Seasonless Style

Fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera walks at Place des Victoires in Paris wearing a Floriane Fosso coat and Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumpsPortrait of Winnipeg fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera in Paris wearing a Floriane Fosso coat and Celine Audrey sunglassesFashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera crosses the street at Place des Victories in Paris carrying a Celine trio bag and wearing Mavi jeansOutfit details on fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, including a Celine trio bag and black Mavi skinny jeansFashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera wearing a Floriane Fosso coat and Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps in ParisFloriane Fosso coat
Le Chateau sweater (similar)
Mavi jeans (c/o)
Christian Louboutin heels
Celine bag
Celine sunglasses

I have never swapped my wardrobe out between summer and winter. I know that sounds a bit farfetched, but the truth is, I’ve never seen the point. The only thing I wear in the summer that I don’t wear in winter is shorts. I own two pairs, both denim. Otherwise, my wardrobe is seasonless.

I’d never given seasonless style much thought as a concept until late last week, when one of my blogger friends, Lydia, described my style that way. I’ve long believed that a simple wardrobe made up of great basics with a few special pieces can be the foundation of hundreds of fabulous outfits. Although I don’t follow The Five-Piece French Wardrobe very strictly anymore, that’s┬ámostly because the basics are all already in my closet. I just don’t have to think about it. If you’re here often, you’ve seen the evidence. Five of the six pieces in the look show up over and over again in my outfits. But even if you are here often, the fact is that you may not have noticed. And that’s the point. If you own the right pieces, you can wear them day after day, year round, without anyone thinking you’re repeating your outfits.

Seasonless style doesn’t work in every climate. But even if you live in a place where temperatures changes are extreme – and it doesn’t get more extreme than Winnipeg, where – 25 celsius is as normal in winter as + 25 celsius is in the summer – creative layering goes a long way. We took these photos in Paris in April. Not everyone embraces black as a spring shade, of course. But my love of the darkest of shades is undiminished year round. It was a cool morning. Later in the day, I traded my turtleneck for a silk tank. But even in the moment, I found myself thinking how much wear I would get out of the same outfit in the fall. And I was right.

Winter has officially arrived now, which means I need a second coat on top of my Floriane Fosso coat these days. But the outfit works just as well now as it did in April. By July, I’ll probably be trading the jeans for shorts and the sweater for a tank. But the basic framework of the look will be the same. As someone who loves warm weather best but lives for fall fashion, cultivating a seasonless look gives me the best of both worlds.

If you’re a colour lover, seasonless style might not be right for you. But if you’re looking for a way to simplify getting dressed in the morning, try to focus your shopping on clothes you can wear year round. It will make your mornings infinitely easier!

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Comments

  1. My wardrobe is more or less not divided by seasons as well. I have a couple of maxi dresses that never make it past fall but that’s about it. Now that I think about it, I think the absence of much colour in closet probably assists in that, as you point out. And you’re also right that it makes things much simpler!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. Hello, Cee. I’m finally back and it feels so good to be in a routine again. Apologies I’ve been so quiet, but the last two weeks have been hell-ish to say the least. Would love to find a time to skype soon though… I’ll DM you later today!! <3 As for seasonless style? I've never thought about it. But, I'm finding the idea extremely appealing and I'd love to get there! You know me, such a fan of the capsule wardrobe. And must say, this outfit is SO gorgeous. Loved getting a sneak peek on insta yesterday. Hope your Monday is off to a fine start babe! xo

  3. That is truly the perfect way to describe your style! I think I’m sadly the opposite – I tend to werw very summery, bohemian type clothes in the summer, and winter is mainly simple sweaters and jeans. I think seasonless is a much more sustainable way to dress though, and you inspire me to consider it more!

  4. Lydia was quite right, it is seasonless..
    Living in a year round hot weather country, I always wonder what it would be like to swap closets for different seasons and sometimes even yearn for snow… but it only lasts for 5 minutes.

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