Spring Style Refresh: Easy Actions to Transition Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring!

If you’re stuck in the limbo of transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring, clinging onto those cosy winter clothes might feel like wrapping yourself in a comfort blanket.

But let’s face it, it’s starting to feel suffocating, and you’re itching to break free into something lighter and brighter. The thought of tackling this wardrobe switch might seem overwhelming, especially if you’re short on time.

But fear not! Here are some quick and effortless action steps to smoothly sail into spring without sacrificing hours of your precious time.

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Lighten up your wardrobe: Shed some weighty colours

I can’t peek into your closet, but if it’s anything like mine, black’s been hogging the spotlight lately. At the beginning of winter, it wasn’t all that dominant; I had a lovely selection of autumnal colours, as well as some winter pastels.

But now, as winter winds down, the black seems to have taken over. It’s not normally my go-to top pick when it comes to colours, but it’s just so practical. It hides a multitude of sins, and you know, it’s effortlessly chic.

But let’s be real, it’s starting to feel a bit heavy and, well, blah.

Now is the prime moment to lighten the load in your wardrobe. Think of it like tending to a garden – time to pull out those weeds of black!

Action: Remove some heavy colour outerwear and replace it with other items in your wardrobe/closet that are not such a dark colour. Remove some black trousers and skirts and replace them with other colours, for example, Grey, navy, dark green, the darker beige colours.

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Rediscover your perfect lighter coat

So, here’s a little story from last weekend: the fam and I were heading out, and I just couldn’t bring myself to throw on ‘the black coat’ yet again. So, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, I grabbed my beloved pale pink wool coat from the depths of my wardrobe. You know, the one I sometimes shy away from wearing because I’m saving it for a ‘special’ occasion haha? Well, turns out, it was perfect for that moment: Lighter in feel, brighter in appearance, and totally in sync with the early spring vibe. It got me thinking – Those dark hues lurking in our closets may be like security blankets, but it’s time to shed them and embrace the light!

Suggested Action: Find lighter colour outwear


Craft airy, lighter layers for spring

While the lingering chill of winter may still be felt, mastering the art of layering offers a versatile solution to the ever changing air temperature. By strategically layering your outfits, you afford yourself the flexibility to adapt to fluctuating temperatures throughout the day, shedding layers as the sun warms the air or adding them back on when the breeze picks up.

Beyond its practicality, layering presents a creative opportunity to infuse your ensemble with diverse arrays of colour, injecting a sense of freshness and allure into your look. Having a three layered approach, for example: blouse/jumper/cardigan combination, gives you a great opportunity for playing with colour.

In addition to playing with colour, layering clothes allows you to experiment with different combinations of textures, patterns, and hues, adding depth and visual interest to your outfit.

Consider mixing and matching various pieces, such as a lightweight blouse paired with a knit tank top and topped off with a breezy cardigan. Or maybe a classic tee layered under a cozy jumper and complemented with a stylish scarf. The possibilities are endless, offering huge opportunities for personal expression and sartorial flair.

Easy to adopt layering combinations are:

shirt or blouse /tank top/ cardigan
teeshirt / jumper / cardigan
shirt or blouse / tee shirt
all of the above with or without a scarf

I also have knitted poncho-like garments, like snoods, but they just sit round the shoulders and upper torso, which are really useful for spring, and they layer up really well with silk shirts on a warmer day or polo neck sweaters on a cooler day.

Suggested actions: Create a few new layering options for your wardrobe and experiment with colour in a really simple way.

Transform your outfit with accessory swops

When I had my wedding dress business it was a bit of a pet peeve of mine that I would spend so much time designing, creating and fitting a wedding dress, only for the milliner who I worked with and who was über talented, to fit a stunning headpiece in the bride’s hair, completely transform the outfit, and get all the credit for completly transforming the bride’s look!

But, to be fair, accessories really do pull an outfit together, and you can change your accessories as we transition into warmer weather, and make a noticeable change to your look.

Simple switches like swapping out a black bag for one of those dull metallic (silver or bronze) or even more colourful versions, or trading in your dark scarves and hats for lighter hues, can instantly freshen up your style and welcome the spring vibes.

I always associate more delicate jewellery with spring/summer and I think you can create a great spring look with lighter jewellery too. So take off some of your heavier necklaces, maybe, and experiment with some light chains.

Suggested action: Swop out that heavy winter bag, replace your dark scarves and hats for lighter colours. Introduce some lighter jewellery, that you haven’t worn over the winter, back into your every day wear.

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Fresh grooming options

Adding some brightness to your face during this season can truly elevate your overall appearance.

One simple trick? Switch up your makeup game. Consider stashing away those slightly darker lipsticks and opting instead for lighter-colored lip glosses or ones with a subtle sheen – they can work wonders!

As for me, well, let’s just say I’m as pale as a ghost by this time of year. That’s when I sometimes turn to a bit of self-tanner for both my face and body, just to add a touch of color back into the mix.

Suggested action: Indulge yourself with some self care grooming. Get a healthy glow on your face with same self-tanner, try a new creamy blusher that gives you natural glowing skin, or buy a new lipgloss and get your sheen on!

Inject some fun into your wardrobe

Finally, this is all sounding a bit worthy and not that exciting, so just a reminder that it’s important that you absolutely love what you are wearing.

Pull out pieces from last year that you have missed wearing and make sure that you are incorporating them into your clothing selection.

Create a few new outfit variations to brighten your spirits and incorporate them into your outfit rotation, starting to ring the spring changes on your winter wardrobe.

Your clothes should bring you sheer joy, so go ahead and seek out those favorite colours, fabrics, or styles that make you feel like a million dollars. It’s all about embracing what makes you feel amazing!

Suggested action: Have some fun, lighten up, make sure you are smiling and not frowning and just create some joy in your life as you choose a few items or outfits that you really love.

I hope you found this useful.

Even if you just choose one tip for today or tomorrow, give it a go and see how quickly and eaily you can change your wardrobe towards Spring.

What tip did you like best? Leave me a note in the comments section!

Sarah Banks is a designer, blogger and internet entrepreneur. Having started her entrepreneurial life with a couture wedding and day dress company she then got hooked on all things on-line, bringing her businesses online and fusing both worlds. Her experience and knowledge in creating one-off garments for her clients was the foundation for Working Frocks and she is uniquely placed to give styling advice, being not only a blogger, but a couture designer too.

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