Fighting Closet Fatigue – Winter to Spring Wardrobe Transition

The holidays are over and it’s normal to be sick to death of your current closet. You’re dreaming of warmer temperatures though you’re still bundling up in sweaters. When shopping for your wardrobe at this time of year, it’s smart to make purchases that you can wear now, but also wear months from now. Small updates that can refresh your current wardrobe and transition nicely into spring. These items have caught my eye and are great ways to get a touch of spring and new trends into your current winter collection.

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  1. Printed Fabric Pumps. A statement shoe is a quick way to update the wardrobe. The gorgeous print on these pumps from J. Crew will go with everything in your wardrobe, from an LBD to your favorite pair of jeans. Right now, style with dark denim and a slouchy sweater in navy or black for brunch or a party at your friend’s house. Consider letting these shoes steal the show and pair with a black shift and opaque black tights. Come spring, style with white jeans, a dark blazer and striped tee for a fresh and classic look or pair with most any colored dress in your closet for a weekend wedding. The thicker heels makes these shoes more wearable and reviews state they’re comfortable and well made.
  2. Cotton Cable Sweater. A wool sweater may be warm a cozy, but it can get itchy and stifling once the temps rise. This sweater from J. Crew will be comfortable now with a layer (I have a cotton cable from Lands’ End and wear a knit or plaid flannel under it), and will be a great transition piece come spring. This sweater comes in classic navy but I like the crispness of the ivory. Pair now with a pleated or a-line skirt and tights for a modern take on collegiate chic; come spring pair with a twill pencil skirt and pumps, or go monochromatic with white or ivory jeans and nude shoes and touches of gold jewelry. If unsure, go up a size for the slouchy relaxed fit that will look great over skirts and with pants, jeans, and even shorts.
  3. Silk Paisley Square Scarf. Some of my favorite scarves are from Lands’ End; great quality, beautiful prints, and awesome prices (this one is currently on sale). A scarf can completely transform your wardrobe with a simple knot. I love folding square scarves into a triangle and tying “cowboy style” around the neck; adjust the knot to the length of drape you find most flattering. Just this past week I folded a square scarf this size into a long oblong a couple inches wide, wrapped around the neck and tied just the edges together in the front, then pulled at the fabric so it covered the knot and looked a bit messy; perfect tucked into the collar of a shirt or with a wider neck top and jacket. Tie onto the handle of your bag for a pop of color, if it doesn’t fit as a belt just knot on one belt loop for an accent, and wear in the classic “flight attendant” style with a striped boatneck, jeans, and a pair of canvas sneakers come spring.
  4. Silk Cotton Shirt in a Statement Color. There’s no better color to liven up a wardrobe than yellow and this shirt from Gap is full of spirit. You may argue that yellow is a very hard color to wear, but this is a statement piece that goes beyond coloring. Right now, slip under a gray or olive green sweater and pair with black trousers to add a pop of spring to your winter basics. When it warms, wear untucked with slim or straight dark denim, flats and gold jewelry. Come summer, wear this shirt tucked into a white pencil skirt or wear as a beach coverup. Size up for a slouchier fit; when wearing untucked don’t be afraid to unbutton another button and add modesty with a camisole and casually roll the sleeves. A color like this works best when it’s worn in a casual “oh this thing?” sort of way.
  5. Mixed Print Silk Top. The ‘Eliza’ top from Boden is a perennial fave by many including me. I have one and I love the flattering shape, the seasonless cut and fabric, and how it is so versatile. This print really called out to me because it would transition so nicely from now into the warmer months. Right now, pair with a navy cardigan and jeans or trousers; come spring lighten it with white jeans or a twill pencil skirt and bare legs. Also available in three other prints, this is a great wardrobe addition that looks fresh now but will become a closet classic.
  6. Dark Wash Straight Jeans. We’ve done skinny, boyfriend, distressed, coated, zippers, patches, high waist, low rise, and everything in between. It makes a classic fit and wash feel all the more modern and fresh. I’m a huge fan of Gap’s Real Straight jeans; they’re flattering to many different figures (I raved about them, Adrien at Looks Good from the back raved about them), they’re reasonably priced, and come in a bunch of different sizes and lengths. A straight leg is far more flattering with flat shoes than skinny or bootcut, and is still slim enough to fit into tall boots. No need to tell you how to wear a pair of jeans, just that denim doesn’t have to be so complicated. When you’re overwhelmed and frustrated by denim options, there’s nothing wrong with going back to a classic. Dark, crisp, and simple is always in style.
  7. Bucket Bag. This spring, the Bucket Bag and the Backpack have returned and are hotter than ever. Both styles are great for actually carting around your stuff, but a bucket is more versatile of a trend and likely to be in style longer. I was drawn to this bag by Deux Lux because it’s classic with a twist. I think the fringe is too much fun, and it keeps the bag from looking too basic without having it too crazy for most workplaces. Imagine it now with a black turtleneck sweater, dark jeans and tall boots. Come spring pair with white jeans and a chambray shirt or a simple black shift dress and flats. With two different strap lengths, this can be a shoulder bag or switch to being a crossbody. The price is nice making it a trend you can try without breaking the bank.
  8. Oversized Wayfarers. Ray-Bans are a classic, their Clubmasters, aviators, and Wayfarers have been in style for decades and likely many more to come. I’ve been drooling over these oversized versions of the classic Wayfarers. The traditional size looks a bit goofy on my head; the bigger size has a modern feel but isn’t so trendy you’ll regret the purchase in a year (and the more face your sunglasses cover, the more sun protection and the more you can get away without makeup on an early Sunday bagel run). These sunglasses are the type that are cool on 21 year olds and 71 year olds; care for them and they can last a lifetime. Envision them now with a beanie, parka with a fur-trimmed collar and warm boots; come spring wear with a striped tee and dark jeans or a simple frock and some Chucks for the weekend.
  9. Voile Dress. This simple dress from Splendid is so versatile. Right now, wear with black tights and booties, a denim jacket and a scarf looped around your neck. Come spring push up the sleeves and wear with bare legs and mid-calf or ankle boots, with a long pendant necklace and heels, or a beaded necklace and Birkenstocks. Available in four colors, I love the orange-red color, which looks so great with denim, white, black, olive, turquoise, and navy.
  10. Gold Fish Hook Choker. I believe in the power of a statement accessory that whispers instead of screaming. Last spring I purchased a simple gold cuff from Rebecca Minkoff and it has garnered more compliments than bolder more unique pieces in my jewelry collection and I haven’t tired of it. I feel this necklace from BaubleBar achieves the same effect for a really great low price. It is a style that could become a signature piece you wear almost every day; pair now over turtlenecks and come spring have it peek out of unbuttoned collars and add interest to simple crewnecks. To preserve the finish of gold costume jewelry, wipe down after wearing, don’t let it get wet, and store in a Ziploc bag.
  11. French Sailor’s Shirt. This is the time of year where you start realizing how worse for wear your knits may be. Stretched out, faded, stained, yellowed, and just not looking crisp any longer. When it comes to a wardrobe classic like a striped knit, it’s smart to buy quality so it stays looking great longer and lives through multiple wears and washings. LL Bean is known for quality and this heavier-weight knit does not disappoint. Available in five different colors and a broad range of sizes, my favorite is the navy stripe, a classic that will look so fresh now under a wool blazer and come spring with ankle pants and colorful flats.
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25 Comments

  1. Eliza
    January 24, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    As always, my applause, Allie! Who else but you can give me inspiration and remind me about colorful fabric pumps bought million years ago “because they’re so, so awsome and the price is so, so ridiculous” and not worn even once! Thanks for this inspiring post, let’s meet the spring “fully armed”! 😉

  2. Anamarie
    January 24, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    The sunglasses are shouting my name!

  3. Texas Aggie Mom
    January 23, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    You must have been reading my mind – winter clothes are my favorite, but
    this week I’ve been wishing for lighter colors and white denim! I
    found a blush colored turtleneck at Chico’s that is keeping me warm but
    adding some spring to my winter wools. This post sent me straight to
    LLBean (so much for that “no shopping” mantra!) since I have the shirt
    you mentioned in three colors. I just bought the zip neck version in
    navy stripe and coral stripe, which I hope will be great spring
    transition pieces, especially here in Texas where it was warm enough to
    wear them last weekend!

      • Aimee
        January 24, 2015 / 1:39 pm

        I can’t wait for that post!

    • Aimee
      January 24, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      I’m in Texas too. That shirt is way cute. I might have to get that.

  4. January 23, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    I have been looking for a silk scarf because it’s my favorite way to spice up an outfit – thanks for the rec as I never would have thought to look at Lands End before!

  5. Brittany V.
    January 23, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    I took this as a sign to finally order some blue suede pumps. Couldn’t resist when I found them at such a great price at 6pm! I can see them adding a dash of bravado to many items in my closet.

  6. Aimee
    January 23, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Love me some stripes for sure, and that Eliza top is calling me in a big way but “ouch” on the price. I guess that falls into the category of quality vs quantity, which is something I’ve been working on. 🙂

    • January 23, 2015 / 11:21 am

      I know, it’s not cheap, but it’s a really lovely fabric; silk but with stretch. It has a great fit, I bought one over a year ago, have hand washed it, dry cleaned it, machine washed on gentle and steamed out the wrinkles, tackled grease stains and it still looks new. Boden has amazing quality, I’ve never regretted a purchase from them.

      • Aimee
        January 23, 2015 / 12:14 pm

        I’m bookmarking them now!

      • Amy
        January 23, 2015 / 12:51 pm

        Allie – how is the sizing on that top? I find Boden to be all over the place on sizing and there is only one review on their website.

        And I honestly want to buy everything you linked to. Fantastic list!

        • January 23, 2015 / 12:58 pm

          I have a 14, but I have other tops from them in 12 that fit great. I got mine on sale and 12 was out, and I like how it fits and how it’s more boxy yet drapey, but I think I’d also like a 12.

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2015 / 11:37 am

      I just got a postcard from them detailing discounts over the last week of January. Not sure if it’s sale items only.
      I think it was one type of discount per day, Tops one day, bottoms another….. Might be worth checking out. They seems to be pretty good at controlling inventory so that things don’t always end up on sale. If it’s your favorite you can’t reliably play the sale game.

  7. January 23, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Love all of these especially that Boden top!

  8. Kim
    January 23, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Another reason to love Gwynnie Bee!! My wardrobe never gets old 🙂 I love those pumps, I wish that they came in wide width.

    • January 23, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Well the review did say the pumps run wider than most J. Crew. I bet as the season continues we’ll also see more shoes like this from different brands 🙂

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