Clara Paget and Amber Anderson in the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2015 Campaign Behind-The-Scenes Clara Paget and Amber Anderson in the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2015 Campaign Behind-The-Scenes © Burberry

What to wear when it's not summer and it's not winter

Too hot for Aran yet too cold for cheesecloth? Here is how to solve the mid season style slump

by 25 September 2015

When your wardrobe is full of billowing chiffon, crochet mini dresses and lace-up flats, the shops are full of cashmere and fur, and the skies are teetering between blue and grey, knowing what to wear every day is mission impossible.

When it is no longer summer outside yet the depths of winter are still in the distance, there are some key trans-seasonal pieces that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. Embrace a few simple style tips too and you will be well on your way to bridging the gap from one season to the next.

1. Befriend the long sleeve dress

With the onset of autumn, flesh baring needs to be kept to a minimum. And while the temperatures don’t quite warrant a pair of black opaque tights, if you leave your arms al fresco, you will certainly feel the chill, especially when night falls.

A silk or cotton long sleeve dress is the answer - light enough to not weigh you down and limb covering enough to keep the chill at bay. Wear now with a cardigan, light scarf and ankle boots or even your summer lace up flats (if the sun makes a welcome entrance) and get layering come winter with thick scarves, chunky knits, tights and all-weather boots. Go for denim, safari and bold print designs and both midi and maxi.

DressesFrom left: Marni, Alexa Chung for AG Jeans, Isabel Marant, Gucci, Victoria Beckham

2. Invest in luxe layers

Tactical mid-season layering is one of style’s most important lessons to learn. If you master the art of layering, summer items can be mixed with winter and you will bring a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe.

This season, the key components are the luxe t-shirt (fab worn under a trouser suit for the office), the pussy bow blouse, the knitted sleeveless tank (perfect worn over aforementioned pussy bow blouse), high necks (worn under dresses and blouses) and the classic fine knits, cardigans and jackets which are the most natural to layer up. Go for quality fabrics, and mix and match patterns and print and use colour to brighten the mood.

LayersFrom left: White cardigan: Alexander McQueen, sleeveless jumper: Gucci, pussy-bow blouse: Gucci, beige turtleneck: J. Crew, grey a-symmetric knit: Stella McCartney, model wears: Carolina Herrera

Related: Buy now, wear into winter: 5 pre-fall must-haves

3. Get addicted to denim

Thanks to our designers’ current obsession with denim, it is not simply jeans that make the denim edit this season, but skirts, tops, shirts, jackets and dresses. Denim is the ideal mid-season fabric as it is neither too heavy nor too light and can be accessorised to the max whatever your mood or style inclination.

Layering up denim is also on the cards this season, with double denim stealing the limelight. But for a simple way to wear new season denim now, go for the denim midi skirt and wear with chunky heels or Stan Smiths, a tucked in blouse or polo neck and silky scarf.

Denimfrom left: shirt: Saint Laurent, skirt: Rag & Bone, Proenza Shouler, jeans: Victoria Beckham Denim, open shirt: MiH Jeans, dress: A.P.C

4. Step out in boots

Boots are a prerequisite come winter, but until the big freeze hits, ankle boots and this season’s must-have calf length boots are the most versatile. Team chunky styles with midi skirts and dresses for a contemporary boy meets girl appeal, or add a tough luxe vibe to jeans with an edgy pair of black biker boots. Animal print and burgundy tones are fab to add a pop of character to the more mundane of styles. Chic heeled tan or black leather boots are the finishing touch for effortless elegance on or off duty.

Boots2From left: calf-height boots: Chloé, beige heeled boots: Aquazzura, maroon boots: Chloé, brown heeled boots: Tod's, flat black boots: Jimmy Choo

5. Max out on scarves

Who doesn’t love a scarf? And I don’t mean the thick woolly sorts, but the beautiful silky kind bestowed with gorgeous print, pattern and colour. A woman can never have enough scarves as they are utterly versatile and the quickest and most cost effective way to brighten up pretty much any outfit.

Right now layer a folk-inspired or heavy printed scarf over your existing wardrobe and hey presto, you’re ready for autumn. As the leaves begin to crunch under your feet, a thicker scarf may be in order and this season there are some fab oversized scarves and ‘scarfigans’ too –blending the best of a scarf and a cardigan.

The Burberry Scarf Bar: Classic Cashmere Scarves © BurberryThe Burberry Scarf Bar: Classic Cashmere Scarves © Burberry

Personalise your scarf with Burberry

After the success of Burberry’s monogrammed ponchos last winter, this year it is the turn on the scarf. Head to any Burberry store around the world, or online and create your very own personalized scarf. Choose from over 30 colour and print combinations as well as thread colours and font and you can be assured of a very unique customised cashmere scarf complete with your initials. For more information see www.burberry.com