It’s torture this time of year: you’re ready for spring but winter won’t let up. Last week we joked about the motto: keep colorful and carry on. But actually there’s something to that… color as a coping mechanism. To see what we mean, read on. First we’ll share 7 key pieces to shop for now—guilt free. Then we’ll show you how to make them work double-time, in both winter and spring.
1. Lighter sweaters. We’re not talking lighter weights, but lighter colors. Reach for cozy knits in pale lavender, dove gray, prettiest ivory, and feel your spirits lift—you’ve taken the first step toward spring. In winter: layer a cream-colored fisherman sweater over a crisp white blouse, blue jeans, and boots. In spring: go slouchy and boho with a sheer skirt and leather sandals.
2. Lightweight vests. If you’re tired of the same old layers you’ve been wearing all winter long, mix things up with a new vest. In winter: wear it over a t-shirt and a jean jacket—plus a Canada Goose parka. In spring: pair it with a plain white t-shirt or a girly floral dress.
3. Shift dresses. Never underestimate the versatility of a dress. We like to think of shift as a blank canvas on which you can accessorize like crazy. In winter: wear it over tights and a turtleneck sweater, with clogs or boots. In spring: strip it down to bare legs, sandals, and a single piece of statement jewelry. In between: anything goes—like this game sneakers-and-cardigan look:
4. White jeans. Speaking of blank canvases: white denim is perfect for playing with color. In winter: we love the look of white jeans with classic winter staples in deep shades of navy, heather gray, hunter green, red buffalo plaid, black. In spring: we say layer on stripes and ikat and embroidery in beautifully bright strokes.
5. Blazers. This has to be the chicest spring jacket. In winter: wear one under a long camel coat to give whatever else you’re wearing a preppy spin. In spring: make it your trademark layer. That means wear it with everything from dresses and boots to jeans and sweaters and Adidas.
6. Clogs. These have a cozy wintery vibe, but they also act like a sandal in spring. In winter: wear them with wool tights, a printed dress, and a soft sweater. In spring: try them with a light blouse and blue jeans.
7. Bright Scarves. Whether it’s warm or cold out, a scarf always feels good around your neck. In winter: choose a bold color to perk up your drab staples. In spring: mix lively prints and patterns. Or, wear a wooly scarf with a silk dress in place of a cardigan.
For more outfit ideas using these same seven styles, read our guide.