5 easy outfits for back-to-work cool

Trans-seasonal dressing ideas
Olivia Lidbury,-Fashion Editor

Trans-seasonal dressing can be tricky, but it needn’t require an entire wardrobe overhaul…

Holiday season is officially over. With September comes a sense of seriousness, of looking ahead and knuckling down. While little ones enjoy the crispness of fresh school uniforms, it’s the perfect time to start afresh with your own wardrobe. Armed with impactful new combinations, clever layering techniques and a nod to the new-season trends, these looks will see you through every day of the working week – and beyond – in style.

Try colour-blocking

Enjoy a colour moment

This season is a celebration of colour. Whatever your preferred hue, try sporting it from head to toe for a day and see it how it makes you feel. If that feels like too much of a statement, then play around with shades close together, such as pink with red or navy with sky blue. It’s a simple trick, but dressing in this way looks instantly polished.

Bring back leather accessories for autumn

Welcome back leather accents

What you choose to wear with your clothes is as important as the main item itself. A leather biker jacket and ankle boots are modern classics that won’t date, and are just the ticket to take summery, cotton dresses into autumn. Pack away any straw bags until your next holiday, however, and reach for a season-appropriate crossbody instead.

Play with shapes and proportions

Have fun with proportions

Dressing for in-between seasons means you don’t need to factor in tights and thick coats, so it’s a great window in which to experiment outside the box. John Lewis & Partners’ in-house label Kin is known for its play on proportions and loose layers. The antithesis to a ladylike aesthetic, be inspired to let your hems hang out and to pair the unexpected together.

Outfit idea: smart jeans and tie-neck tops

Dress up denim

Say hello to jeans that don’t quite look like jeans. This exaggerated, wide-leg style from Kin are perfect for refreshing your silhouette and adding edge to blouses and trainers while offering a flash of ankle. They’ll also work brilliantly in winter with animal-print ankle boots. Offset them with a feminine top like a floral, neck-tie design with fluid sleeves. Jeans never looked so elegant.

Trans-seasonal dressing: layer a rollneck under a dress

Think smart with layering

A cotton roll-neck is the unsung saviour of the modern wardrobe. It’s the perfect piece for tempering smart dresses – layering one adds a casual feel while shielding you from any fierce blasts of air-con. Vertical stripes are universally flattering and chic; simply add a statement piece of jewellery, such as a necklace or earrings, and you’ve got a winning look for work and play.

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