Hi again all, hope you’re having a lovely Thursday- almost Friday- nearly weekend- yay! We’re enjoying some gorgeous weather here in Amsterdam at the moment (20 degrees, can you believe it ??) But as we know, spring is a fickle season. It can go from sunny and warm to windy and chilly in the blink of an eye. And that is why we need to always be prepared wardrobe wise!
In last week’s post, I was giving you some tips on how to recognize items worth investing in, you know, those widely touted wardrobe staples that make your lives easier. Well today, I’m here to bring one such category of items to your attention: transitional pieces. These articles that help you move on from winter and into spring are definitely part of those staples worth investing in. And here are 5 reasons why:
Transitional pieces work to get you from winter to spring.
But you’ll also reach for them when going from summer to autumn and winter. So you are basically wearing them for 2 seasons a year, which is twice as much as you wear your winter and summer clothes. They go through a lot more wear and tear, but that also means they get rotated and used more, which means you will get a great cost per wear out of them in the end. And I talk about cost per wear quite often on my blog and in my videos, because it’s an extremely important factor to keep in mind when choosing your wardrobe. A lot of us reach for the really cheap clothes out of impulse, but the reality is you will probably wear them twice and they will fall apart after the first wash. But then you could invest a bit more money into pieces that you will wear for a few good seasons, and if you divide the price of the item by the number of times you’ve worn it, it might just turn out to be lower than in the first scenario. Who knew Maths can make you more stylish?
Quality transitional pieces protect you from the weather.
Good, useful transitional items will need to be waterproof and windproof to protect you from random spring showers. Especially when it comes to outerwear. And good quality pieces that look good, and are also functional and protective, will not come cheap. But they will keep you comfy, warm and dry, and could possibly save you a few nasty colds. So it’s an investment not only in your looks, but also in your well-being.
You wear them a lot in a year.
Transitional pieces are the first ones you reach for when you want to ditch those thick winter items, but aren’t quite ready to go straight to shorts and T-shirts. I don’t know about you, but I always have a slightly uncomfortable moment when winter ends and I have to start baring some skin. After so much time spent all bundled up, it feels somewhat unnatural and intrusive to suddenly be more exposed. And that’s exactly why having beautiful items that make you feel truly excited to reach for them is so important! They ease the transition into summer territory, and make you feel more relaxed about switching your wardrobe for breezier items.
Make sure they can be mixed & matched
As you’ll be wearing these clothes quite a lot in a year, they need to be easy to mix and match. Both between themselves, and with other pieces. Transitional pieces need to be beautifully made and well fitted. And it helps so much if they have a classic cut and potentially a neutral color. This way you will get maximum wear out of them- which plants them smack down in the category of investment worthy pieces.
Splurge on some accessories!
And we can’t forget transitional weather accessories, they offer such rich possibilities! If you keep the rest of your articles neutral and classic, you can go nuts on bold accessories. You can count on them to give you that extra oomph. Patterned tights, embroidered booties and bright scarves can all make your outfit stand out. They’re well worth investing in, as they can become the focal point in your outfit. And an amazing pair of shoes can elevate any outfit from blah to wow!
I sure hope I’ve convinced you of the important role transitional pieces have in our wardrobes. They do need some planning and investing in, but it’s worth it when you end up with some really valuable ones. And to see which transitional items I’m currently loving, go check out my latest video. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think of it!
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