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Simple Style: Gear up for spring with 4 key pieces

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

Spring has sprung, though in many places, the weather is still reminiscent of winter. However, ever since Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring on Groundhog's Day 2020, I haven't been able to stop planning out my spring transitional wardrobe. My favorite part of dressing during the transition between the bitter winter and the pleasant spring weather, are the pieces that pull an outfit together, allowing you to merge your cold and warm weather wardrobes.

Most likely, the best pieces for transitioning between the two seasons already live in your closet. But if you need to purchase a few pieces, that's fine, too. The key is finding items you can wear with layering in winter and on their own in the next season (because who doesn't like a versatile wardrobe?). Read below for what to pull from the back of your closet or what to invest in to bring your winter and spring transition wardrobe together.

Midi- to maxi-length dresses and skirts

If you're in an area where temperatures are already rising, midi- to maxi-length dresses or skirts will add that much-needed refresh to your wardrobe and get your styling juices flowing once again. You've spent all winter, stuck in jeans, chunky knits and booties - not that I don't love that combination - but being able to bare a bit of skin and feel lighter is the best part about warmer weather. Throw your favorite chunky knit or cardigan over your spring dress or layer a thin turtleneck or classic button-down (more on this below) under it for that little bit of extra warmth that is needed for late-winter / early-spring weather.

Classic button-down shirt

A classic button-down shirt will quickly become a staple piece during the cold to not-so-cold transition. Swap out your thermals for a collared shirt under your sweaters for a preppy look that will keep you warm during the chilly mornings and allow you to strip off a piece for a cooler outfit in the warmer afternoons. Forego the sweater altogether and tuck your top into your favorite pair of jeans and add some matching booties, then, layer the look with a trendy jacket that can be removed as the weather changes during the day. And, of course, you can always wear your button-down under your favorite spring dresses if you just can't wait one more day to bust them out of storage for the season.

Midweight outerwear


It's definitely time to put away heavy winter coats and focus on midweight layering pieces that keep you comfortable during crisp spring mornings but aren't a hassle to remove once the sun shines down in the afternoon. Think longline coats and jackets for this in-between weather, like a faux-leather trench coat or a twill utility jacket, that will add a comfortable layer sans bulkiness.

Lightweight shoes

I am a boots girl, through and through, but I have already been busting out my flats and sneakers on mild days this season. Swapping out heavy winter footwear for spring-appropriate shoes will lighten up your outfit and balance the chunky knits and jeans that you may still need to get through the rest of the cooler season. Plus, they are so easy to style with every outfit and add a much-needed element of comfort.

Take stock of what you have in your closet to see how you can transition your wardrobe for the warmer spring weather before whipping out your credit card. Even if you do have to spend a little cash, you won't regret it. Whether you're just getting some fresh air with a walk around the block or making a grocery store run, these key pieces will keep you at the ready those spring temps.

(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at, or follow her on Instagram at

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