Melanie Morris - Top Tip's

Transitional dressing in Ireland is a bit of a misnomer as we can never be sure of what climate we’re actually dressing for! With this in mind, a light coat is a really smart investment as it can be a handy layer or the central focus of an outfit.  I love the Jackie O style of matching dress and coat, but equally, a lighter weight coat works beautifully when teamed with a jumpsuit and strappy sandals for an instant, totally directional look.

Got a favourite summer dress you can’t bring yourself to retire yet? Update it with killer new accessories. I love Só Collective at Kildare Village because all the stock is created by edgy Irish designers, and produced in small enough numbers to be exclusive, without a corresponding price tag. A hat, statement necklace, scarf, wrap or bag from there will bring new personality and life to a treasured staple piece.

The idea of a ‘hosiery wardrobe’ sounds old fashioned, but as we see the return of sheer ­ tights and stockings in an array of colours and textures, mixing up legwear can totally transform your look. Right now, we’re loving 15 deniers, fishnets and giant spots with everything.

There can be such a tendency to dress for an occasion when transitioning from season to season, rather than dressing in a way that amplifies your personal taste. This year, break loose and decide you’ll only buy pieces that you truly love, and ones that make you happy; you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll wear them. What’s more, big days and nights out become far more enjoyable when you’re feeling great in your new finds.

Finally, don’t forget the basics. Put together a weekend or working wardrobe that you love, and you’ll feel ready for anything. Include classic & investment pieces and refresh your wardrobe with fabrics such as silk. Personal shopping is a great way to assemble a wardrobe that pulls its weight, so book an appointment early in the season and make the most of the months ahead.