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FASHION NOTES: 5 RULES OF TRANSITIONAL DRESSING

22.01.16

Now that winter is coming to a tail end but spring isn’t quite breaking through the cold, it marks that awkward few weeks where dressing doesn’t come easily, even to the most sartorially savvy amongst us. We’ve compiled some general rules of thumb to live by to make this tricky period easier and to ensure you travel from one season to the next in impeccably appropriate style.

1. BUY NOW WEAR NOW

In our opinion, there are minimal amounts of fun to be had from adding to your wardrobe with something that will only sit, unworn, for months on end. If you’re buying new season pieces now, opt for styles that will slip seamlessly into your winter wardrobe as well as your spring one. With this in mind, it becomes easy to build a bridge between the two, and the result is a relevant transitional wardrobe that will last longer than a few weeks. Topping our list at the moment are timeless and versatile pieces, read; a belted jacket, a neutral knit and the right pair of biker jeans. With a simple switch of styling, these will remain relevant until summer but are the perfect way to inject a slice of the new into your everyday rotation.

2. CHOOSE ONE INVESTMENT PIECE

Whether it be a dress, a coat or ‘the’ pair of shoes that you fell in love with at first sight, there’s always a reason that you need next season’s hero piece. Our advice? Choose wisely. If you’re splashing out on something special this early on, you have to be sure that it will go the distance. For SS16, this can mean anything from an everyday essential to a stand-out buy. A hard-working jacket, for example, will work throughout the season. It’s the kind of piece that you can turn to day after day. Alternatively, a striking pair of heels could prove to be just as much of a winner. You may only wear them a handful of times, but rest assured they’ll make you feel extra special just due to the fact that they belong to you.

3. GIVE CASUALWEAR A PERSONAL TWIST

Styling considerations are often forgotten on downtime, but with a little help from new season collections it’s easier than you might think to inject a seemingly casual look with an essence of your own personality. If you’re starting with a simple jeans and T-shirt combination, you’ve got classic weekend dressing mastered, but with a few additional touches, you can elevate your look with minimal planning required. Think about your favourite accessory and give it a little more air time – be it a statement cuff or a felt fedora – that additional extra will make a significant difference. If you’re keen to take things one step further, a statement jacket is loaded with throw-on-and-go appeal but will showcase your stylish side and lend your look a personal edge.

4. BUILD ON YOUR CAPSULE COLLECTION

When new-season styles start arriving online and in-store, it’s the perfect opportunity to build on your capsule wardrobe. Collections typically launch with timeless classics that hint at the general aesthetic of the season ahead and they’re awash with wear-anywhere knits, jeans and outerwear. Use this time as an unquestionable excuse to invest in that perfect leather jacket or a pair of boots that you know you can wear with everything – there’s simply no better time.

5. USE WARDROBE CLASSICS TO MASTER A TREND

It’s a well-known fact that there’s a sense of rotation when it comes to trends. What goes around comes back around. Remember your flares from the nineties? They’re back in fashion. The fringed jacket your mum wore in the seventies? Resurrect it. For this very reason, dressing for the season needn’t be a tricky task. You’ve likely done it all before. Right now, the focus is on supple suedes, fluid silhouettes and a safari-inspired colour palette. We suggest nodding to these trends with wardrobe classics. A fluid trench ticks all of the above, for example, and added bonus – it’s as classic as they come. Suede jackets will not only update your wardrobe for now but also hold a certain timelessness that you’ll love forever.