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Transitioning to Spring: Infusing Your Wardrobe with Freshness, Even in Chilly Weather

Feb 15, 2024

We’re getting to the point of the winter season where everyone seems to be getting a bit tired of the cold, dark & gray weather. Winter often brings to mind a palette of muted grays, deep blues, and earthy tones. However, there’s no rule that says your wardrobe has to mirror the season’s chill, especially as the season drags on and winter staples begin to lose their novelty. As winter moves slowly towards spring, incorporating pops of color into your wardrobe can not only lift your spirits but also make a bold style statement. Here are our strategies for infusing your warm winter style with springtime freshness. 

Add Bright Outerwear:

One of the easiest ways to introduce color into your winter wardrobe is through outerwear. There’s no need for colorful clothing to hide under a muted outer layer – instead of opting for the typical black or brown coat, consider vibrant options instead. Peacoats, blazers, and leather or denim jackets can all have their moment to shine as the weather fluctuates throughout the winter season. Having a few options for outerwear not only adds diversity to your outfits, but helps you stay comfortable through any weather or temperature the season has to offer, from frozen snow to the early spring thaw. Find the perfect winter coat for you here

Accessorize with Flair:

Accessories are a fantastic and versatile way to inject color into your winter look without totally overhauling your wardrobe. Consider accessories like scarves, hats, gloves, and even bold statement jewelry in vivid hues. A chunky knit scarf in a bright color can instantly elevate an otherwise neutral outfit. And don’t forget the shoes! A colorful pair of boots, sneakers, or heels can truly pull an outfit together or add a touch of spice to a more muted look. Experiment with different textures and patterns to add depth and interest to your accessories. 

Play with Patterns:

Winter doesn’t have to be synonymous with solid colors alone, so embrace the charm of patterns to enliven your wardrobe. Winter-friendly patterns like plaid, houndstooth, or Fair Isle are a classic choice, but don’t be afraid to invoke springtime with florals and bold patterns as well. Vibrantly patterned fabrics layer beautifully with muted winter garb and add an element of novelty to a cold weather outfit. You can even delve into the world of pattern mixing to create a daring and unique outfit. 

Seek out Colorful Knitwear:

Knitwear is a winter wardrobe staple, and it doesn’t have to be dull. Instead of sticking to the usual grays and blacks, explore knitwear in jewel tones, or that incorporates color blocking in bold hues. A colorful sweater offers a pop of color without making too big a statement, and can be easily dressed up or down and layered to fit any occasion. 

Layer, Layer, Layer:

Layering is a winter essential, so why not unleash your creativity by creating unexpected combinations? Don’t leave your summer wardrobe untouched all season, but find ways to layer with it instead – for example a colorful camisole over a neutral long-sleeved shirt or a bright skirt over tights and boots. Adding a few bright layering pieces such as turtlenecks and jackets is a simple way to add color to more of your winter outfits. Layering offers opportunities to play with different combinations of patterns, colors, and textures, as well as keeping you warm and helping you get the most use from your clothes. 

Add in Light Fabrics:

Start your transition towards springtime style by beginning to incorporate lighter fabrics into your layered winter looks. Swap out your heavy wool sweaters for lighter knits, and opt for breathable materials like cotton or linen. You may find that clothing made from lighter weight fabrics has a greater diversity of colors and patterns, and drapes in a more fluid way than dense material. Layer lightweight pieces as needed to keep warm, but let their springtime freshness set the tone of your outfit.

Clever Color Blocking:

Master the art of color blocking to create visually striking outfits and make a bold statement. Pair contrasting colors or stick to analogous (in color theory, analogous colors are groups of colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) hues for a cohesive look. You can even experiment with monochromatic outfits invoking a sense of chic elegance. Play with different combinations until you find a balance that suits your style. Remember that you can incorporate any element of your outfit, from sweaters and scarves to shoes and bags, letting the color truly become the star of the show.

Dress up Dresses:

Transitioning to spring fashion often involves incorporating dresses and skirts back into your wardrobe. While it might still be too cold for sleeveless or short dresses, opt for long-sleeved or midi-length dresses in lively colors and prints. Consider skirts or dresses on the airy side, allowing you to incorporate some movement into your outfit. Layer them with tights, boots, and stylish outerwear to keep you warm and strike the perfect balance between winter and spring aesthetics.

Transitioning to a colorful spring wardrobe while winter’s chill lingers requires a thoughtful approach that blends warmth and vibrancy in harmonious balance. Adding some brightness to your winter outfits can help you get into a hopeful spring mindset even if the weather outside is still gloomy. Embrace this opportunity to express your creativity and welcome the warmth of spring into your daily fashion choices by welcoming a few colorful pieces to your winter staples.

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