10 Transitional Styles for Spring

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The transition from winter to spring can be hard to dress for. One day may be bright and sunny, and the next can bring spring showers. There are, however, specific clothing pieces that can make dressing during the transition easier. These tips will help you get through those few weeks when the weather can be unpredictable.

Transitional Spring Styles:

  1. Switch to a lightweight coat. Trench coats or light jackets are perfect for those weeks when there's still a nip in the air, but wool and down are not necessary anymore. If you want something to fend off spring showers and cool breezes, look for a light jacket with a detachable hood or a trench coat with water-resistant fabric to keep you warm and dry during a drizzle.

  2. Wear button-down shirts. This versatile style of shirt is a necessity for every wardrobe. If it's still getting pretty cold in your area, you can layer a button-down shirt under a sweater or cardigan to go to work on cooler days, and then wear it alone with some layered necklaces, a nice pair of trousers, and heels as the weather starts to warm up.

  3. Accent outfits with bright jewelry. Dressing for the transition from cool to warm weather isn't just about keeping warm. Early spring is the perfect time to start brightening up your wardrobe, even if you are still wearing a coat and boots on cold mornings. Adding a few statement jewelry pieces with color, like a bright pair of earrings or a neon watch, can bring a touch of springtime style to your winter wear.

  4. Pick some bright jeans. A new season calls for a new look, and jeans are one of the easiest ways to switch things up while still staying warm in cooler weather. Colored and printed denim are both perfect for spring, so swap your heavy, dark jeans for a pair of skinnies that pop with color. You can even layer a bright pair of jeans with a blouse and cardigan to look springy without giving up any needed warmth.

  5. Swap your handbag. The easiest way to update your accessories for spring is to go for a new handbag. Trade your classic black for bold with a spring color like turquoise, pink, or bright purple. You can even lighten up by switching a heavy tote or hobo for a lighter-weight satchel or even a pastel clutch. You can clean out your purse and ditch all those gloves, tissues, and tubes of lip balm you've been carrying around all winter long.

  6. Look for ankle boots. A great pair of tall boots is essential in the winter, but for springtime, you can still wear cute boots without all the height by buying a few pairs of ankle booties. They'll still keep your feet warm and dry when it's rainy out, but they won't be too much for the warming weather. For really rainy days, a pair of cute galoshes is ideal, and you can find those in shorter heights, too.

  7. Find the right scarf. Ditch heavy winter knits and opt for a cotton or silk scarf instead for the spring. These lightweight fabrics give you just enough coziness for blustery days, but won't weigh down your look. Plus, these light materials are more breathable when the sun comes out. Wear it knotted around your neck with a cardigan and skirt, or wrap it like a shawl to fend off any chill in the air.

  8. Lighten up your cosmetics. With the change in the seasons comes more sunshine and longer days. The darker, heavier makeup you've been wearing all winter may start to look like too much for the bright spring days. Swap foundation for a tinted moisturizer with SPF and matte eye shadows for ones with a bit of sheer, shimmery color. It's also a great time to lighten up your fragrance; pick scents with light, floral notes.

  9. Pick up some chic shades. All that extra sunshine means your eyes will need a little more protection from UV rays. Look for sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection to save your eyes from UV damage. A pair with polarized lenses helps cut glare, which is essential on sunny spring days after a day of rain. Once you have that covered, our sunglasses buying guide can help you pick a style to complement your face shape.

  10. Go for fresh dresses. The warming weather gives you a little more freedom in your wardrobe. Ditch heavy knits for light, breezy spring dresses. On warmer days, wear a new frock with a cropped cardigan and flats. Then style it with tights, ankle boots, and a blazer for those days when there's a chill in the air. Pick fresh, springtime patterns and colors, like bright florals, and vibrant solids, like yellow or teal.

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