Six transitional wardrobe essentials to take you from Summer to Autumn

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Summer in the UK is drawing to a close and with it the warm weather and sunny days have been left behind. I’m convinced that as soon as the 1st September hit, we’ve had nothing but grey days and drizzle – it’s as if the weather knew that the calendar had flipped over to autumn. While it’s great to pick out some new clothing as the seasons change, sometimes the unpredictable weather can leave us stuck when deciding what to wear. If you’re looking to shop more economically and are after clothing items to last you for seasons (and years!) to come, get inspired by my guide to the top six transitional wardrobe pieces that can be worn whatever the weather.

Ankle boots  

You can’t really go wrong with a good pair of ankle boots for all-year round wear. While boots might not be the best choice for those really hot days, they’re ideal for muddy summer festivals and rainy days alike, and are a must-have wardrobe staple for the coming autumn and winter months! 

Read my ankle boots v knee-high boots blog post before you decide!

Lightweight jackets

A lightweight jacket deserves a place in every wardrobe, and luckily there are lots of great styles to choose from. Duster jackets are perfect for this, and can be easily thrown over a summery ensemble for a cool night time look. Bomber jackets are also a good transitional piece, creating a stylish autumn look when layered up with a scarf and keeping you cosy at the same time.

Denim shorts

While denim shorts are certainly more of a summer staple, when styled in the right way they can make an eye-catching autumn look. Once you find the right pair of shorts, pair them with jumpers, jackets, thigh high boots and even tights in autumn for that ‘off-duty model’ vibe. The good news is, lots of brands offer women’s denim shorts that are made from quality materials in a range of styles – making sure they’ll last you throughout the changing seasons and for many more years to come.

Check out my thrifty post to create 4 different looks with one jacket


Jumper dresses

Jumper dresses are probably one of the most underestimated items of clothing. When styled the right way, they can create a great outfit that’s perfect for all seasons. Pair a lightweight jumper dress with some cute flats for a casual springtime outfit, and layer up with a jacket and boots for chillier weather. The right jumper dress can even be dressed up for evening wear with jewellery and heels, so choose wisely!

The perfect jeans  

It goes without saying that jeans are the go-to versatile wardrobe essential, suitable for every season and a saviour for those ‘don’t know what to wear’ days. Look carefully for a pair of jeans that flatter your figure, are comfortable and are well made enough to last you a long time. When I found my ultimate high-waisted skinny jeans at ASOS I bought them in three denim washes so I’m all set for every season now!

Jennifer Aniston proves that the white shirt and jeans combo works all year round (James Devaney, Getty Images)

A white shirt

Lastly, any minimal fashion lover will know the power of a chic, well-designed white shirt. Shirts can be dressed up, dressed down and worn whatever the weather, making them an ideal transitional piece. Tuck a lightweight white shirt into a cute little denim skirt during summer or pair with jeans and a chunky cardigan for a casual autumn outfit with a smart edge.

What will you be wearing this autumn? Can you make those summer shoes or floral dress work with a pair of tights? Let me know your plans for your autumn/winter wardrobe and I’d love to hear your tips on transitional dressing during the changeable months so please leave me a comment below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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