TRANSEASONAL STYLING - THE #KEYPIECES
As a lover of the #keypiece, I thought sharing my top 5 transeasonal wardrobe staples would be perfect for the current weather situation! On my instagram you will find my #keypiece flat lay showing you a multitude of ways to style and wear this piece.
All of the styles discussed below can work for any age and style, the challenge is to style them in a way that is just right for you!
Here's a few key transeasonal items to have in your wardrobe, where to find them and how to style them.
1. Boyfriend Jeans
Although these have been around for a few seasons, they are now becoming a staple for all ages. The trick is to find a pair that suits you, your lifestyle, age, personality and proportions. The ripped looser styles are definitely more fashion forward and more youthful in style, but can be worn by the more mature woman if it suits your style and shape. For those that want a more conservative take, try a style without rips and a bit more tailoring. This style can also be known as the Girlfriend or Mom jeans. They are generally slightly higher cut and a bit more tapered.
Boyfriend jeans lend themselves to more casual styling with sneakers, brogues and ankle boots, classic tees, knits, bomber and leather jackets. However, they can easily be styled for smarter looks with heels, blouses, cold shoulder tops, lace tops, blazers and so forth.
If you are feeling daring, it's on trend this season to layer fishnets or lace stockings under your ripped jeans. It's a great way to balance out the rips if you do feel a little exposed and want a more grunge look.
The challenge with this piece is to not overwhelm yourself with too much fabric. Half tuck tops, select styles that are more fitted or tailored to keep your shape defined and layer a blazer or shaped jacket to balance the softer cut of the jeans.
2. Leather Jacket
As another piece that has outlasted the seasons, I think it's worth the regular leather jacket wearer investing in a new colour or style this season to diversify your current wardrobe.
Perfect for the weekday or the weekend, this versatile piece can be styled for most occasions. The most wearable style should finish just above or around the top of your hipbone and fit well to your body. This shape will work with pants, jeans, shorts, skirts and dresses and will maintain a flatter visual balance of 1/3 torso and 2/3 legs. Any collar style will work, but ensure that the shoulder fits true to keep your look tailored and polished.
Try a burgundy, khaki, green or tan option to expand your wardrobe. Make sure you consider the cut of the jacket and how it will work back with your current wardrobe to make the investment worth while.
These days non-leather 'leather' jackets can be just as good as the real thing and often more budget friendly. This option maybe best if you are challenging yourself with a coloured piece.
3. The Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket is the 'it' piece for the season, but unlike many trend items it is super wearable, transeasonal and the right investment will outlast the season.
Although it is seen as a more casual piece, it can be styled with a corporate dress or shirt and pants, statement jewellery and heels, or a dress for evening. It's all about having the right one that you can style to suit your own look.
If you keep a smarter wardrobe, work in a more corporate atmosphere or want to dress up what you have go for a more luxe fabric and print that will suit these looks. Alternatively if your style is more casual or you want to dress down smarter tops go for a bomber jacket that is more relaxed in fabric and style.
There is also the question of print or plain. I often find a print option is more versatile as the majority of our tops and bottoms are plain, however if you are already a confident print wearer, a single colour option may be the way to go to best expand your wardrobe.
4. Anything Burgundy
Burgundy is the new black! It works with almost any colour, is flattering for most skin tones, works on the top or the bottom, in accessories and shoes and isn't going to date. Essentially the perfect transeasonal investment.
Think outside the box when wearing burgundy and try and fill the gaps in your wardrobe to afford you more versatility. If you are a black pant girl, try a burgundy pair. They should go back with almost every piece that you wear with your black pants. A burgundy blazer or skirt is a great update for a corporate wardrobe and a knit will complete any casual look.
Burgundy looks amazing with khaki, grey, black and even orange as well as blues and denims. If you want to break up the depth of the colour consider a printed piece which uses burgundy as its base colour.
Do consider texture and fabric weight to ensure you end up with a piece that can be worn into spring and possibly beyond.
5. Cold Shouldered Tops
This flattering style has survived 3 seasons and appears to be staying around for a long time. With so many options, a cold shouldered top is perfect for all ages and sizes.
For ladies that feel the heat or want to cover their arms, this style is perfect. Opt for a cut-out style so you can wear a normal bra, or if you have a great strapless the off shoulder world is your oyster!
Dress up some casual jeans, complete an evening look or tuck into a skirt to change it up. By drawing the eye to your shoulders with the openness of this style, you instantly broaden them, which narrows and elongates the rest of your body and makes it a piece that should work with most bottom styles.
Which transeasonal option is your favourite? Do you have these pieces in your wardrobe and are you styling them to your full extent? For inspiration and ideas, make sure you check out my instagram or book a wardrobe or personal styling session to make the most of what you wear.