We’re well on our way in semester two by now. People are starting to hang out at the lake again and this can only mean one thing: better weather! While we warmly welcome the approach of summer, the transition between seasons poses some challenges to our wardrobes. It can be hard to get the balance right between staying warm and not looking wintery.

One way to bring your look into spring and then summer is to start incorporating brighter colours into your outfits. While it’s still cold out you’ll need to wrap up, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear dark and heavy colours as you might have during the winter. Choosing jumpers or cardigans that are brightly coloured or printed uplifts your look. The same applies to accessories: bracelets and festival bands always seem summery. You can still wear a cosy and functional outfit, but bright hues and accessories take the drabness out of the equation.

Another way to move between seasons is to use the layering technique. Once you have a reasonable stock of versatile basics it’s easy to try this out. Rather than one thick jumper and a coat, wear a number of lighter layers that can be added to or taken away as required. Try wearing a light summery dress or skirt with thick tights and a cardigan, or wear a few light layers on top with a pair of jeans and boots. Ditch the heavy coat and start wearing a bomber jacket. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the transitional wardrobe, it will be a skill that will stand to you for life.

 

Emer Slattery

Emily O'Brien