Spring forward (and stay warm) at work with these fashion tricks
When it comes to dressing for work, our fashion is in a transition phase.
Sure, the forecast may still hold more chilly days and, depending on where you live, there could be a few more snowstorms queued up. At the same time, warm weather new arrivals are sprouting up and Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year — meaning, of course, an early spring is on its way.
Ready to spring forward with your wardrobe? Here’s a few of our fave fashion tricks for refreshing your wardrobe this time of year, while staying warm and on budget. These perennial spring trends will play well with the winter wardrobe staples already in your closet.
Metallics + pastels:
From canary yellows to blush pinks, pastels are a go-to springtime trend. To wear them at the tail end of winter, mix them with metallics and grays. Pastels pair beautifully with the cooler colors. We’re loving the Clare Cardigan Sweater, on sale for $24.50, at J. Crew Factory, in a soft lavender color they’ve called “fresh wisteria.” Come summer, it’s the perfect piece to pair over shift dresses and with floral pencil skirts. For now, layer it with some gray slacks or jeans and silver ballet flats or oxfords on a casual Friday. Factory Clare Cardigan Sweater, $24.50 (plus Cash Back), J. Crew Factory
Styling trick: Wear your cardigans on the weekends, too. To give them a laidback make-over, pop them over a worn-in T-shirt and add a pendant necklace. Leave the cardigan unbottoned.
All aboard with the nautical trend? From red and navy combinations to Breton stripes, the classic trend feels like spring — but can be executed with cold weather basics. For example, that red cable knit sweater that got plenty of wear during the holiday season can feel fresh when paired with a pair of navy skinnies or work trousers. Or, pull in a nautical striped scarf — like this one from Gap — and add a dose of spring to any work outfit. Nautical Stripe Scarf, $29.95 (plus Cash Back), Gap.com
Styling trick: Make your scarf work overtime. Tie a lightweight scarf around the handles of your handbag to add some color or patterns to your outfit.
You’re of course familiar with the phrase “dress in layers.” Take a literal interpretation of that mantra this spring and add layers to your warm-weather, sleeveless dresses. A prim white Oxford paired under a sheath dress makes it so you don’t have to wait until May to wear those sleeveless or cap-sleeved dresses. Pair with sheer tights and ankle boots and you’ve transformed your summer dresses into wear-all-year dresses. This rose-colored swing dress pairs nicely with a more fitted Oxford shirt. (And, on the weekend, it will go just as well with a denim jacket). Sleeveless Printed Swing Dress, on sale for $15 (plus Cash Back), Old Navy.
Styling trick: Have any earrings that are broken or the matching piece has gone rogue? Turn the loose gems into a brooch and pin to the tip of your Oxford for a glamorous update