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How to transition from a winter to spring wardrobe

“There are many simple yet effective ways you can transition your wardrobe from winter to spring.”
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Spring is here! We can finally say hello to warmer weather and lighter days now that the clocks have moved forward. While this is a welcome change for many, it can be tricky to navigate the change in weather when it comes to our wardrobes.

If you’re struggling to figure out what to wear during the seasonal transition, you’re in the right place. Here, we explore how to shift your outfits from winter to spring while maintaining your sense of style.

Create layered looks

One of the most effective ways to transition from colder to warmer weather is to create layered looks.

This gives you the flexibility to adapt your outfit if the temperature fluctuates throughout the day.

To create a layered ensemble that oozes style and sophistication, start with neutral pieces like a plain white t-shirt, crisp shirt or dark denim.

You can then build on top of these with jackets, cropped jumper or longline coats.

Use textures and fabrics

The key to creating dimension with layered clothing is to use different fabrics, patterns and textures. To do this effectively, you need to consider what pairs well together in your wardrobe.

For instance, you can create a cohesive look by wearing complementary fabrics together, such as denim jeans with a cotton or silk top.

When it comes to pattern, pair bold prints with plain fabrics in similar hues, such as patterned wide-leg trousers with a simple blouse and jumper.

In terms of texture, you could choose embellished designs or experiment with velvet, linen or knitwear.

Wear statement pieces

As you create your layered looks, think about how to bring additional interest and dimension to the outfit.

There are many ways you can add a stylish touch to your ensemble, for instance wearing statement jewellery like a diamond necklace.

Other options include pairing colourful pieces with neutral items, like a bright pink blazer paired with a white shirt.

Or you could inject personality through colourful or patterned accessories like on-trend handbags, scarves and shoes.

Consider overall balance

When putting outfits together, it’s important to consider balance. This essentially means that your look isn’t too bottom or top-heavy.

A great rule to follow is the rule of thirds – which involves visually dividing your body into three sections. These are from the head to the waist, the waist to the knees, and the knees to the feet.

One-third of your outfit could be your top half which consists of a t-shirt, blouse, jumper or jacket. You’d then make sure the rest of the outfit took up the other two-thirds of your body by tucking the tops into a pair of jeans or a skirt.

Another effective way to create balance is to combine loose-fitting and tight items. This could be leggings and a baggy jumper, an oversized blazer with tight jeans, or a loose t-shirt tucked into straight-leg trousers.

There are many simple yet effective ways you can transition your wardrobe from winter to spring. Some useful tricks include layering, playing with textures and fabrics, wearing statement pieces and creating balance.

We hope this helps you build both practical and stylish outfits during the change of seasons!


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