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As fabulous as it would be to have specific wardrobes for every season, most of us don’t have the space or money for all of those clothes. This is why it’s important to learn to transition your outfits from season to season. With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, here are a few tips for transitioning your wardrobe from the cooler months to the warmer ones:

Lose the tights

Almost any dress or skirt you wore in the winter months can be worn in the summer sans-tights. Let your legs out after those months of hibernation. If you’re not comfortable going bare-legged, or it’s not warm enough just yet, go for a pair of sheer hose in place of the opaque tights you’d usually wear.

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Add sandals

Whatever outfit you’d wear in the winter or fall with booties or flats can be instantly summerized with a simple pair of colorful sandals. Opt for a high quality pair of leather ones that can easily transition from the office to the weekend. A pair of versatile sandals will look good with a pair of cropped jeans as well as a tailored skirt. Don’t be afraid to go bold this summer! One exception to this tip, though, are rubber flip flops. Don’t wear rubber flip flops with a chic outfit, or ever really, unless you’re on the beach.

Opt for a peep toe

One of the most subtle signs that spring has sprung is when you begin seeing women in peep toe heels. They’re an elegant choice that are reserved for the spring months and can make a big difference when it comes to summerizing your drab winter workwear. Next time you put on a pair of black slacks, go for a peep toe heel instead of a pump.

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Wear light colors

If your go-to work outfit this winter has been a completed with a dark blouse and a black blazer, lighten it up! Don’t hesitate to pair a light-colored, sheer blouse with a pair of gray or khaki slacks instead of black. Since it’s spring, feel free to hang up most of your black in place of lighter hues. Not only do these colors look more summery, but they’re also cooler to wear on warm days!

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Show some skin

It’s not just those legs that have been in hiding all winter, but chances are, your chest and arms have been too. Leave your blazer at home and dare to leave your arms bare in your work clothes. Those layers that seemed so necessary a mere month ago are hardly a necessity any more.

Add some pops of color

If you work in a conservative office, you may be leery of getting too summery with your wardrobe. If that’s the case, add a few pops of bright, summer colors, like a yellow fashion scarf, a hot pink belt, or even a turquoise statement necklace. This will allow you to get into the swing of the season without being afraid of going overboard.

Don’t disregard your sweaters

Sweaters and cardigans don’t have to just be winter staples. Rather than pairing your sweaters with black pants or a skirt and opaque tights, pair a pastel sweater with some light denim or white jeans and a pair of sandals for a look that’s effortlessly chic, yet casual enough for a weekend farmer’s market.

Lace Cardigan
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Comments (3)

melva brnilovich

love these suggestions–have to wait until my account is reduced a lot– the first rose dress–love it– will have it in my dreams!

Janet O. Mason

I enjoyed looking at all the items they appear just like in the book, only better.

Midnight Velvet

Thank you for the compliment Janet!! 🙂

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Published on Jun 23 2016

Last Updated on Jul 04 2016

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