Um hello? Am I the only one who feels like Autumn just totally crept up on me when I wasn’t fully expecting it to? I only realised it was well and truly here when I was out shooting these pictures and had to duck into a coffee shop for a warm drink and thanked my lucky stars I had a chunky knit in my car for emergencies.
The thing is, when you live in Britain, the first topic of conversation to escape anyone’s lips is the weather. And can you blame us? When it’s bright blazing sunshine one day and pouring cats and dogs the next, how’s a girl to know whether its time to go bare-legged or break out her ‘big coat’?
I only moved here about four years ago, and I like to think I’ve acclamatized to the weather fairly well. That being said, the change between seasons is always a tricky time. And since I store my winter wardrobe away when it is summer and vice versa, I never know when is the perfect moment to unpack my new season pieces, for fear of being too early or too late and potentially freezing / being too warm. God knows I turn into a diva when my body temperature isn’t juuuust right.
So I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks I’d picked up along the way for those awkward few weeks when you haven’t done ‘the big switch over’ from your summer to winter wardrobe, but have to make the best of what you’ve got in your wardrobe at the moment.
Plan ahead. Plan ahead. Plan ahead.
Yes I said it three times. It is THAT important. You’re a smart girl. You know there’s going to be a bit of a cold period at the end of summer and a bit of a warm period at the end of winter. So plan ahead by not only getting your heavy duty winter and light as air summer pieces out, but by keeping a few transitional basics like one light coat, a leather jacket, a blazer, a couple of turtlenecks in basic colours and a couple of tank tops in basic colours on hand, too.
Make clever purchases
Do you get over-excited when you see items you love and click ‘Add To Cart’ before you can finish saying ‘Shopaholics Anonymous’? I know I do, so I’m probably not the best person to be advising you on this point as I’m very much a live in the moment sort of girl. But try and think of the larger picture whilst making purchases. Last year, I bought a black floral maxi dress which looks just as good when teamed with a denim jacket and bright sandals in the summer, as it does with a leather jacket and boots in the winter. So this year, I’ve tried to consider the bigger picture of how things would work across seasons as opposed to just working for a particular time of year and then being redundant for the rest.
Take the time to get to know your body
Weird? Not so much. If you know the parts of the body where you get cold, you can dress accordingly and avoid any uncomfortable surprises when out and about. I know I get really around my neck, chest, shoulders, arms and feet. My legs, hips, etc however, I can get away with wearing the lightest pieces (or going bare legged) and not feeling chilly. Which is why I try and carry a scarf in my bag or car that I can wrap around my neck or shoulders and instantly feel warmer. A general guide I find really works is that by keeping your neck, arms and feet covered, you can get away with lighter items of clothing like a top or dress with a light blazer over.
Check the weather
This one’s a given since 90% of us check the weather app on their phones or the BBC weather app so they can dress for their day accordingly. We’ve all been in the position when we haven’t checked the weather and have dressed for the kind of day we thought we were going to have instead of the one the app predicted, and walked home with drenched hair, chattering teeth or a jacket tied around our waists. Play it smart and check the evening before when you lay out your outfit, and then check once again in the morning before you get dressed, just to be on the safe side.
Mix and match
Don’t pack away those printed midi dresses and skirts form summer just yet. Longer lengths give you a bit more coverage so you can go bare-legged in Autumn. My go to formula for taking summer pieces into winter is to team summer bottoms with long sleeved tops and turtlenecks, throwing on a long coat or cardigan and stepping into some comfortable block heeled boots.
Blur the boundaries between summer and winter with colour
If, like me, you get into rut of wearing ‘winter colours’ – navy, khaki, grey, burgundy and a WHOLE lotta black in winter, injecting your wardrobe with a bit of colour will ensure you can take thoseto next pieces in summer as well as give your winter wardrobe (and your mood on cold, dark morningas) a much-needed perk. I’m excited to introduce pieces in mustard yellow, pillar box red, cobalt and pink into my winter wardrobe this year.
Knitwear you can layer is your BFF
There’s nothing I love more than snuggling up in cosy knitwear when the temps drop. That being said, transitional weather calls for fine knits that you won’t get too warm in and chunkier knitwear you can throw on instead of a coat that feels like a hug when you snuggle in to it when you’re lounging around at home, but still looks sassy an on-point when you’re out and about. Like the oversized grey Boohoo number I’ve thrown on over a pretty standard summer outfit for an added layer of protection when a chilly breeze hits.