Buying a whole new wardrobe when the seasons decide to change (or, in the case of the UK this summer the seasons don’t know what they’re supposed to do!) can be pricey, and when the autumn collections hit the high street it’s usually when the weather is still good. Those collections only hang about for a short time and then the shops are filled with winter items, and most of your summer clothes are left abandoned at the back of wardrobes and drawers. When summer can be moody like in the UK, it can sometimes feel like you’ve bought summer clothes for only a few weeks of the year. As part of their Summer of Smarter Spending, VoucherCodes.co.uk challenged me to take part in the Seasonal Switch. They gave me a budget of £80 and asked me to find three key pieces to transition summer items through to autumn/winter. I hit the ASOS sale and managed to get a lot of bang for my buck (to watch the video showing these items click here)
Here’s what I picked:
1. The Jacket
I wear a lot of dresses all year round because they are my favourite wardrobe item. Although I love buying jackets I sometimes feel that I always look the same in them (black tights, jacket, and my pretty dress hidden somewhere underneath unless I’m indoors) so I opted for a lighter jacket that could be layered and worn open. This quilted one was in the ASOS sale (£25) and I loved the polkadot lining that peeps through. Normally I would wear this dress on it’s own in summer but to transition it to autumn I added black tights. I added a really lightweight sheer sweater from Bank that I already owned and layered the jacket on top. I love how this has a hood too!
2. The Leggings
With dresses that might be a little too short for tights, leggings are a lifesaver. I find them so useful, any longer tops from your summer wardrobe that would normally be worn with cutoffs or a skirt can be layered with leggings or you could even put them under the shorts and add a cardigan. They are comfy, not too thick if the weather is temperamental and gets warmer again after you’ve left the house and versatile. I wear leggings a lot which means lots of washing and drying so a good quality pair is essential (nobody wants to see your underwear through those bad boys) and I opted for a pair from American Apparel (£24). Here I paired them with a dress I would wear alone in warmer weather, and added the jacket again!
3. The Boots
A good pair of boots is essential and can instantly change the look of an outfit to something more weather appropriate. I like flat riding boots because you can walk all day in them and they look equally good with tights and a dress as they do over jeans or leggings. These are again from ASOS (£30 in the sale) and I love the elasticated detail.
So that’s how I switched up my summer clothes to transition to autumn/winter. What are your favourite ways to get use out of your summer clothes?
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