While many of you may still be feeling the dead of winter, others (like me) are already seeing the first signs of spring where they live. Dressing for the transition between the two seasons can be tricky because there comes a point when your bulky sweaters are too warm, yet you can’t quite wear your spring pieces on their own just yet.
So how do you keep your look fresh without buying an entirely new wardrobe? I assure you, it’s possible! You just need to get creative with layering and think outside the box of how pieces are traditionally worn.
Here are some of my favorite tricks for creating transitional outfits using pieces you already have in your closet:
This pinstripe ruffle top is one of my all-time favorites, so I was set on finding a way to wear it outside of spring and summer. An easy way to instantly add warmth to an off-shoulder statement top like this is to put a form-fitting turtleneck underneath.
Another layering trick I love is pairing an off-shoulder top with a collared blouse buttoned all the way up underneath. It’s striking and unexpected, yet lets each piece shine in its own way.
Another take on the button-up layer is under a sweatshirt. While you may already wear button-downs under crew neck sweaters, a sweatshirt is a little more lightweight, making it a great pick for transitional weather.
Spaghetti strap dresses are impossible to wear in colder weather, but layering a fitted blouse or turtleneck underneath gives them extra mileage year-round. While a turtleneck would lend a more casual, ‘90s-inspired vibe to this look, the tie-neck blouse is a little more dressy and can work for the office and nights out. Here, I pulled the ties to the back of the neck instead of making a bow in front to keep the lines looking sleek and sophisticated.
This peplum blazer from my recent collection is a regular go-to in my closet, and looks especially polished with a high-neck shirt underneath.