It may seem like it took forever for some of us, but spring is finally here. And while you may be tempted to throw all of your winter fashion to the back of the closet, there are some items you can bring into this bright and beautiful season. A great way to get the most out of your clothes, think of what to keep, not throw away! Here are some pieces to keep as you transition from winter to spring looks. —Iyana Robertson
Contrary to popular belief, boots can actually prove complimentary to a chic spring ensemble. Though longer-length boots may be a bit much with the rising temperatures, shorter boots can be chicly paired with skirts, shorts and bare legs. Still not a believer? Try a peep-toe bootie for a little warm weather flair.
Used for layering and added warmth in the winter, these pieces can serve as outerwear on rainy spring days or cool spring nights. Darker colored blazers and cardigans can be paired with bright bottoms or accessories to give your outfit a pop of color. Don’t rule knits out during spring either: pair a knit with a camisole or tank top for comfort.
During the cold winter months, color and prints can be found most frequently on winter accessories. While you may not be able to bring your hat and gloves into the new season, a brightly colored or animal print scarf can work well with blacks, whites and beige tones in a warmer weather get-up.
Leggings are an all-year-round piece that can work in the coldest temperatures for layering. For a spring transition, leggings can stand alone, with bright sleeveless tops or bright shoes and accessories. While you may want to use the spring sun as an opportunity to show off your legs, leggings may work for the faint of heart who still want to get their sexy on.
Ladies also enjoyed pops of color this winter with bright colored or patterned tights. Usually worn with knee-length boots and knits skirts in freezing temperatures, tights can bring the fun to spring fashion. For a bit of a quirky spring look, try a crop top with shorts, tights and flats. One good way to balance a covered leg in the spring, is exposure of the arms and mid-drift.
Before things really heat up, leather pieces may be able to have another go-round. Most commonly worn in the spring, leather jackets are the go-to outwear piece on cooler spring days. Leather shorts, vests and leggings can also work with tank tops and open-toe shoes. Another spring balancing tip: pair heavy fabrics with lighter ones. If you’re going for leather shorts or pants, a sheer shirt will make a good complementary piece.
Denim is yet another year-round fashion staple. Denim shirts, in particular, were a prominent trend this fall/winter season, and can be brought into the spring. The simplest of transitional pieces, denim shirts can easily be paired with shorts, or buttoned down for a bit more exposure. Brights can also be thrown in the mix for a bit of spring flair.