I’ve put together 10 layering tips to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn to help you make the most of your summer wardrobe.
Officially it’s now autumn and if you’re like me, you have thought about packing away your summer wardrobe. But left wondering how long it will be before it actually cools down. Well, I’m now bored with my summer wardrobe and ready get into my winter wardrobe. Though winter can be a brief fashion season for many Australians, particularly those who live in the northern states.
I am, however, taking the delay in cooler weather in my wardrobe stride. I’ve decided to use this time to practice my layering techniques because as much as I want to just get into those knits, the outside temperature together with my body temperature won’t let me. So here are my 10 layering tips to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn.
Your base outfit pieces
These really are the building blocks of your wardrobe, but they also have to be good enough to wear on their own should you need to de-layer throughout the day. I rely on my basics. Think jeans and a tee shirt or lightweight knit top or a simple drape dress.
10 layering tips to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn
1. Firstly edit your existing wardrobe
Take everything out of your wardrobe and only put back what fits you, what you feel confident and comfortable in and what’s still in good condition. In addition, if it’s faded and gone pilly, send it to the Salvos.
2. Make note of any gaps you have found
What basics do you need to use as a base, do you have a pair of simple black pants, a white tee, a black tee a pencil skirt, a pair of comfortable jeans, also a simple drape dress. Don’t forget your shoes must haves a pair of kicks, ankle boots and black knee-high boots
3. Create an outfit that’s somewhere between summer/autumn
Break down your outfit and balance it out. Maybe a summer tunic together with leggings or tights and boots. Maybe jeans and ankle boots but with just a tee and a scarf or a lightweight jacket.
4. Opt for layers that are lightweight.
If you live somewhere cold this doesn’t mean sacrificing warmth. It means utilising layers that don’t need bulk to keep you warm. Think fine wool knits or undergarments.
5. A scarf/kimono/cape
These are great trans-seasonal layering pieces. They add another layer but are usually in a light cotton or rayon so if it gets warm you can usually get away with still wearing them. They also had a pop of colour.
6. A denim jacket
This is a favourite layering piece as denim is made from cotton. It teams with so many other pieces in your wardrobe. A maxi dress or skirt, a tee shirt or drape dress. Also, it’s easily removed and thrown into your bag without crushing.
7. Look for pieces that can be worn now and layered later.
Get the most out of your autumn-winter purchases. The non-layered outfit, for example, a simple tee shirt dress that you wear now will look very different when you add a coat and scarf.
8. Don’t add a thick knit or jacket if you know the temp will hit 25 degrees Celsius
Go for a lightweight blazer or a cotton cardigan with a three-quarter sleeve. Also, a wrap or extra large sized scarf and meet the brief.
9. Buy colours in autumnal tones
Part of transitioning into a new fashion season is adopting a trend colour or two. This keeps your basic/foundation pieces looking fresh and results in an instant impact in an outfit. Look for accent colours of, forest green, mustard or red.
10. Add a piece in an on-trend shape, something new
To also keep your outfit looking on trend and feeling fresh. The wide-leg pant or cullot is one to try if you’re keen for something new this autumn. They work well as a work, weekend or occasion style of pant. Heels or a pointed toe flat is needed to balance proportions and add length to your legs.
So from capes to leather jackets, lightweight tunics and scarves, keep things interesting, while dealing with autumns unpredictability.
Furthermore, you can add interest to your outfits when you layer, it immediately adds impact, so this is a very good thing to try and aim for.
What trends and colours are you keen to try this autumn? Let us know in the comments below.