There's nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into your first pair of open-toed shoes of the season, or wearing your newly acquired anorak without needing to layer a parka over it. Signs of the spring thaw are close at hand, and we couldn't be more eager to embrace the warmer days with some fresh style spins on a few old favorites. But transitional dressing is more than just packing up your winter coat; It involves some smart sartorial strategies that will leave you looking relaxed rather than overzealous. So, we tracked down five ladies who offer some clever new spins on early spring dressing.
1. Use a colorful scarf for warmth and looks—You might be itching to wear your Breton stripes and a light denim jacket, but you'll still need that extra bit of protection. A jaunty scarf adds a crucial pop of color but also keeps your neck toasty.
Above, clockwise from left: Celine Rey, image via Celine Rey, image via Lookbook.nu; J. Crew White Nolita White Denim Jacket, $98, available at J. Crew; A.L.C. Striped Boatneck T-shirt, $124, available at Barneys New York; Carven Printed Silk Scarf, $110, available at Net-A-Porter; J. Brand Oil Slick Jeans, $131, available at Bluefly; Jeffrey Campbell Wingtip Oxfords, $108, available at Free People.
2. Keep your old standbys by your side—Switch in tights in varying degrees of heft with your stand-by trench + cutoffs + shirt combo, and you'll have an outfit you can wear 9 months out of the year. Ditch the wool stockings for tights in a lighter, sheerer fabric for an updated springtime look.
Above, from left: Rhiannon L., image via Liebmarlene; Kimchi Blue Femme Trench, $98, available at Urban Outfitters; Delia's Bailey Jean Shorts, $34.50, available at Delia's; Madison Harding Rockaway Perforated Wedge Booties, $295, available at Shopbop; Fred Perry Lauren Men's Leather Satchel, $299.15, available at ASOS.
3. Opt for a sexy leotard to show some skin—Sheer panels help you flash your assets without freezing them off. Keep it ladylike (and cozy) with a nubby cardigan, and add boyish pants to balance it out.
Above, from left: Betty Autier, image via Le Blog de Betty; Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Jeans, $368.53, available at My Theresa; Stuart Weitzman Woodstock Boot, $305 available at Shop The Shoe Box; American Apparel Gloria-V Bodysuit, $40 available at American Apparel; Forever 21 Joanna Cable Cardigan, $32.90 available at Forever21.
4. A calf-length skirt is the right length—Throw on knee socks or a pair of smart stockings, and a fuller-length skirt should be warm enough for you to go skimpier on top. Bring out those cropped jackets and little sweaters!
Above, from left: Clothes and Stuff, image via Lookbook.nu; Charter Club Ponte Knit Skirt, $49.99, available at Macy's; Oasis Cropped Blazer, $119.66, available at ASOS; Prada Studded Platforms, $712, available at Bluefly; ASOS Suede Look Plaited Belt, $20.69 available at ASOS; J. Crew Linen V-Neck T-shirt, $29.50, available at J. Crew.
5. Dig out those neutrals and wear them all at once—Beiges and soft colors might have seemed impractical in the winter (you remember how quickly a white pair of pants get ruined in the slush), but they make a heavy outfit seem lighter. For chillier days, pile on the neutrals to combat the cold.
Above, from left: Trixy, image via Les Attitudes; Kenneth Cole Linen Scarf, $58, available at Kenneth Cole; Levi's Striped Cropped Trucker Denim Jacket, $34.99 available at Kohl's; Vince Sheer Drape Neck Tee, $135 available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Topshop Zip Back Hareem Trousers, $70 available at Topshop; Michael Kors Mystic Tall Boots, $259.99 available at Bluefly.