7 Essential Winter-to-Spring Transition Pieces
by Emily & Elizabeth Kennedy
Learn how to easily transition your winter wardrobe to spring with these seven tried-and-true wardrobe pieces every woman should have in her closet. We scoured the blogs of some of our favorite bloggers to find great inspiration for each essential piece.
Spring is always a tricky time of year. One day it’s wet and blustery and all you want to do is throw on a cardigan and curl up next to a fire with a good book, and the next the sun is out, birds are singing, and you’re heading out to the farmers’ market to pick up a fresh bouquet. At this unpredictable time of year, it’s essential that you have a wardrobe that can seamlessly transition between the extremes. That’s easy with a few key pieces that can straddle the line between winter and spring. Before you clear out your closet and pack away your winter wardrobe, set these items aside. They’ll keep you stylish and comfortable no matter the weather!
Everyone has a denim jacket in their closet. It’s a staple piece that is super versatile and will never let you down. During the winter you probably wore yours layered to keep warm. This spring, try throwing on your denim jacket over a floral dress or with a tank and palazzo pants. It’s perfect because you can slip it off if the sun really warms up, but it provides just the right amount of warmth on cool early spring days. See how Darya of TheCabLook pulled off the denim jacket with a leopard-print dress, colored tights and wedges. You could also tie it around your waist as an ode to the ’90s. Either way you decide to wear it, definitely keep it for spring because you’ll need it!
The ankle boot has been on-trend for a while now, and the style isn’t going anywhere any time soon. They were big this winter, but don’t put them away just yet. They can easily be transitioned into this season by wearing them with shorts, skirts, and even dresses. Check out Mary from The Classy Cubicle. We love how she styled these ankle boots with a skirt and button-up shirt. We love wearing ankle boots with a casual dress for a day of shopping or running errands. It’s a simple ensemble that has an effortless but stylish vibe. Or try wearing your ankle boots with a pair of cutoff shorts and a tank top for a boho look. The outfit possibilities are endless.
An open-knit cardigan was a staple during winter, not only for warmth, but for style as well. If you have a stash of lightweight knit cardigans, keep them accessible throughout spring. The nights can get a little chilly and you’ll need something warm. Make sure it is a lightweight style and not too bulky. Cardigans can be worn with everything from cutoff shorts and T-shirts to feminine dresses or rompers. Chelsea, the voice behind Zipped, shows a slouchy gray cardigan over a lightweight tank and chic white denim. Her pastel cross-body bag adds a pop of color to finish off her look and make it spring-appropriate.
Remember those skinny jeans you basically wore all winter long? Well, you still need them. Skinny jeans will be your go-to piece of clothing. They will accompany your blouses, tank tops, T-shirts, and so on. They also pair well with flats, sandals, and heels so it’s really a win-win. I wore a pair of faded black skinny jeans all winter, and I plan on wearing them with my spring pieces as well. They are too comfortable and fit me too well to pack them away. See how Jessica of What I Wore styled these skinny jeans with a blouse and a blazer for a professional look that works for any season.
A chambray shirt can be tied up over a maxi dress, tucked into a maxi skirt, worn with skinny jeans and cutoff shorts or even thrown on as an extra layer over a T-shirt. Based on how many different outfit options you’ll have with this piece, we think it should stick around. Jennifer from Native Fox polished off her patterned shorts with a loose-fitting chambray top for a look that’s perfect for spring.
I don’t know about you, but we often used our rain boots to brave the snow this past winter. Considering it’s April, you’ll definitely put these boots to good use, just like Krystal of Krystal Schlegel did when she wore her rain boots with skinny jeans and loose layers on top. We love styling our rain boots with dresses and skirts for a functional and fashionable ensemble. You could also pair them with your trusty skinny jeans and cute feminine blouse.
You might think a leather jacket is too bulky for spring, but you never know when you’ll face a chilly night out. If you’re wearing a dress and want to add a little edge, just throw on your leather jacket. It will keep you from feeling the chill and add some edgy style to your look. You could even throw it on over a tank with a skirt or shorts. Lorna from Raindrops of Sapphire wore a leather jacket over a fun floral dress. We love the contrast of the floral-print dress and the black leather jacket. A perfect winter-to-spring outfit!
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