Why I’ve invested in a transitional jacket for Spring

transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle

Assembly Label sweater (similar option here), J Crew denim skirt (also love this one), Workshop jacket in camo (more affordable here), Everlane oxfords, HiEleven bag

The transition from winter to summer is always one of my favourites, as I love the opportunity to bare some leg, while still being able to comfortably throw on a few layering pieces. It’s the perfect time to not only trial out a few new silhouettes or layering techniques, and have a bit of fun with your style staples.

Leaning more towards what I’d consider to be classic ‘Parisian’ silhouettes, one of the key additions to my signature ‘style recipe’ has been a transitional jacket for spring an autumn – generally something that can see me through both seasons, as well as acting as a layering piece under a coat during winter (if I need it!).

As eager as I am to break out my slip dresses, and off the shoulder tops paired with denim shorts, I don’t quite attack my style with the same climate insensitivity I had as a teen, when a little cami and denim skirt would pass as an ‘outfit’, even in the winter months. Instead, I’ve been enhancing my outfit with a layering piece, whether it’s the army jacket I’m wearing above, a trench coat (this one from Everlane is my favourite), or a biker style leather jacket. Given my wardrobe colour palette leans fairly neutral as it is, it’s been a great way for me to add in some complementary earthy tones, and dip my toes outside of my comfort zone (both style and colour-wise).

While I want to talk about my style recipes in greater detail, perhaps the simplest combination that I’ve been reaching for, as we’ve transitioned into spring is: jumper + skirt + transitional jacket + mid-heels. It’s an equation that works, no matter what each individual item looks like – in part down to years of refining my wardrobe – and I love the simplicity that defining a set of style values for a season provides.

transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle
transitional jacket spring wardrobe mademoiselle

So in the last couple months, to prepare for spring and round out my closet, I’ve been investing in a few transitional jackets that are classic enough to continue wearing for years to come. First up is this army-inspired (unisex) field jacket, which has been a wardrobe favourite since I managed to nab it on sale a couple of months ago. It’s quite a loose silhouette, but I love the fact that you can breathe new life into it by rolling up the sleeves, or using the ties to cinch in the waist for a more refined fit.

Second up, is this denim jacket from Topshop. The perfect shade of mid-wash blue, it filled a gap I’d had in my closet for an oversized and easy throw on option for the weekend. Again, it’s been one of those items that I can’t stop wearing on repeat (always the sign of a good purchase!), and it’s big enough to carry me through autumn and the start of winter for 2018.

Finally, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement leather jacket after parting with my black Acne Studios mape leather jacket last year. But trying to find a leather jacket that ticked all the boxes without breaking the bank has proven to be pretty impossible, especially when you’ve set your gold standard at Balenciaga… After deciding to set my sights on a faux leather option instead as a bit of a compromise to my wallet, I stumbled on this lovely option from MVN.

Are you in favour of the transitional jacket?

Winter Uniform #2

mademoiselle minimal winter uniform

Assembly Label sweater (it also comes in black), Blank NYC skinny jeans (also available here), Senso flats (they also come in black), 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag (also here), Linjer watch, Astrid & Miyu zodiac rings, Go-To Skincare Super Handy hand cream

I shared a quick round up of some of my winter favourites a few weeks back; equally as simple but at the other end of the colour wheel, is this peachy and milky-toned outfit. Again, I’m all about anything easy, and during the weekend, a sweater with a great pair of jeans is generally the first thing that I’ll reach for.

I’ve absolutely fallen in love with these skinny jeans from Blank NYC; the denim is thick and has incredibly stretch, making them an absolute dream to wear, plus the lace up fastening is so unlike anything else that I already own.

What really makes this whole outfit is the dusky apricot ‘form’ knit sweater from Assembly Label. At least 99% of the outfits I tend to share are monochromatic or have a little bit of denim, and I feel like this helps to break up the – perceived – monotony somewhat, plus it looks cute tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans.

And then there are the shoes… I bought them on a total whim in a bid to have a muted yet dressed up pair of flats that would work for both weekends, and for the office, and these completely fit the bill. The elastic at the heel does take a little bit of breaking in but I love the way that these look with denim and with calf grazing midi skirts. They also come in classic black; it probably goes without saying that these are incredibly tempting, and I think they would be perfect paired with a cocktail dress for an understated elegance a la Grace Kelly.