The Art of Trans-Seasonal Dressing

Published on 09 April 2018 by Castle Towers

It's been an unseasonably warm start to Autumn this year. But even so, winter is on its way, so it's time to start thinking about your trans-seasonal wardrobe. 

One thing you can count on at this time of the year, is that the weather will be increasingly difficult to predict. Bouts of rain between sunshiny days, rising humidity levels and unexpected gusts – it’s no wonder the office is fighting over the thermostat. But dressing appropriately in the transition between seasons doesn’t have to be a battle. Here’s our list of tips to help you effortlessly navigate it all – from workplace air-con to stuffy commutes and colder nights.

Brave the Elements

A light-weight, packable windbreaker is your best friend for unpredictably wet or blustery days. These breathable beauties are a lifesaver if you cycle to work too, averting wind chill and making your journey a whole lot more comfortable. We recommend finding a style that’s sleek, waterproof and compactable from Nike, Rebel Sport or Kathmandu. Just stow away in your bag and you’ll be prepared for anything.


Build on your Basics

Making your summer wardrobe go the distance is as easy as adding an extra layer. Wear a long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve top under your dresses, or pop on a lightweight cardigan over your sleeveless tops from Cotton On or Trenery. A round-neck or V-neck cardigan that falls to your hips is a versatile option for the office, while longer styles that hit mid-thigh – or even a full-length style – look great when paired with jeans or a simple t-shirt dress on the weekend. Try Sportsgirl for a great range of different lengths.

The Classic White Shirt

Not really a cardigan person? Try a breezy button-down shirt instead. Wear it unbuttoned over a slip dress or go buttoned up with rolled-up the sleeves and some tailored pants for a smart work look. Go for a relaxed, slightly oversized style in soft cotton or linen. The vibe is Mediterranean holiday rather than black tie, so avoid the stiff cotton of a traditional white shirt. Try out Witchery, and get on board with their White Shirt campaign against ovarian cancer. 

The In-Between Jacket

When autumn nights call for something heavier than a cardigan but lighter than a coat, look no further than the denim jacket. There’s a multitude of washes and styles to suit your mood this season – from classic blues to fiery reds, collarless and distressed looks. Dress it up with heels or wear it casually with a day dress. For work, try out a longline blazer from Universal Store – it adds a touch of class to a simple white t-shirt or blouse without looking too prim.

Versatile Shoes

What to do when it’s a lovely 25 degrees outside but it no longer feels appropriate to wear sandals? A closed-toe slide will grant you the best of both worlds – covered up in front and breezy at the back. Decjuba have a great range in at the moment! For guys, a desert or chukka boot will easily take you through the seasons. Look for shades of tan or brown, which work well with both blue and black jeans.

Investing in Quality Fabrics

Sick of peeling off layers in your peak hour commute just to put it all back on for the walk home? It’s time to invest in quality natural fibres. A lightweight merino jumper will keep you warm – and cool – when needed like the range at Country Road. Not only does wool keep you warm, it quickly absorbs and evaporates any moisture from your body too, meaning you’ll stay cool when you need to. Likewise, cashmere also has insulating and moisture-wicking properties – it’s incredibly soft and lightweight, too.