It’s that time of year again. One minute the sun is blazing and now, as I write, it is pouring with rain and the temperature has dropped 10 degrees.
The shops are a mixture of bedraggled summer sale rails and the other extreme, heavy knits and dark colours all set for winter. How do we transition gracefully and easily from summer to autumn? Or possibly back and forth between the two seasons?
A jacket is essential and can dress an outfit up or down. Try to find a classic style such as a fitted one-button blazer, a cropped denim or biker cut.
Choose a fairly neutral colour that will work with much of your summer wardrobe staples and a light to medium weight material.
It is always worth considering if the fabric is suitable for most of the year, especially when we live in a climate such as our delightful British one.
Team your jacket with a T-shirt, a silky summer top or a chiffon long-sleeve blouse. Chiffon is a good material for this awkward time of year, and it is light enough for warm days and comfortable underneath another layer such as a cardigan.
Knits should also be versatile, neutral and in a lighter weight such as a cotton mix or a summer cashmere to throw on when the evenings draw in.
Pair summer dresses and tunics with leggings or jeggings, and ballet flats, on cooler days before your boots make an appearance. Leave pretty pastels for next summer and stick with on-trend darker florals and prints.
A floaty scarf which will add depth and texture. A light weight long sleeve and fitted T-shirt top will also look great under a sleeveless or short sleeve tunic.
Incorporate deeper colours but keep fabric weights light. Neutrals such as black, grey, beige and brown should be lifted and enhanced by dashes from your own palette of flattering, lighter more vibrant shades. Navy is a perfect transitional tone which can be worn all year long and there is a shade to suit everyone.
Update your summer clothes with a nod to the new autumn/winter 2013 trends, perhaps by way of an accessory.
As ever, there is a wealth to choose from: metallics, leather, animal print, tartan, camouflage, art deco jewels and mad monochrome to name but a few.
Time to get excited about the new season ahead.