We all love transitional fashion, don’t we? It forms part of what seems to be a blogger’s wildest fantasy – swishing through crunchy autumn leaves in ankle boots and a chunky knit in front of your Olympus Pen-wielding Instagram boyfriend for the perfect ‘candid’ shot, ideally accompanied by a PSL (despite the fact that they’re gross, soz not soz) clutched in a perfectly manicured hand. Okay, I admit it…I got a bit excited writing that, although give me a soy chai latte any day. Back to business though; I’m not sure we’re there yet. I mean I know the shops are dripping with jackets and boots and jumpers, but I wore a light knit the other day because I was all ‘SEPTEMBER!’ and frankly I was sweating for most of the day, except the part when someone decided to crank up the office air con as though they were under the impression that we work in a tropical location.
This is despite me being a generally cold person (bad circulation, you should see my zombie hands when it hits 10 degrees) – but I also hate being too hot in what I’m wearing. You know when you start to feel a bit enclosed and sticky? That makes me flustered. So when I was thinking that it was about time I started posting autumn fashion on the blog, I decided to go with what I’m actually wearing right now instead of jumping right in with the big guns. At this point in the year it doesn’t seem entirely sensible to be buying more summer dresses, but equally we’re not ready to start wearing our cold-weather wardrobes. These are my early transitional heroes – they’re things that can all be worn together for that in-between weather, but they’re also easy to pair with more seasonal items when the weather gets cooler or hotter.
When it comes to the trouser, my choice is a culotte almost every time. They don’t look like ‘woooooah pal you’ve got your actual bare legs out and it’s not August’, but they’re not going to leave you sweating – and that makes them a perfect transitional piece. I’ve amassed quite the collection now, but these tie waist pink ones are from New Look; the dusky shade feels a little autumnal and they’re super comfortable. The versatility of a good pair of trousers is one of my favourite things about them and that’s why I think they’re worth buying at any time of year – pop on a crop top and sandals if there’s a burst of September sun or a ribbed knit and sock boots when it gets a bit chillier.
Sturdier than a ballet flat, more enclosed than a sandal but not screaming WINTER like a boot, loafers have to be the ultimate transitional shoe for me, although the same applies to any fairly solid closed-toe footwear really. These floral embroidered babies are a recent purchase from EGO, although they were part of the spring collection (I actually included them in this wishlist when I first started blogging, and a mere four months later they’re mine…). Okay, so they’re sort of mules (loafer-mules?), but I think I’ll get a good few weeks out of them yet paired with trousers and jeans. When the weather drops a little more I’ll switch to an enclosed pair and pop them on with tights and skirts.
I know that t shirts sounds like a summer thing, but a good, non-flimsy tee is such a useful item to have for when the weather hasn’t yet properly turned but is no longer really hot. They’re great for layering under blazers, cardigans, and bomber or biker jackets, so it’s the more the merrier at any time of year where a good tee is concerned, in my opinion. Admittedly as we move into the last part of the year you want one made of good, relatively thick material, and much as it pains me to say it (because I’m sorry you want HOW much for a t-shirt)…Topshop is where it’s at for that, I’ve found. I’m sure this one needs no introduction, since I plastered it all over my Instagram, and in another blog post, but I love it, and it’s not being packed away just yet.
I bloody love a blazer, although I often forget about them. I bought this one from Topshop several years ago now and haven’t given it the love it deserves – I do periodically rediscover it every six months or so but this time I think it’s properly back on my radar. I’ve been wearing it over tea dresses for work, and I think it’s going to be great with jeans and over jumpers or under coats as the weather gets cooler. My only problem is that this one is a tiny bit like some of the v.cool checked ones that are popping up at the moment (like this one, this one and this one) in that it’s grey and patterned, but nowhere near similar enough to stop me wanting to buy one of the new ones. Hmm.
My last early autumn hero isn’t a particular item, it’s a feature. There’s a reason I think this bag is great for transitioning to the cooler months and that reason is texture. Experimenting with different textures can really elevate an outfit anyway, but it always seems particularly effective in autumn and winter when there’s a lot more to play with. Accessories are a great way to get into the textured transitional zone even when it’s not chilly outside yet because they’re not going to add unnecessary warmth. I’ve been using this faux pony hair bag a lot recently, having put it away in April and rediscovered it during our move, and I think it’ll see a lot of wear over the coming months.
And there we have it; the wardrobe staples I’m wearing for early autumn, because I’m a rubbish fashion blogger and I’m not ahead of the seasons, but also because these things work for a lot of different eventualities. Paired with some of your favourite cosier pieces they can be worn throughout the season, but you’ll be able to get use out of them now and keep them out even if we get an Indian summer over the next few weeks.
What are your favourite things to wear at this time of year? Are there any other early autumn staples that I should be adding to my wardrobe?
Photos: Rob Poor