Spring fashion has been on our mind for quite a few months now. Since January, we’ve been thinking about what outfits we’re going to wear once the sun starts shining, and we edge a little closer to sweet (and safe) freedom.
Now that restrictions begin to ease, and we start having plans again – wahoo – our diaries are filling up with dates that are a little more outdoorsy than we might have normally been used to… in April… in Britain. So, if you’ve been invited to a chilly Saturday picnic and games in the park, or an evening of drinks in that pub garden with no heaters, we are willing to bet you’ve also been having a few outfit dilemmas, too.
I mean spring is about as unpredictable a season as it gets in our wonderfully weird-weather country. And lord knows we’ve been a little out of practice when it comes to dressing for the outside world lately. Do we really also need to carry an umbrella, sunglasses, windbreaker and fan with us at all times.
But it’s not a total disaster, because spring does mean you get to mix and match your favourite winter and summer garms all at once. We look to the street-style pros to see what pieces we should start taking out of storage and how to style them for weather that won’t make up its mind, as well as the warmer items to keep hold of for a little while longer.
Scroll through to see the fashion experts nailing transitional dressing during these not- quite-summer, definitely-not-winter months…
1 Spring fashion staples: bright knitwear
If the weather isn’t quite letting us hide away our knitwear yet, opt for brightly coloured, oversized jumpers and cardis. Pair with a leather mini skirt or drape over a floaty maxi dress to keep that spring feeling.
2 Spring fashion staples: transeasonal dresses
Our autumnal dresses didn’t get many chances to make an outing last year, so rework them for the coming warmer months. A tartan maxi dress paired with layers of colourful beaded jewellery and chains, plus a bright patterned bag feels just as right for spring.
3 Spring fashion staples: knitted vests
This trend came in hard and fast last year, with all the fashion major players wearing them across our feed, but let’s not abandon the knitted vest now good weather’s approaching. Worn over dresses or crisp shirts, it’s the ideal transeasonal knit.
4 Spring fashion staples: denim
Head-to-toe denim is an all-year-round outfit guarantee. When you’ve ditched the woolen coat and gloves, pair your light-wash and white denim with pastel separates or a silk scarf instead.
5 Spring fashion staples: blazer
The blazer is a classic transitional piece. The pale pastel green and gold jewelry paired with a bright white handbag and mini heels give this a fresh spring look compared to the usual autumnal take on the item.
6 Spring fashion staples: bare legs
As soon as we’ve seen the back of February and March, the temptation to ditch the tights is strong. Show off bare legs in shorts and chunky knits, or opt for a longer skirt to ease you in.
7 Spring fashion staples: cropped jackets
Colour your pick to match the rest of your outfit for a tonal look in bright or spring-appropriate pastel shades. If you want to up the outfit wow-factor, mix your prints for a truly open-armed welcome to spring.
8 Spring fashion staples: sweatshirts
With all the lounging we’ve been doing lately, a hoodie or sweatshirt has never been too far from reach. Whether it’s a grey marl classic or emblazoned with a slogan, drape it over your shoulders or tie it around your waist when the temperature rises.
9 Spring fashion staples: hats
They say your head is the first place heat leaves your body, so don’t pack away your beanies or berets just yet. For a more spring-friendly option, give the bucket hat a try.
10 Spring fashion staples: stomper boots
If you’re itching to dust off your summer dresses before we make it to the sunny season, pair them with your favourite chunky leather boots, in the meantime. The stomper that hits at mid-calf goes well with both maxi and mini dresses alike.
11 Spring fashion staples: denim Bermuda shorts
A simple way to take your denim from winter to spring is to swap an old pair of jeans for shorts that sit just above the knee (if you’re feeling very brave, you could dabble in some home DIY and cut them yourself). Then substitute in crop tops and sandals for trainers and jackets, weather permitting.
12 Spring fashion staples: off the shoulder
After the dark, dreary months we’ve just had, it’s time to let our skin see some much-needed sunlight in shoulder-baring tops and dresses. Have a jacket at the ready, draped around your arms to conquer those very sunny but equally windy days we’ve been getting so much of lately.
13 Spring fashion staples: trench coat
Sure, we’ve slowly been storing away our heavy-duty coats, anticipating their use becoming obsolete very soon (please), but this is where the trench rules. The high street have lots of new options flowing in, but equally, Ebay and Depop are great for vintage designer finds, like the iconic Burberry styles. Opt for khaki or classic beige to complement your spring pastels.
14 Spring fashion staples: roll necks
The ideal item for layering when the weather can’t make up it’s mind, hold on to your thinner roll neck tops so you can pop them underneath summery blouses with big puff shoulders and billowy sleeves. Extra springtime points for bright colours.
15 Spring fashion staples: crop top and jacket combo
Transitional dressing is all about layering and mixing materials. Match cotton crop tops with your longer leather jackets, or wear thicker crochet or ribbed knitted vests with a light short-sleeved blazer or baggy shirt.
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