A couple of weekends ago, with our friends, the Bennett’s in tow, we ventured to Box Hill, ‘to do the Olympic cycle route’…in a car!
Once at the top, we were thrown a curve ball – it was covered in about 5cm of snow and ice. This was unexpected…we adults were not dressed appropriately at all. The bottom of the hill had given no clue to the Narnia that waited at the top!!
So it is, that we are entering a time of year, when our unpredictable weather plays havoc with our wardrobe.
A promisingly, sunny morning can disintegrate rapidly into wind and rain. The pretty tea dress/ knit combo that you so optimistically set out in, is bedraggled, and no longer looks so tea party ready.
Likewise, the heavy parka you wrapped up in to protect against the sleet, hail and snow is now making you sweat profusely as the sky turns blue and bright sunshine appears!
What are we to do?
The answer to this very British problem is, The Trans- Seasonal or Transitional Wardrobe.
Well chosen, mix and match, wardrobe essentials. Pieces that effortlessly carry you from, cold to hot (ok, lets not get carried away…warm!) in an instant, using a method that’s as old as the hills - layering.
With this in mind, I’ve pulled together 6 key items that I will hopefully buy for my trans- seasonal wardrobe.
Lets take it as read that jeans & tee- shirts, play a role in this wardrobe.
1. No surprise to Lust List readers, the Whistles, Riley Trench is taking this spot.
A great, lighter weight coat, you can slip it over a tee-shirt or add layers underneath it.
2. No trans-seasonal wardrobe is complete without a blazer or item jacket, I’m plumping for the Crossed Blazer from Zara. £79.99.
3. ‘The Essential Dress’, I love this one from Whistles. The Erin Colour Block Dress, £135.
This is a go to dress for all occasions. great with bare legs or tights, strappy flats, ankle boots or heels. For a chillier day, layer over skinny jeans and add a long-sleeved jersey underneath. or team with a sweater and wear as a skirt.
4. This Maison Scotch, Silk Striped Top, £98, is another must have. I’m a sucker for a breton stripe, and as they’re on trend for summer it would be rude not to. Ideal as an under blazer layering piece, and fine enough for warmer moments. Dressed up or down, versatile is this tops middle name.
5. I bought an oversized knit from Cos a few seasons ago and it has been a Godsend. My update would be the Kiliann Cotton Blend Cardigan from Etoile Isabel Marant, £340. The perfect keep warm piece for when its chilly, but not cold enough to demand a coat. With a dress or jeans, it’s a peach!
6. A toss-up between coloured cropped/ full length trousers or a scarf. Jeans are a given so I’ve opted for a scarf. You can never have too many and they’re always great for whipping out of a handbag when there’s a nip in the air. I’ve developed a soft spot for Banana Republic’s Ciara Snake Print Scarf, £39.50.
Fingers crossed, all of these pieces will be creating the frame-work for my trans-seasonal wardrobe.
Have I missed anything?
Until next time…