Autumn is approaching – which usually means it’s time to pack away your summer wardrobe and bring out your favorite items from the new season. But with the forecast looking more unpredictable than ever, we’re a little daunted by the prospect of dressing for September.
Luckily, Red’s fashion director Oonagh Brennan is on hand with her guide to building a transitional wardrobe. So if you’ve been thinking about whether to go for another summery purchase or something that will work later in the season, read on to find pieces that bridge the divide.
It may surprise you to hear this, but no transitional wardrobe would be complete without a collarless suit jacket. Yes, we’re happy to say that this statement piece is back for Autumn/Winter 2022. However, it looks a little different this time – softer in shape, subtler in design and again more versatile.
As the new season’s collections hit the high street, it’s always worth looking to new independent brands to really change up your favorite looks. We’ve spied the perfect transitional jacket at Jovonna, a small London-based boutique with shops in Soho, Marylebone and Notting Hill (but an excellent website to peruse too).
With its boxy shape, Breton stripes, gilt buttons and contrasting trim, this number nods to Chanel’s OG tweed suit. It is knitted, but not tailored – so it bridges the gap between a cardigan and a jacket.
THE KNITTED JACKET
Jovonna’s little jacket is a wardrobe staple in this in-between period: it will provide the perfect extra layer when the weather starts to cool down. Wear it now with tailored shorts and sandals, then trade in T-shirts and tailored trousers in September. As we head into the colder months, layer this piece with a knit top for added warmth – the collarless cut will look particularly striking with a turtleneck.
THE TAILORED SHORTS
It’s not too late to get some tailored shorts – in fact, sales are a great time to find some at a reduced price! You still have a good month left to wear a pair bare-legged, simply layer up with a little cashmere sweater, or add coverage with knee-high boots.
THE CHUNKY CHAIN BRACELET
You may have already invested in many gold chains, but have you thought about a thick chain bracelet? Style Laura Lombardi’s Cinzia with bangles, beaded friendship styles and a watch for the ultimate wrist party. We have also found this similar one from Boden if you are on a bigger budget.
THE TENSE-SONGABLE SLIDERS
Grab a pair of Dune’s Loupe sandals before they’re gone. A fashion favorite (they bear a striking resemblance to more expensive options out there), they’re minimal, chic and will last for many summers to come. We’d love to invest in a few colors of these simple slides, but black is the most versatile: pair yours with wide-leg pants and a jumper in September.
THE TIMELESS ACCESSORY
A quilted bag is a classic for a reason. Russell and Bromley’s black leather design is a timeless investment piece – it will never date and gives wool coats and winter jumpers a smart, sartorial edge. The elegant chain strap doubles as a piece of jewelry, elevating the simplest look.
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