Transitional Dressing

The lines that draw us apart often bring us together. The same could be said for transitional dressing. This is how to pull an outfit together in between seasons.

Much like our current lifestyles dressing can become quite a chore. When we’re not sure how the weather is going to play out and you want to wear your outfit from the boardroom to the bar we find ourselves in a cluttered mess.

Going from colder temperatures to warmer, often leaves us feeling like the dark days are over. We tend to want to shove away our winter wardrobes and unpack our beautiful summer frocks but don’t be to hasty there is still a nip in the air and you never know what the Cape Town weather is going to do. This time of the year is perfect for transitional dressing.

Here are my tips for changing seasons and transitional dressing.

1. Layer like a pro
You’ll want to start layering like you did going into winter but this time bearing in mind that you are looking to shed layers and still look great. No one likes a sweaty ball of yarn. I love breathable fabrics like cotton and silk blouses peeking out under knits. These are great paired with a well-tailored blazer or an edgier leather jacket. Be sure to carry a large tote to stash your extra layers in if you end up peeling them off.

2. Denim for days
It seems like denim never really goes out of style and what with so many different washes and styles out there I’m not surprised. I find denim a great go to item as it can take you from smart to casual and day to night. This time of year I prefer pairing high waisted denim skirts or trousers with a crop top and denim jacket. The flash of your midriff gives the idea of summer without you freezing to death.

3. Courts and thigh highs
A classic court in a bolder colour always implies you’re dressing for summer so wear these heels with everything from jeans to dresses. You should always have a statement pair of courts in your wardrobe, as they are a classic with a twist. Tall boots are back in the spotlight. Wear your favourite summer slip dress over a cosy polo neck, and pull on a pair of thigh-high suede boots to complete the look. Or wear knee-high leather boots with your favourite denim midi skirt these are bang on trend.

4. Fuss free hair
The wind tends to start picking up as we head towards summer so I like to have options of pinning my hair up and wearing hats. I find this is an easy way of not eating your locks with lunch.


LOOK 1: Green Sweater (Desiderata), Grey Denim Jeans and Teal Fedora (River Island), Ring (Witchery) with Plaid Blazer (Massimo Dutti)
LOOK 2: Leather Jacket (Forever New), Cream And Black Tuxedo Blazer (Ted Baker), Blue Baseball Jacket (Pull&Bear), Green Check Shirt (Topshop), Grey Jeans (River Island), Cobalt Court Heels (Alexander Wang), Black Stud Handbag (Alexander Wang)
LOOK 3: Silk Shirt & Black Knit (Alexander Wang), Leather & Wool Waistcoat (Rag & Bone), Grey Jeans (River Island), Blazer (Zara)
LOOK 4: White A-Line Denim Skirt & Blue Denim Jacket (Topshop), Grey Crop Top (River Island), Suede Thigh-High Boots (Witchery)


PHOTOGRAPHY // Anton Robert
STYLING // Daisy May
HAIR & MAKE UP // Bernice Dodd

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