Anxious to break out the spring gear, but still feeling the chill? Here are some tips for transitioning your clothing without freezing.

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There’s something kind of tricky about dressing during seasonal transitions — especially in Seattle where the weather never seems to make up its mind.

You’ll find swimwear in the stores, but you’re still rocking your wool coat daily. Likewise, some days start out frigid but end at nearly 70 degrees. Thankfully, with the right plan of attack, your daily dressing can be handled with style and grace (and stable body temperature).


The first rule of thumb when it comes to dressing in spring is layer, layer, layer. Hint: Look for knits you can wear again in fall to get the most bang for your buck.

In the morning, top a casual tee or silky blouse with a chic poncho, such as the feminine Angel of the North Nulia Circle Hem Poncho ($118 at Anthropologie) or oversized H&M Jacquard-Weave Poncho ($30). Later in the day, remove the layer to cool down.

Another versatile and multi-season option for keeping cozy is a snuggly marled knit, such as the Gap Cotton Marled Side Slits Sweater ($50).

And you can’t go wrong with a lightweight knit cardi. Go for one with pretty detailing like the ballerina-inspired H&M Fine Knit Wrap-Style Cardigan ($25).


When the urge to freshen your style for spring hits, but you’re not quite ready to ditch all your winter duds, start by adding a few new trends to your existing wardrobe. Then play with new ways to pair things, considering the changing weather and aesthetics.

Feminine details like lace and ruffles are everywhere this season, and thankfully, totally wearable. The delicate Zara Contrast Lace Top ($40) will add interest under a sweater or jacket for now, then stand on its own as the weather warms up.

H&M Jacquard-Weave Poncho, $30; Gap Cotton Marled Side Slits Sweater, $50; J.Crew Cashmere Collection Tee Shirt in Lemon, $148
H&M Jacquard-Weave Poncho, $30; Gap Cotton Marled Side Slits Sweater, $50; J.Crew Cashmere Collection Tee Shirt in Lemon, $148

The Banana Republic Crepe Flutter Blouse ($88) is a versatile piece that can take you from work to play, and winter to spring.

Stripes are perennially on-trend, but this spring, bold, wide stripes are particularly hot. The Kolonaki Oletta Midi Skirt ($198 at Anthropologie) is a fun take on the trend, as is the tunic-style H&M Striped Cotton Dress ($30), a piece that looks just as great over skinny jeans in March as it will bare legs in May.

Update your pants silhouette with a couple wide-leg options, such as J.Crew’s Cropped Wide-Leg Pull-On Pant ($168) or 7 For All Mankind’s Mid-Rise Belted Palazzo Pants ($225 at Neiman Marcus). Wear them with a cropped sweater for now, and a lightweight tee or tank later in the season.


As much as we loved winter’s moody hues, this spring is all about color. Bright, sunny citrine is perhaps the season’s hottest shade. Wear it on top with J.Crew’s Cashmere Collection Tee Shirt in Lemon ($148), or add just a pop with Marc by Marc Jacobs’ New Q Mini Natasha Crossbody Bag in Grapefruit Zest ($179 at Nordstrom).

Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Mini Natasha Crossbody Bag, $179
Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Mini Natasha Crossbody Bag, $179

Bold orange-red is another standout color this season. Tory Burch’s Drawstring Silk Shell in Spark ($177 at Nordstrom) has a split jewel neck and gently ruffled drawstring waist, hitting two trends at once. The stunning HD in Paris Lace Mock Neck Tee  ($118 at Anthropologie) does that as well.

Pastels also work for spring, but this year’s variety is heavy with muted, neutral undertones. Madewell’s Marled Plaza Pullover in Marled Coral ($80) is an example, with an airy open-weave that’s perfect for pulling over a dress on a cool morning.

Or wrap up in the celebrity-favorite White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wraps in Mist Heather ($298 at for just the right about of adjustable warmth.