It's never easy to decide what to wear in the morning is it? But at certain times of year it's even more challenging than usual. These are the between-seasons phases at periods around the end of September and beginning of October, late April to mid May and others when the weather just can't seem to make up its mind.
To help survive these challenging times, there are a few ideas us women can implement to make it that little bit easier for ourselves.
One of the keys to surviving ever-changing temperatures is layering. It can be so hard to guess just how cold or warm it is outdoors by peeking through your window in the morning. And online forecasts have a nasty tendency to be incorrect.
There are so many places worldwide where mornings are chilly, offices are overheated and the weather considerably improves by the end of the day when it's time to go home. Wearing layers is ideal because you can peel them off and put them back on again to your heart's content.
Layers are particularly effective if you wear modern fabrics, some of which have been specially developed to control body heat and moisture. Merino wool, for example, is known for its excellent moisture management, warmth and proper insulation even if damp. You can also buy thermalwear at outdoor shops to wear as a lower layer.
If you really find yourself perspiring heavily, nip into the loo to take off your bottom thermal layer.
Some carefully selected garments can make it a whole lot easier to weather the between-seasons times of year. These are investment pieces that should be bought to last for years ahead so classic, adaptable styles work best.
Trench coats are a fashion staple that are perfect to throw over a late spring or early autumn outfit, adding just the right amount of warmth. Their classic styling means they can be worn both to work and social outings.
Leather jackets work similarly, but add an edgier feel to outfits. Bomber and biker jackets are great for wearing at the weekend.
Good quality denim is also a between-seasons fashion essential. A sturdy pair of jeans in a dark denim can be dressed up with a blouse and smart blazer for work, or teamed with a pair of heels and glittery top for nights out. Obviously, they are also one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing to slouch around in at weekends.