Trans-seasonal apparel – a force to reckon with?
Has this ever happened to you? On a cold winter morning, you are rugged up from head to toe. However, when you enter your your workplace, you are transported from the poles to the tropics. You cannot do a thing about the heating, since it is central. You are sweaty and hot, itching to get out of your jackets and jumpers, but you can’t! The only thing you are wearing underneath is your inner wear!
Isn’t it time we embraced trans-seasonal apparel, got rid of the summerwear/winterwear stereotypes and took stock of the new realities? Do we really need seasonal garments any more? We live, work and play in controlled environments. We travel between hemispheres. And if we happen to live in a city like Melbourne, we have to dress for four seasons in a day.
How do you cope with seasons that change as you push through the swivel door or as your flight takes off from the runway?
Here are a few Deidaatips:
Trans-seasonal apparel: ‘Layer layer’
Wear several layers of clothes. Begin with a kaftan that can be worn as a dress, with or without tights. Wear a kaftan/cape combination over a lightweight jumper or camisole. Finish off with a trench coat or puffa jacket, depending on how much the mercury dips. I find a lightweight scarf absolutely indispensable. Outdoors, it keeps my neck warm and indoors it can be taken off or wrapped over the shoulder. Unlike its chunky counterparts, a soft and lightweight scarf folds into nothing and can be discreetly tucked into a bag.
Trans-seasonal apparel: Go middle of the road
It may be cold outside but our workplace or home may be artificially warm. Make sure all your inner layers are in middle weight fabrics. When you take off your outer layers, you will be comfortable wearing your inner layers in an artificially warm environment.
Trans-seasonal apparel: Be ‘open minded’
Look for features like easywear, slip on or zippered front, when you go shopping for clothes. Structured clothes with numerous fiddly little things like buttons, do not lend themselves to quick and public transformations.
Trans-seasonal apparel: Embrace versatility
A kaftan in a medium weight fabric is an excellent cover up over bathers. It offers some protection and warmth when the sun goes down. It can be worn as a dress for the bonfire at dusk or at the beachfront barbeque. In winter, the kaftan can be worn over a jumper. Kaftans with zips along the centre front can act as a cape. You can wriggle out of a zip up kaftan in minutes.
It does not take much to strike a balance between comfort and fashion. All we need to do is to dress in response to the changing dynamics of life.