Sunday, 18 August 2013

Guest Post: The Perfect Transition.


Today I have a guest post as I'm waiting on the internet to transfer to my new flat. It's from Lucinda Bounsall who is a fashion writer Farfetch. It's all about the awkward between-season where it's still a bit warm but it's raining and windy - i.e NOW! 

Anyway here it is, hope you enjoy:

As fall approaches we take a look at some essential items that will help you transition between the
seasons with perfection.

We’re around the one week mark into August and I’m not going to lie; I think we’ve seen
the best of what the British summer has to offer us. I mean, not that I’m complaining, two
consecutive weeks of the mercury hitting the high twenties is actually the best summer that I
can remember having on this fair isle.

I might be speaking too soon, I hope that we get at least a little bit more sunshine in before
the long months of winter envelop us in their bosom. I have been working on a tan that has
probably reached what is known as Caramel Latte on the Dulux colour scale and I reckon
with another week of sun I might be able to reach the heady heights of Cookie Dough.

But in the meantime as the weather is warm but the sky remains somewhat overcast my
attention has been turned towards my new season wardrobe. One thing that I always have
trouble with is navigating the difficult waters of in-between-seasons dressing.

I always seem to have a plethora of chunky knits, skinny jeans and sumptuous winter coats
or at the other end of the wardrobe spectrum; summer dresses, sandals and shorts – not
exactly ideal for those days when the weather can’t make up its mind.

So I’ve done a little research and come up with a couple of items that will fit into your
wardrobe perfectly and help take your current clothes from seasonal staples to all-yearround essentials.

There’s no need to break the bank; you can invest in the things you like but there are always
slightly more budget friendly high street counterparts. The best thing about items that
transcend the seasons means that you will get the maximum amount of wear out of them, so
really you’ll be saving money in the long run. Well at least, that’s what I’m telling myself!

    1. Woven Panel Cami - £15 – A black camisole top is an ideal item for any season, it will go 
      with almost anything in your wardrobe and is easily dressed up or down for any occasion, wear on its own during the day and throw on a cardi or leather jacket for when it gets a little cooler in the evening.
    2. Calsta Jacquard Blazer - £125 / shorts - £60 – One of my favourite trends that has come out of this season, championed by Alexa Chung, is the matching blazer and shorts combo. This brilliant jacquard two-piece is dreamy worn with a wide brimmed hat and a light shirt. The best thing about these babies is that all you need is a thick pair of tights and you’ve got yourself a super stylish winter ensemble in an instant.
    3. American Vintage Ocean City Cardigan (with sheer sleeves) - £99 –This cardigan must have been designed with transitional wear in mind. It’s chunky knit will keep you warm but the sheer sleeves not only add a sleek sophistication to your knitwear collection but will ensure that you stay perfectly cool whatever the weather.
    4. Cashair Circular Scarf - £126 – A scarf shouldn’t be confined to the remits of your winter wardrobe. A bright scarf will work wonders in cool summer evenings and add a pop of colour into an otherwise more muted winter palate.
    5. Moss Distressed Boyfriend Jeans – £205 – Boyfriend jeans have been on our radar for a while now and they’re swiftly becoming one of those go-to items that solve any sartorial problem. Wear yours with chunky ankle boots in the winter or sandals in the summer.
    6. Argo Heavy Strap Boots - £92 – A stylish ankle boot is an absolute must have, they’re the perfect option for almost any weather condition, although we’re thinking they might be a little heavy duty for the desert. Wear an ankle boot to toughen up a feminine summer dress or with skinny jeans and a leather jacket when the temperature drops. These cool Topshop boots are a great between-seasons colour as they’re not too dark or too light.
    7. Signature Shirt in Magenta - £225 – The perfect silk shirt is a true investment item to any wardrobe, you don’t necessarily have to splurge £225 on an Equipment one but it’s definitely worth it to spend a little more than you would normally as silk shirts go with anything and will never go out of style.
    8. 90 Denier Tights - £12 – It might seem a little obvious to tell you that tights are a must have transitional item but you can never under-estimate the power of the pantyhose! Make sure you stockpile on relatively cheap tights for everyday occasions and spend a little more on some more hardy ones that will last the season.  As the summer draws to a close a good tip is to keep a new pair of tights in your bag on the off-chance that after work drinks goes on late and you get a little nippy!
    9. Sara Berman Leather Pencil Skirt – £175 – Leather is going to be huge for next season so make sure you buy early on and make the most of it. A sultry leather skirt looks effortlessly cool with a baggy marl tee and a pair of heeled boots. As it gets colder a leather skirt is the perfect option to keep you warm and stylish and you won’t have to go out and buy anything else!

So whilst we aren’t exactly wishing away the sun at least at the end of the day we have something to look forward to, including how to rework your summer style into the perfect winter warmers.
What are you looking forward to wearing next season?

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