Nailing the Transitional Wardrobe

September 2, 2017

So with this 'all four seasons in one day' kind of weather, it is safe to say that summer is no more, and autumn is here. With that said, although I LOVE the upcoming AW17 trends, I'm not quite ready to jump head first into them yet- this is where the transitional wardrobe comes in! It's all about adapting some of the trends we saw in SS17 to be autumn appropriate, and getting some use out of summer pieces until they're packed away for next year, so read on to see how I've adapted some of the standout summer trends to be autumn worthy!



Super bright colours were definitely something for the sunnier weather, but it doesn't mean you can't delve into other shades of pink! Millennial and duskier pinks can be very autumnal as they're muted and less stand-out. I've styled up two pink outfits; one featuring my beloved pink knit slipdress, and the other using a slightly more on the nude side corset style top. 


Muted pinks work well with khaki, maroon and nude, making them very versatile and quite easy to style up. I managed to pick up this corset style bodysuit in the sale and although not strictly pink pink, it has got nude tones in it which still work well. I styled it up with some khaki peg-leg trousers and some frayed mule-trainers. I guess I was channelling a safari kind of vibe with the colours, but I dig it so why not. Khaki is most definitely a fall appropriate colour as it's one of the transition colours for leaves before they turn completely orange/brown AND it was featured a lot on the men's AW17 catwalks. 


I paired the ensemble up with a vintage burberry backpack; belt style straps are making quite the comeback, so this one worked well with its strap across the front. For cooler autumn days, I added this season's hero- the trench coat- which is sticking around for a while longer during early autumn (yay!). I decided to switch up my bag for the trench coat look, swapping to a different vintage burberry; note that small bags are a thing of summer, and big bags are making a strong comeback meaning we no longer have to debate over what is most essential to take in our grape sized bags, because now we can take EVERYTHING! 




Bodysuit: Topshop (Similar)

Trousers: Topshop (Similar)

Shoes: ZARA

Trench: Pull and Bear

Bags: Both vintage Burberry


Here, I styled this girlier slip-dress with this camo shacket (shirt-jacket). I like the contrast between the movement of the slip-dress versus the stiffness of the shacket as it creates variety. I lastly added a few longline necklaces in gold to fill in the space on my neck area and I was good to go! This kind of outfit would work well for days when it starts off sunnier and becomes cooler during the evening. 




Shacket: ZARA (Similar)

Dress: ZARA

Necklace: Mango, ZARA and Banana Republic 




Corset belts were HUGE during early SS17 and for good reason- they can be quite flattering! The way forward with corset belts is to go for corset shirts- I went for a white one, but there are so many different options on the market at the moment, so you'll be spoilt for choice! Corset shirts fit nicely into this transitional period as it gears us up for the suit/casual workwear trend for later on in autumn; having the corset built into the shirt means you instantly get a smart-casual look with minimal effort. The oversized balloon sleeves are also a nod towards another AW17 trend- the 80s, so this shirt is definitely something you'd be able to get some good use out of not only during this transitional period, but also during next season too. 


I paired the shirt with some red faux leather trousers; red is next seasons' it colour yet it's still works for sunnier weather as it's a nice pop of colour added to the outfit. I added some matching red oversized earrings and my beloved fringe mules to get some last minute use out of them and the outfit was complete! 




Shirt: Topshop

Trousers: ZARA (Similar)

Earrings: Topshop

Shoes: Mango 





Slogan t-shirts were absolutely EVERYWHERE this summer, and they're definitely something that can be incorporated into the transitional wardrobe as they're so versatile. To go for a more autumnal slogan tee, go for one with red writing- although mine has badges on it, plain ones would work even better. For cooler weather, go for slogans on other pieces like shirts and jumpers to keep warm and sassy. 


I paired up my slogan tee with some satin black palazzo trousers to keep it easy- this is probably something I'd wear when I want something easy to throw on. The satin material makes these more autumnal as again, it's a nod to the 80s trend which will make more of an entrance later on in autumn through things like satin shirts in 'quality street wrapper' colours. 




Top: ZARA (Similar T-shirt, Similar Shirt, Similar Jumper)

Trousers: M&S (Similar)

Choker: Primark





Luckily for you guys, the statement earring trend is going NOWHERE! However, whilst SS17 was all about simplicity and minimalism, AW17 is about being extra and out there. To update your statement earrings, look for earrings in minimalistic shapes with a bit of bling on them, or for fringed earrings; both will work during both the daytime and night! 




Earrings: ZARA (Similar) (Similar)


Thanks for reading! Until the next time when I'll be starting to discuss AW17 trends to look out for x


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