4/25/2014

How To | Transitioning to Spring & Summer

We've cleaned out our closets and now it's time to enjoy the warmer temperatures and shining sun. 
Easing your wardrobe from Winter to Spring and Summer is simple, just follow these tips!

Layering
The biggest tip I can share is to layer! Don't be afraid that it will add bulk, you just have to choose the right pieces. Each item in the layers should be fitted and a thinner material. At the very least, throw on a cardigan to help with cooler mornings and nights.

Lighten Up
Add pastels to your wardrobe! These shades are very hot right now, pick a silhouette with clean lines to look more classic chic than Easter Bunny. If pastels aren't your thing then, try more saturated colors.  Coral and hot pink are the it colors for Spring. They look lovely on everyone and will bring just the right pop of color to your face and outfit. If all else fails, add white! Forget all the rules associated with white and throw on a crisp button-up or a simple tee. It will brighten up your outfit and bring life to those dark winter hues.



Color of The Year
Don't forget about the Pantone color of the year: Radiant Orchid. This is another fun way to update your outfit. Wear the color as a shirt or as your nail polish -- quick and easy way to bring your look into Spring.



Accessories
I know I mention this a lot but accessories are one of the most affordable and easiest ways to change up any look. Go for a statement necklace or earrings and keep everything else simple. 

Beauty
Change our your blush for a bright pink or poppy color. Bold makeup colors can work for every skin tone -- the key is in the brush. Look for a duo-fibre brush that will deposit less product on the skin, that way you'll get a light wash of a bright color. In general though, Spring makeup is subdued and simple. Go for a glowing highlighter on cheeks but keep your lips matte. And skip the heavy eyeliner -- a neutral eye shadow and thick mascara will keep your look fresh. Nail polish is another fun way to add a little Spring to your look. Again go for brights or pastels!



Colorful Pants
Switching out your boyfriend jeans or basic black pants for a colorful crop pant is a simple way to transition your wardrobe into Spring. If you want to keep attention away from your lower half, then stick with dark and sold colors. To show off your inner fashionista, go for printed pants or bright hues like orange!
 


Neon
Neon colors are not just for teenage girls and rock stars. If done properly they can be really quite chic. The key is to wear only one item piece -- it should be structured and formal. Try a neon yellow peplum top under a blazer or a neon pink pencil skirt with a structured button-up blouse. The bright pop of color is perfect for Spring and and mixes well with the black and navy pieces you still have from Winter. 



Patterns
Spring is the perfect time to play with patterns. Florals are popping up in store windows everywhere. You can wear flowers without looking like your grandmother's table cloth -- just look for large floral patterns in bright colors. Stay away from tiny prints and muted tones.



Mix & Match
One of my favorite looks for Spring is the unexpected: a sweater and shorts or a maxi skirt and sleeveless crop top. If you're feeling adventurous play around with different lengths, textures and weights for the individual pieces in your outfit. If you want to wear shorts but aren't necessarily ready to show off your legs, try tights!

I would love to hear your tips for transitioning into the warmer months! 
Let me know in the comments below!

Images: Thrifty It Girl, Space 46 Boutique, Glamour.com, Frankie Hearts Fashion, Polyvore, Street Style Chic

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