Given the glorious weather most of the country has been enjoying lately, it's hard to imagine it being any other way, at least for the next month or so. But we all know how quickly temperatures can drop here in the UK, so it never fails to have a few outfits and key pieces on standby for when it inevitably does so. The big question is, What do I wear in 15-degree weather?
Fifteen degrees might seem chilly, especially when you compare it to the highs of 25+ we've been experiencing, but it's actually a pretty comfortable temperature—not too hot but not too cold. Still, this indeterminate forecast is difficult to dress for. Wear too thick a knit and you'll feel flushed, but breezy, lightweight textures like linen might feel too cool on their own. So to help you assemble outfits to suit a temperature drop, we've rounded up nine foolproof suggestions from some of our favourite influencers, who seem to have the art of transseasonal dressing down.
With everything from an alternative to bulky winter coats to the layering hero piece you'll consistently reach for over the next six months, scroll on to see nine impressive outfits that perfectly demonstrate what to wear in 15-degree weather. Then, should they not already feature in your wardrobe, proceed to shop the key pieces you need to re-create them.
KEY BUY: TRENCH COAT
Style Notes: Trench coats are considered a year-round staple for most fashion types, but they loan themselves particularly well to middle-of-the-road temperatures, too. Often lightweight but roomy enough to layer knitwear underneath, they're the perfect addition to any pre-fall capsule. Plus, they come in handy in the rain.
KEY BUY: LEATHER
Style Notes: It might be too hot to wear leather outfits right now, but come 15°, it's the ideal temperature to reinstate the cosy material into your daily wares. Choose a skirt worn with a slouchy-fit knit to complete the look.
Style Notes: If you invested in a chunky knitted vest last winter, then you'll be pleased to hear that they're sticking around for autumn/winter 2021. Wear the impressive layering item over a shirt dress and finish with boots for added warmth for a look you can wear until autumn really kicks in.
KEY BUY: DENIM ALL-IN-ONE
Style Notes: What we love about jumpsuits is that, much like dresses, they provide an easy outfit solution that works for just about every occasion you can think of. However, an added extra is that they also keep more heat in—perfect for when it's 15° out.
Style Notes: Sure, it's 15°, but it still feels too soon to wear your winter coat. Instead, look for woollen blazers, which will keep you toasty but won't look out of place at this point in the year.
KEY BUY: KNITTED DRESS
Style Notes: Comfortable but chic in equal measure, knitted dresses have become a firm favourite of ours over the last year and double-up as the ultimate 15-degree-weather throw-on. Add whatever footwear you feel comfortable with; though, it doesn't come much sleeker than leather boots in a matching hue.
KEY BUY: KNEE-HIGH BOOTS
Style Notes: Speaking of boots, 15° marks the perfect temperature for digging yours out again. Wear them without tights to avoid feeling too hot—they'll make all of your dresses instantly feel more appropriate for the temperature, too. If you feel a little chilly, simply layer a long-sleeve top underneath.
Style Notes: As much as we love cardigans, admittedly, we've been overlooking them of late. But as soon as it dips to 15°, you can bet we'll be donning ours with pretty midi skirts and suede boots.