Spring Forward, Pare Back:
The New Look of Transitional Dressing
Written by Rebecca Johnson
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
Look in the mirror and remove one item before you leave the house, Coco Chanel once famously instructed the world. The legendary designer was talking about accessories, but her dictum speaks now to a modern approach to dressing for unpredictably changing seasons and day-to- night lives. A trench thrown over Marie Marot’s crisp shirting then downshifts effortlessly into the bare-bones perfection of Khaite’s V-neck top and Martin Grant’s cropped trouser, a two-piece combination with jumpsuit ease.
Build around the piece you’ve been dying to debut, simply discarding an underlayer as the weather warms, for an effortlessly liberating effect. That same paper-waist trouser stands up to cooler temperatures with the stealth addition of a thin pair of ribbed tights. Come sunshine or evening drinks, stash the latter in a bag for an instant transformation.
The enticingly good contrast topstitching of this assymetrical cotton poplin J.W. Anderson dress demands to be seen immediately. Go coatless with a peek of sleeves, a fresh ruffle collar, and the ever versatile cropped pant below. Pare back when the mercury rises.
With striking origami-like folding and a fetching trim, this J.W. Anderson cami style is both the consummate slipdress later and a fun layering piece now, worn over a sheer, seductive blouse by Marie Marot. These days, transitional dressing means inducing a sense of anticipation. Start big and whittle down.
The freshest approach to the season is all about shedding layers, one by one.
Lighting Design Jon Ervin
Styling Gabrielle Marceca
Hair Ryan Mitchell
Makeup Kristi Matamoros
Model Molly Smith