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


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


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


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


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


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.