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It’s Time To Transition

By Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist on March 12, 2015 in Other

Photos: Sharmin Musca

Photos: Sharmin Musca

While it’s been great flopping around all summer in open shoes and feeling free in lightweight dresses, I’m looking forward to the joy of a new season and have spent hours poring over magazines, excited about what’s coming up for autumn/winter. Think oversized knits, fuzzy coats and big boots for starters. While it may be way too warm to wear big knits, tights and boots right away, it’s definitely time to add some all-important transitional pieces to your wardrobe.

When shopping for transitional pieces there are only a few rules; firstly, limit your colour palette, and secondly, try new silhouettes like a roomy coat, slouchy trousers or midi skirt. Right now I’m looking for the perfect midi-skirt to work with no tights and block-heel ankle boots, which I can then add tights to as the weather cools.

A pea coat is great to throw over a lightweight top and generous enough to layer knitwear under when the cold weather sets in. Or try a double-breasted trench with shoulder ornamentation for the perfect ‘hello’ to the incoming military trend. Another new silhouette is the cocoon coat, to be worn now with a mini skirt, t-shirt, no tights and chunky boots, then layered up to the max when you need to brace for the chill.

The blazer is also a perfect transitional piece. A long length blazer worn with slouchy, high-waist trousers is a refreshing take on the continuing menswear trend, or pair with a mini-skirt and flat, chunky shoes – something different for a breezy autumn day. A timeless smoking or tuxedo jacket will never go out of style and can become a key piece around which numerous outfits can be assembled too.

You’ll also need the all-important block-heel ankle boots with any of the season’s split-personality skirts (long, midi, knee, mini – your legs, you choose). Add a pop of colour with a bright bag or brighten up your face with a pair of colourful or polarised sunglasses.
On the streets this month I found:

Name: Abi
Lives: Bondi
Occupation: Dancer
Fave Item for the Season: something floaty and flowery from an op-shop.
Street Style: Abi wears a Camilla dress “borrowed” from her friend’s wardrobe, Ray-ban sunnies and a collection of rings by Save The Last Pinker. She keeps it local with boots from Girl and Graf and purse from Flamingo Merchants both on Bondi Rd.

Name: Rhiannon
Lives: Bondi
Occupation: Retail manager
Fave Item for the Season: wide leg culottes by Seed Heritage.
Street Style: Rhiannon wears a white gardenia lace pant set and necklace both by Winona. Her shoes are from Windsor Smith, bag from Mimco and sunnies by Sunday Somewhere.