Snow is most likely to fall in the UK between January and March, but we can still look forward to warmer weather. While it’s springtime in our minds, and we’re more than ready to wave bye-bye to winter, the reality outside hasn’t quite caught up. Not knowing whether the next day is going to bring sunshine or snow (or both) can make transitioning your wardrobe for spring a little tricky. Here are 5 tips on how to do just that, whilst making sure that you can stay warm and prepared.
In the winter, we tend to sway towards darker, richer colours like burgundy and ochre, or cosy, warm neutrals. As we approach spring, however, it’s time to move away from these and bring in a brighter colour scheme that helps you feel fresh and ready for the changing season. Light greens, yellows, and blues are shades that conjure feelings of renewal and nature – perfect for spring. Pastel shades are also great for achieving a softer image.
London Fashion Week also saw crimson, orange, and peach shades displayed for spring/summer 2023. Bringing in these colours can add an eye-catching vibrance to any outfit if you want to go bolder.
Capture the brightness of spring whilst still wearing pieces in a way that can keep you warm.
Wearing patterns rather than block colours is a great way to add and mix colours to your outfit as we move into (slightly) warmer months.
If you’re feeling particularly springy, try wearing patterns with a natural element, like animal print, leaves, and flowers. It can instantly brighten and add energy to your outfit.
Layering is probably one of the most useful ways you can prepare for unpredictable weather. At this time of year, it’s time to put away the chunky, fluffy jumpers of winter in exchange for thinner, lighter layers.
Concentrate on pieces like cardigans and thin sweaters that can be combined and worn with other garments and switched out depending on the day. One great way to do this is to wear a thin jumper over a shirt or blouse that helps you keep the heat in whilst also being easy to throw off.
No one wants to pull out their big, winter coat when spring is about to start, but there’s a good chance that it’s still chilly enough to need a jacket. The answer to this is to invest in a lighter coat or jacket that’s more in keeping with a spring or summer wardrobe. Think denim, leather, or bomber jackets that can easily be worn for different occasions. And don’t forget to keep a raincoat on hand for those April showers.
Swap out your winter scarves, hats, and gloves for more spring-appropriate accessories.
Lighter scarves can keep you warm whilst helping you to feel less wrapped up and bulky. It can also be a great way to bring patterns and pops of colour to a neutral outfit. Put away the bobble hat in exchange for beanies, berets, or wide-brimmed fedoras. Now’s also the time when it’s no longer weird to carry sunglasses to add a touch of summer to your look. And don’t forget to complete the stylish ensemble with a birdcage umbrella to keep yourself dry.
When we’re still caught in this transitional period, choosing the right footwear can also be a bit of a struggle. After all, the last thing you want is to get cold or soggy feet halfway through your day. If the forecast isn’t quite good enough for flats or ballet pumps, try pairing a midi dress or maxi skirt with chunky boots so you get the best of a spring wardrobe but with footwear that is ready for anything.
Whatever pieces in your winter wardrobe can’t be transitioned for spring, it’s time to pack them away until next year. It will give your wardrobe an instant refresh and it will also help to break you out of the cycle of wearing the same pieces over and over again.
Doing this also gives you the chance to assess what items you might be missing or identify pieces that you’ve not worn for years and probably should just get rid of. You might also rediscover items you may have forgotten you even owned.
Think of transitioning your style as spring-cleaning your wardrobe, as a chance to add more energy and brightness to your style. During this awkward, in-between time, you’ll still need to make sure you wear clothes that will keep you warm. But just remember that the last traces of winter will soon be melting away, and it’s never too early to brighten up your days with a refreshed style.