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It’s pretty difficult to think about dressing for autumn when it’s still hot outside. As a Queenslander, I find it really tricky to keep the excitement levels in my wardrobe when summer goes on and on and on, without so much as a cool change on the horizon.
Trust me, I check the weather app every week, living in hope of a sub-30 degree day.
Warm weather aside, what I do know is that the best trans-seasonal fashion pieces can be sourced and bought right now. And trans-seasonal is where the most of your wardrobe should be at. These are the pieces that will serve you most of the year.
They may not work in the very height of summer or the depth of winter (unless layered) but they will work for more months of any given year. This means way more bang for your clothing buck.
If you’re looking for tips on how to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn, then knowing this is key to making mindful shopping choices. If you shop consciously, then the choices you make now will freshen up your existing wardrobe but also serve you for many seasons to come.
That Bird Label maxi dress (I’m in size 14)
Below are my top tips, plus a look at some new trans-seasonal favourites from the birdsnest stable of labels.
10 tips to help transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn
1. Edit your existing wardrobe. I’m a cracked record on this one, I know. The thing is, unless you know what’s in your wardrobe … like really KNOW … then it’s impossible to make good shopping choices. You might luck into buying something that is different but still works for your existing wardrobe but, in most cases, it will be the opposite. Take everything out of your wardrobe and only put back those things that still fit, are in good condition and, importantly, make you feel nothing short of FABULOUS.
2. Make a note of any gaps that show up when you do put everything back in your wardrobe. Particularly think of any autumn-winter clothing gaps that might seem obvious. Maybe you need a new pair of work pants to go with existing tops. Maybe you’ve got your workday wardrobe sorted but your weekend casual is lacking. Write those gap pieces down. I make lists on my phone in the Notes app so that it’s always with me to check whenever shopping for clothes.
3. Put basics at the top of your wardrobe shopping list. Of all the gaps you’ve identified, these should be the ones you fill first as they will open up so much more in your wardrobe. Autumn basics could include a new pair of jeans; a new work pant; a new structured work dress or a new solid colour tee or top.
4. Think about any events or occasions on the horizon. Do you have any birthday parties, cocktail or formal events or holidays coming up? Do you need new pieces to fit any of these wardrobe scenarios? Add those pieces to your list.
Moonlight bird dress (I’m in size 14 but 16 would be better for me around the bust)
5. Look for pieces that can be worn now and layered later. This is the smart way to get the most out of autumn-winter purchases. The bonus is, the non-layered outfit you wear now will look very different from the layered winter look.
6. 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 has instant impact in an outfit. Look for accent colours of duck egg blue, mustard, forest green or red.
7. Buy a piece in a print that makes you smile. Floral prints are incredibly strong this season, most with a dark coloured black background.The dark background balances out the feminine floral. This type of floral print works for both an office or occasion piece.
Belle bird dress (I’m in size 14) **PLEASE NOTE … this frock is being re-stocked late April/May … make sure you put in an Out of Stock request for your size if you’d like to get notification on that)
8. Add a piece in an on-trend shape, something you haven’t tried before. New or revisited silhouettes help to keep your outfit “”catalogue looking and feeling fresh. The wide-leg pant is one to try if you’re keen to explore a different shape this autumn. They work very well as a work or occasion style of pant. Heels or a pointed toe brogue is needed to balance proportions and add length to the line of the pant.
9. If buying a number of pieces, create your own capsule wardrobe for these trans-seasonal months. Whether you’re starting from scratch or adding to an existing capsule, this is how to approach a wardrobe that works for your everyday style needs. This could be separate corporate and casual capsules, or a mix of both, depending on your lifestyle. Here are my tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe.
10. Shop mindfully with intent. If you follow all of the above tips, you’ll achieve just that. The result will be a wardrobe that delivers each and every day of the autumn-winter season.
How birdsnest makes online shopping easier – at any time of the year
When compiling a seasonal capsule, make use of your birdsnest style profile for help with suggestions suited to your shape, size and lifestyle. This is such a fantastic tool and you’ll receive notifications when pieces land in store that suit your profile.
birdsnest offers up a number of capsule ideas for inspiration.
For $9.95 you can use the birdsnest Changeroom experience to try (up to $1000 worth of clothes) before you buy.
The reviews on each birdsnest product will help you to further work out whether a garment is right for you.
birdsnest has a 365-day awesome returns policy, even on sale items.
Birdsnest has one $250 gift card to give away to one Styling You reader to put towards her trans-seasonal wardrobe. To enter, leave an answer to the following question in the comments’s section below:
Tell us what gap in your wardrobe do you need to fill this autumn?
Entries open on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5am (AEST) and close on Friday, March 9, 2017 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winners of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. The winners will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
Hand picked by birds tunic top (I’m in size 14 – I would be better suited to a 16 as it’s firm around my hips)