As winter finally relents and we prepare ourselves for spring, the awkward in-between period continues to make our lives difficult. With the temperature and weather fluctuating by the hour, never mind the day, making the right sartorial choices is by no means straightforward and the British climate can quickly catch you out.
Yet with a bit of know-how and some key pieces at your disposal, the transitional season offers you the chance to really showcase your styling acumen by utilising creative layering techniques and a blend of seasonal essentials/trends to produce stylish and practical looks on a daily basis…
Not only is this a period of change for retailers, it’s a time when your wardrobe undergoes some pretty substantial alterations of its own. Moving from dark nights spent by a roaring log fire to long (and bright!) summer evenings has a drastic effect on what you wear and when you wear it. Your whole wardrobe must shift to accommodate a whole new set of challenges, and woe betide those that get it wrong.
However, this provides you with the opportunity to make some changes to your look. If you’ve been thinking about revamping your personal style for a while, then this is the time to do it. I, for example, am looking to add a touch of Parisian chic to the more grown-up side of my style and having this time to plan out exactly what I want or need to buy gives me a great deal more freedom later on. I’ve already been eyeing up a new chore jacket and I know that I need to invest in more Oxford shirts, another couple of jumpers and perhaps some new chinos.
So whilst I’m still enjoying the crispness of winter and wearing my cosy coats, I can be searching the high street for the pieces that will help create my style exactly the way I envision it. I know exactly where these key pieces can be bought when I need them and I don’t have to go through the fuss of searching for things last minute as the seasons really start to change.
This can also be the perfect time for a wardrobe clear-out, so make sure you read up on the key guides below and start the new season off on the right foot.
I know, I know, we Brits bang on about the weather all the time but it is truly a problem for us (as I’m sure it is for everyone else around the world at some point). Huge fluctuations in temperature, humidity, heat, wind, rain etc. make putting together all encompassing outfits extremely difficult.
We are inevitably caught out by something, be it a chilly breeze on an otherwise glorious day, a sudden downpour after being tricked by that sneaky sun, or returning home drenched in sweat even though the sun isn’t shining because the air is so humid.
Tackling this issue can be a laborious task. It’s always so unpredictable and you can’t rely on the weather staying consistent over the course of a single day, let alone from one day to the next.
The key here is effective choice of clothing and considered layering. The art of layering is a skill that I constantly refer to here at Man About Town, but that’s because it’s so darn important and never to be underestimated.
Wearing multiple thin layers is much better than sticking to one or two big ones as you can peel off or add on depending on how you feel and the ever-changing conditions and good layering also allows you to get creative by trying new combinations of pieces or experimenting with your silhouette.
Why not try wearing one shirt under another, using your long sleeve polos as a jumper, stacking a denim jacket under your blazer, or throwing a knitted blazer on as a make-shift piece of outerwear? Don’t get stuck in the same old rut, just like everybody else.
Choosing your pieces carefully is another great way to deal with the aforementioned unpredictable weather and transition into spring. For example, a chore jacket is a superb lightweight alternative to heavier outerwear when it comes to tackling spots of rain and chilly breezes interspersed with sunshine – wear over a simple Henley tee or classic jumper and you’re set.
As it gets warmer in the evenings consider Oxford shirts, merino wool jumpers, denim over shirts – exactly the kind of things that are beginning to show up in stores now – you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference such a simple switch makes.
It might seem strange to plan so far in advance, especially in our current climate, but it never hurts to be prepared. Conditions never stay the same and our wardrobes must adapt through the coming months to tackle whatever scenarios arise.
So, what are your thoughts on the transitional season? Do you find it a difficult time of year? How do you make the most of what retailers are offering? Have you got any drastic changes planned for your wardrobe?
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