26 April 2017

By Musa Bwanali

Picking the perfect outfit around this time of year is a struggle. There’s nothing as frustrating as this unpredictable weather spell we’re currently experiencing. Dressing for the unexpected can be challenging, and running around town with a jacket and umbrella is obnoxious. It may look cloudy when you start the day but it’s blazing hot at midday, how are you supposed to dress? Instead of moping and sulking each morning, you need to be able to adapt to the constantly changing conditions. Savvy dressers look for what are often referred to in fashion as “transitional outfits”, ways to rework clothes as they bridge the gap between the seasons. Here are a few tips on how to stay a step ahead in these changing times.

If ever you peep outside the window and can’t figure out what the weather will be like for the rest of the day, layering is the first and best option. Layering allows you to don pieces that won’t make you overheat and you can add or subtract layers as you need them, which will help you stay comfortable. Start with a thin layer, such as silk, polyester or nylon next to the skin. Do not use cotton as your first layer as it is well known for absorbing water, or in this case sweat, which will result in you becoming cold very fast.  Other fabrics, such as nylon, silk and wool are better suited for your first layer next to your skin. Second, add a layer of fleece or polyester.  Wool is also excellent for the second layer, but is more restrictive and heavier. Last, add a water-proof, wind-resistant layer. These three layers are easily removable, but still cute, and will you keep warm enough should the wind decide to pick up. Less is more (ironically) with layers, as too many layers can cause you to sweat. This will cause you to become colder, due to the moisture created.  It is best to wear layers of the proper materials, and choose clothing that is of good quality.

Keep your feet dry and warm
Make sure that you wear appropriate layers on your legs as well.  Jeans will not help keep you warm, especially if they get wet. Your feet will help to regulate your core body temperature.  Keep them warm by wearing good quality socks, and layering your feet is also a good idea.  Again, cotton socks are not recommended as a first layer, wool socks will help keep your feet warm. 

Get Creative
Sometimes we can’t help but get caught off guard by the occasional rogue rainstorm, in which case you will have to use our MacGyver skills to make do with what you have. A good place to start is to play with your accessories. Hats, gloves, and a scarf will round off your ensemble and will ensure you are ready to enjoy your day out. A hat with ear flaps is highly recommended when it gets cold.  Gloves that are lined with fur or fleece will keep your blood flowing, and a scarf is essential to help fight the bite of a cool wind. Trade your chunk knit scarf that will come in use in winter for an airy cotton or silk scarf that will still keep you warm and trendy. Pop on a coloured or textured blazer over a shorter summer dress, and then bundle on a summer scarf in the same colour family. That way you look covered up and warm, but the actual layers are light and breathable.

Keep it simple. Keep it stylish.



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