchy zip-up pullovers with retro patterns or classic Breton stripes - we’re looking at you Low Classic - or a failsafe sweater – cue Lisa Yang’s impossible-to-resist cashmere. Wear to offset bare legs when worn with shorts and mini hemlines for now, then use as a chic layering essential when temperatures really dip.
Find a pair of boots that you truly love and they’ll carry you through all four seasons – not to mention the tricky bits in between – and countless years to come. Guarantee wardrobe longevity by slipping into a modern classic, be it a stand-out pair of cowboy boots or Miu Miu’s fashion-forward take on the biker boot. A pair of clompy ankle boots in leather (faux or otherwise) or rubber are the stylishly utilitarian choice, perfect for inclement weather and weekends off-duty while Paris Texas’ suede over-the-knee pair are unswervingly chic and ready to take you from day to night in one perfectly turned-out step.
When it comes to wardrobe mileage, few pieces can go the same distance as denim. Find the perfect jacket or pair of jeans and you’re guaranteed to have them on heavy rotation. They're among few pieces that can transition seamlessly between settings as well as seasons: simply add cosier layers to beat the chill and switch-up daytime sneakers for after-dark heels. Wardrobe.NYC, Ferragamo and AGOLDE denim should be on your radar and in your wardrobe.
We’ve never met a time of year we didn’t want to slip into great tailoring, whether it’s a relaxed, androgynous trouser suit or something with a more feminine slant like LVIR’s coffee-coloured blazer and mini skirt. Depending on the temperature you can wear with a tank top or T-shirt underneath then add a shirt before levelling up to a knitted polo neck that will keep you stylishly warm. And, should the day require, you can shrug your carefully chosen coat over the top, too, for the perfect finishing touch.
Whether you look to a trophy piece like KHAITE’s studded denim jacket or Nanushka’s irresistible leather blazer, a lightweight jacket is the throw-on-and-go piece that you’ll want to reach for to add a little extra heft to your look as the temperatures start to dip. Wear over dresses and boots to balance out bare legs for now and, if you pick the right shape, you can deploy it as an extra layer under your overcoat when the new season really kicks in.
What to wear when you’ve put away your sandals but you’re not ready to break out your boots? A pair of endlessly versatile flats, perfect for navigating changeable weather and the sartorial challenges that come with it. Miu Miu’s satin ballet pumps remain this year’s most coveted shoe and will give a soft touch to your dresses or jeans and lightweight knits – look to Jacquemus and JW Anderson for leather versions that have all the grace of the pump but are slightly more study. Loafers have a pleasingly back to school vibe that makes them the obvious trans-seasonal choice, while a pair of Mary Janes - see GANNI’s punk-inspired buckled pair – will give any look a dose of ladylike polish.
The Great Cover-Up
The best thing about a beautifully tailored wool coat or classic trench? Throw it over your most low-key looks or stacks of thermal layers and chunky knits and you’ll instantly look pulled together. They’ll work right now, too, worn over a summer dress with ankle boots or ballet flats for flawless trans-seasonal style. Muted shades are arguably more versatile but it’s hard to resist the power of joyful pieces like ISABEL MARANT’s pale yellow Crombie that will go a long way to lift your mood in the dark, cold days of the depths of winter.