Those in between days just before summer turns into autumn are some of the trickiest when it comes to matters of the wardrobe. Not only are we without a single season to dress for, a kind of sartorial limbo, it can also be the case that there are multiple seasons within the same day.
But beyond stuffing an emergency poncho in one trouser pocket, and a pair of sunglasses in the other, there are things you can do to alleviate your woes. Things like layering up brilliantly lightweight (though, no less reliable) pieces that work on their own or combined together.
And to save yourself the hassle of identifying what you need, let Ted Baker and its new Gold Star Style edit do the hard work for you. The new-season styles practically make for a small capsule wardrobe, and you can take your pick from sport luxe separates, razor-sharp suits and suave accessories to match.
Here are six looks that get the FashionBeans thumbs up to help you nail transitional style.
There are few things we appreciate more than an outfit that is both smart and comfortable. Tailored enough that you can probably get away with wearing it to work, this look has just enough of the nineties sportswear trend injected into it without making you look like an extra from Saved by the Bell.
Bomber jackets have been around for decades and very much in trend for the last few years, but they don’t show any signs of disappearing just yet; the neat tailored shape and lightweight fabric of Ted’s New York example makes it your new everyday essential. The Arther T-shirt has an old-school cycling vibe to it, while the finely checked trousers in a cropped cut will see you through winter (if you dig out some socks – remember those?) and right the way out into next spring. Transitional, indeed.
Sure, florals for spring might not be revolutionary, but they are certainly refreshing as an autumnal print; and wearing them on a polo shirt, paired with sleek trainers, keeps them from being overly foppish.
Each layer of this look works; opting for a Harrington jacket in an on-trend pastel shade instead of the usual neutrals adds interest, while the statement-making polo ensures that, should the sun come out, your look will remain anything but basic. Every good outfit needs a solid foundation and that’s exactly what these streamlined Tosport trousers offer.
Relaxed tailoring continues to be a key menswear trend this season. Having evolved from something just for city boys and barristers into a go-to-look that’s suitable for all occasions, lazy dressing has never been so smart.
Ted’s sharp Nublaz suit is a solid option for the last wedding of the season, but will continue to be an astute choice long after.
We’re particularly fond of the way the trousers have been cut with no break to show off a pair of sleek sneakers, the perfect partner to a crisp white tee or grandad collar shirt.
Yellow is one of the more surprising colour trends for autumn/winter, seeing as it’s a hue typically associated with the sun. It’s a defiant bit of optimism as the nights draw in and adds a pop to the most boring of outfits.
The key piece you need is, of course, this brilliant Coftini knit, which is also available as part of Ted’s T For Tall collection. Teamed with a handsome pea coat and complementary navy trousers, it looks a lot less ‘summer larks’ and far more ‘autumnal strolls’.
The ultimate weekend outfit when your plans can change as much as the weather, this look is casual enough for a picnic in the park, yet smart enough for the bar later. The stylish, lightweight layers, which can be added and taken away as you see fit, will keep you cool – both literally and figuratively.
The bold geometric print on this Cropper T-shirt gets a big thumbs up from us, and looks especially good paired with the cropped checked trousers. Meanwhile, the navy Webstar zip top is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece that also works to tone down and tie together the whole outfit.
Quilted jackets aren’t just for farmers any more. This season they have evolved from classic country attire to everything from sporty zip-ups to natty blazers. If you buy only one piece of outerwear this autumn, make sure it’s quilted.
The hexagonal quilting on this Dalway jacket offers a point of difference to the styles most people will be wearing. Combine with tailored pieces, a smart holdall and sleek trainers and you definitely won’t look like you should be riding a tractor.
You can shop the Ted Baker autumn/winter collection now online at tedbaker.com.