Sadly, end-of-summer is upon us! Days begin to get shorter, the temperature begins to shift and some days you just can’t rely on the weather report! Mornings have that distinct chill in the air, while mid-day can be completely sunny and warm, only to have temperatures drop to a cool zone in the evening. In light of this, it’s the time of year when thoughts of ushering in a new fall season take over and a functional transitional wardrobe is the key to maintaining your sanity while getting dressed every day.

With a few simple style tips, transitional dressing can be achieved with ease! The trick is to start with a look that is appropriate for warm weather, incorporating pieces that are lightweight and breathable, and then building the look by adding layers to combat a potential drop in temperature throughout the day. It’s time to get excited about a new season! We’ve curated a selection of transitional looks to inspire you to build your own functional wardrobe.

Lovely Layers

Start with the base of your look – a simple long sleeve tee, paired with a neutral pant, both lightweight and functional for late summer nights, into early fall afternoons. We especially love this vegan suede athleisure pant – the colour is suitable for all seasons but the faux suede material really feels like fall! For style and coverage, add a snake print scarf. On cooler days, you can elevate this look and increase warmth by swapping the lightweight scarf for a heavier knit shawl. Brisker weather on the horizon? Simply add more insulating layers like a zip front sweater with a sporty quilted vest. Paired with some hiking boots, and you’ll be warm and cozy, on even the coldest fall day.

Check patterns are back and trending again this upcoming season.
Check patterns are back and trending again this upcoming season.

Double Duty: The Trans-Seasonal Skirt

A flowy midi skirt can double as a wardrobe essential for both end of summer and fall. Styled with your favourite summer sandals and a lightweight pullover, the look is ideal for brunch or a late summer gathering.
Once the leaves are falling and that autumn chill is in the air, it’s time to make it cozy! Turn this feminine piece into a fall essential by opting for a more layered look – we love the monochrome combination of this rich navy mock neck sweater and cord shacket. When styled with tights and tall boots it exudes all the autumn vibes!

From Summer Sun to Autumn Chill

Make a statement in our boho tapestry print blouse! For end of summer, it’s breathable and lightweight enough to toss over a basic tank and your favourite white jeans. For chilly late summer/ early fall evenings, add a long line cardigan to create the perfect, polished work or weekend look. Combining this blouse with shades of white keeps it feeling light and summery.
An even more relaxed take on this look more suitable for fall can be achieved by swapping out the white jeans with a darker bottom and layering a scarf and quilted vest for added warmth. Incorporating darker colours truly transitions this blouse into the next season. This is especially seen when the final finishing touch is a navy wool blend pea coat – voila! You’re all set for a casual dinner on an autumn evening.

Check patterns are back and trending again this upcoming season.
Check patterns are back and trending again this upcoming season.

Transitional Micro Capsule Magic

Turn five pieces into three effortless looks! Start with pair of on-trend boot cut jeans in the perfect fit and a sophisticated print blouse.
To build your transitional looks add to your capsule a bold sweater for a pop of colour, the seasons latest must-have cord shacket for layering versatility, and parka for days that feel like winter is approaching. Each style is lovely on its own and when the options are combined to your liking, you can achieve the appropriate level of warmth as the seasons change. Simply peal back layers as needed if the temperature fluctuates as your day goes on.

We can’t avoid changing seasons but we can avoid the fashion conundrums that come with it! With the most basic styling principle of layering easy-wear items that complement each other, you’ll be ready to take on the start of a new season with confidence and optimism no matter how unpredictable the weather might be!