Transitioning Your Winter Wardrobe to Spring
Although the calendar and the stores say it’s spring, you may not be enjoying spring-like conditions yet. One day it feels likes spring and the next day the winds are blowing and you’re pulling your collar up to guard against the chill. To get you through this ever-changing period, here are some ideas for transitioning your winter wardrobe to spring.
Ease into it
Look in your closet and pull out anything that looks too wintry. The easy pieces to spot are fur-trimmed items in dark colors, thick tweed jackets or pants, and anything thick like wide wale corduroys, heavy wool pants, bulky cable knit wool and turtleneck sweaters. Be sure you have your woolens cleaned first and then, put them away for next year. One little splatter of juice that goes uncleaned could invite a moth infestation. Also, be sure to pack them in cedar or sachets with herbs to keep them safe over the next few months.
Minimize the darkness
Escape the winter doldrums by changing your color palette. Take out all the dark colors that seem gloomy to you right now. Place them on your bed and now look into your closet again. Are there enough lighter or brighter colors in warm pieces that will get you through the next month? If not, put back a few dark pieces, ones that are neutral and less season-specific, like a cashmere sweater you could wear in May if you need to.
Lean on your layering pieces
Even though there still may be a cold snap or two, you can easily add multiple layers like flat knits, quilted vests, and scarves. Layer heat tech pieces under your clothes. These thin pieces are the latest in technology and take the place of thermal underwear. They generate heat but eliminate the bulk.
Some other wardrobe tricks include wearing a buttoned up cardigan over your blouse and under your blazer. If it starts to warm up in the day, remove the cardigan or the blazer. You’ll still look dressed for the day. Wear a V-neck sweater over your dress so it looks like you’re wearing a skirt and a sweater. Add a silk twill scarf at the neck. If you get warm during the day, remove the sweater and the scarf and you’re back to wearing the dress by itself.
When possible start using your trench coat with the quilted lining instead of your heavy wool coats. And then, when it warms up, take the lining out.
Break into your spring stash
Pull out any long-sleeved cotton or silk knit tops. Start using these under cardigans or swing jackets. While you’re at it, bring out a couple of spring dresses that you can pair with boots, leggings and a sweater. Your jean jackets can be worn over maxi skirts with heavy socks under them and boots. Or wear lighter shades of denim like rolled up jeans with wool socks and ankle boots. Pull out your cotton scarves and start wearing them in place of your wool ones.
If you’re sick of what you’ve been wearing for the last few months, it may be difficult to make decisions on your own. Let me help you with transitioning your winter wardrobe into spring. I’ll strategize and make those decisions with you, setting you up for a wardrobe you’re happy with right now. Call, email or text and we’ll get started.