7 Items You Need to Nail Trans-Seasonal Dressing!

Whether spring has sprung where you are, or the autumn leaves are falling, it’s that time of year again when the weather can swing wildly from one day to another (and sometimes between morning and afternoon). Having a few trans-seasonal pieces in your wardrobe will help you respond to the elements while staying stylish and ethical. Here are some of our favourites.

Why do trans-seasonal clothing?

Smart pieces that layer well and work with stripped back outfits are great for unpredictable weather. They’re also better for our conscience. This is because trans-seasonal fashion helps us shrink our wardrobes by having fewer, more useful pieces of clothing, and that in turn shrinks our fashion footprint.

Try these well-rating items:

A light scarf – Passion Lilie GoY-Ratings_5

Chennai Grey Scarf | | Ships internationally

Passion Lilie creates affordable, ethical fashion for both women and men. The label is a Fair Trade Federation member, and follows fair trade principles by providing dignified employment to artisans in India, a high risk country for labor abuse. Passion Lilie also cares about the planet, using a proportion of eco-friendly organic cotton and plant-based dyes in its products, as well as air-drying it’s fabric during the manufacturing process.

A building-block cardigan – Bhumi GoY-Ratings_5

Flowing Cardigan | | Ships internationally

Made with low-impact dyes, 100% GOTS and Australian Certified Organic cotton Bhumi’s gorgeous unisex scarves are the perfect items to throw around your neck when a chilly breeze catches you by surprise. Their signature cardigan is designed to flow in a simple yet elegant and beautiful way. It would look amazing paired with your favourite pants, skirt or our sleeveless dress! We love their understated colours, which work well with darker winter wardrobes or your summer brights. On top of all this, Bhumi has our highest rating in the Good On You app, so you should have no qualms about making this purchase.

A versatile dress – Kowtow GoY-Ratings_4

Building Block Sweater Dress | | Ships internationally

What’s not to love about Kowtow? All their clothing is made from 100% organic Fair Trade cotton, using Global Organic Textile Standard-certified dyes, and their employees in India are guaranteed living wages and benefits! Available in ‘Army Green’ or ‘Light Pink’, these dresses can be worn on their own, over some flowy trousers or with some nice stockings …

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A pair of stockings – Swedish Stockings GoY-Ratings_5

Olivia Premium Tights | | Ships internationally

Aren’t we all tired of finding rips and ladders in our stockings after just a few wears? Swedish Stockings are here to solve all your hosiery woes! Made from recycled nylon products in zero-waste factories, this new brand wants to change the way we wear and discard our stockings. Their products are long lasting and will keep your legs warm all through winter, and as you transition towards a lighter spring wardrobe. We caught up with founder Saskia on our blog to find out all about how they do it.

A pair of sneakers – Veja GoY-Ratings_4

V-10 | | Ships internationally

Perfect with your favourite jeans, skirt or shorts, Veja sneakers nail it on the comfort, style and sustainability fronts. All Veja’s manufacturing is Fair Trade certified, making them a perfect guilt-free alternative to those big name sneaker brands.

A comfortable pair of jeans – Kuyichi GoY-Ratings_5

Jenna Boyfriend Premium | | Ships internationally

Established in 2001, Kuyichi is the first organic denim brand. With ‘Great’ labour and environmental ratings, the brand designs ethical and durable, yet trendy and modern pieces that never go out of style. We love the ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Slim’ cuts for your trans-seasonal ensembles-paired with a light jacket, t-shirt or singlet they’re stylish with plenty of room to move.

A light shirt – Carlie Ballard GoY-Ratings_4

Sahara Top | | Ships internationally

Carlie Ballard’s latest range is designed for the transitional seasons. This light, breathable shirt is a wardrobe staple. Made from 100% GOTS certified cotton, and cut in classic, simple lines this elegant piece will pair well with almost anything and last you through the ages.

With these fabulous essentials on hand (or in wardrobe) you’ll be ready for anything, all year round!

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Editor’s note: this article was updated in October 2018. Feature image by Anatol Lem on Unsplash. All other images via brands mentioned.

Camille Soulos-Ramsay

Author Camille Soulos-Ramsay

Camille is an avid reader, writer, thinker and good-timer. She is dedicated to shrinking her fashion (and life's) footprint, and writes for Good On You about how you can join her.

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Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Dede Sabey says:

    Funny story. When I first saw this blog post title, i thought it was about salad dressing. HA! On another subject, thank you for introducing me to Kuyichi. I’m desperate for some jeans that fit and have really been trying hard to find ethical denim… but not many options for tall girls. I love that Kuyichi lets me choose my length!!! I just hope they fit and I love them because a return across the oceans would be expensive. PS If I may make a special request, can you do a blog for tall girls with all the fair trade fashion available in longer sleeves and longer pant lengths and dresses that won’t show my bum?

  • Threadend says:

    Oooooo these are going straight onto my wishllist! These pieces are so nice and versatile, I can easily see them fitting into my wardrobe seamlessly 😉

    This spring, I have set myself the challenge of buying better quality pieces and wearing them more often to breakaway from fast fashion stronghold. You can read more about the challenge on my blog https://threadend.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/french-guide-to-love-and-wardrobes/

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