Smart girls don’t really dress for the time of year any more: they’re in a constant state of trans-seasonal style, which navigates both the weather and next season’s trends. It’s the style equivalent of booking a mini-break, ie wardrobe-reviving. It’s also a total gift when you live in a country where the weather is completely random (this one, for instance).
For inspiration, we turned to key Instagram influencers and #MangoGirls, Sofia Sanchez de Betak, Camille Charriere, Jeanne Damas and Veronika Heilbrunner, whose globe-trotting demands that their style must be adaptable.
“In the last month, I’ve dressed for summer, winter and spring,” says art director, fashion consultant and designer Sofía Sanchez de Betak. “I dress for where I am – and I have fun with it.”
But what does this mean for us IRL? “Do it both ways,” advises style-editor-turned-Hey-Woman-co-founder Veronika Heilbrunner. “So if you’re in trainers without socks, wear a turtleneck jumper.” Additionally, French It girl and Birkin-alike model Jeanne Damas is a fan of the summer dress worn with a winter jacket; Sofía wears her own-design Mallorca dresses with “nothing” underneath in the summer and a sweater thrown over the top when it cools down. Her short tan Prada boots and Golden Goose Deluxe Brand trainers are year-round perennials.
You’ll also need to master that holy grail of trans-seasonal dressing – layers. “It’s the best styling trick out there to make sure your outfit is both weather-appropriate and style-noteworthy,” says Anglo-French influencer Camille Charrière. “Wear a T-shirt with long sleeves under a summer dress, add a cool hoodie under your blazer or tie a jumper round your neck like a scarf. It keeps things interesting and allows you to start wearing new styles before autumn hits in earnest.” Veronika suggests starting with something “tight and dark – then nothing can go wrong”. Camille puts trans-seasonal style in a nutshell: “Perfect-fit jeans [hint: vintage Levi’s 501s], a boyish blazer, some white loose tees, a navy turtleneck, a thick trench coat and standout shoes. Simple.”
“Cashmere from The Row and Equipment, jumpsuits for working at home (not for travelling – never again), Frame jeans in light denim, a poncho, short brown riding boots and a chunky necklace.”
“Short brown Prada boots. I wear them everywhere, all year round.”
“Me on horseback with a giraffe [in the background]: it’s beautiful and totally crazy.”
“Balance. I play the volume game on only the upper or bottom half, so the general silhouette is not XXL. Don’t overcomplicate colours or shapes, as you don’t want to look like a Central Saint Martins project.”
“When you feel like sharing it with others. It might be your sloppy Sunday sweats or the most exquisite Dior dress. I try not to overthink it; point-and-snap iPhone pictures tend to do much better than professionally shot pictures.”
“Vintage Levi’s 501 jeans. They’re very hard to find, but worth the time. They’re all sized differently, so no buying without trying.”
“A trench coat, an oversized men’s jacket, a denim jacket, perfect blue jeans, heels, boots, a V-necked cashmere sweater, a wrap dress and a basket.”
“People love it when I wear the simplest uniform: a white T-shirt, Levi’s jeans, ballerinas, with a basket.”
“An Acne Studios black leather jacket. It’s perfect in summer as a cover-up with a pretty dress; in winter, it’s a layer under one of my oversized masculine coats.”
“Vintage Levi’s 501s in classic blue, tennis socks in black and white with stripes, a blue and white striped men’s shirt, a white polo shirt and lots of black turtleneck jumpers.”What’s your most-loved outfit on Instagram?“Anything romantic dressed down with sneakers.”
Sofia Sanchez de Betak, Camille Charriere, Jeanne Damas and Veronika Heilbrunner are #MangoGirls, shop the new collection at www.mango.com