It’s snowing then it’s humid. It’s 60, no wait, we’re back to 30. If this has been your weather forecast lately, you just might be a New Yorker, and chances are you’re probably just as confused as I am about what the heck to wear. I always hate this in-between season when Mother Nature is flirting with the prospect of spring, but still has a hand on the winter weather button. I feel like I’m in fashion limbo.
If you’re struggling with what to wear or shop for during the transitional months between Christmas and Easter, you’re in luck. I started thinking about the best pieces to pull when it’s snowing during your commute and then warm again by happy hour. These are the wardrobe staples that have worked best for me in the past and will keep you from feeling like a fashion bum until the weather is decisive about blossoming into spring.
After the whole peasant skirt phase a decade ago, we all said never again. But the midi skirt is a sophisticated and chic update to the flowy skirt style. You can pair a midi with a sweater and coat for now and later pair with tank tops and sandals.Look for neutrals or pastels and pleats. I got this metallic version from H&M and I can’t wait to style it for spring.
Layering is your bff until the temperature stabilizes. Any sort of utility jacket- be it a trench coat or army jacket- is a great piece to fall back on while the weather is still fickle. Pair it with denim and booties while it’s still chilly and layer over a sundress for a fresh look in the spring.
Light Wash Denim
Jeans are a staple year round, but you don’t want to buy dark colors as spring and summer loom ahead. Light wash denim can be styled while it’s still chilly with layers on top and then strappy sandals and graphic tees in the heat.
Booties can still work in the spring, especially Chelsea silhouettes and light colors (like a crisp white pair for sure). But it’s not quite sandal toe-bearing season yet and you don’t exactly want to stock up on boots going forward. Sneakers are the key for outfitting winter to spring looks. I paired these New Balance sock sneakers with a midi (mixing my transitional pieces guys) but of course, you can wear them with denim or dresses now and later.
Blouses are pretty versatile year round, but with pastels and floral patterns, you can adapt your tops to fit the spring trends. Look for thin, silky materials so that you can tuck them into cut-offs and mini skirts later in the season. But for now, throw a coat over your ensemble.
Skirts are versatile and keep you from hitting the style snooze button. The checked pattern has been trending hard for months now, and the print translates well from season to season. Pair a checked mini with tights and a sweater for now. Ditch the tights and tuck in a tee or blouse with some white boots when the tree buds start blooming.
So if you’re antsy to shop for spring but the weather isn’t there yet, or you just have no clue how to handle a bipolar forecast, these separates are perfect until spring finally makes an entrance.