A colleague said to me this morning, “I wish I hadn’t worn such a woolly top!” and she is not the only one who was saying/thinking that today. We are all getting a bit confused/annoyed as the weather transitions into autumn because we don’t really know how to dress for the day. It’s not warm enough to go out without a jacket/ coat and at the same time it’s not cold enough for the winter coats to come out. So I thought a quick blog on what to wear during this transitioning period will be quite useful.
1. Which top to wear?
Most of us will get really sweaty in the morning rush hour and by the time we get into work we are in a panic about our choice of clothing because we are too warm and the sun has decided to come out! Well no need to be in a sweaty panic, light summer tops/blouses are very practical at this time of the year. Wear a button cardigan when it gets a little bit chilly and if the sun does decide to come out in all its glory for the entire day, put the cardigan in your handbag. Also important is the type of cardigan you wear. The angora, wool and cashmere cardigans are beautiful and soft but may be quite warm at this time of the year. Wear a plain cotton/viscose and polyester mix cardigan which will add another layer of warmth without the “heat”. Cotton shirts again may give that extra warmth so wear silk shirts instead. You may not need a cardigan with a silk shirt.
2. Coat or trench coat?
The right trench coat makes a big statement no matter what you are wearing underneath it. As well as being simple, smart and stylish, trench coats are thick enough to shield you from the unexpected gust of wind and yet light enough to keep you comfortably cool when it gets a bit warm. Burberry’s heritage trench coats are THE best you can get although some people may dispute that. I love the Burberry range because they come in 2 colours, stone and honey, 3 different lengths; short, midi and long AND three different designs; the Sandringham, the Kensington and the Westminster – what a luxury! Now I know not all of us can afford such extravagance, myself included, so I am only going to talk about what I am wearing this autumn- the stud belted mac from Warehouse.
I chose this trench because it has a shimmer to it that adds elegance and I love belted coats! So what colour do you go for? For summer to autumn, stone or honey are suitable, and you can wear these colours in the spring. Having said that, it is better to buy a trench in a colour that works well with your wardrobe so you may find a navy or black trench will work better if you are often suited and booted for work. Primary colours also work well this time of the year although going for a bright red trench for example will limit the choice outfits you can wear it.
The length of the trench is very important. Generally the longer the trench, the more formal it is so a short trench is more casual than the midi and a long trench is more formal than the midi. This is useful to know if you are going to use one trench coat as part of a formal and or a casual outfit. Apart from design, colour and length, it’s important that the trench you choose has a lining otherwise you will not get any shielding from the wind!
3. Bare legs or tights?
Legs go bare for the transition. Otherwise wear nude tights if you must.
So if you don’t already do, check the weather forecast first thing in the morning before you decide on what to wear. I find accuweather is the most accurate although I must confess, I often compare accuweather to the BBC!