What to wear when it’s too hot for layers of big knits, tights and sturdy boots, but too cool for lightweight dresses and exposed toes? The answer is all in transitional dressing. Pieces that will fit into your existing wardrobe and take you from spring to summer, and maybe even autumn, seamlessly.
April teased us with that all too brief glimpse of what summer could be like. A heavenly couple of hot days, which were gone almost as soon as they came, which caught us off guard and which left our wardrobes somewhat in limbo.
The trick with the transitional wardrobe is to invest in a few key staples that can be layered now, then stand on their own in the warmer months.
Start with the maxi dress. A perfect piece to hide pre-summer legs but keep you from overheating your work commute. Wear with ankle boots on cooler, rainy days and when the sun rears its beautiful shiny face slip on a pair of sandals. For casual weekend attire throw on an oversized chunky knit and fedora and for smarter occasions, a tailored jacket and a pair of heels will instantly turn it into an elegant outfit.
Similarly versatile is the maxi skirt. Teamed with a crisp white t-shirt and trainers keeps things cool and casual, add a cardigan or denim jacket for chilly evenings.
Spring mornings in the UK can be cold. The Katherine Hooker Rain Coat in black or navy is great to throw over a lightweight silk top and roomy enough to layer over thin knitwear, plus there’s that all-important waterproof element to it for the unpredictable English weather. Pair jeans and a blouse under the coat, and ballet flats for a casual but sophisticated look.
Picking the right jacket and coat is absolutely key to your transitional spring wardrobe. Longer length cuts like the Tallulah Jacket go with any style of jean or wear it with high-waisted slouchy trousers, which are still very much on trend. Tap into one of this season’s key looks of bold, bright colours with our yellow Daisy Jacket, guaranteed to make a statement.
Next up, the wear anywhere floral sundresses that require very little effort to dress up or down. Add trainers or ballet bumps for casual, then swap in kitten heels for the evening - they’re also perfect for workwear. If the office the air-conditioning is overzealous simply slip into a neat cardigan.