The spring collections have landed but the weather didn’t get the memo, so what’s a girl to wear? This time of year always poses a few wardrobe challenges but there are some tricks to deftly navigate the elements while looking super chic. First up, outerwear: parkas and blousons in technical fabrics offer a cool contemporary silhouette, but nothing quite beats the flattering angles and tailored sophistication of the timeless belted trench coat. Coach and Liu Jo have produced some great styles this season, marrying functionality with femininity. Tailoring really comes into its own too: an on-trend oversized blazer by Patrizia Pepe strikes a confident structural tone that can be styled any and every which way. We love the versatile combination of a crisp white shirt and preppy lightweight knits worn with classic fitted denim jeans by Replay and Diesel and a pair of chunky boots. You might not have confidence in the weather, but your transitional wardrobe is another story entirely.
That tricky period in between seasons always poses something of a style conundrum as the weather becomes ever more mercurial. In short, your look needs to be prepped for all four seasons in a day, which is why lightweight fabrics and layering are critical. To start with, technical fabrics are your best friends when it comes to outerwear. Whether it’s a lightweight parka by Guess or a military-inspired bomber jacket by Antony Morato, they combine form and function perfectly. Prefer a more sartorial silhouette? Then the classic four-pocket field jacket by the likes of BOSS or Brooks Brothers is the timeless, on trend and easy to wear with cotton chinos or jeans. That’s your outerwear box ticked - now it’s all about the layers: the overshirt is as versatile as they come, with some excellent creations at Armani and Harmont&Blaine this season. On warmer days, simply wear one over a tee, but when the mercury drops, you can ride out the chill with a lightweight knitted cardigan or even a gilet for a more workwear-inspired aesthetic.