By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market
Warmer days are so close, you can feel it. (Well, some days, anyway.)
While it’s exciting to think about lightening up your wardrobe, it’s a bit premature to ditch your sweaters altogether. Now is the time to get creative with what you wear and how you wear it. A few transitional pieces will work with what you’ve got in your closet now, as well as with what you’ll be wearing in a few short months.
Here’s how to put it all together.
When spring mornings start out downright chilly and afternoons end up balmy, it’s important to master the art of layering in order to remain comfortable throughout the day. To pull it off, choose pieces that are seasonless.
Pair Zara’s Contrasting Printed Dress ($60 at Zara, downtown) with ankle boots and a favorite sweater to stay warm enough until the sun comes out. After lunch, shed the sweater and enjoy the warmth of the afternoon. Later in the summer, rock the dress with a pair of gladiator sandals.
Guys can leave the coat in the closet and instead toss on a stylish cardigan. Gap’s Denim Shawl Cardigan ($55) adds a cozy layer of style and warmth over a casual collared shirt or a simple T-shirt. The soft, knit sweater can double as a cover-up for cool summer evenings and even carry you into fall.
Splendid’s U-Neck Maxi Dress ($118 at Splendid, Bellevue) pairs perfectly with a boxy, cropped sweater, tights and ankle boots for spring. As days heat up, wear it with strappy sandals for an easy summer ensemble.
ADD PRINTS AND COLOR
Nothing says spring fashion like florals and color; both pastels and bright hues are on-trend this season. You can’t go wrong with a floral in a ladylike silhouette, such as Ella Moss’s Delilah Floral Tweed Top ($118 at Nordstrom).
Stripes work for every season, but for spring look for an airy piece, such as the orange and blue striped JCP Long Sleeve Silk-Blend Shirt (on sale for $28 at JCPenney). Wear it with a pair of skinnies and some nude pumps for a fun, fresh spring look. In the fall, throw a crewneck sweater over it to keep it in regular wardrobe rotation.
Ready to say goodbye to black, gray and beige for a few months? Check out the classic, versatile Old Navy Twill Shorts ($20) in Merry Peri or Pink Dynamite for women, and the Slim-Fit Twill Shorts ($23) in Cayenne for men. Along with a lightweight sweater and some boat shoes, this is the quintessential spring weekend outfit for both him and her. As summer warms up, replace the sweater with a tank or tee and the boat shoes with some flat sandals.
If your clothes lean toward conservative colors, why not go bold with the brightest manicure you can manage? Mine local nail parlor Julep for a new Nail Polish ($14) in Sunny, a gleaming yellow, or Monaco, a rich mariner blue, to feel a bolt of energy every time you glance at your hands.
Blindingly bright sunsets mean it’s time to keep a great pair of sunglasses on hand. Vince Camuto’s 58mm Aviator Sunglasses ($70 at Nordstrom), in colors such as soft mauve and muted turquoise, feel fresh and are perfect for your Friday afternoon commute.
An oversize tote is perfect for holding your sweater after the day warms up, as well as for keeping sunglasses and sunscreen in arm’s reach. J.Crew’s Downing Tote ($168), in English Saddle, has a roomy body that feels luxe in smooth, soft leather.