It’s that time of year – when the magazines are full of spreads filled with purples, browns and a new A/W colour (last year it was ‘burnt orange’ and this year is olive, according to Fashion Beans). It’s been an odd old year for those interested in fashion and style. British dressing has always been directed by the weather, and it’s been all over the shop over the past few months; weeks of rain when we should be wearing those ace vintage Levi shorts we found back in March, sweating on the way to work because we thought with it being the second week of September a leather jacket would be a sensible choice.
Luckily, us being British, instead of upping sticks and making for sunnier (or rather, more predictable) climbs, we’ve maintained our stiff upper lips and have invented an entire fashion movement on dealing with living in a temperamental environment: ‘trans-seasonal dressing’. So here’s our top three tips for navigating your way around those grey in-between months.
An easy one to start. Layering up has to be one of the best things about things turning colder, but it’s also good as it allows you to strip off or wrap up should the weather change. Wear layers of different weights, and ensure the items on bottom layers don’t easily crease.
The go-to fabrics in men’s clothing lend themselves well to trans-seasonal dressing too. Cord is seeing a big revival, and this heavy-duty fabric is perfect in shirts – team with a plain t-shirt underneath for a classic look that’ll keep you warm, but also won’t stifle you if the sun pops out for an afternoon when you’re out and about. Denim also works to a similar effect – MKI Store who we recently featured on Fashion Finds does some great denim pieces.
Another great thing about the advent of A/W – we get to crack out the accessories. Summer means little in the way of being able to add to your outfit using accessories, but now it’s cooler, we can stock up on the scarves, gloves and hats. Hats are especially good for trans-seasonal dressing, as they are quick to chuck on before you leave the house, and can keep you dry if the heavens open.
Photos by Will Corder.