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3 Effortless Winter-To-Spring Transition Tips You’ll Want To Know About

This post: Three easy + affordable ways to take your wardrobe on a winter-to-spring transition.

Here in the South, the winter-to-spring transition is a tricky thing. One day it’s 30 degrees, the next day the mercury climbs to nearly 80.

The challenge is: Does one dress for winter? Or spring? Or both?

I’m a seasonal capsule girl, which means at least twice a year I do a big wardrobe switch (typically after winter + summer). I’ve learned the hard way that packing away all my winter clothes at the end of February isn’t a good idea. Chances are, I’ll be digging those sweaters + long sleeved tops out of storage within a week… then wanting to pack them back up again.

Here are my three, top winter-to-spring transition tips. I’ve found that these hacks make the seasonal switch as effortless as possible… or, at least not crazy making. *wink*

#1 Invest in layering pieces.

This is probably the most obvious + important hack. Rotating layering basics throughout the seasons will literally extend the life of your outfits for weeks or months.

For example, a cotton, spring dress can be worn with a denim jacket + warm pair of tights on a cold day.

cotton maxi :: denim jacket :: Sarah Flint Natalie flats

Or, pair a lightweight top with a pair of jeans + puffer vest – the vest can easily come off if the weather grows warm in the afternoon.

Breton top :: puffer vest :: flared jeans :: cinnamon Rothy’s

Layering pieces I rely on for the winter-to-spring transition:

navy long sleeve HalfTee :: cashmere sweater vest :: navy Rothy’s

#2 Focus on colors + prints.

If you feel anxious for a spring look but live in a cold climate where winter drags on for months, redefine spring! Maybe spring can look like a warm, cashmere sweater in a lovely lilac + a warm pair of jeans + flats.

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Or, pull a bright, wool coat over your winter outfit for a pop of color.

A few ways to usher in spring via colors + prints:

  • Invest in light colored coats
  • Add a pop of color with bright or pastel nail polish
  • Tie a silk scarf in your hair or on your hand bag
  • Wear pearls or other “bright” jewelry
  • Switch out the browns + blacks for neutrals, white, or navy
  • Wear tops or dresses with polka dots, stripes, or florals
  • Find a few “happy colors” you love + wear them often
  • Switch from black or dark wash jeans to light wash
  • Wear white (yes, before Memorial Day)
  • Go pastel or bold with color block outfits
  • Carry a handbag with a pop of color or white

pearls + a pop of pink
wool sweater :: short skirt :: tights :: teal Rothy’s

#3 Make a statement with shoes.

This hack builds on the last tip, but shoes can “scream” the season in subtle or bold ways. When it’s still too cold to show off your manicure with open toed pumps + slides, look for other ways to give spring a nod with your foot ware.

Winter-to-spring-transition shoes:

  • White sneakers
  • Sparkly pumps or boots (especially in bright or bold colors)
  • White leather pumps or sling backs
  • Pretty rain boots
  • Flats in soft pastels or pretty prints (Rothy’s are my favorite)
  • Pumps or kitten heels in bright colors

White sneakers are a perfect winter-to-spring transition shoe!
Soludos white sneakers :: perfect winter-to-spring transition shoe
Wear leather slides for a pop of white with your spring outfits.
A pop of white :: Sarah Flint Natalie Slings
Pink kitten heels - the just right winter-to-spring transition shoes.
Pretty in pink :: Lutana kitten heels from DSW

Let Me Know!

How do you transition from winter to spring? What do you love to wear? Where do you live? xo

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  1. Spring in NY is usually cold, wet even icy, so I need all of these tips! I’ve been trying to find more warm clothes in bright or pastel colors, but haven’t thought about rain boots or other weather friendly spring shoes. They’re on my wishlist! Xo Nipa

    1. Nipa, it’s been wet + chilly (cold for us) here lately too… although the ice is likely behind us for the season. I love my happy rain boots! Saving the pretty sandals and open toed slings for warmer days ahead…