One of the best parts about the arrival of winter is the excuse to splurge on a(nother) pair of chunky black ankle boots and a perfectly oversized coat. But there’s also the disappointment that comes with retiring that beautiful vintage sundress to the back of the closet, especially when you only bought it last week and haven’t even worn it to brunch yet.
Or maybe you just don’t want to spend unnecessary dollars when your existing summer wardrobe can look totally fresh (and feel totally warm) thanks to a few handy styling tips. We’ve got your back with these ways for stepping up your trans-seasonal fashion game.
1. Invest in all the stockings.
Breathe new life into structured summer dresses by adding a pair of opaque tights underneath. You should already have those in your wardrobe, but Ambra does a sleek velvet fleece pair that are so warm you’ll think you’re wearing sweatpants. Slip them on and step into a pair of ankle boots by Beau Coops, or really step it up in a knee-high riding style.
2. Layer a turtleneck under or over.
If you haven’t declared your allegiance to Team Turtleneck, now is the time to get on board. This style has seen a serious resurgence in cool over recent seasons, and is the perfect way to give your sleeveless dresses and tunics a fresh new look. This striped turtle neck by ASOS or this roll neck from Forever New will look equally chic with skinnies and a long coat.
3. Winter whites.
Rules are made to be broken, and whites look a whole lot more visual when layered on top of each other. These Ellery slouch pants will keep you looking fresh all year round, while a boyfriend coat in ivory is a nice break from the standard black. Wear them both at once if you’re game — and not a magnet for merlot stains.
4. Swap the cardigan for a sleek blazer.
It’s tempting to throw your old cardi on over your skimpier clothes when the weather cools down, but it’s also predictable. A jersey blazer is equally comfy but far more sophisticated. Switch out your beanie for a black fedora for a brunch outfit that’s even better than a sun dress.
5. Keep heels in high rotation with a pair of cute socks.
Every perfect outfit has an unexpected touch, and socks-with-sandals is a trans-seasonal wardrobe move just waiting to be captured on Instagram. These sheer-silk ones from Raey will keep you sorted with three colors to match your mood/shoes/outfit. They’ll keep even your peep toes in high wardrobe rotation.
6. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.
The easiest way to warm up an outfit is with wintry accessories. A leopard print scarf can also work as a shawl, or a headscarf or bag embellishment if you’ve overestimated the chill factor. Houndstooth gloves are another practical add-on given a stylish yet timeless update.