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10 Transitional Style Commandments

Just as we’re settling into Summer nicely, we bring you an update on transitioning your wardrobe into autumn. Yes, we’re sorry about that, but preparation is key gentlemen. We recently sat down with Giles Farnham, the Head of River Island Style Studio to get his expert tips and ideas on a swift transition into next season.

1. Thou Shalt Do Denim 

As the weather turns, it’s out with lightweight linens and in with more rugged attire. Our new 14oz ‘warp’ denim has a tough look, but stretches vertically to move with you, for maximum comfort. 

Recommendations: Faded Skinny Jeans / Ripped Skinny Jeans / Skinny Stretch Jeans

2. Brave the Elements  

It might be a touch too warm in temperate to don that shearling coat just yet, but one should be prepared for when the dark clouds inevitably draw in! A lightweight jacket will protect you from those pesky showers. 

Recommendations: Double Breasted Mac / Stone Hooded Jacket / Blue Denim Jacket 

3. Boot Up  

Appropriate footwear wouldn’t go amiss as you trudge your way through town on your daily commute. Chunkier footwear will be much appreciated when it gets a little cooler. 

Recommendations: Leather Chukka Boots / Suede Chelsea Boots / Pointed Desert Boots

4. Polo Perfection 

More laidback than a shirt and more grown-up than a tee, the polo is the perfect middle ground between smart and casual, try yours with a tailored Harrington jacket. 

Recommendations: Muscle Fit Polo Shirt / Knitted Polo Shirt / Ribbed Polo Shirt 

5. Knits Versus Nip 

It might not be time to dust off that chunky pullover just yet, however the nights are getting longer and come nightfall there’s a nip in the air. Arm yourself against the evening chill with a fine gauge knit or a loose crew neck. 

Recommendations: Turtle Neck Jumper / Fisherman Jumper / Open Front Cardigan

6. Adorn Your Ankles  

As the mercury begins to drop, those lily-white mankles are really not becoming. Cover up in style. 

Recommendations: Stripe Tube Socks / Geometric Print Socks 

7. Jersey Boys 

Sweats have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent seasons. Easy to dress up or dress down, they’re fast becoming the laid-back essential for those fresher months when a shirt on its own won’t quite cut it. 

Recommendations: Zip Sleeve Hoodie / Stitch Sweatshirt / New York Hoodie

8. Headgear Essentials 

Planning a late summer festival trip? Whatever the weather, a hat is essential for protection against the elements and a stylish antidote to three days without a mirror or shampoo.

Recommendations: Felt Fedora / Navy Flat Cap / Denim Baseball Cap 

9. Military Swagger 

The season-appropriate answer to chinos. The key to not looking like Melanie Blatt circa 1999 is in the fit – try a slim or tapered leg. 

Recommendations: Khaki Cargo Trousers / Navy Cargo Trouser / Black Cargo Trousers

10. All Black Everything 

You may want to avoid exposing those crisp white crepes to the changeable weather, so invest in a slick black pair. 

Recommendations: Black Runner Trainers / Black Hi Tops / Black Lace Up Trainers  

To book an appointment at the River Island Style Studio in Liverpool, Birmingham or London, head to riverisland.com/stylestudio

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