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Blog/Ultimate Guides/How to Transition your Wardrobe from Summer to Winter
Unfortunately, Summer is officially over. However - if you view our Autumn/Winter ‘15 Trends Pages - you’ll see that this is nothing to be down about, because this season’s fashion trends might just be the best yet. Think gorgeous warm colours, fringing, metallics and ankle boots - all flattering and stylish trends which have plenty of pieces to suit your personal style.
Arguably the most difficult part about the change in the seasons - after the cold and dark mornings of course, is transitioning your wardrobe from bright, summery pieces - to practical, AW styles - all whilst staying on trend of course!
Now is the perfect time to transition your wardrobe and start purchasing the key items that will get your wardrobe ready for Autumn and Winter and keep your feet happy, stylish, and practical too. Here are a few of our top tips for getting your wardrobe in ship shape for the season.
The quickest, and easiest way to get your wardrobe winter-ready is to select a few key pieces that you’ll wear time and time again - for many years to come. This means sourcing some high quality items you can view as an investment. Stick to traditional and neutral colours for versatility of wear, opt for comfort - a vital element in ensuring they become your go-to shoes. Aim for high-quality products - leather with a thick sole to ensure a durability. We’ve highlighted two of our favourite styles below:
Ugg Australia - Demi - Chestnut Barbour - Felton Buckle Boot - Black
The ‘Demi’ by Ugg is the epitome of a key piece for Autumn/Winter. Smooth, sleek and with a touch of interesting design by mixing materials - this low ankle boot will match almost everything in your wardrobe. The ‘Felton’ by Barbour is similarly gorgeous. Black with chic quilted details and silver buckles, this slightly-heeled ankle boot is absolutely perfect for the Autumn/Winter season. Team with jeans, tights or even a cute dress and you’ve got your go-to boots for this season.
Versatility is the key to a strong AW wardrobe. Choosing pieces which will work for a variety of different scenarios will ensure you’re really getting your money’s worth, and make the transition from Summer to Winter a whole lot easier! Versatile styles will take you from work, to shopping, to a night out, to an exciting day trip - all seamlessly, and with style of course. Here are some of our selections:
Dr Martens - Siano - Womens - Black Hi Shine Snake Barbour - Katana Chelsea Heel - Black
The ‘Siano’ is a new offering from Dr Martens. Classic but with a touch of sass thanks to the snake print, these gorgeous brogues really are suitable for a variety of situations. Team with tailored trousers for a smart and modern work look, with tights and a velvet dress for a gorgeous evening look, or with jeans and a white t-shirt for cool and casual shopping attire. The ‘Katana Chelsea Heel’ by Barbour is one of our favourite boots this season. The simply beautiful black boot has a block heel for style and comfort, and the beautiful quilted detail we’ve come to associate with Barbour. These boots will be perfect for teaming with skinny jeans and a printed t-shirt for a gorgeous night out look, with tights and a pencil skirt for the ultimate work attire or with just about anything for a sophisticated outfit staple.
Pieces which can seamlessly take you from day to night are essential for transitioning your wardrobe from the warmer months, to the colder ones. A few key items you can wear in the daytime with ease - but similarly dress them up for a night time occasion. Here are our top picks:
Sam Edelman - Karen - Black Suede French Sole - India - Multi Glitter
You really can’t beat a pair of Sam Edelmans - and when you have a look at the ‘Karen’, it’s inevitable they’ll be straight on the top of your wish-list. The subtle heel perfectly compliments the stunning suede upper of these ankle boots, which are so chic and classy, perfect for day to night. For a non-heeled option, the ‘India Multi Glitter’ by French Sole is truly stunning, and oh so comfortable too! With colourful glitter, these sparkly shoes are perfect for dressing up jeans and a t-shirt or with a little black dress for the evening.
When the mornings are dark and cold and the days are long - comfort is an essential property we look for in our clothing. That’s why when choosing your transitional wardrobe pieces, comfort just has to be an important property. The pieces we’ve chosen are the footwear embodiment of ‘winter warmers’, and will quickly become some of your favourite pieces this season.
Ugg Australia - Scuffette - Chestnut Clarks - Hamble Oak - Dark Pewtar Metallic
We couldn’t write a piece about Autumn/Winter footwear without referring to the timeless Ugg Australia slippers. The ‘Scuffette’ are mule-style slippers with the Ugg sheepskin filling, offering the comfiest wear, just perfect for sliding your feet into after a long day at work. The ‘Hamble Oak’ brogue by Clarks has had a Pewtar Metallic makeover this season - and we’re big fans. The gorgeous colour is so striking, and the effortlessly stylish brogue last will work perfectly with skinny jeans or tailored trousers, whilst keeping your feet happy and comfortable at all times!
The easiest way to soften the blow of popping your sandals and flip flops away for the next few months is to reach for the old classics. Those styles that never go out of fashion - year upon year, retaining their class and style. It’s important to invest in styles that are always on trend, to ensure value for money and a classic wardrobe. These two that we have chosen will still be impeccably stylish for years to come.
Sam Edelman - Dora - Black/White Metallic Barker - Faye - Walnut
Another Sam Edelman selection, the ‘Dora’ is a classic pointy-toe court shoe in a slingback style with a delicate heel. As with all Sam Edelman styles, the ‘Dora’ oozes class and the monochrome colour palette ensures a versatile wearability. These will be your go-to heels and have you reaching for them time and time again. The ‘Faye’ is an offering from the Barker Ladies Collection - which is every bit as stunning as you’d anticipate! The ‘Faye’ is a stunning walnut leather ankle boot with bold punched details and a contemporary wooden heel. This timeless boot will team with almost anything in your wardrobe, adding a touch of Barker class to your outfit!
Shop our Ladies AW15 collection here.