Is it just us or is there an ever so slight chill in the air? The nights are getting darker, the knitwear is starting to appear, the seasons feel like they're about to click into place. Autumn is on its way. And with it, a colour palette of bold burnished tones, thick corduroy and heavy velvets, and layers. All. Of. The. Layers.
With the weather in the UK being reliably unreliable, we thought it was the perfect time to share some tips on transitional dressing. That way if you leave the house feeling like we're being blessed with an Indian summer and suddenly find yourself in the depths of winter climes by lunchtime, we've got your back!
Here at Trendlistr, we're big believers in transseasonal dressing. If you love something why should you only get to wear it once a year? So as well as equipping you for temperamental conditions, think of these tips as also a way of extending the annual lifecycle of your outfits.
Layers have long been the key to all transitional dressing. But they're not just a trick for Autumn Winter! During summer months, we're fans of layering the outfits we want to wear, with wardrobe staples that keep our skin from turning blue. Try extending the life of your favourite summer blouses by pairing them with knits. Or beat this almost Autumnal weather, by adding a simple long sleeve t-shirt or turtle neck as a base to your favourite sundress.
This works particularly well with round neck dresses and pinafores or dungarees. Or try adding a pair of black tights and boots to your favourite summer dress to make it more wearable. A good pair of black tights and block colour turtlenecks will make your dress selection wearable from January through to the summer. We love this vibrant 60s butterfly print dress and it's perfect for layering over a turtleneck or pairing with a chunky wool knit.
If it's a mild Autumn day, a chunky knit can look incredibly chic paired with a light cotton dress, or silky bias cut skirt. Which you can then knot around your shoulders for casual preppy chic if the sun starts shining. Or a fun colourful layer like this 80s batik print jacket, is fun to throw on over a little dress or jeans and a t-shirt.
Keep it natural
When it comes to fabrics, natural materials are always the most breathable option. Unlike synthetic fabrics, which often make us a little stickier when the temperatures increase! Natural fabrics use fibres from animals and plants like wool, cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, leather and suede. They tend to be more porous and better for your body's temperature regulation. Plus who doesn't love the luxury of fabrics like silk? This 70s floral silk midi dress would be perfect with a pair of ankle boots and an oversized wool cardigan.
Natural fibres like linen can absorb up to 20 percent of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and like cotton, it dries quickly. And in the case of wool (particularly cashmere and merino wool), they're much warmer than synthetic options, and still very light. Making them perfect for layering in hot or cold temperatures. We love this butter-soft 70s suede dress, perfect for pairing with chunky leather boots and a statement necklace.
Get Creative with Colour
All too often magazines will have you believe you can only wear a certain shade in a certain season. And we don't think you should believe a word of it! Why should we keep our pastels for spring and our jewel tones for winter? Finding a way of working traditionally wintery or autumnal pieces into your Spring/Summer wardrobe can be a great way of experimenting with colour. And with vintage fashion, designs aren't dictated by season, freeing you up to experiment.
The simplest way to make this work is by bringing lighter fabrics like linens, cotton and silks to balance heavier, darker ones. The key is to create contrast. For example, take a heavy wintery 70s tapestry A-line skirt and pair with a crumpled white linen shirt and Birkenstocks. Simple and effortlessly chic Autumnal outfit. You can also make softer, more spring/summer feeling pieces work in the new season by toning them down with darker shades.
Reach for longer lengths
From skirts, dresses and trousers, to oversized coats, reach more for longer lengths. Whether it's a longer cropped trousers or a midi skirt, these pieces work well throughout the year. Or taking you from day to night. An over-sized floor-length trench works just as well over day dresses as it does over something more elegant for an evening.
Longer lengths also look incredibly chic, instantly elevating your look. We love this full length 70s Moth Print skirt and the colour palette is strong for summer and winter months. And from a practical point of view, more fabric means more coverage and less chance of catching a chill.