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Feeling sad vacuum packing your favourite summer items as temperatures dip? Well with a bit of clever fashion maths – you can still wear them.
From floaty dresses to swimsuits – these key items, with a little styling know-how can become your autumn wardrobe stars.
This is a great money-saving hack, and you’ll be prepared (and a little smug) in the event of another heatwave.
Formula One: Summer Shorts + Slouchy Knitwear + Oversized jacket + over-the-knee boots = effortless autumn style
Take one pair of tailored shorts, preferably these finish at the slimmest part of your thigh, with a smooth front and flat waistband, then add a sloppy, oversized sweater (the contrast of the fitted shorts with the voluminous knit will earn you admiring glances from gen Z).
Add a little slink with this season’s best investment – suede over-the-knee boots, (don’t forget protector spray!) – top with an oversized blazer (a continuing trend – if you don’t want to invest, just nab your partner’s) or opt for an on-trend bomber jacket, and you are good to kick up the autumn leaves in style.
Formula Two: Summer Skirt + Camisole + Cardigan + socks + Trainers = cosy chic
Take one swishy summer skirt, preferably in block colour to embrace the minimalist-inspired style of the moment, add a clever cami which also doubles up as shapewear – a fluffy cardigan for texture and counterbalance with some casual trainers and chunky socks to keep your ankles warm.
Top with a biker or aviator jacket to brace against the elements.
Formula Three: Summer Dress + Roll Neck + Biker Boots + Trench Coat = showerproof elegance
Take a pretty summer dress and layer it over a fine rollneck sweater – you could plump for a fun print clash, just make sure each piece has at least one common colour – ground the look with some robust biker boots for contrast, and top with that perennial classic, a trench coat, to channel some Parisian chic.
The secret is always about details and clever layering, so with this in mind here are a few extra wardrobe essentials which help with seasonal outfit building, making your wardrobe stretch further:
Thermal vests and tights – the best are from Uniglo and Marks & Spencer
Uniglo’s padded gilets come in a wide variety of colours and are easy to layer under suits and jackets for added warmth without the bulk.
Sparkly socks can add interest and cosiness to bare ankles
And my secret weapon, worn wherever you need them – the humble hand warmer
Miranda Holder is a Celebrity Stylist and Royal Fashion Expert