Transitional Dressing

Posted in Winter

There was one point in time when I was at university when I believed ‘the more clothes you owned, the better you were dressed.’ This was a psychotic belief, not at all utilitarian when it came to moving {in which I did 6 times since thinking that} and instead the concept complicated my life as I literally hauled my endless supply of cheap, tiny dresses from one continent to another, one state to another, one city to another.

It was only this past spring when my mom was visiting {and taking some old, gently used clothes from my closet to take to charities in India} did I realize that transitional dressing will help me keep an edited, yet stylish closet. I boast about my ability to let go of things and to always have a refreshed closet, and what better way to entertain a closet that was essentially fit for all seasons? These were the takeaways I got for curating a capsule closet for transitional dressing…

Transitional Dressing
Transitional Dressing

basics

You know those thin, cotton blouses we wear in spring and summer that can never really be worn in the winter unless you’re okay risking your life with hypothermia? You guys, I discovered “vests” to wear under them. When I first moved to London and people called tank tops and basic long sleeved shirts, vests, kind of confused me—but now I get it. I grabbed a black longsleeved shirt at the beginning of autumn and didn’t really use it until last month when I was getting sick of wearing wool and heavy winter clothes. Paired under a few of my favorite summer dresses including my most adored denim Maje dress here, the black long sleeve vest has become a godsend to keeping me inspired and sustaining my closet.

I also have been incorporating other basics like wearing a neutral colored chunky knit over a dress, roll-neck or turtleneck in places and even a button-down shirt with a collar under blouses.

layers

We hear about layering a lot, but the art of layering is something that takes practice. Personally, I love to follow street style shots of Olivia Palermo as she so seamlessly marries colors, textures and prints. I literally think she is one of the only women I see photographed at fashion week that dresses for the season: warm in the winter, cool in the autumns and no trace of influenza.

One of my favorite tricks has been layering a denim or leather jacket under a coat. I usually buy winter coats a size up so I can layer underneath and my denim jacket + structured coat has been a favorite and easy combination.

Transitional Dressing

What I Wore

dress c/o GREAT PLAINS dress last worn in MANILA, PHILIPPINES vest BOOHOO via ASOS boots c/o NEXT boots last worn HERE earrings c/o J. LAUREN handbag TED BAKER lipstick AMAZING GRACE by CHARLOTTE TILBURY

footwear

I love flats for any season and recklessly wore them the dead of winter when I first moved to London. That’s not the best idea really. I try to go for leather loafers when it comes to wearing flats or pairing more “dainty” and water-proof flats with tights. This year, I’ve been wearing my ankle boots so often, breaking them in enough to be able to enjoy long walks and run errands around the city. Another trend, that tried a bit here, is adding cute socks to either shoes or strappy heels. Miu Miu is notorious for it and I might consider trying the trend out if I can find a cute pair of strappy heels to pair some of my fun socks with {yes, already have the latter}.

material

One part of layering and transitional dressing that I think people fail to acknowledge is material. London is a city that can show off multiple seasons in one day, I kid you not. One time during brunch, it was beautiful and sunny and then randomly started hail/snowing before it got sunny and fairly warm 4 minutes later. With that in mind, I try to layer in an assortment of material to not only keep things interesting, but also accommodate as the weather changes throughout the day. If I wear an all wool outfit, it might be too warm—an all silk outfit doesn’t deal well in the rain.

accessories

Like socks with strappy heels, accessories can go a long way. Sometimes I’ll accessorize with a silk scarf around my neck and if it gets too warm, I will tie it on my handbag handle. Gloves can also add a great pop of color or even carrying an umbrella to fend off spring showers can be perfect to incorporate another pattern with the final look.

Transitional Dressing