It’s that awkward time of the year again, the dreaded transition between Summer and Autumn, when deciding what to wear becomes more stressful than a looming deadline. As temperatures start to drop, your strappy summer dresses don’t quite suffice anymore, whereas your knitwear leaves you in a hot sweat. So how can you get your outfit just right in this tricky period between seasons?

With the arrival of a new season, you may think that you need a whole new wardrobe, however there are a few tricks that you can use to adapt your current wardrobe for the change of weather. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a few new pieces too though!

Layer up

Ok, so it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but the age old trick of layering is a fail proof way of a adapting your wardrobe for the changing temperatures. A lightweight jacket or long-line cardigan can be your saving grace over the Autumn months, as they are perfect for throwing on over your Summer favourites. If it’s getting a bit too chilly to bare your legs, you can give your summer dresses a new lease of life by simply popping on a pair of opaque tights. It really doesn’t get easier than that!

Be creative with your layering, by dressing down a midi-dress with a laid back sweatshirt or smartening it up for the office by adding a tailored blazer. Layering doesn’t always equate to adding garments on top, however, as a simple roll neck can look really stylish worn underneath a sleeveless dress.

 

 lightweight jacket

SHOP: Polo Ralph Lauren White Boxy Cardigan / Rebecca Taylor Blue Tweed Jacket / Moncler Navy Padded Zip Knit

Opt for long sleeved designs

Mixing up an outfit to make it more Autumn appropriate can often be as simple as opting for a longer sleeve length. While your favourite skirt may have looked gorgeous paired with a camisole over the Summer, that doesn’t meant it won’t look equally as great partnered with a long sleeved blouse.

autumn tops

SHOP: Michael Kors Black Houndstooth Top / Velvet Coral Top / Diane Von Furstenberg Navy Crossover Top

Throw on a poncho

Ponchos and capes are a great alternative to a jacket during the transitional period, as they are super easy to throw on over your outfit for some added warmth, without feeling quite as heavy as a coat. Pair with jeans and ankle boots to create the perfect transitional look.

autumn ponchos

SHOP: M Missoni Green Roll Neck Poncho / Patrizia Pepe Wool Blend Poncho / Joseph Black Roll Neck Poncho

Faux leather leggings

When you start to feel a bit of a nip in the air, swap your floaty dresses and skirts for a pair of faux leather leggings. Marry with a feminine tunic blouse, a t-shirt or a loose fitting piece of knitwear to create a look that is really urban chic.

Autumn leather look leggings

SHOP: Michael Kors Black Faux Leather Leggings / Velvet Black Faux Leather Leggings / Joseph Slate Grey Faux Leather Leggings

Change up your colours

The arrival or Autumn doesn’t have to mean throwing all your summer brights to the back of your wardrobe, however you may want to incorporate a few Autumn hues into your day to day wardrobe. Channel the Autumn leaves by wearing mixing warm and cool shades such as a deep red, orange, plum and green.

Autumn colours

SHOP: Kenzo Charcoal T-Shirt Dress / Adidas Black Circus Light Print Leggings / Diane Von Furstenberg Beige Floaty Dress

Swap your sandals

Exchange your open toed shoes for a trusty pair of ankle boots, for a finishing touch that is appropriate for an evening out, the office or simply a trip to the shops. If you’re still pining for the summer roll up the hem of your trousers to reveal a bit of skin.

autumn boots

SHOP: Sam Edelman Brown Benjie Tassel BootMichael Kors Black Jennings Boots / Giuseppe Zanotti Black Heeled Ankle Boot