Fashion

the lazy gal's guide to cultivating a trans-seasonal wardrobe

Anyone that knows me can attest to my extreme lethargy and laziness.  As a result of this I spend a great deal of my time devising ways to save myself any unnecessary exertion. One of the best solutions I've found is cultivating a trans-seasonal wardrobe.  I have ended up with far less clutter in my wardrobe - and in turn have to do very little tidying.  I've also selected trans-seasonal pieces that require minimal care (and effort).  The way I've done this is by choosing garments made of natural fibres such as: linen, cotton, and wool.  These fabrics are the best for layering and are machine washable. Below I've listed the five key trans-seasonal pieces. I've rated the comfort, versatility, and level of care required - fellow lazy gals, you can check this and gauge whether you can be bothered with said pieces.  Everyone's budgets are different so I've included high st, local, and luxury ready-to-wear options.  

1. an apron style dress

This should be a staple in every wardrobe as you can literally wear it year round!  Wear it with tights and a turtleneck in winter; a tee underneath in autumn/spring; and on it's own in summer. 

Comfort: 10/10

Versatility: 9/10 - you can wear year round! 

Value for money: 10/10 - because you can wear in every season you'll definitely get your money's worth 

Level of care required: Minimal - machine washable, hang up when wet and no ironing required!

below: Sister Studios apron dresses

Best places to purchase

high st stores: MUJI
price range: $70 - $100

local labels: Sister Studios, Bedroom the label, Kloke
price range: $100 - $350

2. Turtlenecks 

Turtlenecks are perfect for layering! I'd recommend ones made of merino wool - they keep you super warm in winter but still allow you to breathe!  Wear them underneath your favourite tees or button ups.  Add a coat on top for supreme warmth in the dead of winter. 

Comfort: 10/10 - can definitely accommodate a belly full of pasta and shiraz 

Versatility: 6/10 - you can wear in any weather below ~20 degrees

Value for money: 9/10 - although you can't wear in any weather, you will most likely wear them every day of winter - ergo you'll definitely get your money's worth.  

(also: merino wool lasts AGES - expect these bad boys to last you YEARS) 

Level of care required: Medium - chuck them in a delicate bag and put on the wool cycle.  Lay out flat to dry.  May need the occasional lint roll. 

below: various COS turtleneck sweaters

Best places to purchase

high st stores: COS, UNIQLO, MUJI
price range: $40 - $150

local labelsweathered (by incu), caves collect, Kloke
price range: $150 - $400

luxury ready-to-wear: Acne, A.P.C
price range: $320 - $900

3. nicely cut trousers

A pair of tailored, well fitting trousers is an absolute must in every wardrobe!  These can be dressed up or down extremely easily.  Wear them with a button up and loafers for job interviews; a graphic tee and sneakers on nights out; or with a turtleneck and boots to dinner.  

I'd recommend going for a polyester blend, rather than wool as you can still wear these in autumn and spring, as well as on cooler summer nights. 

Comfort: 7/10 - depending on how the waist is structured - go for elastic if comfort is your priority. 

Versatility: 6/10 - you can wear in most weather - probably give them a miss when it's over 30 degrees! 

Value for money: 7/10 - although you can't wear in ALL kinds of weather you can still get your money's worth in the cooler months.  

Level of care required: Minimal - machine washable, because they're synthetic they don't require SUPER frequent washing! 

below: COS trousers

Best places to purchase

high st stores: COS
price range: $100 - $200

local labels: caves collect
price range: $250 - $400

luxury ready-to-wear: ACNE, A.P.C
price range: $350 - $950

4. an oversized button up 

Oversized button ups are wonderful because they can literally be worn in every season! I'd reccomend going for cotton or linen so it's still breezy in summer.  You can wear them as a light jacket in summer; layered on top on turtlenecks in winter; and underneath your favourite tees in autumn. 

Comfort: 10/10

Versatility: 9/10 

Value for money: 10/10

Level of care required: Minimal - machine washable, hang up when wet and no ironing

below: UNIQLO linen button ups

best places to purchase

high st stores: UNIQLO, COS, MUJI
price range: $20 - $170

local labels: Bul, Alpha 60
price range: $170 - $250

5. boxy tees

I love boxy tees - especially ones with fun prints or graphics.  Again these can be very easily layered and are an easy way to accessorize.  They make great statement pieces! Wear them alone with any bottoms in the warmer weather.  In the cooler months you can layer them on top of turtlenecks and button ups. 

Comfort: 10/10

Versatility: 10/10 - can be worn in every season! 

Value for money: 10/10

Level of care required: Minimal - machine washable

below: Perks and Mini - graphic tees

best places to purchase

high st stores: UNIQLO, MUJI
price range: $19 - $50  

local labels: Perks and Mini, Kowtow, bul outlets, Kloke
price range: $29 - $150

luxury ready-to-wear: COMME des GARCONS play, A.P.C, WOOD WOOD
price range: $75 - $250

Above: Kowtow cotton poplin tops paired with button ups