What’s transitional dressing?
Great question! Basically, transitional dressing refers to clothes that seamlessly ‘transition’ you from winter into spring (or other seasons), without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. The idea with transitional dressing is pretty simple. Buy a few new items, mix them in with your winter wardrobe, apply some warm-weather styling, swap out some winter-only items and you’re set.
Here are our tips for making your wardrobe work for both low temperatures and those warmer days ahead.
Fabric Is Everything
What your clothes are made of will be one of the biggest factors of whether it can work for different seasons. Synthetic materials — like nylon and acrylic — are notorious for trapping heat and making you sweat. Naturally sourced materials on the other hand — think organic cotton, linen and TENCEL™ — are lightweight and breathable, making them top summer wardrobe choices that can be layered in other seasons.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect fabric that will take you through all seasons, check out our French Terry. It’s made of an ethically sourced blend of 81% Organic Cotton, 14% Recycled Polyester, 5% Spandex, making it light, breathable, with a little bit of stretch to keep things comfy. You don’t have to store your favourite loungewear set once the temperatures start to rise.
Play With Layers
Experiment with how you wear your pieces in different seasons. In colder months, you can throw a trench or oversized blazer over your go-to hoodie or crew neck. Once the sun comes out, you can ditch the jacket. When summer hits, go ahead and tie sweaters around your shoulders for safe keeping — you never know when breezy evening temps can sweep in.
Choose Your Colour Palette
Finding your go-to colours and sticking to them allows you to better mix and match your wardrobe in every season. Need some help narrowing your colours down? Try picking a few go-to neutrals, like grey, black or cream, then add in a few colours (we’re big fans of twilight mauve, agave green and cherry mahogany). Now you’ve got a cohesive colour palette that will carry you through every season, and make transitional dressing a breeze.
Go For Elevated Basics
No matter the season, a crewneck sweatshirt or hoodie will never go out of style. While we’re all for creative dressing and personal expression, anchoring your wardrobe with high-quality basics that serve multiple purposes is key to nail transitional dressing.
Make It Sustainable
We’re definitely biased, but no matter what season you’re dressing for, sustainability is always on trend. When you’re looking for pieces to carry you from winter to spring (and every other in-between), opt for clothes that do better by our planet. Not only are you taking some small steps that mean big change for the earth — you’re also investing in pieces that are higher quality that can carry you for seasons to come.
Looking to up your transitional dressing game? Check out our French Terry collections for both men and women. It’s lightweight and perfect for throwing on for a walk, chilling at home (AC or not), and everything in between.