Make the most of summer fashion this autumn/winter

Limerick's Muireann O’Connell is the queen of the cosy winter combo. Photo: Instagram.

WITH the last of the sunny days officially behind us, the time has come to make the move from summer to autumn/winter fashion.

Luckily this doesn’t have to mean splashing the cash on all new pieces or dragging your favourite summer styles up into the attic until next year. With a few simple layering tips and tricks, you can make the most of your favourite summer pieces for longer and save yourself the cost of a new chilly season wardrobe.

Hoodies, hoodies, hoodies
Layering up with an oversized hoodie is a great way to keep your lighter denim and leather jackets in rotation all year round. Not just a top way to stay warm, it plays in with the sporty chic streetwear that’s been dominating on TikTok and Instagram in recent months.

Arguably brought back into vogue by Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague, the jacket-hoodie combo is a perfect opportunity for an elevated everyday look or added to a suit trouser for a bit more office casual.

Molly-Mae Hague revives the hoodie-jacket combo. Photo: Instagram.

You can’t go wrong with a grey hoodie under a black leather jacket, white under brown leather, or black under denim. Add a cosy scarf into the mix and a pop of colour here and there and you’re off to the races.

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Don’t shy away from white
There seems to be a tendency to hide our white trousers, skirts, dresses, and jeans at the bottom of our wardrobe once autumn/winter rolls around. Big mistake.

Limerick icon Louise Cooney proves we can make the white work in colder months. Pairing a white dress with warmer tones and more seasonal pieces like boots and scarves really helps transition white into an autumn/winter colour.

Local icon Louise Cooney is an inspiration in white. Photo: Instagram.

Similarly, white jeans and trousers can be paired with bold, warm-toned knits and coats.

The trick with white in colder months is to focus on what you pair it with to ensure the outfit doesn’t look or feel cold. Pairing with warmer colours adds warmth and energy to white pieces, meaning there’s no need to hide them at the back of the wardrobe until next year.

Layering is key
Every season can be summer dress season once you accept layering into your life.

Here’s a top tip for you. Take a belt and place it on over your dress, then pop on an oversized jumper or knit. Take the ends of the jumper and tuck them into the belt so that the belt is covered and the jumper is sitting nicely and voilà!

The great thing about this trick is that it will work with any style or length of dress. With tighter midi dresses, tucking the jumper ensures you keep the shape of the dress but still have an extra layer to keep you warm in the colder months. With looser dresses, leaving the jumper untucked can look just as good.

Don’t forget about your summer skirts either. Take a leaf out of Limerick lady Muireann O’Connell’s book (pictured above) and tuck in a chunky knit for a chic look or leave it loose for a more relaxed fit.

Give it socks
Tights and socks are your best friend when it comes to transitioning your wardrobe to the colder weather.

Before you pack away your dresses and skirts, make sure to question whether you could add a pair of tights to make them more season appropriate.

Draw inspiration from local influencer Chloe Koyce and use patterned tights to elevate your look even more.

Limerick influencer Chloe Koyce proves that tights can turn any summer fit into a winter treasure. Photo: Instagram.

Pairing socks and tights with heels and loafers to give your feet some extra warmth is a great way to incorporate footwear into your autumn/winter looks.