Body image


This post was originally published on this site


Finally, Spring is just around the corner.

However Spring dressing can be tricky when the temperature runs the gamut between cool and warm and back again. It’s too hot for a knit but too cool for a strappy dress, so what is the solution?

The key to transeasonal dressing is layering with clever basics that allow you to peel off layers when weather turns warm.

For example, for work start with a chic pencil skirt and feminine blouse and top with a lightweight trench. For weekend, layer a boho-style dress with a vintage denim jacket. If you are attending a Spring wedding, a faux-fur cape over a pretty dress is the perfect way to keep warm.

Stylist tip: The special trick to layering is to keep base layers fitted to ‘slim’ your shape.

If you find transeasonal dressing a challenge, my style tips will help you to nail ‘in-between’ dressing.


Dress in styles that resonate with the new Spring season. Swap heavy knits, coats and thicker-textured fabrics for lighter-weight fabrics and fluid styles for a fresh new season look.


Swapping winter’s sombre colours for fresh neutrals of white, blush, nude or pretty floral palettes provides an instant style update and fresh look for Spring.

Stylist tip: For a streamlined look, opting for tonal pieces or one colour from top to bottom will give the illusion of extra height. 


These wardrobe classics are the ultimate transeasonal pieces for any age or style:

Midi or Maxi Floral Dress

A long-sleeve floral midi or maxi dress is the perfect Spring dress. It’s flirty and feminine and can be paired with everything from evening sandals to a killer pair of boots to casual tennis shoes. There is a version to suit all styles and ages for weddings, parties and anything.

Spell & The Gypsy ‘Jewell Soiree’ dress $279; Witchery ‘Cross Over Feminine’ dress $159.95; Zimmerman ‘Unbridled Basque’ dress $950

The Soft Blouse

A soft long-sleeved blouse is must-have transeasonal basic. Whether it’s a peasant style paired with jeans for the weekend, or a classic silk style worn with skinny pants and heels for a polished office look, the soft blouse is a versatile style staple.

Clockwise from left: Witchery wrap blouse $99.95; Sussan emerald print blouse $89.95; Sheike ‘Rosie’ print blouse $109.95; Portmans ‘Courtney’ wrap top $69.95.

The Midi Skirt

From floaty to slim-fit, the longer hemline of the midi skirt works for those days when it’s cold, hot and cold again. Dress it up with a soft blouse or add a chic tee and sneakers on the weekend.

Veronika Maine cotton twill skirt $259; Witchery ‘Zani’ skirt $279.95; Cue gingham skirt $185, Country Road tie front jersey skirt $99.95

Ankle Grazers

Ankle grazing pants are the new classic. (I can hear the gasps of many petite women, however the right shoes will help you pull off the look).

They are the perfect transeasonal option to replace Winter’s long length trousers.

Slim-leg, cigarette styles are modern and chic and teamed with a sharp blazer is the new alternative to suit dressing.

Country Road crepe cigarette pant $199; Target ankle grazer jeans $20; Trenery tie-waist wide-leg pant $179; Forever New ‘Emily’ high-waist pant $99.99.

The Soft Trench

A soft trench coat transcends seasons and is the perfect topper for a polished work look or draped effortlessly over shoulders for evening. Belted styles accentuate the figure.

Zara flowing trench $139.00; Sussan soft trench $149.95; Witchery soft trench $199.95; Forever New ‘Sofia’ waterfall trench $149.99.

The In-Between Shoe

A sling back or sandal with closed toe is the perfect solution for transeasonal dressing. Soft pink is the season’s on-trend alternative to nude.

Jo Mercer ‘Eastbound Dress’ heels $189.95; Nine West ‘Exemplify’ $149.95; Witchery ‘Adeline’ slingback $159.95.

Esma Versace

Esma Versace is a renowned fashion stylist founder of Esma can help you solve your style issues. Learn your body shape and how to dress for it, create a corporate wardrobe or personal brand, find that special outfit for your event or create a fashionable and functional wardrobe based on your lifestyle and budget.