Transition Dressing: Winter to Spring

   By shefinds  Mar 05, 2010

It’s dreary and gray out today, and we’d love nothing more than to delve headlong into floral, floaty spring fashion trends, but there are still several weeks of cold to contend with. Below, our three fashion mainstays that are keeping us simultaneously warm, well-dressed, and optimistic that warmer days are ahead.


Black Dresses

If there’s one perennial item we wear season to season (besides summer, when even New Yorkers attempt color), it’s the black dress.

On those between-seasons days when you’re too cold/too hot/just plain confused, it’s as comforting as a baby blanket: If it’s cold add tights, flat boots, and a thin turtleneck underneath. If it’s warm, ditch the tights and put on spare sandals. If you don’t trust the weather report, throw on ballet flats and tote a scarf and leggings in your bag.

Bottom line: Black matches everything.


We were a little skeptical at the very start of this trend, but now we love booties for their all-weather friendliness. Pick a pair in a neutral color (say, lighter brown) and all-season material (like leather, not suede), and imagine the possibilities: Contrasting sweater-thick tights for cold days, chiffon minidresses when it’s warm.

Heavy scarves

Chunky, warm scarves are an essential in biting wind, but they’re also an easy way to tie together a cool-weather outfit when you can’t wait to break out your spring dresses and skirts: A heavy scarf will balance out the tights and more substantial footwear you pair with your light dresses until the sun comes out. And after that, you can use it as a headrest when you’re laying around in the park.

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What’s your favorite transition piece?

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LivinginLaLaLand by LivinginLaLaLand | Price, UT
Apr 08, 2010

A pair of ballet flats that fit in my bag, and a great jacket- as you never know what the weather is going to be like from one second to the next!

teachergirl722 by teachergirl722 | benbrook, TX
Apr 01, 2010

A lighter weight black pant matched with a lighter weight bright color sweater makes waiting for spring a little easier.

GG_shopper by GG_shopper | GRAHAM, NC
Mar 30, 2010

For the executive look during change of season, continue with the navy, black, or brown suit but pair it with a nice spring colored striped shirt/blouse. A touch of jewlery either the classic pearls (or take on classic look) or a bit of bohemian bling can transition you into Spring and warmer weather.

kristinlynne31 by kristinlynne31 | BIRMINGHAM, AL
Mar 21, 2010

I like lightweight long sleeved shirts with flip flops and breezy gauchos. Very transitional!

tori20 by tori20 | OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Mar 18, 2010

These are really great ideas. I love the readers idea of gauchos, and flat boots idea from the article. I transition with sweaters, and scarves,a nd blazers. You can always take off a layer if too warm. A sweater under a blazer with a sweater wrapped over your shoulders on top of the blazer is a great way to travel, and it leaves more room in your luggage to shop. You have a blazer and 2 extra sweaters that allow for multiple options and styles.

ddavidso by ddavidso | elkton, MD
Mar 18, 2010

cowboy boots look very cute with sundresses.. add a light sweater in the cooler weather

missreadsalot87 by missreadsalot87 | Griffin, GA
Mar 16, 2010

Gauchos! As odd as it sounds, they work well with boots or flats or flip flops :)

girl17 by girl17 | EAGAN, MN
Mar 16, 2010

I cannot live without my scarf. I wear it with my coat on the coldest days, my vest on a mild winter day and with just a long sleeve t-shirt on a chilly day!

stacychisholm by stacychisholm | Pinellas Park, FL
Mar 16, 2010

A light scarf, long shirt with leggins. This makes me a happy camper!

babesnhun by babesnhun | Philadelphia, PA
Mar 13, 2010

My short leather black jacket. Luv it! It's like the best time to wear it with a turtle neck under it with a pair of jeans and leather boots.

darnold14 by darnold14 | Quinlan, TX
Mar 12, 2010

My favorite is my little black dress. I also love light jackets. But I live in Texas so we really dont get much cold weather. I also love the long sweaters.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Mar 11, 2010

I don't agree with the heavy scarf thing but everything else works for me. I love layered looks for this time of year.

pjclayton57 by pjclayton57 | Oceanport, NJ
Mar 05, 2010

I have some great lightweight jackets that I take along with me during this time of year! Add a scarf and I'm good to go. I also try to dress in layers so that as it warms up or cools down, I can adjust accordingly.