At this time of year, the weather can change frequently, and not just simply from day to day. You might wake up and look out the window and see that the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, but as soon as you step foot out of the door, you’ll find that the wind is howling through the air and a deep chill has set in. So how do you know what to wear when the weather can be so different from one hour to the next? Well, the trick is not to completely convert your wardrobe from winter to summer straightaway; you need to make the transition gradually, bringing in spring trends one item at a time. Here is some advice on how to make the transition from your winter wardrobe to a spring one.
Start to bring in spring colors slowly. While winter wardrobes may be filled with darker shades, spring is the time for hopeful and fun pastels and prints. While it may not be appropriate to break out the flower tops and retro sunglasses, you can start to incorporate color into your darker outfits with some well-placed accessories. For example, you could add a light pink or cherry colored scarf to your outfit, which will keep you warm in the cold weather, but that you can also remove if the sun happens to make a (presumably) short-lived appearance. Shoes are also a great way to add a pop of color to your look while keeping the rest of your wardrobe in neutral tones. However, it’s not quite the time to be bringing out open-toed shoes or flip-flops quite yet, so don’t go too overboard.
The trick with unpredictable weather is to make outfit choices with will enable you to warm up and cool down with ease. Often people are afraid of layers in case it makes them appear ‘frumpy,’ but you can be creative with your layering techniques. For example, Pizazz Boutique has a lot of options for winter/spring that you can wear around this time of year, which you can then make more versatile by wearing a t-shirt underneath to add warmth and personality to your look. Alternatively, you could add a cardigan or blazer over the top, or even both on particularly cold days. In particular, shirtdresses are an all year round item which you can dress up or down to create a multipurpose look. Rather than hiding your layers under one another (such as by wearing a strappy top that can’t be seen underneath a t-shirt) show off your layers, as this will make your look more dynamic.
However, there are some things you should take into account when mixing and matching winter and spring items. For example, try to avoid wearing summer dresses with winter boots together, as these sorts of items clash. You are much better off sticking to knitted dresses and tights if you plan on wearing boots at this time of year. Alternatively, wear warmer layers up top, rock some ankle boots and keep your legs bare to help you regulate your body temperature when going between cold streets and heat filled office buildings. Wearing leggings is a great neutral ground if you want to keep your legs warm, be comfortable and go about your daily life with ease. You should also try to avoid wearing contradictory summer and winter accessories together. Adorning sunglasses and peep toe shoes would look strange if you are also sporting a thick scarf, coat, and gloves – either it is warm enough to have your toes on show or it is too cold to go glove-less, the choice is yours.
While winter prints tend to be bolder, they are also darker in design. Forgo the chunky flower designs and monochromatic patchwork prints for something a touch more delicate. Try to transition into soft floral designs which come in brighter and warmer colors. Macro-floral patterns are well suited to spring wardrobes, and you can break these up with heaver blocks of color if you feel like these designs might be too summery for you at this time of year. Stripes are another great pattern to incorporate into your wardrobe, and they can be mixed and matched in your outfits and accessories. Vertical candy stripes are particularly popular as a fun and playful design to incorporate into daily fashion. So far, 2018 has been all about making statements, and that doesn’t stop at your wardrobe. Logo prints are definitely in and are a fun way to express yourself and what you believe in, so look for those statement pieces which you can relate to and wear with pride.
The materials that you wear are incredibly important for comfort and style, especially at this time of year. While it may seem incredibly bold, sheer clothing is being incorporated more and more into fashion designs this year, especially on runway shows, and this is something which can create a unique and flexible style when used correctly. Oversized sheer tops and hoodies can be worn over vests and bandeaus to create a laid back but fashionable look. Sheer body-suits are also in right now, and these can easily be layered over the top with jackets and coats: fur and faux-fur coats are always a bold statement choice which could work well with a look like this. Denim is another material which is in fashion right now and can be found in a variety of densities depending on whether you are looking for warmth or style. At this time of year, throwing on a simple pair of jeans is a good starting point for a laid-back winter/spring look, and then you can dress up or down from there as appropriate.
These are just a few styling tips which you may, or may not, want to include into your wardrobe and outfit choices over the next few months. Fashion is incredibly personal, so it is really up to you how you go about making the winter to spring transition this year.