It can be hard to know what to wear on these transitional days as we shift between seasons.
We wake in the morning sensing the chill of fresh Autumn air, but by lunch we're far too warm and wishing we'd worn something lighter and didn't have to drag our coat along with us.
We have a few go-to staples for these shoulder season days as we enjoy time outdoors taking in the changing colours of nature and fresh air.
1. Lightweight waffle-knit layers
Super soft, loose-fitting waffle knits are perfect for their warmth if it's chilly, without being too sweat-inducing if the temperature rises. Our affordable picks are from Uniqlo (also available in men's) and Gap (with many kids options available too).
Will I need a coat? The perpetual question in Autumn. A gilet is the perfect answer when you're not sure. Both down-filled technical gilets (like this) and cheaper microfibre options (like this) offer practicality for every day use at this time of year.
Gilets aren't just for Autumn, keep them handy for an extra layer of warmth under your big coat on those bitter winter days to come. Plus, without sleeves to grow out of they seem to last longer for kids which is always a winner.
3. Infinity Bands
We would be remiss not to mention how an Infinity Band is a staple for us at this time of year as the temperature starts to drop but we aren’t quite ready for the full winter regalia.
They're perfect for all ages too, keeping little people cosy who are resistant to adding layers after a summer of shorts and T-shirts!
The shirt-come-jacket has to be one of the most practical styles around for this time of year, especially with a hoody layered underneath for extra warmth if required.
I picked mine up in Florence + Fred during a grocery shop in Tesco (as you do) but there are plenty on the High Street in varied styles and colours, with the plaid and buffalo check designs perfect as we move into the festive season.
5. Barbour Waxed Jacket
I'll never regret getting a Barbour as my present from all the family for my 30th birthday. It gets a lot of wear as a lighter-weight but lined and comfortable overlayer. It can be made extra cosy with a gilet underneath as the temperature drops. Barbour even make a thermal liner gilet that can zip into some styles.
6. Softshell Raincoats
When you live in Northern Ireland you can expect to endure some rainy Autumn days, so good waterproof layers are a must. In milder conditions, you'll want something that can regulate your temperature underneath. Soft-shell raincoats are great for this. I love my longer length Ilse Jacobsen (although they've become super expensive). Some alternative waterproofs can be found at Rains, Decathlon and Dunnes Stores who all supply great options at varying price points.
There you have our Top 6 items for outdoor life this Autumn. We haven't got started on the array of puffers, parkas, boots and accessories to keep you cosy. Stay tuned for our winter gear guides coming soon.