Mastering the Art of Transitional Dressing for Men

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As we near the end of winter and get ready to welcome the warm sun rays, we need to make a few tweaks to our sartorial wardrobe. Some items we need to retire, others can be re-styled, and others still need to be replaced.

Transitional dressing refers to the months between pronounced seasons when we and our wardrobes are adjusting to the change of temperature. But there is a way you can make this less about dramatic changes and more about smart styling techniques.

Here are our top tips for building a transitional wardrobe that sees you through late winter and early spring.

Customise your colour palette

The key to mastering your transitional colour palette is focusing on both timeless hues and seasonal colours.

Blacks, greys, and whites form the basis of your colour palette. But, while these are staple colours for any wardrobe, you can modernise your attire by investing in the core colours that will be trending this year. So, instead of a classic navy suit, go for Blueberry – a key colour from Pantone’s winter 2023 trends book. Swap the grey with a dreamy lilac-infused grey for a softer look, and add warmth and comfort with creamy Tapioca incorporated into your cashmere sweaters.

Core colours work great with statement seasonal ones. Pair the winter 2023 favourite Abundant Green with the upcoming spring/summer Empire Yellow for a dramatic yet joyful and luminous transition to the new season. Other seasonal colours to consider incorporating into your wardrobe include Blue Perrenial, tangy orange, and nature-inspired Lichen Blue.

The sweater: a key transitional item

One key item that must make your transitional wardrobe is sweaters. They can be worn as a stand-alone piece or layered upon a smart shirt or a casual T-shirt depending on the occasion.

Have an array of sweaters, from wool cable knit ones for when the weather is not so benevolent to lightweight knitwear for warmer days and cashmere sweaters for a more elevated look.

In terms of the design, a crew neck style can be featured in a more casual style with jeans or cotton trousers and men’s loafers, or in a dressier look matched with flannel trousers or underneath a suit.

A shawl-neck cardigan is a classic mid-winter silhouette, but it can be worn as outer layer for those transitional months. Opt for a lightweight fabric such as cashmere, and pair it with white or cream chinos and a shirt for a smarter look.

The jacket

Luckily, the fashion industry has experimented with a variety of jacket designs, and we now have the perfect fits to be featured in our transitional wardrobes.

A light tailored coat or a peacoat in one of the seasonal creams or navies can add style to any chinos and a shirt or a cashmere sweater look, but it can also be toned down with jeans and a lightweight sweater.

A denim or burgundy parka is also a transitional wardrobe statement, providing both warmth and protection from the rain while also styled in an elevated look.

Leather and denim jackets are also not to be missed for an edgier look, but if you want to elevate your style, a trench coat or a blazer are a must. They can be paired with men’s smart shoes and a shirt or toned down with jeans and loafers.

The subtle art of layering

Mastering transitional dressing is all about layering. With just a few items of clothing, you can be ready for any type of weather.

Stacking several items of clothing on top of each other in a fashionable way means your wardrobe can be much more adaptable to the weather. This means that you can easily layer a basic shirt and chinos with a cable-knit sweater and a trendy trench coat. Accessorise with sunglasses and a watch.

In order to be able to layer your clothes, invest in a few basic items, such as t-shirts, shirts, chinos, and jeans.

Quality over quantity

For sustainability purposes, it’s better to have a few quality materials instead of many cheap ones. They last longer and often involve sustainable production practices, meaning you’re reducing your carbon footprint.

Quality also ensures that your outfits look put together and exude class and style. Invest in materials such as cashmere, cotton, and linen. Tailoring is also important to ensure that your garments fit you well. Define your style and buy high-quality items to complement your transitional wardrobe with items you will be able to wear for seasons on end.


Transitional dressing is a great way to evaluate the items that you own and find new ways to style them to match the changing weather. Dressing intentionally is a smart and sustainable way to looking great!

Sam Allcock

Sam Allcock is the founder of PR Fire. He helps small to medium-sized businesses land coverage in publications like BuzzFeed, Metro, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph through smart press release distribution.