The only constant thing in life is change. And as the seasons change naturally our style does as well. Dressing for the cold and hot seasons is relatively simple but the transition period can be a little trickier. Here are our top tips on how to slay through the winter to the beginning of summer. While the weather flips from cold to warm and back again you can experiment and take some fashion risks. You can also keep things simple without making your style frumpy and boring. There’s no need for style to go out the window as you attempt to stay warm or because you’re navigating that awkward transition period where the weather regularly switches between cold and warm.
- UP THE COLOUR
Bright summer days are associated with bright coloured fashion and patterns, whereas the opposite is true of winter. The latter is seen as the time for neutrals and muted colours. However, your winter outfits need not reflect the dull and sometimes depressing weather. Adding a pop of colour to your closet might be exactly what you need to brighten up your winter. You don’t need to go bright from head to toe: wear a bright statement jacket, scarf or boots or layer one of your bright summer staples for a pop of colour.
You can never go wrong with a mustard yellow denim jacket, it adds a breath of fresh air; it says hello to a new fresh season and is an important staple piece. Nothing says summer is coming like a cute floral dress with a light cardigan or sweater. Top that off with a belt over your cardigan or sweater to cinch in your waist.
- LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS
Layering is key to staying warm and comfortable in the cold season and as you transition to the slightly warmer first days of summer. Though we love a pop of colour we recommend you also stick to shades of the same color. This is a simple way to create a cohesive look.
Layering is all about balance. Start off with your favourite T-shirt or cropped top then throw on a chunky turtle neck or sweater. Top this off with a scarf and/or hat. These layers are easy to take off on those unexpectedly warm days.
For extra warmth wear tights or long johns underneath your jeans or trousers. Finish off your look with a thick blazer, long coat or jacket. Double or triple the layers in extreme situations. Clothing made of wool is an essential part of your layering regimen during those colder days.
- Who doesn’t like sleek, dressy boots? Ladies have a great deal of choice from ankle boots to knee highs and even thigh high boots. Thigh high boots are a statement piece that will allow you to stand out effortlessly. You’ll stand out even more so with brightly coloured thigh highs.
Gents, there’s just something about a man in boots. Don’t only stick to your browns and blacks feel free to spice it up and throw in some burgundy. Laced-up burgundy boots or Chelsea boots look great with light wash denim and chinos.
- DON’T DITCH THE SUNNIES
Contrary to popular belief sunglasses are an accessory to take you through the seasons and are not only a must for bright summer days. The sun’s rays are powerful even in the cold season so don’t just wait to bring out your sunglasses at the start of summer. A pair of sunnies also comes in handy on those windy days when the strong breeze would definitely irritate your eyes.
- JUST FOR THE GUYS
Black chinos or jeans are always in season. Therefore, every man should own a quality, durable pair of these both for the winter and summer. Chinos are without a doubt the most versatile pants for warmer weather. Cuffing your pants to expose your ankles is a way to spruce up this staple item and something you should definitely experiment with. Complete the look with a pair of loafers, kicks or even Chelsea boots. Though boots are often reserved for lower temperatures, they certainly have a place in men’s summer fashion.
If you love classic polo shirts there’s no need to throw them in the back of your wardrobe for the duration of winter. A long sleeve polo shirt is a solid wardrobe choice not only because of its versatility but also as a foundation for layering.