Spring is just a few days away and as the weather gets nicer and the days get longer, we’re all so anxious to sport our new stylish outfits. I am amazed at how eager people are at shaving off their layers of clothes the moment there’s a slightly warm day after the long winter. It’s like the moment there’s a hint at any warmth after a succession of cold days, we see people walking around in shorts and t-shirts.
There’s no quick transition, so to speak, from winter to spring, and I completely get it – we’re all sick of the cold weather by the time March roles around and we want change. We want warmth, sunny days, green grass and blooming flowers.
But unless you’re a snow bunny, for the rest of us unfortunately, we have to deal with this slow changing weather. On the bright side, there are plenty of ways to still look stylish while being comfortable during the transition.
Here are a few things I recommend that will keep you looking fabulous as we wait for spring to catch up with us.
Light Jackets & Trench Coats
I’ve seen many people who walk out their homes with a coat on one day, and the next day, they’re wearing maybe a sweater or a long sleeve tee. While this may be comfortable for a few, most people aren’t sure what to wear for those ‘in-between’ days. Don’t not wear a coat but instead, switch to something a bit lighter such as a non-wool jacket or a trench coat. This way you’re not feeling stuffed and you don’t have to lug a heavy coat if you decide to take it off.
Bufandas Colorblock Cotton Scarf of Spain (Buy here)
Pair up a light jacket or trench coat with a cozy cotton scarf. I love spring scarves because they’re so lightweight and come in an assortment of colors. Another benefit with cotton scarves vs the wool, heavier winter ones is that you don’t have to deal with all that static! If you have long hair like me, and you keep your hair down from time to time, putting on a wool scarf can be a nightmare. You can also tuck the scarf inside the front of your jacket without looking overly poofy.
Sweaters over button down shirts
Pairing a button down shirt with a sweater is one of my go-to ensembles. I especially like combining the two when I have a button down shirt that fit a little big on me. The thickness of the sweater gives you a more fitted look. If you like wearing your sweater and button down combo with a pair of jeans or leggings, you can leave the blouse untucked and showing a bit out of the sweater. If you’re pairing this with a skirt, I recommend tucking it in.
Chunky Sweater layered over leggings
This look is so stylish and so easy to put together. If you’ve got a pair of black leggings then any color or patterned sweater works well. My favorite looks is a gray or white chunky, cable knit sweater over a pair of ankle zip leggings and a pair of flats. You can also layer your sweater over a collared shirt for that preppier look.
Beanies, Fedoras and Floppy Hats
Don’t really have time to fix up your hair? No problem. Just put on a trendy fedora to complete your look. These hat styles are perfect for that winter-to-spring transition and go great with just about any look. Pair it up with a turtleneck or chunky cardigan for that casual, chic look.
Hats have grown on me over the years. I used to not wear them at all, not even in the winter times, because I always ended up with hat hair. I’ve learned the key to avoiding hat hair is to not necessarily get one that is very fitted on your head. Make sure there’s a bit of room so that your hair can breathe. This is especially the case with fedoras and floppy hats. If necessary, perhaps try going a size up. As for beanies and scarf hats, try stretching them out a bit by placing them over a basketball or soccer ball for a few hours. Also, if they need washing, make sure to wash under cold water and by hand and let air dry to avoid scrunching up.
Ankle & Mid Calf Booties
Left to right:
Michael Kors Suede Brown Shearling Lace Up Boots (Old)
Soft Faux Leather Martin Boots (Buy here)
One of my favorite late winter/early spring early spring bootie style to wear are fur-trimmed mid-calf boots similar to the pair shown in the image above (by Michael Kors) but in leather instead of suede. I’ve gotten way too many compliments on these bad boys. I absolutely love them! They go great with skinny jeans or leggings.
Over-sized Scarf Ponchos
Colorblock Thick Sweater Scarf (Can be monogrammed too!) (Buy here)
Not to be mistaken with a regular poncho (which I think are equally as stylish), a scarf poncho is worn like a scarf but is kind of like a throw blanket with arm space. If you’re not in the mood to wear a jacket or trench, or you’re wearing a thick sweater, or you simply want to show off your legs/bottom wear, then a scarf poncho is a great alternative. The sweater scarf above can be monogrammed with the initials of your choice!
If you don’t already own a turtleneck of some kind in your wardrobe, maybe it’s time to treat yourself A turtleneck can make a great staple item to your wardrobe. Another great thing about turtlenecks is that they go with just about any piece you pair them with (including the 7 previous things I’ve mentioned above). They go great with a sweater scarf and some knee high boots, for example. Or with just a pair of leggings and flats (or fur trimmed ankle boots!). I like the tighter fitting turtlenecks more than the thicker ones because sometimes I like to later it with another sweater.
These are 8 trends that I am very excited to sport in the next few days as the weather starts to get warmer here in New England. Hopefully these trends have sparked some inspiration for you. Do you have a stylish option in mind for the winter to spring transition? I’d love to hear it!
Christine from Bynmix