the spring equinox is a mere four weeks away and counting, so time to start dreaming about spring. while there might be snow and more snow in your neck of the woods, what better time to shop for spring styles or put together your plans and actions for your spring garden? right now, i’m working on an herb garden that will supply me with fresh rosemary, basil, thyme, and a few other goodies all spring and summer. can’t wait to haul out my gardening shoes and trowel in a few weeks to start digging. the same goes for my outfits. it’s time to start planning for an easy transition to spring with lightweight sweaters and the lot.
transitioning from one season to the next can be a tricky proposition. but if you’re armed with the right tools, errr clothes your life becomes a little easier. getting dressed in the morning should be fun, not a chore. when the seasons change, i always reach for wardrobe staples. you know the ones. they aren’t sexy; there aren’t any bells and whistles attached. but they’re the hard-working items in your closet that span the seasons: dark rinse denim, suede booties, classic trench, black crewneck, white tee.
think of the basics as the items you can pair with anything else in your closet to end up with a snazzy outfit. basics are the items that marry two garments together. closet basics are typically year-round pieces that easily transition from one season to the next. and outfit to outfit.
transition to spring with lightweight sweaters
when you take the time to invest in the basics, you are laying a foundation for a functional wardrobe that will prepare you for anything. every successful wardrobe lays a foundation. crew necks, v necks, and cardigans are all hard-working staples. cashmere for winter. cotton for summer. today’s ootd is an example of how to transition to spring with lightweight sweaters. it all starts with an elegant opens in a new windowboat neck sweater from opens in a new windowBoden with striped cuffs. it’s a soft cotton-merino wool combination that’s lightweight yet warm. even though this little number just arrived on my doorstep, there are limited sizes. other options are opens in a new window here, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere. the neutral color scheme also transitions from season to season with ease. opens in a new windowdark rinse jeans (i’m wearing a size 6) from opens in a new window Talbots were cuffed to show off a pair of opens in a new windowsuede booties. and a neutral check coat (old from opens in a new windowAnn Taylor, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) brings the outfit together while keeping the chill at bay. one of my favorite handbags (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) from opens in a new windowPatricia Nash adds interest with texture.