Five Early-Autumn Tomboy Essentials Transitional triumphs


It’s that time of the year again. Summer is over, and autumn is her – which may be a shame for your social life, but it’s great news for your wardrobe.

Suddenly, all those jumpers and jackets you’ve been resting can come back into play and you can finally start to layer once again.

Here are five great options to restock your transitional arsenal.

1) The Mac

A mac gives you the wind and rain protection of a proper overcoat while being almost as light to wear as a windbreaker. In other words: it was made for getting you from summer to winter in one piece. Beige and navy are the classic shades, but a block colour like burgundy or olive green can transform an otherwise muted everyday outfit into something of a statement.

2) The Sweatshirt

A perfect switch in for your go-to summer tee, a crew-neck sweatshirt. It’s an easy and versatile way to nail a number of off-duty styles. Wear a plain one with joggers and a smart bomber to hit that athleisure sweet spot, or, if streetwear is more your vibe, buy a print or graphic sweat and let it speak for itself by keeping the rest of your outfit muted.

3) The Hybrid boots

A permanent fixture in streetwear over the past few seasons, the hybrid boot is an unlikely new addition to the inter-seasonal footwear arsenal. If your summer kick of choice has been a chunky, 90s-style trainer, meet its equally practical wet weather cousin: the hybrid, hiking-style boot.

While the new street-ready takes on ultra-functional outdoors-wear won’t feature much in the way of heel lugs or crampon compatibility, they’ll do you right for an autumnal yomp across the local park, and match right up with a cuffed pair of straight-leg jeans and an anorak for a bang-on-trend autumn hanging-out getup your old man could get behind.

4) The Shacket

The fashion world loves a portmanteau, so as you retire your mankles at the end of summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace a shacket for autumn. Cut like a shirt but generally made from jacket materials, a shacket is smart in both senses of the word. Designed to be a light outer layer, shackets are best worn over a plain tee or sweatshirt – though, if you’re feeling bold, the ‘double collar’ is achievable with a button-down Oxford.

5) Gilet

Puffer jackets are an ultra-cosy cold weather essential that feel especially right for AW17. But rely on one of these duvet-like cover-ups for the transitional months and you’ll be gasping for air at the first hint of a balmy afternoon, never mind an Indian summer. Solution? Ditch the sleeves. Padded gilets offer the same snug casing for your core, but are light and airy enough to see you through the milder days of autumn. They’re also perfect for layering, AKA the key to successful in-between dressing.

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