Jacket: Old Navy,(30% off with code: SWEET), Tank: Old Navy (30% off with code: SWEET), Jeans: Old Navy (30 % off with code: SWEET), Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Madewell, Necklace: Old Navy, Bracelet: Madewell
Is it too soon to start the countdown to spring? As an “Angeleno,” I’m not sure I have the right to complain about the weather this time of year (or ever for that matter), but after all of the holidays and festivities pass, winter always seems to drag on. The appeal of cozy nights indoors begins to wear off and I yearn for sunny beach days filled with my favorite warm-weather activities. Living in a beach town becomes even more of a tease, and it doesn’t help that all of the designers and retailers are unveiling their latest spring collections filled with inspiration for the warmer months ahead. I’ve already snagged a few pieces in anticipation for the upcoming season, but because the weather has yet to catch up, getting dressed during these transitional months can be a challenge. If you, too, suffer from spring fever, there are still a few ways you can gradually incorporate spring pieces into your existing winter wardrobe without sacrificing functionality. Here are four tips to make the transition a bit more seamless:
- Add Patterns & Prints – Hang up those dark, neutral pieces from winter to make room for more playful patterns and prints. Try swapping solid sweaters out for nautical striped tops. Or if stripes aren’t your thing, consider darker floral prints that still feel seasonally appropriate. These subtle changes allow you to wear pieces that remain functional for cooler days, while hinting at a breezy, beachy spring vibe.
- Introduce Colors – Bright, bold colors might be a bit premature this time of year, so consider lightening up your wardrobe with more muted tones, like these olive green jeans. The same approach can be applied for your makeup and nails too. Swap darker lip shades, eye shadows and nail polishes out for brighter, more colorful hues, like warm pinks and peaches.
- Consider fabrics – Instead of heavy wool, flannel, leather and fleece, think lighter, more breathable fabrics, like cotton, linen, lace and crochet. But in order to stay warm, don’t forget to…
- Play with Layers – If there’s ever a solution to unpredictable weather, it’s layering. There are endless ways to do it, but it doesn’t get more classic than a denim jacket. I love this traditional distressed style I’m wearing here, but opting for a more unexpected shade, like coral or green, can be a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit. Or if you’re looking for something with less weight to it, a chambray button down (also love this softer version) makes a great layering piece under a sweater, unbuttoned over a shirt or tied over a dress. They double as a great bathing suit cover up in the summer too.
*Special thanks to Old Navy for collaborating on this feature.
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