Spring has officially sprung! I’m bouncing off the walls in excitement. It is almost impossible to believe that what felt like a 100-year winter is finally behind us. Woohoo! Excitement notwithstanding, the new season of spring comes with it an awkward weather phase that some of us may struggle to dress for. Is it meant to be a hot day? Will the temperature be leaning towards the chilly side? Will the weather be something in between warm and cold? How can I figure out how to dress the part? What on earth should I wear that will be weather appropriate? So many questions! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left home in a winter coat this spring, only to be almost roasted to a crisp by the sun’s scorching rays midway through the day. Alternatively, I have left home in a lightweight outfit, only to face the wrath of old man winter making one last attempt to show us who’s the cold boss. Let’s face it, dressing for early spring can be quite challenging, but the good news is that it does not have to be a hair pulling, aggravating experience.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I am the first to admit that I detest winter weather–but I love the fashion. Yes, I know it is quite the paradox, but hey, I said what I said. *chuckles*. I love the idea of layering and creating unique stylish looks with coats, blazers, ankle boots and hats. So, my friends, that aspect of winter I will miss, but the biting cold, not so much. It, therefore, goes without saying that I struggle to let go of statement winter pieces when spring sets in. Thankfully, that’s where transitioning key style pieces comes into play. Fast forward to today’s look where I paired a lightweight fabric dress, a blazer dress to serve as a coat and ankle boots for an overall flirty and chic look.
The dress, which falls over my knees, (I am 5’8 for reference) is just what the style masters ordered for a fun spring look. I love the ruffle hem detail, which adds an additional layer of feminine allure. The vertical stripes, even though wide and bold, give an optical illusion of length and do not add any additional bulk to the frame. Because the fabric is an airy chiffon-like material, the long sleeves are comfortable even on warmer days. It is for this reason that I will still be able to wear it in the sweltering heat of the upcoming summer months.
This is actually a blazer dress that I fashioned as a coat for the purpose of creating this look. It took the whole outfit up an extra style notch. It just goes to show that just because a style piece is labeled a certain way, does not mean that you are limited to wearing it in that one manner. It is perfectly alright to experiment and test out different styling options. (NB. See the coat in the video at the beginning of this post).
The Ankle Boots
These boots were a staple in my winter wardrobe due to the effortless style statement they make. I’ve always loved the combination of dresses and boots; therefore, donning this pair with an airy spring dress was a no-brainer. The overall look is versatile and can be worn to a wide array of events, ranging from casual Friday at work to a weekend brunch. The possibilities are limitless!
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In the spirit of spreading spring style cheer, the following are additional key pieces that you can transition from winter to spring:
You can pair a hat with any outfit, for an additional element of style. Hats come in a wide variety of designs so you can custom-create a look that best suits the vibe you are trying to emit. Some of my favorite winter to spring headpieces are fePanamaand Panama hats.
2. Trench coats
For spring, you could consider wearing a trench coat as a dress. Pair it with a pair of ankle boots, loafers, or heels for a sophisticated, sultry look. Alternatively, just throw said trench coat over a top and skirt, or a dress and you are all set.
You can put away your winter gloves, but hold off on packing away your scarves…at least the lightweight ones. A bright colored scarf over a short or long sleeved tee and a pair of jeans can jazz up an outfit and take it from simple to fun. Alternatively, you can wear a scarf as a headwrap. It’s a great way to repurpose what you already have in your closet.
4. Knit dresses
Spring weather is still cool enough to wear a fabulous knit dress, sans any leggings you may have donned it with in the winter season. You won’t need a coat either as knit dresses are more often than not made of heavy fabric. If versatility is what you seek, you will be pleased to know that you can pair a knit dress with all manner of footwear from flats, sandals, sneakers, to heels.
In some locations, spring may be a little warm for chunky knit sweaters. However, you can get away with donning a lightweight sweater with let’s say a pair of jeans, a skirt, or over a dress. Sweaters and cardigans are perfect layering pieces as the temperatures transition from winter to spring.
I look at spring as the preparation season. If you a summer fanatic like I am, spring is the time to get ready; I look at it as the season of preparation. It entails a few months of gradually easing yourself into the summer months, also known as the season of less skin coverage. Wouldn’t it be something if we went straight from heavy layers and puff jackets in winter, to mini skirts and bikinis in the blink of an eye? Lol. That would be a major jolt to the system, wouldn’t you say? Spring serves as a bridge between weather extremes.
If your sense of style had been on a hiatus for the winter, this is the time to get it out of hibernation and resume your maximum ‘slayage’ mode. I am definitely looking forward to creating more spring looks with pieces from winter wardrobe. Stay tuned for more winter to spring transition looks. Spring has sprung; we must take charge and refuse to let our style be hamstrung by the often unpredictable weather. Now, go forth and be dapper, friends!