Dressing for the seasons can be tricky, especially here in the UK. After sharing tips for spring cleaning your wardrobe, I wanted to highlight a few key pieces to help you with transitional dressing. I’m doing so with Saint and Sofia, a fair fashion brand I’ve been wearing since 2019, whose garments are staples in my wardrobe!
I find this time of year difficult to dress for – some days I’ll grab my umbrella when leaving the house, while others days I’ll need my sunglasses. Put simply: the weather is unpredictable. Here’s how I like to layer up, and a few styling ideas for the same pieces so you can wear them over and over.
My Honest Saint and Sofia Review
I’ve been wearing clothing from Saint and Sofia for years now. When I first came across the brand, I was curious: they had a large range of clothing on their site, and they actively worked to offer prices that were below traditional retail. However, after speaking directly with the brand, I’ve come to trust them completely. Their cost-saving efforts are combined with impact-saving initiatives, such as producing all of their clothing within Europe, and using road freight in electric and eco-friendly vehicles rather than sea or air. They ensure everyone who works for them is 18 and above. They only use GOTS certified organic cotton, and choose sustainable materials over cheaper alternatives. Their designs are classic, wearable, and last well.
(In fact, as I type this, I’m wearing the same Pimlico Pants that I took with me to the salt flats in Argentina. They are the ultimate comfy trouser, being floaty and lightweight while still not too wide-legged that I feel like I’m wading when wearing them!)
Likewise, in my first look I’ve purposely worn my years-old Pocket Roll Neck Top to demonstrate just how well their designs hold up. I acquired this in 2019, and have worn it at least 30 times since then, but it looks as good as new!
Transitional Dressing: My Wardrobe Staples
1. The Bias Cut Skirt
For this time of year, layering is key. I love high quality essentials to start as a base, and this Bias Cut Skirt is the perfect choice. Having a skirt cut on the bias immediately elevates how it hangs off the body, giving more movement and making it more flattering too. The skirt is made from 100% Lenzing Viscose, which is a great vegan alternative to silk.
I’ve paired it with my well-worn Pocket Roll Neck Top, and layered this on top for a longer silhouette, which I’ve been seeing a lot recently. It’s a simple switch – from tucked in, to tucked over – but it updates the entire look. From here, you can opt for tights if it’s a colder day, or show a little leg when the sun’s out.
2. The Long Sleeve Top
This is my ultimate Parisian girl outfit. It’s chic, while still quite simple and understated. I love how the Black Ribbed Top and Stretch Flare Jeans do 90% of the work in this outfit, adding shape and elongating my body, which I often struggle with as I’m a little short in the leg department (I’m 5’5″ and typically wear 28″ leg length trousers, but these jeans in 32″ length pair so well with heeled shoes or boots).
The jeans are made with 66% GOTS Organic Cotton, 2% Post Consumer Recycled Denim, 9% Recycled Polyester 2% Post Recycled Polyester, giving them stretch, and getting a circular fashion tick from me.
This outfit is the ultimate transitional base too – it would fit well under a trench coat, a blazer, with a scarf, or even with a light sweater depending on the weather.
3. The Wrap Dress
Finally, let’s talk about my favourite look! Saint and Sofia’s Amelia Wrap Midi Dress is a showstopper. It’s super soft, made with 96% Birla Viscose, 4% Elastane, and hugs the body well with a well-placed wrap skirt and tie. The square neckline on this dress makes it feel more modern, and more easily wearable if you have a smaller bust like mine. To transition this dress, I can play around with tights, shoes, and sandals. The midi length lends itself really well to this. I could also wear a cardigan or blazer on top – I’m actually quite excited to wear this out with both my blazers, in black and grey check. Here, I’ve also paired it with my big cactus leather handbag, and vintage sling-backs to emphasise all the curves!
My Favourite Transitional Pieces From Saint and Sofia
It’s been a joy to showcase the sustainably-made, long-lasting designs from Saint and Sofia in this piece! You can get 10% off site-wide at Saint and Sofia with the code: CURIOUSLYCONSCIOUS10
Let me know below which is your favourite look, and how you’re styling yourself this trans-seasonal period?
Very interesting article. This was a great help. Thanks and keep going.