Updated: Mar 23
As winter slowly fades away, it's time to start thinking about how you can transition your wardrobe for the upcoming spring season. However, the weather has been more up and down than a Saks Fifth Avenue elevator on a Saturday, so it's hard to embrace spring when it's sometimes still cold. While there are plenty of timeless classics that you can keep in rotation year-round (i.e. your capsule wardrobe), there are some slight adjustments you can make to your wardrobe that will make the shift smooth and fashionable. From lightening up you color palette to smart layering, here is a guide on how to seamlessly adapt your style to spring, regardless of the weather.
Tip # One: Lighten Up Your Color Palette
In order to transition your style to spring, lightening up your color palette is essential. While the classic black-and-white combo might be timeless and always in style, it's time to add some more brightness and vibrancy into your wardrobe. This doesn't mean you have to go out and buy an entirely new set of clothes though; start by replacing the darker hues in your outfits with lighter shades. For example, switch out your dark wash jeans for a pair of faded blue denim, or layer a pastel blazer over a cream blouse instead of wearing all black. Adding pops of color like muted pinks, creams, beige, greens and light blues also adds dimension to any look. If you're still skeptical about spring colors, try embracing prints with floral or abstract designs - they can be subtle but still add a touch of seasonal flair.
Tip # Two: Add Unexpected Layers
Adding unexpected layers to create a dynamic and seasonal look is a great way to transition your style for the spring. Instead of layering with larger coats and scarves, try adding layers underneath like a collared shirt under a sweater or a t shirt under a button down with a lightweight jacket. For example, try pairing a lightweight turtleneck under a graphic t-shirt for a laid back, cool look. A denim jacket or blazer can also be layered over a simple tee and wide leg trousers for an ultra-modern take on spring style. When incorporating these extra layers, focus on materials such as cotton and linen - they don't add too much bulk but still offer enough warmth in case of cooler temperatures. And don't forget about footwear either; swapping out boots for sandals or mules adds an instant dose of springtime chic.
Tip # 3: Mix in Traditional "Spring/Summer" Items
I love mixing an ultra feminine floral piece with a more structured, edgy piece to create a super dynamic and seasonal look. Adding a dress or skirt to your wardrobe for the spring is an easy and fashionable way to incorporate seasonal style. A lightweight, flowy midi dress is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring, as it can be easily layered to keep you warm in cooler temperatures. Try pairing a long sleeve cardigan or blazer with the dress, and then accessorize with a belt around the waist for added definition. If a dress isn’t your style, you can also opt for skirts - when wearing skirts/dresses in colder temperatures though, make sure to layer them with opaque tights or a silk base layer legging; this will ensure that you stay comfortable and stylish throughout the day.
No matter the temperature, transitioning your style to spring doesn't have to be a daunting task. By lightening up your color palette and adding unexpected layers - like collared shirts under sweaters or denim jackets over trousers - you can create unique looks that are both fashionable and seasonally appropriate. Incorporating traditional "spring/summer" items such as dresses, skirts, sandals and mules is also an easy way to add seasonal flair while still staying warm in cooler temperatures. With these simple tips in mind, you'll be able to seamlessly transition your wardrobe for the upcoming season with ease!
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