There is a chill in the air, but it’s too soon to switch to a winter wardrobe – here’s where trans-seasonal dressing comes in.

A trans-seasonal wardrobe can be tricky to master but the key is in layering. Brisbane-based Blue Bungalow has the look mastered with soft kaftans that give warmth against a cool breeze, kaftans that are perfect for layering, and bright maxis which just need a jacket to complete the look.

I spoke with Blue Bungalow’s Chiu-Ling Lee to get the low down on autumn layers.

Why do you think trans-seasonal dressing options are so vital for Qld women?

Queensland has a great warm climate and when winter finally arrives, it’s very mild. Therefore, investing in a winter wardrobe has little value due to the short style lifespan. You can’t wear the big coats and knits for too long before getting hot and sweaty.

What are some of your go-to pieces for the in-between season?

Relaxed printed pants are one of our favourites, worn with singlet tops and sandals when it’s warmer or layered up with long sleeved shirts, jackets and boots for those cooler days. Kimonos and cape-style cardigans will be big for us this season as you can dress them up or down and layer over your signature summer pieces or with a pair of skinnies. As always scarves are a great go-to item and an inexpensive way to warm up your wardrobe. Use scarves to add colour, layers, effortless style and a touch of warmth to every outfit. Fine, lightweight knits and the returning denim jacket are also on our love list for the in-between season.

Tell us how to wear the kimono cape – are there any tips you can share?

Kimono style jackets and capes are traditionally voluminous so they’re best paired with a fitted top and bottom. Team with skinnies or tights for a casual day look or over fitted dresses for a more polished evening style. The fitted pairings balance the oversized silhouette of the kimono cape or jacket and give you the opportunity to wear something you might not feel comfortable in without a little coverage of those lumps and bumps. With regard to accessorising, simple necklaces or earrings are a must. As it cools down it will again be all about the ankle boot, but for now we are loving our kimonos with ballet flats. 

Kaftans are one of the most versatile items a woman can own. Tell me your tips for dressing them up/down and also for adding some warmth as it gets cooler?

Blue Bungalow is home of the kaftan so we have become quite the experts at transitioning them from summer to autumn and beyond. Layer our shorter styles kaftans over a singlet and pair with skinny jeans, ankle boots and a lightweight scarf. Team our longer knee-length embellished silk kaftans with tights and boots or heels for an evening look.

Can we wear a maxi through autumn and in to winter and if so, what do you suggest?

There’s no need to banish your ever-reliable maxi dress collection to the back of the wardrobe when the cooler months arrive. Enter the quintessential denim jacket. Pairing your maxi with a fitted denim jacket balances out the fullness and floatiness while adding just enough warmth to combat the cooler days. Accessorise with a lightweight scarf and ballet flats and your good to go.

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