It’s officially that time of year where you need a jacket in the morning, and you’re sweating in the afternoon. The weather is shifting, the leaves are falling, and every morning looking into your closet feels more and more daunting.
But don’t worry, we have got you covered. Take a look at these pieces below that will save your wardrobe for the transition between the seasons; from dresses to tops and shirts that are perfect for layering. Just because the temperature’s dropping, it doesn’t mean that your style has to as well.
Ruched Funnel Neck Long Sleeve Top by Mazelle Studio
Nothing screams fall like the color orange. While orange can be a tricky color to pull off, you will find no tricks and nothing but treats with the Ruched Funnel Neck Long Sleeve Top by Nigerian brand Mazelle Studio. The process of hand-dyeing the fabric leaves the shirt with various shades of orange, each unique from the next, and highlights the natural texture and pattern of the fabric. This updated take on a mock-neck blouse features a high collar with a keyhole closure in the back and it is made of a thin and breathable material to keep you comfortable all day long. The top is a perfect example of Mazelle Studio’s signature style, which combines the luxe of African fashion with a modern sensibility. Pair it with a lightweight jacket or wear it on its own as a standout piece.
Naddie Jacquard Shirt Dress by Onalaja
When it’s cold in the morning and warm in the evening, dresses are your best friend for unpredictable weather, and the Naddie Jacquard Shirt Dress has got you covered. This contemporary take on a classic layered dress is an easy way to kick off your trans-seasonal wardrobe. Thanks to its matching belt, this dress will give you as much or as little of a shapely silhouette as you want. It’s designed in a stunning floral brocade pattern and demonstrates Nigerian brand, Onalaja’s penchant for vibrant, colorful patterns and whimsical designs. Wear yours with sandals on warm days and with knee-high boots when the temperature dips.
Freedom Shirt by Fruché
Clothing always makes a statement, but the Freedom Shirt by Nigerian brand Fruché takes “statement” to the next level. “Freedom Is My Birthright” trails across the chest of this rebellious take on a classic button-down, with a design that was hand-painted by Nigerian artist Dricky Stickman. This androgynous top features short, wide sleeves, a strong collar, and a front pocket. Fruché looks to challenge the stereotypes of dressing for Nigerian folks and combine artisanal techniques with futuristic and progressive stories. Whether you layer it over or under another piece or just wear it on its own, this eye-catching top is perfect to style for the shifting temperatures and making a bold statement at the same time.
Nara Midi Dress by Fruché
There’s no need to fuss over what to wear tomorrow if the Nara Midi Dress by Fruché is in your closet. This flattering dress is an entire outfit in and of itself. The hand-dyed adire fabric features a blue and white diamond pattern, with a bright orange and animal-print collar and shoulder that draw the eye up the piece in one fell swoop. The long sleeves and full skirt are sure to keep your skin protected from the wind, while the lightweight fabric will keep you feeling cool. Fruché was founded in 2014 by Frank Aghuno with the idea to combine past, present, and future into a bold and outspoken fashion narrative.
Warning Tunic by Orange Culture
A classic button-down shirt is one that doesn’t go out of style, no matter the season. The Warning Tunic, from gender non-confirming brand Orange Culture, which is available in white, black and navy blue colors, works for smart occasions and the workplace as well as casual settings and evenings out. Wear it all tear-round over slim-fit trousers or under a trench coat when the weather cools, without compromising on its versatile qualities.
Words by Eloise Johnson