Making the Transition: Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Wardrobe

By Sharon Mosley

April 30, 2019 4 min read

After an icy winter and rainy spring, we're all ready to pop out of our parkas and into tank tops and tankinis. But before we bare our fashion souls, there may be a few chilly days left to remind us that summer isn't quite here yet. Here are a few quick and easy ways to make the transition between spring and summer while you're dreaming of beach days to come.

— Freeze the furs. Put away the fluffy furs and lighten up on heavy outerwear. Instead, rely on the always-classic trench to take you through spring showers in style. A camel-colored trench coat in a three-quarter length is the perfect transitional companion for everything in your wardrobe, from sleeveless dresses to T-shirts and jeans.

— It's all about "Me!" Take a cue from Taylor Swift's new song and its colorful video filled with pastel Easter eggs, butterflies, hearts and rainbows. Add some joy to your own closet with a refreshing spring palette of pinks, yellows and blues. Even just slipping a new pair of pale pink beribboned mules on your feet will make you want to sing and dance.

— Ease into white. White is the all-time classic neutralizer for spring and summer wardrobes. A white pair of wide-leg pants or skinny jeans mixes and matches with winter staples such as black turtlenecks as well as the season's latest candy-colored blazers. Put white basics at the top of your list to lighten up everything in this transitional season. You'll wear them right into summer.

— Don't forget sweaters. Lightweight cardigans and sweater vests are lifesavers in cool weather, layered over off-the-shoulder tops or short-sleeves. They can also do double duty when wrapped around bare shoulders or tied around the waist. Knit ponchos and long wrap scarves also make great chill-chasers.

— Go the shorter route. Long flowing trousers and maxi skirts may easily transition from the office to the beach, but shorter, cropped pants can fast-track a warm-weather look, too. Ankle-length pants look great with a pair of winter shooties or flat boots. Culottes are another way to get a leg up on the new season ahead.

— Get it in print. There's nothing more like a breath of fresh air than giving your neutral winter basics a touch of hothouse florals, tropical palms or watercolor graphics. Whether you add a splashy blouse to your year-round suit or an artsy tunic top to your leggings, larger-than-life patterns wake up an everyday outfit and get you ready for warm weather.

— Step into the light. The black and dark blues we've been hiding behind all winter may be easily brightened up with lighter whites, creams and sandy hues. Switch up your denim and transition into lighter washes. Dress up with longer jackets and wear your socks with sandals or dress down with sporty white sneakers. Then, in a month or two, hopefully, it will be time to break out the flip-flops. Then you'll know summer has arrived!

Transition into spring and summer with light-wash denim and creamy neutrals. Jacket and jeans from H&M.
Transition into spring and summer with light-wash denim and creamy neutrals. Jacket and jeans from H&M.

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