Spring can be an awkward in-between phase for fashion because the weather is at that thin line between warm and cold, which means versatility is key for transitioning and staying comfortable while the weather makes up its mind. Since you’re probably sick of your sweaters by now, use this time to finally put them to rest and bust out your warm-weather favorites a little early this season. To find out how to wear summer staples both now and later, read on for some helpful tips.
Most people think of shorts as a summer-only item, but they can actually be worn all year long with a little modification and creativity.
Wear it now: Pair your favorite pair of shorts with a shrunken sweater for a cute and cozy, form-fitting look. Keep your bottom-half covered with nubby tights to block out the wind chill, and finish off your look with a sophisticated pair of studded loafers or heeled booties.
Wear it later: A colorful linen blouse keeps you cool on a breezy summer day, while strappy heels allow your feet to breathe without coming with a high risk of falling off. An oversized hat and beach bag completes this look.
Windy days can come up during any season, so knowing how to style your windbreaker from spring to summer might come in handy.
Wear it now: Sport a heavier fleece underneath your windbreaker, followed by a pair of your comfiest leggings and running shoes for a cozy and casual look. Rock a high ponytail with a colorful sweatband for a look that’s fit for the gym or your everyday errand-running.
Wear it later: A sporty skirt lets you show off your girly side and show a little skin when busting out your windbreaker during the summer. Pair with personalizing graphic tees and some cute hair accessories for a fashion-forward finale.
As a die-hard dress enthusiast, I’m always looking for an excuse to start wearing dresses as early as possible and to move on to pants only when I’m close to freezing.
Wear it now: Tights are the best invention for year-round dress-wearing because they keep you covered without having to commit to boring pants. Slip on a stylish varsity jacket for a sporty and super warm outfit.
Wear it later: A cute sun hat is always a great way to dress up a basic dress in the summer. And with the warm weather, you can enjoy bare legs and a carefree pair of flip flops. Finish off with a colorful pair of earrings and you’re ready for the beach and beyond.
For height with a bit more stability than your standard pair of heels, platforms are the perfect solution for a comfy yet ultra-feminine, sexy style.
Wear it now: Gray socks can keep your toes warm while rocking platforms, and add more subtle coverage than colorful alternatives. A knee-length pair would create an adorable look, but simple opaque tights can also be perfect for appearing bare while staying covered.
Wear it later: For office-friendly attire when being profesh over the summer, pair your cutest pair of platforms with a flattering pencil skirt or a colorful sheath dress for a sophisticated fashion statement. An updo and statement necklace completes this look.
For those of us who would rather not spend twice the amount of money for two different wardrobes, it’s often more practical to mix, match and modify with clothing designed for different seasons. This list should help you maximize your wardrobe, while still creating new looks to keep up with your fashionista status.