With the bank holiday heatwave still fresh in our minds, we’re finally getting to think about lightweight, warm-weather clothes. Yes, spring has sprung, but before you get ahead of yourself, it’s worth remembering that the weather’s at a temperamental stage. So whilst it may be time to pack away your padded jackets and winter accessories, you’ll still need a few hard-working staples to accommodate bursts of sunshine, rainy spells and everything in-between. At this time of year, it’s all about dressing for uncertain temperatures; here are the key pieces that every trans-seasonal wardrobe needs.
Invest in Shirts & Blouses
Shirts and blouses – ideally in lightweight fabrics like chiffon, viscose or even linen – are perfect for spring. Being long-sleeved yet breathable, a crisp blouse will see you through the season with ease. Look for smart casual styles that you can wear for the office and beyond; pair with simple tailored trousers whenever you need to impress, or dress down with skinny jeans for a more low-key finish. And since the weather’s becoming brighter, try to embrace neutral or colour-popping shades, rather than sticking to black or grey. Accessorise with bold jewellery if you want to give your outfit a little lift.
Make Midis Your Go-To
Mid-length skirts and dresses simply scream ‘trans-seasonal.’ When the weather’s a bit ‘meh,’ a midi dress will work perfectly with ankle boots; when it starts getting warmer, switch out your winter shoes for a pair of flat sandals. Midis can take you anywhere too; whether you’re heading to the office or out with the girls, they’re versatile enough to suit almost every occasion.
Cover-Up in the Classics
You may have stowed away your snuggest coat, but you’ll still need some kind of cover-up for spring. Lightweight outerwear won’t leave you sweating during sunnier spells, but it’ll still keep you warm whenever the mercury drops. Nothing beats a classic trench coat at this time of year; they offer just enough protection from those pesky spring showers, without being bulky.
Blazer jackets are ideal for spring because they’re lightweight, modern and adaptable; you can get away with wearing them to almost any event. Got a date after work? Throw a tailored blazer over a spring blouse (see above) and your favourite skinny jeans; complete your look with heels and an oversized clutch. For a more polished look, swap out your skinnies for a pair of tailored culottes; top it all off with statement earrings and heeled court shoes.
If you want to update your look for the new season, trade in your classic black blazer for something a little softer; pale grey, ivory or pastel shades work especially well in spring.
Choose Lightweight Knits
Even though you’re probably getting a little tired of knitwear, jumpers and cardigans still have their place in trans-seasonal wardrobes. Sure, you won’t need your chunky knits for the next few months, but you’ll no doubt be reaching for lightweight pieces in the meantime. Fine knit jumpers are great for throwing over crisp white shirts during the week (especially when you’re facing a blustery commute!), but they’re also ideal for relaxed weekends; wear with this season’s city shorts and your ballet flats for low-key lunches with friends.
Longline cardigans are another great option when you’ve got to contend with confused climates. A sleeveless knit can be worn in a multitude of ways; layer it over your loyal polo neck whenever it’s cooler outside, then wear it with a vest top and tailored trousers when the sun’s out.
Step Out in Slip-Ons
Bored of your boots? In need of a footwear refresh? Put a spring in your step with a pair of slip-on shoes for the new season (sorry to break it to you, but it’s not quite sandal weather yet!). Closed-toe shoes are a must whenever there’s a chance of rain, but slip-on mules are a lighter option than boots. And if your winter boots are looking a bit worn after some heavy wear, you’ll appreciate the change.