The days are slowly getting longer and it’s not quite pitch black when the alarm goes off, but it’s definitely still winter. Spring and summer catwalk looks may tempt you to throw caution to the wind and banish those winter woolies to the attic for another season. Here’s why it’s advisable not to be so hasty.
Dressing for the weather
In the UK, it’s common to be treated to an element of every season, which can make selecting an outfit pretty tricky. If you’re in a rush or you’re trying to fashion something to go from day to night, dressing for the weather can be particularly challenging.
With a hint of spring in the air, it can be tempting to go all out and swap your fabrics, change your shades and get ready to usher in the warmer weather. History (and of course, the weather forecast) should teach us to tread carefully. Just when you think your safe, a cold snap may appear, or gales may suddenly blow in from the Arctic and you’ll be searching online for cosy womens Irish sweaters. Iit’s at this point that you’ll be glad that you didn’t get sucked in by those tiny deceptive glimpses of warmth and dryness.
Nailing your winter/spring wardrobe
Transitional dressing is a hard trade to master, but the good news is that it can also be quite fun. Mix and match when it comes to lighter and heavier fabrics, play around with colours that you may not usually mix and enjoy layering. Some staple rules for the changing seasons include:
- carry an umbrella
- layer up with light fabrics
- invest in a good quality mac or trench coat
- add accessories to switch up your look and introduce key seasonal trends gradually; swap a beanie or a bobble for a chic fedora, for example
Choosing styles that suit
Shopping can be a minefield, even for the most efficient and fashion-conscious of buyers. If you don’t pay much attention to trends, or you have no idea what suits you, the prospect of investing in a new wardrobe may seem incredibly daunting. The best thing to do is to hit the shops, preferably outside of peak hours, with some rough shopping goals and try on some styles. Even if you think you know what suits you, you may be surprised when you actually see pieces on you. Don’t be afraid to buck the trend if you either don’t like it or it doesn’t suit your individual style or your figure. The beauty of fashion is that it can be hugely diverse, so inject your personality and don’t be afraid to try new things or invest in key pieces to wear again and again. The Internet, with its countless articles and images, is also a great place to look for inspiration and advice.