The Dos & Don’ts of Transitioning your Seasonal Wardrobe

Posted Monday May 5, 2014 8:45 AM GMT

With a change in the seasons comes a complete wardrobe overhaul. The pieces we trusted to keep us comfy and cozy all winter long are now being retired for those that show some skin and boast a lot more color and pizzazz.

While the majority of cold-weather goods are prime for packing away, there are a handful of threads in every fashionistas arsenal we suggest keeping around for a few months longer. Read on for some tips and tricks on how you can make a seamless winter-to-spring transition.

Don’t pack everything away. Cable knits have had their day in the … snow, but loose-knit sweaters and tailored trousers can still be worn in the spring — especially at night or during the chillier days. The key here is to maintain a balance. You obviously wouldn’t wear one with the other. Instead, pair your long-sleeved top with high-wasited cutoffs, or wear a slinky tank with your skinnies and heels. Remember: If you show skin up top, cover up on the bottom and vice versa.

Do usher in more color. Don’t get us wrong — we love classic black pieces and neutral palettes, but this is the best time of year to wear your brightest brights with pride. Invest in funky neon threads and pretty pastels to really help your wardrobe pop! Another hue we suggest you welcome into your closet is Radiant Orchid — the official ‘it’ color for 2014.

Don’t pack away your light-weight scarves. You can actually wrap them in a variety of different ways to complement your warm-weather duds. We love how they look when worn with a simple t-shirt or flirty sundress. You can also easily manipulate the shape of a large, silk scarf and transform it into a chic, spring shawl. Here’s how:

1. Fold your scarf in half.
2. Hold up each end with both hands, then tie the two ends together at the top.
3. Once pulled taut, separate and open.
4. You’ll discover two arm holes.
5. Slip it on and dress it up with a statement necklace and/or belt!

Do pack away heavy coats. We know, we know, it’s going to be hard to watch that gorgeous peacoat go in to hibernation. But you weren’t actually planning on busting it out in May — were you? We didn’t think so. Instead, invest in a light-weight outerwear options. Our fave? A classic trench.

Don’t forget about tights. We suggest you get as much wear out of your stockings as you can! In fact, this particular accessory is one of the greatest transitional options around. It allows you to break in your shorts and dresses, without bearing too much skin right away. They’re also a fantastic way to stretch your everyday looks to work appropriate getups. Throw some opaque tights underneath dress shorts and pair with a blazer for a professional, yet chic 9-to-5 ensemble.

Do keep your boots out. No, not your snow boots, silly. Your ankle and riding styles! These footwear varieties fit perfectly into spring, as we’re still wearing pants the majority of the time. However, they look equally as trendy when worn with a flirty, casual dress.

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