It’s that time of year again, when the temperatures start to rise and people are antsy to shed their dark winter coats and boots for bright sundresses and sandals.
While the calendar may say that spring has finally arrived, it’s still pretty chilly outside.
It seems as if there are still a few weeks of fashion limbo between winter and spring wear, so how do we transition the styles we love into our wardrobe without freezing?
Transitional months such as March and April are notorious for unpredictable climates that jump from frosty to toasty.
One day’s weather might inspire a barbecue or outside party with friends, also know as a “darty,” while another’s wet and windy setting encourages staying in and binge watching Netflix.
Keene State College Seniors Jessica Chamoures, Olivia Testa, Casey Robinson and Jack Anderson offered insight from their own closets on how to seamlessly shift between the two extremes.
All agreed that layering is key for surviving the tricky “in-between” season.
Leaving the house during the colder mornings and feeling content in a heavy coat may cause sweating by lunchtime, they agreed.
The great thing about layering is utilizing staple items that are versatile and can work for day or night looks in different temperatures.
When it’s time to ditch the heavy jackets, there are many different styles and materials to choose from.
Chamoures, who said she is a fan of applying layers in her wardrobe, said, “Instead of my big puffy North Face jacket, I opt for jean or, at night, leather.”
In addition, a lightweight trench coat with a cinched waist or a blazer can be matched perfectly with a blouse for a balanced and sophisticated look.
For a more relaxed style a cardigan is a popular article to layer.
Cardigans and sweaters can also be easily paired with shorts once it’s warm enough to show a little leg.
Color is another facet that changes with the seasons.
Dark colors, such as black, are associated with winter, while lighter hues, such as yellow and pink, signify spring.
Take a hint from nature and start expanding color palettes to include some brighter colors to get in the mood for warmer weather.
When reflecting on her own wardrobe color adjustment, Robinson said, “Something that I start to change in my outfits between winter and spring are my color schemes. From winter and wearing relatively dark and warm colors, I slowly move toward bright and colorful looks.”
There are always some wintery articles people want to work into their outfits come springtime.
Boots and scarves are the main items up for dispute.
Chamoures said, “I hate that. You never know what to wear. It’s like you can’t wear boots, but it’s too cold to wear flip-flops. Usually, I’ll just wear my Toms or sneakers.”
Robinson added “While weaning out boots I usually wear Converse or Toms until it’s warm enough for flip-flops.”
While it may be true that the days where tall black boots are still in season are coming to an end, there’s a whole new crop of kicks to choose from.
Slip on shoes, such as Toms and Converse, are popular during warmer weather because of their comfort and lightweight feel.
These brands have multiple colors and patterns making it easy for customers to individualize their look while still staying fashion forward.
However, boots don’t need to be ruled out entirely during this time of year.
Mid-calf boots and ankle booties are trendy styles that can easily be balanced with jeans or a pair of shorts in warmer temperatures.
Scarves can be modified from gear to keep us warm in the winter, to accessories come springtime. Wearing lighter fabrics and updated patterns is a way to transition scarves to spring.
Testa said, “I wear lighter patterned scarves instead of my winter scarves when it starts to get warmer.”
It’s time to put away the heavy shawls and break out the brighter supply.
From the male perspective, Anderson weighed in on how his style adapts during this phase.
He said, “I tend to incorporate flannel button downs into my attire during the transition. I’ll throw a light jacket over that as well.”
While he said he hopes to be sporting khaki shorts whenever possible, he wears jeans when he can’t.
He also said his footwear choices are more about staying functional during the change in his surroundings between seasons.
He explained, “I’ll definitely keep the boots on to accommodate with the wet and muddy ground.
Overall KSC students agreed that style in-between winter and spring is a fun transitional period where you can work in your favorite pieces from both seasons to your everyday look.