Okay. So now we know what to avoid in the fashion stakes as we move from one season to the next. (In case you need a quick refresher, it’s all here in my last post on Transeasonal Tricksters)
But if we are to resist the temptation to go for baggy, shapeless and generally unflattering pieces, what exactly are we looking for? Hint: the above outfit from my favourite season of Sex & the City* – sartorially speaking, that is – ticks all the boxes for me!
Well never fear style bar aficionados, for I would not dream of leaving you out in the cold, as it were, without some antidotes to aid you on your quest!
The No-no: Oversized Sweaters
Your knitwear doesn’t have to cling, but it can certainly have shape and look smart! Like this offering from Bally for example – how much more sophisticated is this option – and you could easily wear flat shoes or boots with this to make it more casual:
Or how about this idea – I’ve always liked the look of a soft, finer-gauge wool sweater tucked into a skirt or pants:
The No-no: Long Flowing skirts with flat shoes, esp sneakers
This lady gets points for her fabulous heels and the gorgeous pink hue of her skirt, but the fact remains, it’s a shape that leaves a great deal to be desired and adds oh-so-many kilos to even the most slender silhouette! Might I suggest a few, far more attractive skirt alternatives…
In honour of the late, great, Oscar de la Renta, from his latest Spring Summer 2015 collection. Simple but full of interesting details and elegant, clean lines. And a very natty brogue in lieu of a sneaker – totally on trend too, might I add, with nary a whiff of gym locker in sight.
If you’re not comfortable in a pencil skirt (although I have to tell you, they look good on EVERYone) or want to get into some sassy heels (how cute are these?!), this look totally gets my vote!
If you love a pencil skirt but want a little more volume on your top half – not that I recommend baggy shirts per se! – but on this occastion it’s perfectly balanced by the split up the back of the skirt & the sexy open-toe stilettos.
Here’s another pencil skirt option that’s got length but is still flattering & looks good with cute flats. Actually, I’d love to know where she got that handbag…
The No-no: Ponchos
Sorry, can’t bring myself to look for another photo of that bloody blanket. Christopher Bailey aka Burberry, I love your work, but I just cannee do it!!
Do you know how many fabulous capes, sleeveless gilets & gorgeous jackets & flowy things that I don’t know how to describe I found to put you off the poncho scent? Here are just a few…
This one from one of my idols and the master of elegant casual, Ralph Lauren. OMG how divine is this monotone look??!
And you can take your pick with this one – coat worn over the shoulders, chic skirts, nice little short-sleeved sweater – I think it’s all there!
I do hope you’re feeling better about transeasonal dressing now – I know I am! And I have to say, that Ralph Lauren outfit has given me an idea – I’m off to research one-colour outfits as we speak!
Happy transeasonal styling!
*Season 5, in case you’re wondering 🙂