Transitional style pieces are the perfect way to suss your in between seasons wardrobe. Shop our key pieces to switch between winter and spring with looks that give you a great wardrobe all year round.
Transitional style items will help you get settled into spring with ease. Master dressing in this changeable weather with some light layers and work your way to summer with some cleverly cut out boots, practical, light bomber jackets and cashmere T-shirts.
To help get you ready for the next season, change your colour palette. Though shapes and styles may not change while you’re waiting for the sun to arrive, you can certainly weave in some zingy citrus colours or perfect-for-spring pastel hues.
Choose patterns to give the illusion of spring dressing, like florals and lace effects seen on every SS14 catwalk from Katrantzou to Dior. And, if you’re thinking about flashing the flesh, start simple with the ankles in transitional style items like midi skirts and rolled up boyfriend jeans.
With all of the trends in one place, we’ve found your wardrobe staples for the season ahead so you don’t have to.
Try a shirt with shorter sleeves, like the DKNY Stretch Silk Skirt. A key transitional style piece for work, this lavender-hued separate will be get you through the next season with style.
Pick a super-bright colour palette to offset the grey days at the end of winter. If we can dream of sunnier climes we can believe it, pick up the Paul & Joe Cotton Blend Tweed Jacket.
A transitional cashmere Tee combines a winter fabric with a summer style to ensure you’re breaking the seaosnal boundary in style. Our pick is this Ted Baker Azami Tee.
Skater shoes are part of the trainer epidemic that will see us through to spring. In a light pony print, these Whistles Lena Slip Ons are perfect.
Pleats are an SS14 staple. Wear them in a midi length, as oposed to maxi, like the JW Anderson Pleated Wool Skirt, to make it a perfect transitional piece.
The Nicholas Kirkwood Suede Point Toe Pumps mark the start of your spring wardrobe with brights, though this rich cobalt isn’t too out of place to wear at the end of winter. Very transitional indeed.
Parkas go floral for SS14, and while you may need the Ted Baker Duena Daydream Coat at the end of winter, it will also look great in the throws of spring.
We loved last season’s fedoras, and now Karl Laferfeld delivers a much needed style update for the must-have with a gorgeous soft pink. How transitional?
A good pair of boyfriend jeans – genius. Roll ups though, are a very smart way to show off some skin before spring. Get those ankles out.
The deep colours of winter meet fun brights for spring in the M&S Limited Edition Leopard Print Bag. Plus, we love the sweet style.
Oversized Tees wear well on weekends and can easily be layered up while it’s still cold. Fading from deep, wintery colours into spring-like shades and florals, this MSGM Mesh Top seems like an ideal transitional style piece.
In a looser style, the Oak Runner Pants from Net-a-Porter this season will make your leather obsession seem a little more manageable as we transition into spring.
When you’re between seasons, a simple jumper dress can be very effective at beating cold but feeling less wrapped up. We love the Zara Printed Velour Dress with a chic leopard print.
With a lighter fabric, the & Other Stories Frilly Trousers switch up your trouser collection for the approach to spring.
Metallics are big news for SS14. Team these Asos Secret Garden Low Heels with your darker, AW13 jeans until you can unleash them on festival style dresses and spring colour schemes.
Cos are the ultimate retailer for year-round styles. Our pick is this Draped Sleeve Dress to make transitional dressing a lot smoother.
The Ted Baker Neighla Stripe Oversize Tee is a transitional staple. Wear it with jeans in winter and go daring with bare legs on the approach to spring.
Though the mini skirt isn’t thought of as a winter wardrobe staple, this bubblegum pink neoprene number is padded for extra warmth and the black piping would allow it to be worn with tights. Team it with a sweater and shirt for a retro office look.
Mix and match the M&S Autograph Trousers with any number of winter or spring separates to make it a transitional piece for all seasons.
Court shoes are a year round seasonal favourite, but with a hint of lime, the Reiss Brina Asymmetric Court Shoes will act as an instant seasonal update to your footwear collection.
Freshen up your occasionwear with a really great summer colour. This colour isn’t too bright to wear even now, making it a perfect transeasonal update.
Sheer fabrics are going to be a huge hit for 2014, which is why we’re using this transitional trend to get gracefully to spring.
A light jacket won’t go amiss in the transitional trend stage between winter and spring. This patterned jacket will layer beautifully onto dresses and jeans alike.
If you aren’t a fan of tights, a long wool a-line skirt is the perfect choice. Team with a t-shirt for a casual look, or dress up with a shirt and heels.
The Mango Jacquard Oversize Blazer is an effective transitional alternative to a coat. Layer on this longline jacket for day or evening outtings.
Try this transitional trend for the ultimate update for SS14. Bomber jackets are having a fashion revival with special focus on girlie colours and feminine florals to take the edge off.
Thsi Zara Printed Top is light, in a sheer floral fabric. Pick a Tee that’s easy to layer for the ultimate transitional trend between seasons.
Layer on a pair of crepe shorts to finish off the season – offset your monochrome with pastel pink to create a spring meets winter palette.
Monochrome is the perfect transitional trend to mirror the seasonal contrast. Keep black for AW13 and white for SS14 to ease you into the season.
Last season was all about cami tops, this season we’re back to chunkier straps and crop styles. This summery style works well as a layering piece all the way to the sunny weather.
A mesh midi is one way to subtly introduce a shorter skirt length by just teasing at getting those knees out.
Ted Baker have already update their handbag collection for spring, and we’re getting a little excited. Wear this lemon shade with your muted winter hues for just a hint of spring.
Not only are sweatshirts having a SERIOUS moment, they are perfect for transitional season layering. The cotton fabrics stop you getting hot and flustered and they look great over a collared shirt.
The Oasis Zebra Texture Mini Skirt can be worn in both spring and winter owing to the colour palette versus pattern balance.
Wear your adorable River Island Frill Ankle Socks with sprin’s coolest footwear to bridge that gap wear cut out shoes just don’t seem right.
If you’re not brave enough to bare the arms just yet, transition into the new season with a zesty colour palette liek Kenzo’s Colour-Block Cashmere Sweater.
The H&M Jersey Dress transform winter’s maxis with a lighter fabric and less shape hugging style to allow you to feel a bit more breathable in spring.
On transitional trend we’ll be wearing this season is light scarves. As plaid makes its way into spring, we’re picking a feather-light fabric and a whiter colour scheme, like the Topshop Cherry Check Scarf.
Culottes are the ultimate transitional style piece. Long enough to cover up a bit of leg, these sweet shorts aren’t quite high summer, which means they’re great for work and weekends at this time of year.
Layer on the H&M Crepe Coat in the in between season. It’s light wearing so that it’s versatile in any part of the year.
We’ve had our eye on this Autograph top and trouser set since SS14 hit M&S. Though the florals give a nod to spring, the deeper navy main colour makes it ok to wear straight away.
Maxis can transitional between different seasons and although this shirt dress has sleeves, it’s cool enough to be worn right through.
The harsh leathert of the Coast Peony Clutch is directly offset by the soft new season coloured fur. We love this transeasonal style piece.
Freshen up a typically dark winter wardrobe with one really simple transitional item, a soft pink belt by Paul Smith.
On this occasion we might just allow you to wear socks with sandals. Shoes get pretty ugly for spring/summer, which is why we’re returning to our Birkenstock-style faves.
Midi skirts are the ultimate transeasonal style item. They’re not too long to be wintery, though not so short you’re accused of jinxing the sun.
The Zara Sweatshirt With Zip Back is our new season no1. Merge key colours into a casual-cool look.
This is Whistles’ key print of SS14, update your previous season’s pattern collection with this Mystic Mountain must-have.
Try a cashmere jumper in a lighter, more vibrant colour. This aqua Whistles Luiza Crew Jumper will keep you warm but remove you from the charcoal dredges of the previous season.
You can wear the Whistles Printed Leather Dungaree Dress with Tees or long sleeves depending on where in the season you’re styling. We love.
Take your favourite autumn/winter outfit and cut it in half for spring. With a cropped style, the Topshop Skate Bloom Crop Jacket is the perfect transitional styling piece when you’re in between seasons.
Cut out ankles boots ought to have been named the ultimate transitional style piece. We’re basically cutting the excess to make way for a really gorgeous summer version of our favourite shoe staple. A no brainer.
The jumper dress is an autumn must-have. Throw on with a wide-brimmed hat and leather trousers for an instant off-duty outfit.
Not only are over knee boots bang on trend, there is an obviously practicality of having your whole leg covered in leather when it’s cold and wet outside. Team with jeans, a light knit and brimmed hat.
This beautiful charcoal grey parka is the perfect combination of function and fashion. Slouchy enough to wear with layers, it looks perfect over a chic work outfit or over jeans and a jumper at the weekend.
By just being a sweatshirt this is on trend. Not only that, the rich red tone will brighten up your autumnal wardrobe and the boxy fit makes it perfect for layering.
Wear a slipper shoe when you transitional into autumn. It’s out with the open toes but we’re not quite ready to ditch all shoes in favour of boots.
Cos is THE place for crisp white shirts. It’s the perfect versatile top for autumn, and can be worn layered with any number of knitwear and coats. This sheer shoulder shirt has organza fabric panels to help you feel even more comfortable when you get hot.
Something you really cannot get away on a grey autumn day is an open-toed shoe. Stay warm and dry with these chic monochrome block heels from Whistles. They also come in a beautiful ponyskin.
Anyone who has worn leather trousers in the summer knows it’s not a wise outfit choice. In the autumn, however, they are perfect for staying warm and dry while having lots of layering options.
The sleeveless coat is perfect for mid-season layering. It’s chic and allows for a temperature change in a flash.
Though jumpsuits are always handy, they come in to their own in the winter as it’s an outfit all in one which doesn’t require any skin on show. Wear with a light coat if it’s warm outside, or layer up in the cold.
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Crop jumpers are perfect for a season when the weather doesn’t really know what it’s doing. We adore this Zara floral crop sweatshirt for its autumnal pattern and very easy layer shape.
A jacket is a next season must-have, not a coat but a jacket. You’re still layering up to fight the wind and wet weather but you’re making a distinction between the winter season that’s still to come.
A shirt dress will see you through autumn in style. They’re easy to layer up and suit and weather so why not pick this sweet French Connection drape dress for autumn?
If you want the look of layers but the office isn’t quite cool enough to try it, wear a faux collar jumper to give the illusion that you’re wearing a chic jumper and shirt combination.
You need a knit for the next season but a fitted knit withh 3/4 sleeves is the perfect solution to this in betweeny season.
If you can’t pick which of the new season patterns to try, wear all of them. We do love to clash our patterns here at MC and this Zara top gives you the perfect excuse.
Jumpsuits are an oh-so chic alternative to Saturday night dressing. Wear yours with long sleeves to take this trend easily into the new season.
A dark coloured mac will see you through the new season, and beyond. Make this your wardrobe staple and it’ll be your guarenteed go-to for years to come.
Wear a roll neck without the sleeves for an easy fashion transition into the new season. It’s around the winter months when we roll out the long sleeved high necks, so indulge in the trend a little early.
We’ve had to box up the ultra glam floaty kimonos from summer but we’re not ducking out of the trend just yet. This new season kimono is right up autumn’s street in a heavier jacquard material.
Your new season wardrobe deserves a really fab dress, and Net-a-Porter has the perfect purchase. Style out the new season in a Roland Mouret crepe dress that you’re guarenteed to wear all autumn through.
A pair of long ankle boots will be your go-to this season, we guarentee. In an easy clean material and a slick taupe colouring you’ve combined practicality with style seamlessly.
The new season is mad about leather. Clash your textures with layered knits but whatever you do pick your leather item well, like this sumptuous red leatehr pencil skirt that will make any number of killer outfits complete.
Blazers are new season must-haves. Transition with ease in a berry-coloured jacket with gorgeous shaping to set off your outfit.
After a summer that barely saw a need for jeans and trousers, the My Wardrobe autumn offerings pack a punch in the trouser department. Wear yours sexy and skinny for the perfect accompaniment to any outfit.
A sweater is a great look for the new season but if you’re not quite ready to transition into heavy jumpers, wear the cut away trend in this Carven sweater that’s shaped to suit any weather conditions.
We fell head over heels for this Hobbs Persephone coat for it’s gorgeous colourings, uplifting floral pattern and stunning long line shape. If you buy one thing this autumn, it’s a really great coat.
It’s not a coat and it’s not a cardigan. Yes, our favourite transitional trend is the ‘coatigan’. See the autumn through in style with a outer garm that’s got the season sussed.
Winter? Total hat season. If you’re bored of beanies and sick of slouch hats, pick up an elegant fedora to keep your head toasty and ensure you’re staying right ahead of the new season trends.
Tartan is a big look for the new season – where yours in a new season colour like blue/green to keep them on trend for as long as possible.
We’re rolling up but keeping the sleeves short. You Hobbs top is warm but still suitable for stuffy days in the office.
For the new season, a sensible essential is a heavier day dress. The material is thicker and therefore warmer to mean you’re ready for whatever autumn has to throw at you.
You’re boyfriend jeans just made a comeback – slip into the new season with a slouchy set of denim.
We’re searching for some super bargain jumpers to ease us into the new season. Enter, H&M. This bargain buy at just £9.99 will keep you perfectly toasty and, indeed, super stylish.
The cape, a perfect way to see you through the next season. It’s not quite a coat but it will certainly keep your shoulder cosy.
These Debenhams checked heel boots are boasting the best trend of the season ahead, tartan. You’ll be wearing it from head to toe with these positively autumnal Malvina boots.
Florals are perfect for the new season – they may not be all pinks, oranges and yellows of the season gone by but a mix of green and blues suits us just fine.
You have your typical autumnal colours of brown, black and grey but why not follow the leafier colours in a lime green mini? We guarentee you’ll brighten someone’s day.
Don’t restrict your day dresses to warmer seasons – that’s what tights, cardigans and boots were made for.
For autumn, we’ll be investing in a chunky grandad knit. What’s more cosy than this Cos extra wide cardi for some long autumn walks?
Floaty shirts will help your make the perfect transition into the next season – you can always layer up on top and underneath as the cold sets in.
Layers are key for transitioning into autumn from the summer but if you’re not quite ready to double up your sleeves, wear it at elbow length.
The White Stuff houses all of the key autumn trends that are easy to adapt to any stage of the season. This sweet costume dress can be warmed up with tights and a cardigan or cooled down with some bare knees and boots.
A trench is a perfect transitional trend – we often see trenches easing us into spring from winter but this time we’re going for a summer to autumn look in a long line houndstooth trench from Jaegar.
Boots, boots, boots! We’re jumping into autumn head first with a pair of gorgeous pennyw edged knee high boots. This transitional trend will have you perfectly styled for the season ahead.
In Autumn, you wouldn’t be caught not covering up but maybe it’s a little too soon for the duffle coat. Slip into a light drape coat like this H&M number, that keeps all of your womanly shape.
It’s quite the right time for woollies yet so why not slip on a pair of elegant leather gloves – great for driving and cold walks in the park.