Although the March equinox is officially the start of the new season, the Easter weekend typically hails the palpable start to autumn. It is a period for light jackets, jumpers and other warmer clothes, although it’s not quite time to crack out the heavy coats just yet.

Don’t get caught off-guard by the erratic behaviour that the weather tends to exhibit this time of year – these five autumn staples are perfect for in-between weather.

1. A light cardigan

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Great for throwing on over a T-shirt or for buttoning up over a more formal shirt, a light cardigan – preferably made from breathable, natural materials like merino wool – is ideal for transitional weather.

2. Plaid shirts

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No, this type of attire isn’t only reserved for the lesbians. Lumberjack chic is a thing, and the thicker consistency of plaid is great for when it’s not too hot, but not too cold, either.

3. Dark chinos

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Darker chinos in the hues of autumn (think burgundy, navy and dark greens) are great for making the passage from shorts to longer pants.

4. A lightweight scarf

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While the weather isn’t quite cold enough to justify bulky scarves, a lightweight scarf takes off the chill and gives you a fashion edge.

5. An overshirt

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Miss Rhode Island had it right when she described her perfect date as April 25th, “Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” An overshirt is the light jacket you need for days that are still warm, although the mornings and evenings have a bit of a bite.