It’s a truth universally known that dressing for the in-between season can be, ahem, challenging. Wet and cold one minute, balmy the next – it’s enough to send anyone into a sartorial spin. However, here at ICONS, we know a thing or two about mastering the trans-seasonal style…
The first thing to reach for are the items that lengthen the shelf life of your summer favourites; think snug knits and sleek pops of leather that anchor lighter layers and add warmth. Then there are the autumnal heroes we fall back in love with every year (hello woollen blazer). Plus, now’s the perfect time to invest in the considered wardrobe updates that can be worn right through until spring, such as this season’s dark florals. With these pieces in your repertoire, you’ll find in-between dressing a breeze.
Florals might be our summer go-to, but, when done right, they can work equally well during the cooler months. The trick is to pick a print with a dark base colour; think inky blues, deep greens or classic black. Look for pretty blooms or ditsy designs with a vintage feel, as these will prove timeless. We’ll be wearing them by way of long-sleeved midi dresses, teamed with knee-high boots and tights.
As we bid adieu to sandal season, the question of what footwear to choose is at the top of the agenda. While boots form the backbone of our winter wardrobes, a leather flat with an elongating point is just right for now. The closed toe/bare ankle combination sits perfectly in the trans-seasonal sartorial sweet spot, and pairs beautifully with a tailored trouser suit for the office, or a crisp white shirt and jeans when off-duty. Invest in classic black, sand or leopard-spot for maximum versatility.
SPINNING A YARN
This season sees a refocus on the cardigan, after it was championed on numerous AW19 catwalks. One of our favourite takes on the classic knit is a long-line, oversized silhouette in warm autumnal hues. Use it as you would a lightweight trench (in fact, some styles even come with lapels and a belt-tie) and wear layered over silk shirts with ankle-grazing jeans, or fine cotton knits and pleated skirts.
BLAZER OF GLORY
On days when it’s not quite cold enough for a winter coat, but too chilly to go without an extra layer, a versatile blazer is the answer. As well as giving essential coverage, the tailored cut adds an element of pulled-together polish to fluid midi dresses and casual denim. Whether opting for double or single-breasted, heritage check or plain, woollen iterations are robust enough to protect against changeable autumnal weather.
THE LEATHER UPDATE
Leather leggings have long held ICON status in our wardrobes, but this season we are seeking an additional style to put in rotation. The straight-fit leather trouser is the perfect alternative and a sophisticated way of making summery broderie anglais blouses and silk chemises autumn appropriate. Styles that hit around the ankle bone and with large back pockets will prove the most flattering. As for colour? The only way to go is black.
ROLLING WITH IT
Seen on several AW19 catwalks, the humble roll-neck has been elevated this season, which couldn’t be better news – this is one of the hardest working pieces in our cold-weather wardrobe. Layer it under printed day dresses, team it with tiered skirts, or pair it with denim flares and chunky gold jewellery. Consider upgrading your knit to a fitted bodysuit, which won’t ride up.
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