Midseason manoeuvres are challenging.
Not only the physical – finding the momentum to get ourselves out and about after a winter hiatus – but the dressing. The whole ‘what to wear’ when we don’t know what we are facing outside is one conundrum and the other is boredom. By about now on the calendar, most of my clothing is feeling over worn and extremely tired. I call it midseason maudlin.
I am exaggerating a bit but sometimes getting dressed can be less than simple and I prefer an easy no-stress approach to get ready. In the depths of winter, the choices speak for themselves and in high summer it’s light and comfy all the way. Throw us in the middle and there are so many variables. I like making decisions but I don’t like wasting time. Not knowing what to wear is a serious time-waster.
There are pieces that never fail for between seasons.
Certain outfits cover the middle ground effortlessly. I favour pants and a blouse because then my only uncertainty is which jacket I need to add. Those days when it’s too hot for a sweater and too cold for our perfect white tee, a blouse hangs perfectly in the middle.
I wear a dress in preference to a skirt because they require less co-ordinating and again all I need to work on is the coat shape. Getting the style can be a challenge for all of the same reasons so often I opt for a sweater or a shirt style dress.
Some of us stick to jeans. Jeans, white or blue, are ideal partners if they suit our lifestyle.
There is one common denominator for me when it comes to midseason dressing.
Which coat? What jacket? What will work with my tailored pants, my jeans or my dress? I want a coat that is not too hot, yet warm enough. A jacket that looks smart despite what is underneath and one that is practical and has some edge to it.
I want my leather jacket. Full stop.
The leather jacket is the one I choose all the time between seasons.
And it works.
It’s having a bit of a revival, it seemed to fall by the wayside for a bit, not that a biker style ever lost traction. I did ignore mine though.
Moving through the seasons, slowly but surely. xv
The Answer to Midseason Madness
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