It’s not only a new year but also a whole new decade. As we enter the 20s it can be tempting to be savage with our spring-cleans especially when it comes to our wardrobes.
But hold off on filling a monster truck full of bin bags. If we have learnt anything from people like Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion protesters sending our clothes off to landfill is not in keeping with sustainability.
The fashion industry is the second major polluting industry in the world.
It produces 10% of the world’s carbon emissions and is the second biggest polluter of our oceans.
Facts like these can’t be ignored and so with this in mind recycling our wardrobes is not only good for the environment but is easier on our pockets too.
Fashion is all about trends and it can seem that every week there’s a new must-have.
However fickle it maybe there will always be pieces in your wardrobe that will transcend through the seasons. That midi-dress you wore all summer can work just as well in the winter months, just as your favourite denim will carry you through the seasons.
Making clothes transitional is all about a bit of savvy styling. Mix and match pieces from different seasons to create a new fresh look.
If in doubt try on those pieces your thinking of throwing out with something different. You will be surprised at how many ‘trends’ actually have a longer use by date then first thought.
It may say spring on the title but let’s face it we live in Ireland so it will be a couple of months before the temperatures begin to rise.
With this in mind, leather trousers are this season’s must have transitional piece.
What were once the beloved choice of aging rock stars, Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler coming to mind and their devout groupies, leather trousers have made the sartorial leap into the mainstream.
As leather trousers have become a firm favourite of the fashion elite they have evolved to carry a number of guises. While they still evoke that edgy style, think Kate Moss in her skinny leathers with a fur thrown over, the new wave of leather trousers conjures a more sophisticated look.
For last season and continuing for spring a loser leather trouser like the style from H&M have caught the imagination of Instagram’s influencers. The cropped peg leg style allows for a day to night transition. By day style with a funky trainer and loose fitted jumper for a more causal down time look. However, it is at night that the leather trouser illuminates.
Match a statement blouse and the heel of the past few seasons, the kitten for a more grown-up look.
Don’t fret if the classic skinny leather look is more your outfit of the day. Any style of leather trouser works.
When most of us hear the word blouse we are transported back to images of Laura running through the prairie or to a piece of clothing our mothers seemed to favour back in the eighties. In other words, a blouse doesn’t paint a fashion forward picture.
However, over the past few seasons this has changed, thanks to the statement blouse. Or more accurately the statement sleeve.
Sleeves are having their time in the fashion limelight, as a result bringing a whole new structure to the blouse.
The statement sleeve is not for shrinking violets and when it comes to spring style it’s all about bringing something fresh and new to your wardrobe.
For the more daring the balloon type sleeve seen on the street style circuit will add a touch of drama to your look. Match with something more streamlined for the bottom half, to allow you to wear the look instead of it wearing you.
Moving away from the power shoulder pads seen at Balmain and Balenciaga a few season’s back, designers have reignited the friendlier puff sleeve. It may not be as dramatic as a balloon sleeve but it does create a statement.
Just like the shoulder pad a puff sleeve creates a silhouette where the waist looks smaller. Again, in order to pull it off opt for a linear bottom half.
For a more subtle approach opt for embellished sleeves from pearls to sequins.
It seems we have fallen hard for the midi hemline. Be it a skirt or a dress our love for the skirt length does not appear to be faltering and this spring season is no different. It has entered the realm of a classic wardrobe staple.
And so, the midi holds rank when it comes to transitional pieces.
What is it about this style that has captured the fashion zeitgeist for so many seasons? After all it’s not the easiest to pull off, especially if like me you’re on the shorter side.
It turns out it’s easier to wear than first thought. For the more petite opt for a dress with simple design. Don’t overdo the print as this will make you like look you’re playing dress up.
Choose light fabrics like silk and a skirt that has slits. Showing a little leg will give the illusion they are longer then they really are. A good style for the shorter woman is the shirt dress. Think Sarah Jessica Parker in Divorce for inspiration.
The midi contains multiple facets. For the colder spring days, the midi dress bodes well for layering to keep the chill away. A polo neck underneath creates a 70s-vibe matched with this seasons favourite knee-high boot or go cowboy as seen at Ganni.
A loose knit over the dress also works. Design a modern style by cinching the knit with a belt as seen on the street style circuit.
Then as spring turns to summer the midi dress continues to be a trusty transitional piece by becoming your go to style.
Since the eighties the blazer has appeared in many forms, making it a staple piece for every wardrobe, for every decade. And this new decade is no different. This time round the blazer has taken on the over-sized structure.
It has dropped its stuffy office attire reputation to become a piece that can be worn for every occasion.
Thanks to the slouchier draping and long sleeves rolled up, the blazer adds an edge to the mom jean cut that has taken over from the skinny.
The baggier style allows for the layering of a hoodie underneath. For the school run pair with trainers to create a casual yet style provoking look that will put the athleisure combo to shame.
The oversized blazer plays well to a nonchalant evening look. There’s nothing chicer then arriving at a party looking effortlessly stylish.
That is exactly what the oversized blazer was made for. Swap the hoodie for a bodysuit and trainers for heels to create the ultimate in cool styling.
Jeans are probably the most obvious of transitional pieces. Who doesn’t have a pair of jeans in their wardrobe? However, denim is BIG this season.
We’re talking double denim big. The catwalks were awash with the unassuming wardrobe must have.
From Celine to even Chanel, Denim was having its sartorial moment.
Over the past few seasons we have slowly been moving away from the restricting skinny jean to a more relaxed style of the mom cut and boyfriend jean.
It may be a knock-on effect of Friends finding a new audience on Netflix and a quick scroll through Instagram shows a resurgence for the 90s most coveted Levi’s 501s.
Stepping into 2020 has a certain feel of deja vu to it, which is a plus for carrying through transitional denim to wear for this season.
If you’re a hoarder who still has those boot cut jeans circa the early noughties you will be leading the denim fashion game.
The nostalgia doesn’t stop there. A fashion moment we all thought would stay in the ‘worst dressed’ archives is now the trend for the beginning of the new decade.
Yes, it is Britney and Justin rocking some glorious double denim. Don’t worry patch work is off the catwalk and this seasons double denim is less Bewitched more a classic Ralph Lauren campaign.
Think high waisted boot cut jeans with a light fitted denim shirt tucked in matched with an oversized blazer. Ticking two style trends in one.