Although we’ve officially made it past the First Day of Spring (March 21), the weather is some parts has not yet caught up with the season’s changing. Where I live, for instance, it is currently forty degrees and raining – not exactly beautiful springtime weather. If it does warm up during the day, you can be sure that mornings and evenings are still going to be chilly. And God forbid you get caught in a sudden shower. In these uncertain conditions, what’s a girl to do?
Pictured above is one example of a perfect winter-spring transition outfit. The floral print dress, pearls, black pumps, black cardigan, black tights, black scarf, and pink purse are lovely pieces for the new season. Serving as the foundation for the entire look, the dress can be worn alone or layered with the other pieces to create a unique look. If you’d like to replicate the spirit of this ensemble, there are really only three pieces you need to take any outfit from cold to hot as the temperatures change: a cardigan, a scarf, and a pair of tights.
A cardigan, especially one in a neutral color such as black, white, or brown, is versatile enough to be worn with almost anything. In the example provided, it can be layered over a strappy or strapless dress to pull the look together and provide a little warm. Cardigans are perfect for chilly mornings and evenings and air-conditioned buildings during the day. They’re also great to have around in case it rains and the temperature drops. If it gets too hot, simply slip out of the cardigan and tuck it away, simple as that.
Much like a cardigan, a scarf is an accessory that looks good no matter what it’s paired with. If it’s cold, you can wrap it around your neck to get a little warmth. If you don’t have a cardigan, you could also fashion the scarf into a makeshift shawl. If you’re traveling, the scarf also serves as a pillow, a blanket, a towel, and several other items. Basically, no matter what the weather, you can always add a scarf. And, like the cardigan, you can take it off if you start to sweat.
One of my favorite looks for this unstable time of year is a dress over a pair of tights, as seen in the picture. The tights can be any color, but as is the case with the cardigan, will be much more useful if you go with a neutral color like black. In addition to dresses, tights can also be worn under skirts, shorts, and even pants (if the weather’s freezing and you need the extra warmth). In most cases, too, you should be able to slip off the tights while still looking fashionable.
So, there you have it: three simple ways to make sure your outfits are appropriate no matter what the weather. Invest in a cardigan, a scarf, and a pair of tights, and you’ll be good to go. Good luck, pretty lady.