15 Sep A new season style reboot better than a holiday?
Goodbye longest season ever!
For most of us travelling is not an option right now, so why not join me this month in saying goodbye to the Iso slump and saying hello there to Spring with a fresh season style reboot. I’m pretty sure I speak on behalf of most of the population down under, when I say “bring on warmer days already!” Riding that winter wave this year for us Aussies seemed so much harder than past years (thanks COVID). Sending lots of positive love to all our Victorian friends here in Australia currently experiencing stage four lock down, sending you all positive energy and great strength for a positive bounce back, sooner rather than later.
Overall though being grounded in Sydney hasn’t been too bad, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with so many new faces both locally and overseas via zoom. I consider myself fortunate to have successfully planned and launched a virtual personal styling service over two years ago, which during these challenging times has allowed me to continue doing what I love and made changing the way you get dressed for work, while working from home more fun and affordable then ever.
This month we cover the season change by setting out some simple goals in the wardrobe and smashing them out. I’m talking simple achievable steps to help where most women struggle “how to transition the wardrobe” season to season. Whether you are coming out of winter heading into warmer days like me or prepping for cooler days, I’m sharing style tips on what stays and what to bid farewell to that can be applied wherever you may be reading this from.
I’m also sharing my three favourite pieces every wardrobe needs to ease into a new season, pretty much every season.
Hope you enjoy our little read as much as we do researching and prepping it for you!
With love KerryK xox
Transeasonal pieces that go the distance – what to keep on rotation and what can pack away
The transition from one season to the next need not be a hard one. If its winter heading into spring prepare a space to store the heavier winter woollies, caring for them now means you get to enjoy them again and again. If its summer heading to cooler days, think about holding onto individual pieces like cardigans that can be layered for warmth. Most importantly though, before jumping online to restock an entire new seasons wardrobe, think about what’s hanging in your wardrobe and how you can make your clothes work hard for you delivering easy mix and match options.
Here’s my easy go-to guide I like to follow:
Keep on rotation
- Cosy button-down cardigans (cotton or wool blends)
- Layerable basics g long sleeve tee’s and cotton shirts
- Ankle boots
- Denim jacket
- Trench Coat & Blazer
- Heavier Wool Winter coats
- Bulky sweaters/jumpers
- Knee-high boots
- Parkers & quilted puffer jackets
- Winter scarves, gloves & beanies
03 Spring styles to add to your wardrobe now
1. Maxi/midi skirt with a chunky knit
Holding on to lighter layers for when the weather forecast suddenly throws you a “cloudy with a high chance of rain” kind of day makes the daily dress that much easier. Before you think about sorting your warm sweaters into the “see you next winter” pile, why not refresh your look by styling them a new way. For example, swap the usual chunky sweater + jeans and coat combo for a sweater + lightweight maxi/midi skirt like the image featured here, it’s a simple and chic transitional style that looks new, with clothes you haven’t had to purchase. It’s a double win win – don’t you think?
2. Collar necklaces
Warmer days equals time spent outdoors, pack away your dainty layers this spring and say hello to chunky eye catching statement pieces… think oversized seashells and gold or silver looped chains inspired by international designer brands like Prada, Gucci and Miu Miu. And let’s not forget our local talents too!
3. Oversized Victorian/puff sleeves
Whether big or small, make it all about that sleeve. This season sees the return of statement feature sleeves. Why wear a statement sleeve you say? This style not only softens the shape around a full arm, but it also can create the illusion of a slimmer waist taking the eye away from your hips and tummy area, plus a big bonus dose of femininity is added to your outfit. Like the style but not sure where to start?
My Stylist Tip: Save the radical larger than life sleeves for when you are confident you can pull this look off, start by introducing a neutral coloured slightly smaller sleeve. As you enjoy this style you can venture into fun monochrome prints like I recently have too.
Athleisure – heading into warmer days
A Fashionable Life
Gone are the days that you wore sports gear with the risk of being headlined by the fashion police aka fashionistas’ for wearing sweats throughout the day! But who would ever have imagined COVID-19 could elevate the athleisure style globally to a whole new level, solidifying the here to stay trend altogether? I say, if you’re going to wear comfortable clothing you may as well make a fashion statement while you’re at it…
Here’s three favourite Aussie brands absolutely killing it when it comes to flattering styles, comfort and reasonable affordability too!
1. Running Bare
2. Camilla and Marc
3. The Upside
Seasonal Must Have’s
With the change of season comes unpredictable and often unstable weather, is it meant to be hot, cold or perhaps both in that one day? Followed by what on earth should I wear? The number one rule that has served me well for over 20 years is mastering “how to add layers.” Once you have this step-down pat your mornings will go down as easy as a smooth almond latte!
So, to help with those busy mornings when you have no clue on what to wear, I’ve listed my magic three must-have transitional pieces your wardrobe needs now.
Hands up if you can guess what layers exceptionally well with jeans, shirts, skirts and everything in between? Yep, you guessed it, it’s a blazer! Anyone that knows me knows I’ll be sporting a blazer most months of the year and I especially love to style it up during the changeover of seasons, adding a layer of warm and street style smart to the everyday outfit. Think investment pieces that go the distance bringing the cost per wear down over the seasons to come.
Basics are a great affordable way to inject new life into your already existing wardrobe, a classic white or fine striped shirt is so easy to layer and style, creating the perfect foundation for any outfit that you can go on to elevate with accessories.
Stylist tip: A shirt/silk blouse can be styled over a maxi dress for warmth, work with skinny jeans or even thrown as an extra layer over your favourite tee.
Once an office classic now an off-duty staple, a cropped trouser just above the ankle is the perfect transitional piece heading into warmer days when jeans just aren’t an option, but you also don’t want your legs out. I recommend opting for lightweight fabrics like linen when sourcing for the perfect trouser.