Its officially spring. Changes in the weather also mean updates to our closets and we couldn’t be more excited to shift away from boots, sweaters and heavy jackets. We’re ready to wear leather sandals, tiny shorts or anything that screams: is it Spring Break yet?
But before we dry out from the winter rain, we have to go through those few temperamental weeks sandwiched between two seasons. Also known as the hardest time of year to dress for.
Here are some tried and tested transitional pieces you may already have in your closet or you might want to invest in to tide you over.
The Leather Jacket
This is the one piece that I always tell my clients that they need year-round, but especially during the transitional season.
In the winter you can wear a leather jacket layered with a thick sweater, paired with jeans and warm boots. For spring, throw it on over a silk tank and jeans or over a mini dress with booties.
The Shirt Dress
The Shirt Dress is not only a trendy piece for spring but it’s also an amazing transitional piece. In the winter you can wear it with tights layered under a longer wool coat. In the spring you can throw it on with your trusty leather jacket and a pair of booties. If it’s a seriously glorious day (think: pre-summer) it can be worn on its own with oxfords.
White jeans that were a staple of the late 1980s are back for spring in a big way And are great to straddle the seasonal hump. The distressed look is on point right now, so grab a pair and wear them with a chunky grey or black sweater right now and swap that out for a silk tank, a blazer and a pair of ballet flats in the spring.
Midi skirts were the big retro runway trend a few years ago, and are everywhere this spring and summer. Being the halfway mark between a maxi and a mini skirt, the midi is perfect for those tricky in-between weeks. Wear it with a sweater or cardi when it’s a bit cooler, but swap the knit for a smart, tucked-in tee when it gets a little warmer.
Ankle boots are acceptable all year round, but they come in really handy when the weather starts to change. Maybe it’s just me, but wearing ankle boots just makes me feel like warmer weather is only a few days away.
Written by: Kim Appelt
Kim is one of the West Coast’s top stylists. A personal and celebrity stylist with years of experience in the fashion industry, she has become a go-to style expert in the media and hosts her own weekly radio show in Palm Springs. Kim is a sought-after by local personalities and A-list L.A.- and New York-based celebrities for her Red Carpet looks.