The summer sales are on their final reductions and new season collections are working their way onto shop floors, replacing the sale rails, yet it’s hard to think about chunky knits and capes when we may still be holding on to thoughts of a summer yet to come. And there’s some serious déjà vu going on as I’m pretty sure I type these words at this time every year, but such is the world of retail and this post is created to show you how to embrace the New Season and help you select the pieces you can wear now and later.
Cue the new collection from Great Plains, a brand which I regularly use when styling clients to bring in key wardrobe updaters with staying power for mums’ wardrobes.
With the possibility of warm weather continuing well into September if recent years are anything to go by, we can still buy lightweight vests which can be worn alone now and layered in the autumn under soft knits or jackets. The key is to look for tops with added interest as a step-up from your everyday basics.
The lace detailing with sheer panels on this top nod to the continued lingerie trend (flashes of lace trim and slip-style dresses and camisoles) without becoming risqué; this is the work-to-weekend way to wear the trend in a more demure manner. Wear with jeans or shorts for down-time and mum-duty or tucked into an a-line skirt for the office.
A great way to bridge the gap between style seasons is to look for versatile skirts with added fashion factor; think classic cuts in a strong colour or bold print to make it current. Warming tones from sunshine yellow to saffron and turmeric are set to make a statement for the new season so this simple A-line skirt is winning on every level and is more versatile than you may think. Pair with a navy top to tone down the yellow, lift the look with a white top, or move into grey tones up top to complete a look that’s autumn-ready.
Python sheer chiffon shirt and skirt, both c/o Great Plains
Don’t be afraid to add colour on top either; this teal shirt contrasts the skirt and its black pattern breaks up the block colour to bring print into the mix.
Take a look back at my easy outfit formula video here for a reminder of building a balanced outfit.
Taking a classic shirt shape and working it in a sheer print is another easy update for your wardrobe of tops and while this shirt is on the sheer side, the pockets are a good size and position to cover most of the bra area, but if you’re conscious of your tum a lightweight nude camisole will do the trick underneath.
As I’ve mentioned before, adding white next to a coloured piece will brighten it and bringing in darker tones will play down the colour’s brightness. With this in mind, an obvious companion to this shirt while the sun shines is a pair of whiter than white jeans; come autumn/winter, a black leather midi skirt or trousers will take their place.