How to Shift Your Wardrobe From Winter to Spring

There’s nothing like those few weeks when winter (finally) feels like it’s shifting to spring and the outdoors suddenly becomes bearable. With these monumental atmospheric changes, though, come a whole new set of wardrobe needs. The gloves you wore every day might suddenly become unnecessary, while your most reliable scarf might start making you break a sweat when you walk in the sun. In short, it’s time to switch up your style.

Here’s exactly how to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring like the fashion pro you are:

  1. Say goodbye to your winter clothes, for now.

It’s finally time to start putting away those reliable winter coats that kept you warm throughout even the coldest of winter days. It’s important to take proper care of your winter wardrobe during the warmer months of the year to ensure that they don’t acquire mildew or attract bugs.

The best way to protect coats from all the elements is to store them in canvas bags or vacuum seal bags. Then, carefully place each bag into a clear storage bin so you can easily find what you need when the next burst of winter chill comes around.

  1. Make it a smooth, gradual process.

The weather doesn’t transform overnight, so neither should your wardrobe. Instead, think of the change to spring as a gradual process of retiring less-necessary fashion pieces to free up space in your wardrobe. You’ll want to focus on items that take up a lot of room, such as your puffiest coat or chunkiest sweatshirt. You can probably retire your long underwear. Make it a goal to put away at least a few items every Sunday. If your warmer clothes were tucked away during the winter, start to break out your standard pieces and let them air out.

  1. Let your lighter-coats take center stage.

The right peacoat is the perfect way to transition an outfit from winter to spring, keeping you just warm enough to appreciate the sounds of the birds chirping away in the no-longer-bare trees.  For a warmer afternoon, pair a sweet, pastel jacket with a nice flat, and you’ll feel like the perfect image of spring!

  1. Give your closet a facelift.

Now that you’ve cleared away some of the heavier winter items, it’s a great time for some wardrobe spring cleaning. Go through your closet and get rid of old pieces of clothing that you never wear, or anything with visible wear and tear. Once you’ve cleaned out your entire closet, give it a fresh coat of paint so that your walls are fresh and ready for a new season. Then, reorganize all of your clothing based on color so you can fill your spring with carefully matched bright colors as beautiful as the flowers blooming all around you.

  1. Combine your lighter winter clothes and prettiest spring looks in unexpected ways. 

This time of year is the best for experimenting by mixing items from your winter wardrobe with your freshest spring purchases. Get creative! For instance, your burgundy cardigan could be combined with a light-colored chiffon skirt for a look that is uniquely spring. Combining different fabric textures is an easy way to make even simple outfits really pop. Just don’t mix winter accessories, like gloves, with summer accessories, like open-toed heels. That’s a major fashion no-no.

  1. Invest in some new accessories.

Accessories are one of the easiest ways to shift your look from season to season. The right straw bag can make your sweater dress feel easy and breezy, particularly if it’s a fun and casual bucket bag.  Meanwhile, tropical earrings bring a burst of springtime to your cozy cardigan.

  1. Switch over your jeans.

Your dark-wash and black jeans have served you well all through the winter, protecting you from the elements and keeping you warm. But as the sun starts peaking out, it’s time to lighten things up a little. Fold away your dark jeans to be resurrected next winter, and bust out your favorite light-wash jeans. Nothing says “spring” quite like a pair of light boyfriend jeans and a slouchy blazer.

  1. As the weather changes, think in layers.

Spring weather can be remarkably unpredictable, with a chilly morning quickly transforming into a sunny afternoon. Be ready for anything by cleverly layering those thinner items of clothing in unexpected ways. For example, sneak a light cardigan under your blazer for a look that is both fashionable and highly-adjustable, should the weather warm up a little.

As you can see, changing your closet over from winter to springtime doesn’t have to be a pain. Instead, think of it as a slow transition from your warmest dark jeans to your flirtiest spring dresses, with a few high boots and cardigans linking your wardrobe across all seasons. And most of all, have fun!

Cover image: The Wall Street Journal