The rules of transitional dressing

'Transitional dressing' is an expression we hear often in the fashion industry to describe that difficult period when one season morphs into another. Right now, we're all looking over our collective shoulders at the last vestiges of summer and looking forward to the first signs of autumn. In real terms, that can mean mornings of bright sunshine followed by hailstones in the afternoon; balcony bathing one day, and running for cover the next. It's why you need a flexible approach to dressing, one that focuses on lightweight layers so that you don't overheat on the good days, but are well prepared for the bad.

Transitional dressing by Oliver Spencer

 BOX T-SHIRT SANDERS RED MULTI

BOX T-SHIRT SANDERS
RED MULTI

FISHTAIL TROUSERS BUTTRESS CHARCOAL

FISHTAIL TROUSERS
BUTTRESS CHARCOAL

BERMONDSEY BOMBER JACKET TAMWORTH MIDNIGHT

BERMONDSEY BOMBER
JACKET TAMWORTH
MIDNIGHT

In a nutshell, that means layering effectively. So think tees and jerseys, shirts, overshirts, and lightweight jackets and blousons, the latter in waterproof or technical fabrics. You can easily add or remove the excess layers as and when the weather changes, while the technical outerwear is light enough that it'll cope with all temperatures.

Transitional dressing by Oliver Spencer

 

 JUDO TROUSERS EDEN GREEN

JUDO TROUSERS
EDEN GREEN

SOLMS JACKET BUTTRESS NAVY

SOLMS JACKET
BUTTRESS NAVY

BOX T-SHIRT SANDERS GREEN MULTI

BOX T-SHIRT
SANDERS GREEN MULTI

 

The cotton layers do a great job of moisture-wicking when the weather takes a turn for the better, or if you're moving between indoors and outdoors frequently. Similarly, a lightweight cotton overshirt, such as our Eltham shirt or Hockney jacket can prove a smart move on those days when you can guarantee dry weather.

Transitional dressing by Oliver Spencer

 ELTHAM OVERSHIRT EDEN GREEN

ELTHAM OVERSHIRT
EDEN GREEN

FISHTAIL TROUSERS BUTTRESS NAVY

FISHTAIL TROUSERS
BUTTRESS NAVY

GRANDPA RAINCOAT PINO OCHRE

GRANDPA RAINCOAT
PINO OCHRE

PARABOOT AVORIAZ BUFFALO GRAIN LEATHER

PARABOOT AVORIAZ
BUFFALO GRAIN
LEATHER

 

When it comes to countering wet weather in Autumn, the last thing you want to be wearing is a big thick overcoat because the temperatures just don't warrant it. Instead, you'd be much better off opting for a coat cut from a technical waterproof cloth such as our Bermondsey bombers or our Grandpa coats. The latter is definitiely the more effective in rain thanks to the three-quarter length, but you won't believe how light it is, so if the weather improves you can either carry on wearing it or fold it into a bag. 

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