Transitional Weather Outfit Ideas

by Marielle Nicol

Spring and fall are the most fashionably creative seasons. In the summer, the goal is to be as cool as possible, in the winter, to be as warm. During the transitional seasons, these two factors intermix. Those residing in Nova Scotia know particularly well that the weather during these seasons is not only unpredictable, but that over the course of a single day the weather can shift from +20 and sunny, to cloudy, windy, rainy and back again. In such situations, one must be prepared by wearing outfits that include aspects of both warm and cold. Here are three ideas for outfits that do just that. However, you might want to chuck an umbrella in your purse, just in case.

Outfit 1: Light Pants, Heavy Shoes

Pants and Blazer: Thrifted
Cashmere Sweater: Elsie’s Used Clothing
Brogues: & Other Stories 

Wearing a nice warm sweater and some stronger shoes allows me to go with a lighter option on the bottom, such as these white linen pants. Thin bottoms with a more delicate shoe or a sandal is great for the summer, but is in my opinion still a bit too cold for spring. The thick sole of these brogues keep my toesies nice and safe from the elements, and allow for a little less insulation elsewhere.

A flipside of this outfit is to wear a warmer bottom with a lighter shoe. It’s all about balance! The warmth of a thicker denim or woolen pant will balance out a potential draft from a more delicate shoe or sandal.

Outfit 2: Layer Your Summer Dresses


Denim Dress and Levi Jacket: Biscuit General Store
Prada Boots: Brilliant
Lord & Taylor Turtleneck: The Bay 

I know what you’re thinking. Layering for spring / fall? Groundbreaking. Not to question the supreme authority of Miranda Priestly, but I believe cliches are cliches for a reason! Layering is a great way to bring summer and winter pieces into other seasons. Here, I’ve paired a wool turtleneck which I wore all winter under a denim jumper (which I’ll wear all summer.)

Quick note on wool: This turtleneck is Lord & Taylor from the Bay, which I highly suggest looking into, because they often have sales on high-quality thin wool shirts and sweaters such as this one. Wool is superior to cotton or any synthetic material for its warmth and insulation. In my recent quest to be both comfortable and fabulous at the same time, I splurged on an Icebreaker Merino Wool Undershirt which I can wear under pretty much anything with the assurance I won’t be cold. I highly suggest doing the same! Being cold sucks!

Another tip is to add a little pair of shorts under a shorter skirt so a) you won’t flash people getting on and off your bike and b) you’ll have increased insulation in your core. I’m currently on a hunt for a pair of little shorts also made of wool. Because of all the great insulation where it counts, the bare skin above my knees was totally fine.

Outfit 3: Short Skirt Long Jacket

Dress: Urban Outfitters
Coat: American Apparel
Scarf: Vince Camuto

Full disclosure: I was picturing this outfit with a winter coat, specifically a floor-length white one that my mom stole when she came for my graduation. Granted that it was hers all along and I had spilled coffee on it multiple times, I can’t be too mad. Again, this outfit works because of the mix of warm and cold. My dress is unquestionably meant to for the summer: it’s extremely thin, short, has spaghetti straps and an open back. Throwing on a scarf, a warmer shoe and a nice long coat would make it acceptable in the high teens. I love the thought of a short little summer dress and a badass long coat. How extra is that? (For the slang wizards out there, does extra come from extravagant? If so, love it.)

I admit that with this thinner trenchcoat, I was a little chilly, so I might suggest wearing something like this to an event with other warmth producing factors: tequila, dancing, friends <3 <3 <3.

Hope you enjoyed! Best of luck out there xo.





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