It’s warm. It’s chilly. It’s too hot for a coat but too cold for bare legs. Welcome to autumn in Britain, a time when transitional pieces come into their own.
Dressing at this time of year is all about judicious layering and wearing those ‘transitional’ pieces: items that see you through, literally, the transition into a new season.
I have been getting a lot of wear out of a Great Plains dress from independent Brighton boutique Badger. British brand Great Plains specialises in quality basics and easy to wear dresses and knitwear. In Sussex, but haven’t been to Badger yet? You’re missing out. Nadia and her team stock a great range of brands including leather jackets from legendary label Matchless, plus Scandi-cool pieces from Ilse Jacobsen, Becksondergaard and Numph. Add tights from Falke (definitely one of my go-to brands) and funky jewellery from Hultquist, and your look, transitional or otherwise, is pretty much sorted.
This dress is a great easy-to-wear piece – and the essence of ‘transitional’. It has long sleeves, so it’s warm, but it’s also tunic shaped so can be worn bare-legged with heels now (as I did last week in London) –
Or with leggings and brogues, as I did today –
And later, when the temperature starts to bite, tights and ankle or knee high boots. And it’s monochrome (regular readers will know that I rarely deviate from my fave black and white…) Best of all, it’s an incredibly forgiving shape if you’re having an ‘off’ day. It’s not bulky either, so my trusty All Saints biker can be worn easily over the top…
- it’s machine washable (yay!) on cold (max 30 degrees)
- it’s a polyester / cotton mix (68% / 32%)
- iron on the reverse only (not that it needs it)
Go and discover this and other great pieces at Badger – you won’t be disappointed. And if the man in your life is in need of something new, menswear is next door !
Badger is at 25-26 Bond Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1RD
01273 325421 (Womenswear)