Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Inbetweeners

Before you think it- no we are not referring to the sitcom based on four British teenagers, whom we all secretly relate to, we are thinking about the weather.  Where the glorious summer gives way to the crisp autumnal and then later winter weather.  If you are anything like us, then you will have been struggling to manage your wardrobe at this time of year, always too hot or too cold, we struggle to find an inbetween- and yes we know the same things happens every year.  After thirty something years of this you would think Lesley's Girls would have got the autumn wardrobe cracked.  But apparently not.  

So here is a list of transitional wardrobe pointers we have been thinking about this change of season:

Tights and leggings: they can warm up any outfit, a summer dress is instantly wearable in the colder months, and if you choose various colours, patterns or designs you can spruce up a dull outfit. And a pair of seamed stockings can move an outfit from Granny Chic to 1940s glamour in the drop of a hat.

Scarves and pashmina's: I find myself reluctant to put a thick coat on as I invariably end up carrying it an hour later, so often a scarf takes the edge or, and if its a big pashmina can be used in lieu of a coat if it gets too cold.

Blazers and suit jackets: vintage is nothing if not versatile.  Suit jackets and blazers can be teamed with floaty summer dresses to give an autumnal edge.
Layers: The number of times I am reminded to layer up (hands up I'm guilty I don't) but layers can keep you in those lighter clothes a bit longer, add a camisole underneath, or team up a dress with a cardigan or even a vintage blouse and you instantly gain extra degrees of warmth.

Hats and Headscarves: They are so often seen as the realm of the winter wardrobe- bobble hats a plenty, but hats can (and should) be worn the whole year round.  A beret can be a chunky knit wool for those colder days or could be a lighter thinner wool knit perfect for the autumn season.  And with the unexpected gales and rainstorms, I always have a head scarf in my bag.  You don't have to do the classic scarf tie like your grandmother may have done, a land girl tie or a turban effect has a similar result in keeping the frizz away while still look chic.

Colour: Both of us at Lesley's Girls love to wear autumnal hues of reds, browns and greens, but you don't have to limit your colour palette to those of the season. I think the only summer dress I put away in the autumn in recent years has been a white and red 1960s beach style dress as I always feels it just looks too summery, but teamed up with a brown cardigan and tights it feels much more appropriate for the season.

These are a few very very simple ideas to help us through the seasons changing.  We would love to hear your ideas on transitional wardrobes, and to accompany this blog post visit our Autumn wardrobe pinterest board.

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