The Checklist: Transitional Staples
Impromptu morning downpours, sunny afternoon spells, chilly evenings: the weather forecast may be in flux, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to be. Master the shift in seasons with our expert round-up of failsafe pieces that promise maximum style mileage, come rain or shine...
1. The Great Cover-Up
The change in season presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to your wardrobe and a lightweight cover-up is your new hero. A trench is the undisputed perennial go-to, but how to style a trench coat as the temperature falls? Don’t think of it as a solely off-duty item: try it over slick denim with a heel or even a classic shirt and midi skirt combo and you’ll see it looks effortlessly cool with everything. For shearling jackets, take your cue from Isabel Marant and team with floral dresses and ankle boots for a modern bohemian feel. Biker styles will toughen up slinky silhouettes, while blazers add a sharp edge for more elegant ensembles.
2. Timeless Tailoring
Style doesn’t have to be sacrificed to the cause of practicality, and two-piece co-ords and sharply cut separates reign supreme when it comes to all-weather, timeless appeal. Versatile, easy, chic: this season’s new tailoring styles have staying power and our edit of clothes for autumn will set you up for winter and spring too. Look to Jil Sander for impeccably clean lines, GIA STUDIOS for pared-back polish, Frankie Shop for oversized silhouettes and consider SIR for an air of subtle femininity.
3. Do-It-All Dresses
A versatile dress has the power to take you anywhere, even into the next season. From knitted midis at AERON to languid slip maxis at Commission, these dresses certainly do-it-all. When it comes to styling, wear strapless numbers over light knits, and long-sleeved dresses under blazers. An all-weather appropriate pair of cowboy boots will take you from day-to-night with ease.
4. Fail-Safe Boots
Nothing bears the brunt of the weather quite like our footwear and with winter on the horizon it's time to invest in a great pair of boots. The knee-high is an AW22 stalwart whether your hemlines are sitting high or low and you won't put a foot wrong with BY FAR and Chloé. Heavy-tread flats from the likes of Prada pair well with almost any outfit and guarantee durability whilst a heeled ankle boot will elevate any look, any hour.
5. Good Jeans
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. Citizens of Humanity, WARDROBE.NYC and ANINE BING’s denim should be on your radar and in your wardrobe.
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