Master the Art of Layering

Yes, trans-seasonal dressing is challenging.  We get that.  One minute you're winning in your summer dress, and the next minute, there's a breeze in the air, and you regret leaving the house without a jacket.  But that's no excuse to let your style status slip. Versatility is key when it comes to nailing trans-seasonal dressing. It's about building your outfit around one statement piece and finishing off your look with the perfect separates.

How does one actually nail layering?  What are the wardrobe staples?  From vest tops slipped under cardis to sleeveless turtlenecks, take note of these clever layering tricks to help you look and feel on point whatever the weather.

Wear a Denim Jacket Over Everything

The trusty denim jacket is the number one trans-seasonal staple. Whether it's dark or light wash, oversized or slim fit, the versatility of the denim jacket is unmatched. It works the hardest during those in-between seasons, seeing you through every eventuality. This classic fitted; Robyn Jacket from AG Jeans makes a case for the denim jacket as a clever layering piece. Boasting a slim-fit silhouette in a vintage medium wash, take this jacket into your trans-seasonal wardrobe by pairing it with everything from printed dresses to white tees for a sharp and cosy vibe. One thing to remember, lightweight fabrics are key here, as looking bulky is not the one. Opt for floaty dresses and thin tops.

Slip On a Cotton Cardigan

For those balmy days, when it's too warm for a jacket but not warm enough for just a vest top, a finely knitted cardi is the perfect companion. Enter: This organic cotton cardigan by Riani. Effortless. Tick. Comfy. Tick. Versatile. Tick, tick! Undoubtedly, it will be one of the pieces you'll wear on repeat thanks to its ability to be worn on its own, as a shirt or thrown on over everything from vest tops to slip dresses. Tip: If the cardigan has a low V neck, try teaming it with a lace vest top for a stylish and tasteful look.

 

  Invest in a Cotton White Shirt

The joy of a crisp, well-cut white shirt? It's versatility. Add one to your trans-seasonal line-up, and get ready to pair yours with absolutely everything. Wear it tucked into jeans or maxi skirts, layered over a slip dress, or opened up as a jacket over a vest top – the options are endless. Look to Fabiana Filippi's organic cotton shirt, a classic silhouette with signature beaded detailing on the collar – it will elevate every look with minimal effort. Whether you wear yours to work, brunch or as a sleek look for an evening event, the humble shirt is a layering piece you won't regret buying.

Sport a Sleeveless Turtleneck

Ah, the humble turtleneck. It's gained cult status for a reason. The perfect practical go-to piece to wear to bridge the gap between spring and summer. The trick to layering it? Wear it subtly layered underneath an oversized shirt, as you would a t-shirt with an open blazer, or underneath a dress. AG Jeans' Edie sleeveless turtleneck hits all the right style notes. Perfect for a coffee meet-up with friends or for after-work networking events. Tip: Let it take centre stage and balance it with slim-fit jeans or tailored pants.

 

  Wear a Shirt Dress

Never underestimate the power of a shirt dress in a soft hue. It offers a fail-safe option for polished layering looks or for off-duty days during the warmer weather. Look to Marella's Vezzano broderie anglaise dress for an easy-breezy spring/summer piece. The fit and flare skirt makes for a flattering yet office-appropriate fit or works just as well for afternoon drinks. We're adding minimal accessories and chunky loafers to dress things up or down, depending on our mood.

 

 

 Opt for a Midi-Skirt

 

Up your layering skills by reaching for a midi skirt. Floaty, floral, pleated or tailored, the midi, with its endless variations, deserves a spot in your wardrobe. Whether going to an important meeting or dinner with friends, midi skirts never disappoint. We love the floaty silhouette, flared hem and high-rise waist on the Pompei skirt by Studio Max Mara. Best worn with a blouse tucked in for an elegant, trans-seasonal dressing, just add a pair of sophisticated heeled sandals to dial up the glamour.

 Reach for Wide-Leg Pants

 

Comfortable, stylish, and effortlessly wearable, wide-leg pants are the epitome of refined spring/summer ensembles. Experimenting with lengths and textures is key when layering. Look to lightweight fabrics such as linens and twills for in-between seasons. The Albero cotton linen tobacco pants by Weekend Max Mara are cut into a sophisticated yet relaxed style, and the fringe hem adds a nice touch. Team with a simple white tee and neutral pumps.

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