23 Stylish Pieces That Make the Perfect Transitional Wardrobe

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There is an almost imperceptible change in the air that signals the shift into a new season. The days get a little cooler, the evenings become a little darker, and before the leaves have even fallen off the trees, we're in the midst of "pumpkin spice season." But until the calendar reaches the end of September (the official start of autumn), we're in that tricky time when the temperatures undergo drastic shifts, and in turn, so do our wardrobes. This transitional in-between period calls for some particularly smart shopping, and the pre-fall collections offer the perfect mix of layering pieces and investment buys. Thankfully, you can now shop them at NET-A-PORTER faster than you can say "add to basket."

In reality, all your wardrobe needs is handful of well chosen buys to ready you for the season ahead. Unsure of which miracle pieces to look for? We've narrowed them down to five items that will both bring your look right up to date and stand the test of time. So if you're ready to trade in your bikini for some knee-high boots or your flip-flops for fine knits, keep scrolling for the autumnal must-haves to add to your wardrobe just in time for the cosy period.

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1. TRANSITIONAL TOPS 

Sure, they look good on their own, but you can layer these tops in myriad ways: under blazers, over dresses, tucked into high-waisted trousers or with a waistcoat or an open shirt. They've got you covered whatever the weather. Long-sleeved styles or knitted fabrications will serve you all the way through autumn/winter 2022.

2. SEASONAL SKIRTS AND TROUSERS

After months of wearing floaty dresses, you might be ready for something a little more substantial. Tailoring and thicker fabrics are back on the agenda, and we're all about texture. Pair a glossy leather midi with a knit top, or add a silky camisole to those wide-leg wool trousers.

3. CLASSIC COATS 

Coats should be a timeless purchase that you intend to last a lifetime. If you haven't found "the one" (aka the coat you find just about any excuse to wear), consider us your matchmakers. We've found four that will go with everything in your wardrobe.

4. PRE-FALL FOOTWEAR 

Summer sandals are all well and good, but we've been counting down the days until we can get back to wearing comfortable shoes again. Comfort, however, doesn't have to mean compromising on style. Between loafers, boots and trending trainers, it's impossible to choose between the chicest shoes of the season.

5. BEST NEW BAGS

Back-to-school means going back to the office, but there is something that can beat the post-holiday blues: treating yourself to a little arm candy that you'll wear from your desk to dinner.

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Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.