Trans-seasonal dressing is the art of dressing for unpredictable weather and changing temperatures. The movement from strict summer and winter collections to a ‘trans-seasonal’ approach to fashion was originally driven by smaller, independent fashion labels. But this flexible approach to fashion is now being lauded by large labels and consumers alike and with good reason.
Building your wardrobe using pieces that layer well is useful if the seasons are transitioning and if you’re moving from indoors to outdoors frequently. Best of all, trans-seasonal fashion helps us shrink our wardrobes by having fewer, more useful pieces of clothing, which in turn shrinks our fashion footprint.
In celebration of flexible, practical and more sustainable fashion, here are seven of our favourite trans-seasonal pieces, chosen from brands rated highly in the Good On You app.
A light scarf – Passion Lilie
Cobalt Blue and Black Ikat Scarf | Ships internationally from the US
Scarves are as useful and versatile as they are stylish, making a practical, fashionable addition to any number of outfits. With dozens of gorgeous designs on offer, all of Passion Lilie’s scarves are 100% cotton, fair trade and hand-stamped with natural, vegan dyes. These beautiful scarves will also make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside too because purchasing Passion Lilie’s products help provide a secure job with fair wages and a positive working environment to artisans in Andhra Pradesh.
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A versatile dress – Dorsu
Roll-Neck Dress in Grape | Ships internationally from Australia
Dorsu’s versatile basics are perfect travel companions. Easily dressed up or down, paired with some stockings or a cardigan, this dress is perfectly primed for a capsule wardrobe. Dorsu clothing is sustainably manufactured in Cambodia, where the label provides all its workers with a living wage and robust benefits, including sick leave and overtime.
A pair of stockings – Swedish Stockings
Filippa Dots Black Denier 50 | Ships internationally (free for 2 or more pairs)
Finding rips and ladders in stockings isn’t just frustrating for you. It’s an absolute nightmare for the environment. Each year, two billion pairs of tights are produced, worn a few times and discarded to landfill. Swedish Stockings are changing that. Made from recycled nylon products in zero-waste factories, Swedish Stockings’ pantyhose are setting a sustainable standard in the industry.
Their products are long-lasting. They’ll keep your legs warm all through winter, and as you transition towards a lighter spring wardrobe. Their Filippa Dots tights are a subtle sparkling polka dot pattern made with premium, recycled yarn and knitted in 3D technology to fit your body. However, if that isn’t your style, Swedish Stockings have plenty of classic designs on offer, including a maternity range!
A building-block cardigan – Jennifer Fukushima
Calcite Cardigan | Ships internationally from Canada
This Canadian born label makes unique womenswear from eco-friendly and recycled materials. This gorgeous cardigan is not only designed in a timeless, adaptable cut, it’s also made to last. It won’t just carry you across seasons, it’ll carry you through the years.
A pair of sneakers – Etiko
Organic Fair-trade Sneakers Lowcuts All White | Ships internationally from Australia
Sneakers pair perfectly with jeans, shorts or skirts to create a comfortable, casual style. Etiko’s range of men’s and women’s sneakers come in both high and low-top varieties and a range of colours to suit any outfit. Best of all, all Etiko’s fashion is vegan, organic and Fairtrade certified, making these sneakers perfect ethical alternative to those big-name sneaker brands.
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An adaptable pair of jeans – Outland Denim
Isabel In Black | Ships internationally from Australia
Durable and versatile, high-quality denim never goes out of style and can be paired with anything from flats, sneakers and tees, or heels, statement pieces and faux leather jackets. These skinnies from Outland Denim are a modern classic. Made from premium European stretch denim, they ensure the perfect blend of style and comfort.
Outland Denim’s make long-lasting jeans from eco-friendly materials, including organic cotton. On top of this, by purchasing these jeans, you are helping create employment opportunities for women who have been rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia.
A light shirt – Carlie Ballard
The Trailblazer Shirt | Ships internationally from Australia
Carlie Ballard’s range is designed for travel. This light, breathable shirt is a wardrobe staple that will work as you transition from season to season (and hopefully from country to country). Made from 100% GOTS-certified cotton, and cut in classic, simple lines, this elegant piece will pair well with almost anything and last you season after season.
So there you have it! Seven flexible, fashionable pieces to help you kick-start your own trans-seasonal wardrobe. Which are your favourites? Do you have more tips on trans-seasonal dressing? Let us know in the comments
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Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of our 2016 Guide to Trans-seasonal Dressing featuring new brands.