My closet has its fair share of seasonal pieces: the thickest woolly sweater from Iceland (something that only makes sense in Iceland, Michigan, or maybe on ski trips), a floaty little mini dress with a tendency to fly up (works only at the beach…or in Barcelona), a majorly puffed-sleeve top (I can’t be the only one who cannot layer this piece) — just to name a few.
And then there are my closet workhorses.
Some (like my black cashmere turtleneck) are workhorses because I wear them over&over&over again, but only during Their Season To Shine. Other pieces made the list because they’re seasonless, pieces that can be easily warmed up with layers in the winter, but are cool enough for summer’s heat.
If you’re concerned with cost-per-wear, these seasonless pieces are especially useful.
About a year ago, the Philly TME team sat down and started brainstorming a list of 10-15 of the most seasonless pieces. We were looking for pieces that felt fresh and current and unexpected (no obvious ‘white t-shirts’ thankyouverymuch)…but we were also looking for pieces that could be styled year-round.
The results of that initial brainstorming session have finally come together in our special Newsletter-only guide, 20 Pieces You Really Can Wear Year-Round. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy, subscribe to our newsletter here.
One of the twenty pieces mentioned in our guide is a lightweight cotton peasant top. I found the perfect one at Voloshin (a brand that made our sustainable shortlist) and have been wearing the heck out of it these last few months…and plan to keep wearing it well into winter. (Happily, it’s also on sale.)
How I Wear Peasant Tops Now (Warm or Warm-ish Weather)
I love what peasant tops do for short denim cut-offs — even when carrying beer and dill pickle chips (ha!). Because this top covers so much, it’s a perfect balance for leggy denim shorts. And the long sleeves lean in a decidedly ‘fall’ direction, even if the temps haven’t yet caught onto the change of seasons.
That said, a cotton voile peasant top is both roomy and airy, so cool enough for *most* of the summer, too.
I love layering peasant tops. Stick a turtleneck underneath (usually I go with a black turtleneck, but I was trying to branch out a bit), and add a pair of flares. This combo totally works tucked into skinnies (and OTK boots) too, but the ’70s vibe from the flares is especially current.
If it were the dead of winter, I’d throw a wool topper over this combo, but since it’s still fall, a trench works just as well.
And by “still fall” I mean 80+ degrees so….yeah. I just posed with that trench coat. You guys get the idea.
top (on sale!) *sustainable pick* | similar turtleneck | jeans (on sale!) | jacket (on sale!) | shoes | similar bag
similar turtleneck (plus and regular sizes) | similar jeans (plus and regular sizes – on sale!) | I also have these jeans — they’re more of a true flare, rather than a trouser, but the waist is nice and high. Both are pretty great.