Trans-seasonal dressing means different things to different people. It’s most commonly referring to the use of clothing or accessories one wears in between definitive seasons like summer and winter, when weather and fashion trends dictate the exact kinds of clothing we will wear. Traditionally, this type of dressing is achieved by using layers such as scarves, cardigans, and stockings, and is typically worn in autumn and spring. However, as distinct lines between fashion seasons blur and weather becomes more unpredictable, a trans-seasonal wardrobe is key to being prepared for unexpected temperature ( and trend) changes.
But that’s not the only thing worth noting about it. In my endeavor to achieve the ideal capsule wardrobe, I have realised the importance of versatile basics and statement pieces that can be worn throughout the year. Acquiring designs that transcend season and trend is not only a far more efficient and cheaper alternative to owning four different wardrobes worth of clothing, but it’s also a much more sustainable option. Investing in flexible pieces that can be worn throughout the fashion year helps us shrink our wardrobes by having fewer, more useful pieces of clothing, which in turn shrinks our fashion footprint.
An excellent example of timeless aesthetic and quality craftsmanship is one of my favourite local emerging brands, Merwe S.A.L.T. Based in Cape Town, Merwe S.A.L.T. creates versatile, comfortable and elegant garments and statement pieces essential for a basic and timeless wardrobe that can be carried over generations. Founded by Eva, an experienced international fashion buyer formally based in Berlin, and Deeva, owner of custom unisex fashion label, Merwe Mode, Merwe S.A.L.T. aims to create a locally produced foundation of high quality and affordable fashion. Their vision is to support the local market by sourcing and manufacturing exclusively in South Africa. Their studio in Maitland houses a group of highly skilled sewing personnel, where all design and production is performed in-house; from designing each look to altering each garment, thus ensuring the perfect fit. Merwe S.A.L.T. stands for an ethical and fair working environment, transparent supply chain, and through quality apparel at competitive prices, aims to contribute towards the consumer mindset shift from over consumption to conscious consumerism.
Although the below Merwe S.A.L.T. outfit comes from their SS18 collection, the minimal aesthetic and quality fabric ensures that these garments are relevant to every season and can be worn accordingly. I chose to pair it with my grandmother’s coat which is perfect for the cooler evenings, but the blouse and wide legged pants do more than suffice for the autumn sun. Merwe S.A.L.T. launched their AW18 collection at the second annual installment of the Kamers/Makers market yesterday in Johannesburg. If you’re this side of the country, be sure to pay them a well deserved visit, and be among the first to witness their new range.