If you live where you’re able to experience actual seasons, count yourself lucky. My winter wardrobe could consist of throwing a cardigan over an Ella Moss sundress for when the weather drops to 72 degrees. Of course, being a fashion fanatic, it’s no wonder that when I planned a trip to Canada, I already had enough sweaters, coats and boots for the trip!
In normal places, what is needed during the coming months are transitional pieces. Pieces that can take you from one varying degree of temperature to another with ease and without too much fuss. For some reason, mass retailers get the term “transitional” mixed up with “nautical.” During the first batch of spring clothes, most carry an abundance of striped nautical shirts, tons of boatnecks in solid neutral colors and the infamous pair of khakis. You can see where, if these are my alternative options, the sale section of scarves and chunky sweaters that I’ll never really wear looks mighty fine. January and February mark prime bargain shopping season, so it’s tough to sort the junk from the sale things. When we see those signs at Saks that read: TAKE AN ADDITIONAL 40% OFF THE LOWEST MARKED PRICE, our hearts begin to pitter patter and I end up with things that say Juicy Prep and looking like a 14-year-old suburbanite. It’s horrible, I know.
To take yourself from winter to spring, depend on a few easy pieces that you may already own or are easily accessible.
1. Denim- Obviously a must have, but denim comes in SO many varieties now that it has the term “jean shopping” has taken on a life of its own. I love dark jeans year round, but lately I’m venturing into the realm of pale denim in grey, slate and soft blue. The pale jeans look fresh with dark and navy for a stark winter contrast and will easily transition into the coming months with a bright pair of flip-flops and a vintage blouse. Denim Link
2. Hoodies- Now do not get all “hoodies-are-for-the-goth-kids-who-loiter-around-the-mall!” on me. Hoodies are cool. They were cool in 9th grade, they’re cool on Gwen Stefani and they’ll be cool on you as well. Hoodies are the best because you can’t tell the ones from Saks from the ones from Forever 21 unless you’re really looking. Newer styles for hoodies include quilted cotton ones in sherbet colors and oversized hoods. You can throw a long vintage necklace over a hoodie with skinny jeans tucked into tall boots and be set for the day. They’re also great for a boat trip or late nights when you’re near natural bodies of water and the weather cools down. A navy knit hoodie looks crazy chic when thrown over a plain white bikini. Throw on gold aviators and you look like a Michael Kors ad. Hoodie Link
3. Cropped Trousers- Already huge in the U.K. thanks to their slew of chic citizens and mass retailer Topshop, cropped trousers are ready to make a splash on this side of the pond. I love them in tweeds and houndstooth, but solid colors are equally enticing. While the weather is still dipping low, you can wear whatever tall boots you lived in this winter and your favorite coat and move into black tights with black flats and a fitted sweater or turtleneck. As the temperatures rise, you can remove the tights and opt for flats or moccasins and an airy blouse. My favorite thing about cropped trousers is that they look great with nearly every shoe. If you’re really comfortable with fashion (you may think Diane Keaton dresses like a mental patient, but I say she’s just “comfortable with fashion”) you may even venture into pairing the hoodie and cropped trousers with your favorite sneakers. Trousers Link
4. Grandpa Sweaters- I know these can’t go into HOT weather, but they’re so adorable on everyone that you deserve to wear one before it gets too warm (and to show it off, not hide it under a parka). They look awesome over everything, but my favorite way to wear them is over vintage camisoles or slips that I cut into camisoles. If you have filmy summer dresses hanging around the back of your closet, you can pull those out and put them with a grandpa sweater, tights and boots. A plain grey is my usual go-to sweater, but I adore thrift store finds with intricate buttons and large pockets. They’re so cozy and soft, you really can’t go wrong. Sweater Link
5.Open toe wedges- Even though wedges were huge last summer, no one is over them. A wedge heel is arguably the most amazing article of fashion ever created. It is comfortable, provides height and when done right, can even be damn sexy. My favorite ones lately pair a neutral color top (chocolate brown, taupe or black) with a contrasting wedge heel (yellow, forest green or bright purple). An easy way to wear them is to wear whatever color tights matches the neutral color and a floaty summer dress on top. I adore the mix of a romantic dress and opaque tights and it looks especially becoming in as the days become longer. Wedges Link
As we shed the layers of henleys, tanks and leggings, we begin to see sight of our spring wardrobe. Every December, when the high fashion magazines arrive in your mailbox with notes of how to look hot in St. Tropez this winter, you’re standing there, teeth chattering as you turn the pages while wearing gloves. Unless you live in Houston, in which you are already cruising swimsuits online since you’ll be swimming by the first week of February. Regardless of the climate outside, a true fashion conscious gal, for the most part, moves with the seasons. Sure it might have been 82 degrees on Christmas day, but believe me, I was wearing slouchy black boots. Because you just can’t wear open toe shoes on such a holiday in a city. It’s just wrong. However, if you’re in St. Tropez, it’s a whole different ballgame.