It’s that time of year: You’re ready to come out of hibernation. But how do you put spring in your fashion step when the weather’s not cooperating? No worries! Here’s a guide for changing up your look in this transitional time between seasons.
Reveal more skin
Layer a long-sleeve sheer top over a cami and add a cardigan or wrap in a lighter color if you need it.
Choose a lower neckline. Try a scoopneck long-sleeve tee or sweater instead of a crew neck.
Cuff your skinnies and wear flats or ankle booties to show a bare ankle.
Swap out opaque black tights; replace with nude fishnets or other open-weave, patterned hose, or simply a bare leg.
Swap out boots; wear ankle boots or booties instead.
If it’s a little warmer, wear ballet flats or closed toe oxfords. (Wait on the perforated shoes.)
Choose light gray boots over black ones, tan over brown suede.
Lighten up, brighten up
Pull out layering pieces (cardigans, jackets, shawls, scarves, vests) in your lightest neutral shades.
Instead of wearing print tops or dresses with dark backgrounds, choose prints with white or lighter-color backgrounds.
Keep up your stripes: Black and white is lighter and brighter than charcoal and black. Try combinations in white and lime, white and tangerine, white and pink, even if they have long sleeves.
Lighten up your eyewear, too. Dark frames can look heavy now. Look for lighter neutrals or colors that will move forward into spring and summer. If you love tortoise, look for a version in lighter tones.
Change up your bag — look for ones in bright spring colors or lighter metallics. Bright-colore totes or smaller sized bags in punchy colors are great wardrobe accents.
Banish the big and heavy baubles
Tuck away heavy, dark beaded necklaces and layer mixed metal chain necklaces instead.
Go from brushed or patina’d metals to brighter metals.
Wear “airy” earrings, like chandelier earrings or earrings with filigree that look open and lacy.
Earrings, bracelets, or necklaces in crystal or Lucite materials capture the light and brighten your look.
Lower the volume
Wear a tunic instead of a cowl neck sweater.
Wear fine cashmere sweaters or merino wool rather than heavy textured cable knits.
If you’re still wearing heavier jackets, choose ones that are collarless, when possible, and add a scarf for warmth if necessary.
Scarves in lightweight wool or crinkle cotton or silk are a better choice than those in bulky knits.
Swap out the puffy coat for a trench, heavy cotton spring coats, or jean jacket. If you still need a wool coat, lighter colors are best right now.
Refresh your style
Because it can last a while, the transition to a new season warrants its own planning. Let’s get into your closet and rework your pieces so you feel better about your everyday outfits. Please contact me to schedule your complimentary get-acquainted session.
(Ketura Persellin is a DC-based wardrobe and style consultant. She helps her clients look and feel their best.)