The British weather has to be one of the most unpredictable in the world. It can quite easily change from 23℃ to 4℃. Overnight. How on earth are we supposed to keep up with this madness? Shorts one day and a ski jacket the next?!
This practical guide is suitable for any women who struggle with the unpredictable seasons. For inspiration, you can take a look at Chums. They will have you covered for when you need cotton trousers one day, and a winter coat and jumper the next. They cover all shapes, and sizes- ensuring maximum comfort, without compromising confidence or style.
Transition #1: Back to Basics
If you don’t have the obvious wardrobe basics, you’ll find it difficult to adapt for all seasons. The basics include: plain cotton t-shirts, denim jeans, vest tops (in a variety of colours), a striped t-shirt or jumper, go-to sandals, a light jacket, a pair of shorts and black leather boots. All of these can be layered up for spring, or stripped back for summer. A pair of shorts can be worn with tights, boots and a jumper, but also with sandals and a simple vest top. Mixing and matching is the best way to dress appropriately for the weather, whilst maintaining a stylish look.
Transition #2: Tights are your best friend
Tights mean you can wear all your summer favourites, whilst keeping warm. Tights will go with shift dresses, shorts, mini skirts, midi skirts, shirt dresses, etc. So get your summer wear out and layer it up to keep it suitable for spring too.
Transition #3: Invest in your flats
We’ve all been there: it’s cold, but the sun’s out and there is a slight chance that the weather could warm over the day. The boots vs. flats debate begins. A pair of pointed-toe flats, ballet shoes or loafers will carry you through all weathers. They can be worn with tights, frilly socks or nothing at all, so the next time you’re fighting over boots or sandals, go with your flats.
Transition #4: Layers
Layers are absolutely a must when you’re not sure what the weather is doing. You can always remove layers for when the weather turns warm, but you know that you won’t be cold.
A long cardigan can be put over almost any outfit. A light cotton one will go with shorts and flipflops, and a long, heavier one is great with cropped jeans and a jumper.
Slip dresses are also a flexible piece to layer up. They look lovely with a jumper underneath, as well as tights and boots, but also sandals and a light cardigan in summer.
Transition #5: Swap heavy fabrics
Your wardrobe will need to see some changes here. Put your heavier fabrics back into winter storage. Even in spring, I doubt you’ll need them. Replace them with lighter fabrics, such as silk or cotton. A cotton scarf is good for those cooler days, and is much nicer to wear than a big, thick winter scarf. Pair it with a lighter jacket, such as a white cotton blazer. The cotton will help
to keep you cool if you need it, or is an extra layer for when that temperature drops.
Long-sleeved, floaty dresses are perfect, and if you don’t have one, you need to invest as it is a staple wardrobe option. The long sleeves keep you warm (and again it can be layered) but the floaty material will keep you cooler in summer. Team with tights and boots or sandals depending on the weather.
And if in doubt…
Cropped trousers are acceptable in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. They’re comfortable, stylish, perfect at any age and look good with pretty much anything!