Around this time of year phrases like ‘trans-seasonal’ and ‘pre-fall’ are bandied around with gay abandon. I’m just as guilty as any editor or fashion journalist of using terminology that plays fast and lose with the English language. As dubious as fashion speak can appear, it describes pieces that provide an instant update and will still work when winter hits. The most useful wardrobe refresher is the humble blouse, preferably adorned with embroidery, ruffles and pussy bows. If that seems a little too ‘Miss Havisham’, there are plenty of paired back versions available. I like how versatile a blouse can be; great for work when styled with a tailored jacket and pants, lovely on the weekend with jeans or on a warm day with a flowing skirt or denim cut offs.