3 Outfit Formulas to Repeat Through the Spring Transition

3 Outfit Formulas for the Spring Transition

The transition from winter to spring can make us antsy if you’re itching to get out of winter and feel that revitalized life that naturally comes with spring.  We want to feel that in our wardrobes too!  The problem is sometimes it’s still a little cold during the spring months, so how to do you channel spring vibes without freezing?

Last week I shared my wardrobe plan for cooler spring weather with a Mini Early Spring Capsule Wardrobe.  Today I want to use pieces from it and share 3 outfit formulas you can use over and over to dress for the spring transition!

NOTE: Change the footwear depending on your weather.  The outfit formulas still work!  I wear these formulas in very cold months with taller boots, and I might add a scarf, and of course a coat if necessary.  Read my recent post How to Wear an Item in Different Seasons for 3 tips to style items for winter or spring!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

Casual Winter Outfit: pink colorblock sweater + distressed skinny jeans + grey tall rain boots + grey crossbody bag + white leather earringsCasual Winter Outfit: distressed skinny jeans + pink colorblock sweater + grey crossbody bag + grey tall rain boots + white leather earringsCasual Winter Outfit: pink colorblock sweater + distressed skinny jeans + grey crossbody bag + grey tall rain boots + white leather earrings

1. Bright Sweater or Sweatshirt + Jeans
I’ve shown this before but I’m showing it again because this is exactly the type of outfit I needed last spring for sunny days that had a chill in the air.  Though my winter items were warm enough, they’re all mostly darker colors which didn’t feel right with the bright sun.  A bright colored sweater like this that’s thick and warm is perfect for the spring transition!

You can also wear a bright or light colored sweatshirt for a more casual vibe.

Finish off the look with slip-on sneakers or rain boots!

If you haven’t heard me talk about this sweater yet, it’s a medium thickness with a tighter knit which keeps me nice and warm without the sweater feeling big and bulky.  I absolutely love the color for this spring!  It comes in a blue/yellow/white version also.  On sale it’s a good-feeling sweater for a great price.  See both versions HERE.  I sized up to M for a more relaxed fit.

Shop the Look:
Sweater: Old Navy (exact–wearing size M)

Jeans: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Boots: c/o Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 8 in Zinc)
Bag: Nordstrom (similarsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact–wearing size M)

 

2. Darker Floral Print Piece + Layers
These pieces weren’t in my mini spring wardrobe, but it’s still a great formula you can use. Some days during the transition from winter to spring can be gloomy.  Some people have mentioned wanting to incorporate some spring vibes but not feeling quite right wearing bright or light colors.  If that’s the case, try a floral print dress or top with a darker background and darker color scheme.  I have several floral prints like this, and thanks to the tricks I shared in How to Wear an Item in Different Seasons, I can style them in darker outfits OR I can lighten them up on brighter days!

Here are some examples of how to style darker florals.

Dress With Tights Outfit: floral print dress + long black cardigan + black tights + black suede booties + maroon tote bag + tan leather earrings + long gold disc pendantBusiness Casual Outfit: floral v-neck top + black blazer + black skinny pants + maroon suede pumps + gray leather tote bag + long gold disc pendantWhite Jeans Outfit: floral long-sleeve v-neck top + white skinny jeans + red faux suede flats + cognac tote bag + long gold fringe pendant necklace

 Shop similar pieces for the outfits in the widget below:

Shop more dark floral prints below:

Transitional Winter to Spring Skinny Jeans Outfit: white tunic + distressed skinny jeans + cream long cardigan + nude loafers + long gold disc pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + blush leather earringsTransitional Winter To Spring Skinny Jeans Outfit: distressed skinny jeans + white tunic + nude loafers + cream long cardigan + blush leather earrings + long gold disc pendant necklace + grey crossbody bagTransitional Winter To Spring Skinny Jeans Outfit: white tunic + distressed skinny jeans + nude loafers + cream long cardigan + grey crossbody bag + blush leather earrings + long gold disc pendant necklace

3. White Top + Oversized Cardigan in Light or Bright Color + Jeans
Last is an outfit formula that I wear in fall, winter, and spring! I usually change the color schemes to make it work with each season’s vibe, but it’s one of my go-to outfit formulas in the fall and winter because I need the layers to stay warm.  That also makes it a great outfit formula for the spring transition when it’s still cool.  In cooler weather I’d switch to heavier footwear, like tall boots or booties, and I’d add a scarf.

For a spring version, I used my most-remixed white tunic (see all the ways I’ve worn it HERE) and kept the palette light with medium wash distressed jeans and an oatmeal colored cardigan.  I also went with lighter colored loafers, which could also be traded for pointy toe nude flats.

Shop the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (
similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: c/o Macy’s (
similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar, similarsimilar)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (
exact–wearing size M)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (
exact)

In case you’re interested, here’s me using this outfit formula in the fall, winter, and spring respectively:

White Tunic 3 Ways: Fall, Winter, Spring

Try this formula with any spring colored cardigan.  Shop some some through the widget below!

Try one of these outfit formulas sometime this week!


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