Bridging the gap between summer and autumn fashion can often be a minefield.
Clothes are becoming more and more 24/7, 365 days a year
But who says bright colours and floaty dresses are strictly for summer? Not us! We love experimenting with our favourite pieces, layering, and trying new looks to make sure we can wear our favourite wardrobe pieces every-which-way, no matter the season.
And this season's hottest trends agree with us — think retro-tailoring in contemporary colour combos, pastels and florals for autumn and winter, and trainers for office wear.
To make this summer’s key pieces work all through autumn and beyond, check out our top tips on how to wear them...
Culottes bring together the femininity of a midi skirt with the comfort and ease of trousers. As a result, these hybrid beauties are a modern wardrobe staple.
Thanks to their high-waisted, wide leg design, these fashion-forward culottes are super flattering on every body shape. Go bold with this bright fuschia pair and flaunt your confidence. The flouncy tie-waist adds femininity to the contemporary cut, while the pop-art pink tone shows your fun side.
Go full-on Breton, a classic summer style as old as fashion itself, with a striped tee and trainers, like these white ones, for a smart-casual summer look perfect for holidays, dinner dates and school runs alike. If the temperature decides to drop, simply add fine knit layers which will add to the school, relaxed tailoring, keeping you chic and warm at the same time.
When summer turns to autumn, pair your look with tights, courts and a jumper, or switch gears and wear with boots to channel the 70's vibe. We love the combo of this fine knit navy number with the fuschia for a totally glam, totally vintage take on officewear.
The "peek a boo" summer MAxi
A floaty maxi with a hint of leg is a great evening choice. Super chic and elegant, this is the modest way to do sexy.
But rather than stashing that glamorous maxi at the back of your wardrobe for holidays and parties only, why not get more mileage out of your frock by styling it up or down for a variety of looks? The lightweight fabric and elegant beading on this paisley bordered number makes it the perfect layering piece for daywear. Plus, the more gorgeous fabrics and peasant blouse-style tailoring you can incorporate into your wardrobe the better, we say!
As the seasons change, switch the look up a gear and wear this maxi under a chunky jumper and finish off with tights and boots for a cosy, luxe look. These knee-high boots will look amazing with the splits in the maxi dress's skirt, meaning you can make the most of its flattering tailoring without having to bear chilly autumn winds on your knees.
The wardrobe-Staple white blouse
A white blouse is an essential item in any wardrobe. But instead of pulling out the same old button-down, opt for this pom-pom trimmed broderie number with wide, figure-flattering sleeves that's both effortlessly feminine and totally chic. White is great for any time of year - from the coldest winter mornings to the balmiest of summer nights - and this blouse is no different.
A crisp white top is perfect holiday wear. Some handy denim cut offs will prove to be a worthwhile investment through the hotter months, and help to keep this structured blouse looking casual and care-free. A cheeky tasseled earring adds colour and personality - we love these pink ones.
A white shirt? Officewear? Hardly groundbreaking…. But pair our broderie beauty with a relaxed pair of palazzo pants for an effortlessly cool take on this autumn's hottest smart-casual look: pyjama tailoring. Floaty fabrics and long, wide-leg trousers are oh-so in, and couldn't be more comfortable either! Add a funky trainer like these shimmery baseball pumps and prepare to tick all the style boxes off this coming autumn.
Comfortable, well tailored, and totally cool, this smart-casual look is the ultimate in transitional wardrobe styles.