Walking the tight ledge where the seasons change can be tricky, especially when it comes to your wardrobe. I’m sure that we can all agree that winter has been all over the place this year – days cold enough to freeze your moustache right off, punctuated by warm summer days that could easily confuse you into reaching for your swimsuit. Keeping the cold at bay while simultaneously avoiding warmer fabrics from clinging to you, is shite. But transitioning your wardrobe, is easy capri-sy with a little planning. Leandra Medine is the QUEEN of transitional wardrobes so today, Two Babes on a Budget is using her as inspiration for 3 of 4 ensembles, perfect for limbo weather. All you need are lightweight jackets and a little layering knowledge to find your happy medium.
Look 1: Combine summer and winter
I really struggle to style dresses in winter. Short-sleeved dresses with leggings is something I won’t do, and I absolutely loathe pairing an already-warm polyester or woolen dress with an equally hot coat. So when I stumbled on this look on Pinterest, I wasn’t convinced. I rummaged through my closet and found a pure cotton, striped dress which is breathable and I was finally inspired to drape an oversized coat over it. Start with a statement coat you’d like to wear and match your clothing accordingly. You can always layer as much and you want – perhaps a shirt underneath a dress and shed as the days get warmer. Because Leandra’s look has more texture and detail, I added a yellow and black tasseled pendant. Finish with a pair of classic platform sneakers or brogues and adorable socks, and you’ll have a look that’ll work hard for you no matter how the seasons change.
Look 2: Mix and mix, don’t match and match
I have wanted a check blazer for the longest time! Even though I couldn’t spot an oversized slouchy one, this tailored and ruched number is a great understudy. I never would’ve paired check with stripes, patterned scarves with animal print in a million years but Leandra is living her pattern-mixing truth and it’s cute. Her look is more structured and polished, but I’ve gone a bit slouchier with worn-in jeans, a french tuck and relaxed scarf.
Look 3: Bring on the Dependable Parka!
I love my parka because it so thin and lightweight – so you’re not burning up in summer but it’s also water- and wind resistant for sudden rain showers. It’s a closet stalwart that’s ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Because it’s neutral and has a relaxed shape it’s the perfect partner for any minimal or capsule wardrobe – think classic tees – plain white and striped, trusty denim shirts and of course go-to jeans. It plays well with traditional white sneakers and brown suede boots alike. I’ve paired it with light-wash denims and a slub-cotton tee, and would’ve loved to try it with white distressed denim jeans, but really, you can’t go wrong by matching it with any basic staples. A mammoth, lofty scarf on warmer days will add interest, warmth, texture and depth.
Look 4: Mix textures and fabrics
Tweed first peaked in Autumn/Winter 2018 but it took us all a little persuasion to start wearing it. Long gone are the days when tweed was a failsafe option for grumpy grandpa hats and golfer slacks, it now comes in figure-flattering cuts with dynamite detail. Because it’s such a snuggly, nubbly fabric, pair it with something unexpected or frilly for a playful element. I’ve paired it with a plain denim shirt and tasseled earrings in jewel tones. The stilettos are cool enough for scorching days, and you can pair it with lace-trim socks in autumn for a bit of edge. It’s brave but it makes me want to take that chance.
That’s it for Looks in Limbo weather. It starts by choosing pieces that you love wearing in summer and adding warmth and layers here and there for cosy comfort.