And so it is that time of year again. One of the most difficult periods of every year. It comes rounds twice every year, and yet never seems to get any easier. Yes, it is the change over of the seasons. A liminal stage of transition, where the shops are now adorn full of chucky thick knits, and snuggly looking coats, yet our calendar tells us it is August, and so theoretically still is summer in our minds, and the weather…. Yes, well the weather… Lets just say, the weather seems to do what it wants. One moment its freezing, grey sky and threatening to rain, and the next- Voila! Perfect blue skies and a full blazing sun! Are you starting to see the problem?
What do you wear? Flouncing down la rue in a beautiful floaty summer-dress seems (and feels) rather chilly this last week. However, giving into A/W dressing also feels like the wrong choice?
Natives in these Parisian quartiers have seemed to have gotten it down to a fine art of clever dressing. Noting those best dressed on the Metro, and in the streets with envy, a hybrid outfit is ostensibly the winner.
As seen here on the fashion elite during Paris Fashion Week June 2013, maxi dresses and maxi skirts are given a new lease of life by the simple addition of a jumper or cardigan. For those of us who were not blessed with a supermodel figure, use a belt to create the perfect silhouette outline, thus giving the illusion of a waspish waist. Not only does this add valuable layers to keep warm with, but it also takes the maxi dress and skirt beyond the seasonal realms of summer, making your wardrobe work for its money, and instantly creating an entirely new outfit.
Another trick observed within the ‘fashion pack’ is ankle socks. Once upon a time, ankle socks were the ultimate fashion- faux pas, bringing back cringing memories of embarrassing Dads wearing sandals and sports socks during your summer holiday. Yet the addendum of some vintage style socks creates a quirky and feminine feel to any outfit, as well as the plus of keeping your feet warm and prolonging the usage of your wedges and sandals!
For a little piece of luxury on your feet, head to Wolfords, (found at 45 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris). Prices start around €14 per pair, but with its fine mix of soft, easy-care stretch poly fabric and velvet finish, it is worth every penny of indulgence.
Heidi Klum showed us how to dress flawlessly for the transitional period, by showcasing the ‘Co-ord’ look, on a recent shopping trip in New York. Coordinating patterns, and jumpsuits for that matter, are big news for the coming season, but also incredibly user-friendly. Their benefits seem given as a gift from the gods, as when 7am Monday morning comes around, and you search for your co-ord, finding two articles of the same print should be possible for even the most bleary eyed of us!
Not only does sleeveless top of Klum’s outfit allow for heat, but in colder climatic conditions, the simple addition of a biker-style leather jacket, cropped jumper or blazer, dresses her outfit for Autumn. Mirroring this A/W’s colour scheme of navy and magenta, Klum’s outfit ticks all the boxes for moving her effortlessly through from summer to winter.
This cute ASOS version of Klum’s jumpsuit can be picked up for €36.44 by clicking the link below —>
However, if all else fails, and thought of navigating through the approaching transitional wardrobe period makes you quake in your gladiator sandals, perhaps it’d be a wise idea to book yourself in with Fabulous You Paris, and let us do hard work for you!