Stripes and by the way where did the sun go?!??!

I am very unimpressed by this abrupt backward turn in the weather…do you realise that it is exactly a month until the longest day?

What is going on?

Should we do away with all thoughts of buying a summer wardrobe and just opt for an all year round winter one?

For the eternal optimists amongst us, who are still looking to invest in summer items, stripes could be your go- to, fail safe trend.

(Also they can live on into autumn/ winter quite nicely too!)

In stripe world anything goes… regatta, patchworked, shirting, wide, narrow, vertical or horizontal, take your pick.

Here’s a look at how they appeared on the S/S ’13 catwalks.

I love the Paul & Joe combo!

For the high street, stripes are a godsend and an easy sell, there should be no shortage of them at a more reasonable price point.

Here are some of my high street favourites.

Whistles- Stina Stripe Dress,  £165

Whistles– Stina Stripe Dress, £165

Maison Scotch- Silky Stripe Top, £98 reduced to £45

Maison Scotch– Silky Stripe Top, £98 reduced to £45

Yippee, this was on one of my Lust Lists…I shall be bagging myself one!!

By Marlene Birger- Suave Stripe Skirt, £145

By Marlene Birger– Suave Stripe Skirt, £145

Crew Clothing - Blossom Vest, £48

Crew Clothing – Blossom Vest, £48

Gap- Harbour jersey rolled sleeved striped dress, £34.95 reduced to £24.99

Gap- Harbour jersey rolled sleeved striped dress, £34.95 reduced to £24.99

& Other Stories- Striped Blazer, £79

& Other Stories– Striped Blazer, £79

Comptoir des Cotonniers- Linen T- Shirt, £55

Comptoir des Cotonniers– Linen T- Shirt, £55

Suffice to say that there is a bountiful stripe selection out there…now all we need is a bit of sun to go with them!!

Until next time….

A Trans-Seasonal Wardrobe is the Answer to Problematic Weather.

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!!

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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.

Whistles Riley trench coat £155

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.

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3. ‘The Essential Dress’, I love this one from Whistles. The Erin Colour Block Dress, £135.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 18.55.52Fingers crossed, all of these pieces will be creating the frame-work for my trans-seasonal wardrobe.

Have I missed anything?

Until next time…