The Anatomy of Transitional Style! The Five Pieces You Need Now!
Mood: Image (top) is the inspiration for my Floridian winter wardrobe.
Must-have: Stripe Turtleneck
Seeking: Lace-up Boots
Closet Staple: A peacoat purchased from Burberry seven years ago
Accessory: Masculine oversized silver watch
I love to dress seasonally and more to the point I LOVE coats! Yet living in Florida, where the winters consist of the odd cold snap sandwiched between mild sunny days, the heavy investment a quality coat commands seems a pointless acquisition when its unlikely to see the light of day.
The compromise is to choose useful layering pieces from autumns transitional phase. Take a peacoat for example; while its classic silhouette guarantees your investment for many years, it serves as the perfect outerwear choice when temperatures dip or should an impromptu trip to cooler climes come your way.
The ultra classic turtleneck is this seasons come back kid. The skinny silhouette will not only update your look it will serve as the quintessential layer. I recently bought Vince’s best selling soft cotton option ($95) for a base layer and will be swapping out last years aran knit for IRO’s stripe seeley option for a touch of nautical.
No matter how warm the winters are, Floridians do not forgo boots. Lace up’s are on my radar but not of the Doc Martin variety which I will leave to the teens. I am leaning toward a work boot by Frye such as the Carson (see below).
Accessories create the flavor and nothing speaks louder than an oversized watch. My big investment of the year has been a Rolex Daytona Chronograph which has pretty much become my signature piece. Hats are also worthy of consideration and I will definitely be seeking out a beret á la Gucci! For more inspiration check out some great looks below!
This look exemplifies perfect layering. I love how the accessories create polish and a modern French vibe! Shop the look at Forward Forward
Italian retailer Massimo Duitti plays with structure. This minimilist look shows how to layer without too much bulk! Outfit available at Massimo Dutti (USA site)
For those slightly warmer days swap out the sweater for a blouse and the heavy jeans for white pants. Shop this look at Intermix
The French design house IRO tap into the retro vibe with this seely turtleneck for $265 (left). For less expensive options look to the likes of Zara and the more classic led Massimo Dutti who offer this comparable stripe option in wool/cashmere mix (right) for $89!
For price and quality you can’t beat Frye who offer an array of lace-up boots. My eye is on this Carson style which has a slightly higher heel for a touch of femininity. Check out Frye’s collection at their online website.
The queen of cool – Victoria Beckham – dons clean lines with a longer style of coat and jeans. Note the accessorizing is kept simple, yet classy, with a statement rolex and structured purse!