I know I mentioned at the start of March that I thought the weather had turned a bit, but that was a lie because we’ve had the most amazing Indian summer up until now. Think super hot, near 30° days, and remaining very warm at night still (hovering around 21°-22°). I think we even broke some state records for the month of March.
As I’m writing this though, it’s grey out and a much chillier 15°. It’s not cold enough for me to want to wear socks (and I can get out of bed without squealing in the cold) but it’s definitely feeling more autumnal now than for the past few weeks before.
In this sort of weather then, what is a really good transitional item to wear that keeps you both warm but cool too?
Enter – the knitted tee.
Finely spun wool (whether that be merino, cashmere etc) has the properties of normal wool but with less heft, rather like lightweight denim. Less heft of course means you stay nice and cool if it heats up a bit, but when it’s overcast you still feel warm enough.
I am loving this merino rib boyfriend sweater tee by Grana. It’s a late addition to the autumn wardrobe when the weather turned and I realised that while it’s not quite cold enough to break out the huge jumpers yet, it’s just not warm enough to make do with a normal cotton tee, and I needed another option.
Grana’s merino wool is super light but also incredibly soft and bouncy. The give in this wool nearly alarms me because I feel like it’ll stretch out too easily, but wool itself is quite springy and the fibres do return to form.
This cut and the silhouette are quite new shapes for me; I know in another post I mentioned that I hated hi-lo hems (“mullet cuts of the sartorial world”) but this tee kind of needs the indirect definition the uneven hem gives here because despite it being ribbed, the tee sits breezily away from the body and doesn’t hug like many rib designs usually would. The shorter front also means front tucking is not necessary, and frankly the less material I need to shove down into my pants, the better.
My other favourite material for this transitional period is of course silk-cashmere, provided by Grana again, this time in the form of their boyfriend tee. This is basically the short sleeve version of their boyfriend crew neck jumper, which I covered in my summer capsule here. It has the same flattering boat neck line and slim fitted sleeves (so beware those with ripped arms and shoulders).
It’s lightweight, perfect for funny, in between temperatures that are neither here nor there, and because of the slim profile of the silk-cashmere combination, layers really well underneath other clothes. It does have a stepped hem line too, but I’ve come to peace with that. Paired with high waisted jeans and the vibe is nicely feminine and not too shapeless and boxy.
I know a few comments of these sorts of tees is that you can’t lift your arms without showing your midriff. If that bothers you then you’ll either have to a) deal with it, b) wear high waisted bottoms, or c) wear another layer underneath for modesty. Personally I don’t mind a bit of midriff at the moment because it’s still warm enough to deal with bare skin, and if you’re having issues with your tummy tum tum, well learn to embrace it because it’s your tummy!