As we slowly head from Winter towards Spring, the months of cold weather, dark afternoons and sporadic showers, sleet or snow can make the task of getting dressed a tricky thing to master. But, armed with a selection of key multi-tasking pieces, it’s possible to outsmart the weather and get through the season unscathed with a selection of timeless, transitional styles. Here are six essentials we always turn to.
One fundamental rule of dressing from January to March is to layer, layer, layer. That way you can peel pieces on and off as and when needed and won’t face the dilemma of overheating in a too-thick jumper with nothing on underneath. We recommend always wearing a base layer at this time of year (try our soft Essentials range), followed by a shirt or tee, before adding any extra layers, such as jumpers and scarves.
2. The coatigan
The ideal happy medium between your too-thick Winter coat and a too-flimsy jumper, a coatigan bridges the gap between outerwear and lighter layers perfectly. Wear it just as you would your favourite coat and revel in the anticipation of sunnier days to come, signified by its lighter look and feel.
Like a coatigan, this is also a great, versatile piece to have to hand on in-between days. For the most modern way to wear this wardrobe stalwart, try it over a silk cami or matching layering top with a pair of jeans – adding our next key piece on this list, if you need extra warmth.
You may be able to switch your plush, woollen scarf out for a loftier version over the next few weeks, and our beautiful pure-cotton tassel scarves add practicality and style in equal measure. They’re the perfect added extra to give some uplifting texture to an everyday outfit and the natural composition will keep you perfectly cosy.
If you’re itching to get away from the monotonous Winter formula of jeans + jumper + boots, then a long-sleeve dress (bonus points if it’s knitted) will inject a little point of difference to your weekday wardrobe. Wear with tights now, and then bare legs come Spring days.
There really is no better natural fibre than cashmere when you need to regulate your temperature. Heading from sub-zero climes to over-heated, stuffy offices or shops can play havoc with your ability to stay cool, and synthetic fibres can cling to the body and cause you to sweat. Cashmere is taken from the undercoat of goats in Inner Mongolia, so is by nature incredibly well-set to weather-adverse conditions, taking sweat away from the body and keeping heat in when needed. With days warming up, a simple cashmere jumper worn over our essential cami or tee is a simple and timeless outfit you can style with jeans and ankle boots.
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