Transition in style
Everyone knows that the fashion year is split into the autumn/winter season and the spring/summer season. But what about that tricky transitional period?
Transitional fashion is, as the name suggests, used to describe those ladies dresses and other items of clothing that one wears in during the changing of the seasons. We don’t go from maxi dresses to winter coats overnight after all! At this time of year you might want a stylish jacket to keep you warm and dry, but nothing too heavy just yet. You’ll probably also want to move away from bright summer colours into something more subtle, but still not too dark and wintery.
Transition is actually just as important a time of year as summer and winter for fashion houses, high street shops and home shopping catalogues alike. That’s because fashion industry types know that in-between weather needs in-between clothes!
An effective transitional wardrobe for autumn will be attractive and practical, protecting you from the unpredictable British weather without weighing you down on those days when the weather is still fine. There’s nothing worse than sweltering in a winter coat on an unexpectedly sunny day.
A great choice for this time of year is a stylish mac. They’re light, practical and easy to accessorise. The Kaleidoscope catalogue has some fantastic choices, including the chic Belted Mac and the stunning raspberry Together Mac with striking black buttons.
When it comes to women’s dresses, it’s advisable to look for a slightly heavier cotton than you might wear in the summer, without graduating to full-on winter woollens! Again a look through the catalogue reveals a number of beautiful ladies dresses for autumn, including a selection of shift dresses which look fantastic when accessorised with a light jacket or cardigan.
This year’s fashionable shoe, the brogue, is a great transitional item because you can wear it with clothes from any season. You might also try wearing your favourite women’s dresses with a cardigan and ankle boots for a mid-season look.
Transition fashion is typically characterised by muted shades. Camel and beige are the most popular shades on the catwalk this season, along with light pinks and browns. You can complete the look with a patterned scarf or bright handbag to add a splash of colour.