Saturday 22 July 2017

Stylewatch: Inter-season dressing

This time of year is a sartorial minefield. To tight or not to tight? When to break out the summer sandals? Our first rule for successful seasonal navigation is to layer, but thinly.

Fine cottons and jerseys, a hint of cashmere . . . it’s as much about being prepared to reveal some skin as it is about keeping warm. Keep colours light and, if you must wear that favourite LBD, then pair it with brighter accessories — a pale clutch can be super chic, see model Sarah McGovern working the look. There’s nothing worse than bare, pale, goosepimpled legs and open-toed sandals in the rain. Keep your footwear weather-appropriate — in the drizzle, a leg-baring skirt can be saved by a pair of ankle boots. Throw a cardi round your shoulders. Preppy is always a good look for spring/summer: Make sheer blouses your best friend — they’re light and airy without being tackily revealing. Tame summer prints with winter staples such as a good black blazer. Ditch heavy winter coats for trenches, cargo jackets, or anything that could be described as safari. Or, indeed, turn cardigans into coats; add a belt to smarten them up.

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