Spring Fashion Hacks: Transition Your Winter Wardrobe


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The snow is starting to melt, temperatures are on the rise, and the days are getting longer which means it’s that time of year once again: wardrobe transition time. As we head into spring, it’s time to replace our plaid flannels and heavy wools with colorful florals and breezy chiffons, but this can sometimes be tricky to pull off flawlessly when the flip-flopping weather doesn’t exactly cooperate with your outfit of choice. To help you ease into the season, we’re partnering with Banana Republic to share some fresh new pieces to make the shift from winter to spring a seamless one, and some OOTD inspiration for when warmer temperatures are here to stay.

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Jacket Swap

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It may be time to ditch your bulky winter parka, but March and April can often still be too chilly to go jacket-free. A trench coat is the perfect solution: not only is it a wardrobe essential, but a classic cut will go the distance and give you years of wear. Opt for a longer, heavier trench with room for layers if you live in a cooler climate, or a water-resistant version if spring is especially rainy in your hometown. If a trench coat is still too lightweight for early spring, a car coat is a chic alternative that will keep you warm without the bulk and as a bonus can easily transition from a day at the office to a night on the town. And don’t forget about leather! A classic moto jacket in a bright, cheery color (think pastels or creams) is the perfect way to welcome the new season.

Soft Pleated Long Trench

Water-Resistant Modern Trench

Long Car Coat

Tweed Car Coat

Cropped Leather Moto Jacket

Suede Moto Jacket

 

Dress(es) for the Weather

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If it’s not quite warm enough to go sleeveless, consider a three-quarter or long-sleeved dress in a fun pattern or lively color – this way, you won’t need to choose between covering up your outfit with a jacket or sweater or sacrificing your comfort to let your outfit shine. Botanical and floral prints are a spring staple, but gingham and stripe patterns can be just as fresh. Shift, wrap, or sweater dresses are all excellent options when there’s still a chill in the air, and feminine details like ruffles, flutter-sleeves, and lace will add an extra touch of spring sweetness to your ensemble.

Gingham Sweater Dress

Flutter Sleeve Maxi Shirtdress

Knotted Sweater Dress

Floral Flutter Sleeve Mini Dress

Print Wrap Dress

Balloon-Sleeve Dress

 

Mix and Match

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Some of your winter wardrobe essentials can be paired with new spring pieces to create the perfect transitional outfit – before you start packing away all of your oversized sweaters, over-the-knee boots, and heavier winter fabrics, make sure to squeeze in a few more wears by mixing and matching with lighter, breezier spring staples. A big, chunky sweater draped over a lightweight chiffon or pencil skirt is a stylish way to navigate events in early spring’s colder temperatures, and a heavy knit cardigan can work well with a form-fitting dress. Or pair your favorite over-the-knee boots with a mini dress and jacket to stay warm while also revealing a hint of skin.

Sweater Pencil Skirt

Pleated Midi Skirt

Fit-and-Flare Sweater Dress

Italian Wool Dress

Gingham Tweed Dress

Silk Cotton Sweater Dress

 

Denim Decisions

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A simple way to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring is to swap out your darker denim and replace it with lighter washes – jeans in the medium-blue to white range instantly brighten up an outfit. Cropped denim is another spring staple and an ankle-length jean pairs easily with booties, heels, mules, sneakers, and sandals, meaning that cropped jeans can be worn from the beginning of spring all the way into the summer months making them a solid investment. Denim jackets are another spring wardrobe must-have: you can opt for a classic fit that can be worn from year to year, or if you already have a jean jacket (or two) hanging in your closet, don’t be afraid to pick one up in another color, wash, or a different silhouette – oversized and cropped denim jackets will be trending this spring.

Classic Denim Jacket

Stay Blue Denim Jacket

Classic Denim Jacket in White

Skinny Ankle Jean

Straight Crop Jean

Skinny Stay White Ankle Jean

 

Spring into Work

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If you’re looking for ways to add a breath of fresh, spring air to your work wardrobe, try playing with different colors, prints, and cropped versions of your typical office attire. If your preferred work uniform is trousers, button-downs, and blazers, look for these items in an unexpected, fresh color or with a bold print. A feminine spring dress or jumpsuit paired with a blazer or denim jacket can take you from the office to dinner and a night out in comfort and style.

Lightweight Wool Pant in New Powder Pink

Ankle-Fit Striped Pant

Botanical Print Soft Shirt

Classic-Fit Eyelet Blazer

Wool Blend Blazer in Lilac

Cropped Wide Leg Jumpsuit

 

Stepping Out in Springtime

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Whether you’re headed out for brunch with the girls, a fancy dinner date, or a night out on the dance floor, there are plenty of ways to add a touch of spring sparkle to your outfit. A pop of cheerful color or a breezy pleated skirt will have you feeling lighter and brighter in no time, and a cropped jumpsuit is a versatile, chic option you can wear from work to weekend. Pair with a boyfriend blazer for a more professional look, a soft, lightweight cardigan for a flirtier feel, or a denim jacket if you’re going for a casual vibe. A leather jacket is a flexible addition to any look and can give your favorite feminine dress the perfect amount of edge.

Flutter-Sleeve Jumpsuit

Pleated Fit-and-Flare Dress

Eyelet Midi Dress

Square-Neck Dress

Botanical Print Maxi Dress

Handkerchief Hem Dress

 

Accessories for the Season

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Don’t overlook the details – your accessories can help freshen up your wardrobe for spring and are another opportunity to incorporate a mix of colors from your chosen spring palette and a variety of fresh, fun patterns. Swap out your thick knit scarf for a printed bandana for a lovely, vintage vibe. Pick up a light new purse or clutch to add a little more interest to your outfit. For the more optimistic and carefree, ditch your dark, salt-stained boots for a pair of crisp, white sneakers – just make sure to give them a protective spray before wearing them out in the mucky streets. And if you’re a fan of statement jewelry, a bold necklace or set of earrings can complement almost any look.

Stripe Neckerchief

Italian Leather Crossbody

Laser-Cut Half Moon Pouch

Gingham Pleated Pouch

Lace-Up Sneaker

Blue Floral Statement Necklace

Jeweled Palm Leaf Earring


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