Spring has officially sprung and it’s been getting warmer and warmer here in Los Angeles. One of my favorite seasons to dress for is Fall/Winter and the next is Summer. I’ve become acclimated to dressing for seasons in transition, and usually it’s from Winter to Summer because back where I grew up, the temperature swings like a young, carefree wild child on the playground, and Spring only sticks around for about 2-3 weeks. I remember years ago when the weather started warming up, I’d get excited, but I wasn’t quite ready to put away my winter clothes because there would still be cooler nights. So for some time, I used to look at my closet and think I had nothing to wear. Now, I start moving my heavy knits, winter coats, over the knee boots and furs to the back closet the moment there are signs of Spring.
HOW TO DRESS BETWEEN SEASONS:
1) Layer Summery Pieces with Lightweight Jackets and Cardigans.
My friend once told me she was going to be attending a party and her ex-boyfriend was going to be in attendance. (Always a scenario we don’t want to confront, am I right?) She was already a really beautiful woman as she was, but she really wanted to look amazing for the first time seeing her ex after the breakup. Summer had just ended, the weather started cooling down and she didn’t have time to shop for a new outfit for the coming weekend. When she asked me what she should wear, I suggested she wear a maxi dress with a jean jacket or blazer and scarf that she could remove once she got indoors. I was really happy to see her panic subside as she listed things off from her wardrobe that she could wear that weekend.
When seasons change from Spring to Summer or Summer to Fall, always keep lightweight jackets, trench coats, vests or blazers on hand. I wasn’t ready to bare my arms just yet, so I threw on a light blue linen jacket that felt a little like a piece of summer. Linen always reminds me of cruises, Europe and being on yachts. If you do not own a lot of scarves and want to buy a couple, select ones with colors that work with a few main colors in your closet. Most people probably wear blue, black, white, maybe red, so find one with a cool pattern with a few of those colors.
2) Accessorize with Hats or Scarves.
When I don’t want to wear a jacket and I know it’ll get a little cooler at night, I opt for a scarf. I wear it around my neck and as it gets cool, i bring it down and wrap it around my shoulders to stay warm. Sometimes I wear the scarves with a jacket, but it was warm this weekend, so I didn’t bother and just wore a lightweight linen jacket. If it’s really sunny, a beautiful hat can really add to your outfit.
3) Finish with a great watch or pieces of jewelry, bag & great shoes
I used to wear a lot of jewelry. For years, I’ve layered rings and wear statement pieces. Since getting engaged and married, my favorite piece is my wedding band and engagement ring, so I’ve scaled back on layering tons of rings and finish off with a couple of key accessories, usually earrings and bracelets. Choices in accessories are very personal. You really just have to love them, feel good and have fun with them. Finally, finish off with a great pair of shoes. I kept my outfit simple and wore my favorite blush pumps. They’re my go-to neutrals. I have no idea how I’m going to find another pair to replace these. They’re so comfortable.
I hope you enjoyed this post. How do you manage your closet in transitional weather? Do you have any go-to favorite pieces of accessories that you wear through all seasons? I’d love to hear your tips, too!
Outfit: Blue Linen Jacket similar by Asos here. Shoes by Emporio Armani. Similar by Nine West here. Also adore these similar ones by Matiko chunkier heel here. Faye Bag by Chloè available here. Jeans by ZARA. Bracelets by Forever21 old, but more here. Earring by Olivia Palermo X BaubleBar.
Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ