Spring Series: Wardrobe Transitions

One of the hardest things about this time of year is trying to dress appropriately. I always find myself desperate to try new trends and don spring-like shades, but when the weather is unpredictable there’s nothing worse than being caught in a hailstorm wearing pastels with drenched feet in impractical ballet flats.

Nonetheless, I have figured out a few ways to keep me happy by buying a few key items that merge seamlessly with my winter staples but blend into spring. Here are my must-haves and tips to wear them now and later.

It’s no coincidence the majority of these picks are from GAP, they play a blinder every spring with brights and stripes – perfect for your spring wardrobe and the price is always right with sales and spring discounts. I also used navy as my key basic neutral as I have tons of it, but you can switch for your preferred neutral, just make sure to adjust the colours you choose too.

Jumper, jeans, tee and scarf, all GAP // Bertie Aztec ballet flat. // Gold Brogues, ALDO

  • My key spring wardrobe update is a pair of coloured skinny jeans. I chose coral (this pair is rather fabulously named ‘neon flamingo’,) because it’s pretty and bright and works really well with winter neutrals. Team it with a grey or navy winter woolly now and a breton striped tee later.
  • Everybody needs stripes in their spring wardrobe, but they’re often of the t-shirt variety and when there’s a nip in the air they might not be sufficient to keep you warm. If the budget stretches buy a tee and look out for a knit too. Wear a tee under your parka while it’s cold and switch for your jumper as it warms up a little. You can layer this one up now with your regular jeans (I bought the coral stripe to wear with my usual dark wash jeans, but the navy works brilliantly with these coral skinnies,) and later on the beach with a pair of denim cut off shorts.

Scarves, Zara

  • Pick up a bright scarf or belt. The best investment you can make, you can wear a scarf in new season colours or prints with everything from a big coat now that you’re tired of your winter scarf, right through to layered with a light jacket or vest in warmer weather. Choose brights or tribal and ikat inspired patterns to stay on trend.
  • Lastly, pick out some fun shoes. I snapped up these gold brogues (in the Aldo sale now) for when it’s colder and I want to keep my toes covered up, and also a pair of pointed suede effect ballet flats in the Dorothy Perkins mid-season sale¬†with 30% off for a smarter look on warmer days and work.

Have you picked up any transitional pieces yet this spring?


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9 thoughts on “Spring Series: Wardrobe Transitions

  1. I found mint-green skinnies on sale (for 12 GBP !!) at French Connection during the sales and I think I will be wearing them all through the summer.
    I am in love with H&M’s Conscious collection, the blouses and dresses take you to a tropical paradise immediately and with jeans or a best they will look great, I also love that they are made up recycled material and not expensive at all (15 – 20 EUR for a dress or blouse). I sound like a commercial here but I really fell in love… of course green is my favorite color, and I love animals and patterns, so it was just made for me !

    I love the coral skinnies and the scarf (are those birds?). And you are right, stripes are always easy to combine and kind of timeless. And scarves are always a good investment, specially in windy places.

    • Ok I can’t write. I wrote with jeans or a best… I think I meant with jeans or a jacket, don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I got confused with French (veste). Crazy.

    • The coral ones above were ¬£9.99 when I bought them!! Love a bargain!

      I love mint, but it doesn’t love me. Can’t seem to get on with it next to my face. Perhaps need to try it in jeans form instead.

  2. I LOVE those coral skinnies! This is a great post for me as I’ve been really struggling with clothes for the current weather -want to wear bright spring shades but the weather is so awful! Think I might have to visit Gap this weekend…

  3. Ooo me, yday I bought myself a white blazer from Mango and I absolutely love it! Will be wearing it out this weekend for sure.


  4. LOVE this feature! I am returning to work in a couple of months after maternity leave and trying to figure out how to update my work summer wardrobe. This is so helpful! I am in love with those brogues…where is my credit card…..

  5. I can’t think about a Spring wardrobe when the snow’s still falling! I did buy a bright pink gilet (at 50% off!) from Joules recently and the splash of colour really makes me feel happier!

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